Alfons Rubbens was born in the Netherlands in 1932. Alfons played soccer as a youth, always at the recreational level. When Alfons came to Canada in 1964 he lived in Toronto for 3-4 years, then bought a house in Stouffville where he and his wife raised their family.
Alfons started playing in Ballantrae after he moved to Stouffville where he also started a team for his son and daughter to play with other youth players from the community. As a result, in 1977, Alfons was central in founding the Whitchurch Stouffville Soccer Club with these four teams.
These four Whitchurch Stouffville Soccer Club teams were always looking for other teams to play with in the York Region area. Alfons made connections and became friends with the founding individual of the Richmond Hill Soccer Club, the founding individual of the Aurora Youth Soccer Club, and the founding individual of the Newmarket Soccer Club so that they could formalize games to play each other.
Through the activity of these four clubs playing games together within York Region, the idea developed to create an association to formalize their soccer activity. With this initiative, Alfons then founded the York Region Soccer Association in 1982 and subsequently the York Region Soccer League. Alfons actively engaged with the association as a board member for many years.
Alfons also founded the successful magazine Inside Soccer in 1992, receiving a York Region Media Award in 2010. Alfons deservedly received the OSA Meritorious Service Award in 2012, recognizing the Provincial influence he has made in the sport of Soccer for Ontario.
James Richardson was born and raised in England and played football throughout his youth for various schools and districts. James was invited to join the West Ham Youth boys’ teams in 1942, at the same time that he had volunteered to join the Royal Air Force.
James served as Air Crew with the RAF until 1945. He was subsequently posted to Germany until 1947. James played with the RAF in a game against Russia in the Berlin Olympic Stadium during that time; the RAF won their game 3-2.
James’ parents immigrated to Canada while he was serving in Germany, and he later joined them in 1947. James moved to Toronto in late 1947, settled down to work, married and eventually moved to Newmarket in the early 1950s. Around 1954 James connected with Bill Brooks through an advertisement he saw in the Newmarket Era Sports section, and this became the beginning of the Newmarket Soccer Club roots.
James was pivotal in growing and developing the Newmarket and District Soccer League and formally registering the league to the Ontario Football Association.
James ran for office at the Ontario Football Association, was elected as First Vice President and was also appointed Director of Coaching and Referee Development.
James assembled and coached the Ontario team that competed in the first ever Canada Summer Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia where Ontario won the silver medal.
For 17 years James was the First Vice President of the Ontario Soccer Association, President of the Newmarket and District Soccer Association and President of the Newmarket Soccer Club.
In 1967 James was appointed Manager of the Canadian National Team for the 1970 World Cup.
In 1972 James resigned from all positions and moved to British Colombia where he was hired by the B.C. government to develop soccer in their province. After several years James was asked to accept the position of “Manager, Games” by the Manager of Sport and Recreation. James held this position until he retired in 1990. In this position, James’ responsibilities included; the oversight of all sports from B.C. in the Canada Summer and Winter Games; the Western Canada Summer and Winter Games and act as Chef de Mission for B.C. at all games.
Wyn Hughes was born in Wales in 1947 and has played soccer all his life. Wyn came to Canada from Wales in November 1974 when he was 27. He raised two sons, Mark and Steve, with his wife, Wendy, in Markham.
Wyn started his volunteer career with Markham Soccer Club in 1978 coaching outdoor soccer. Wyn then continued to coach indoor soccer at Markham High School for the club in 1978 and 1979.
Wyn first joined the administrative side of soccer when he took over the House League Convenor role in 1979. Wyn joined the Markham Soccer Club board of directors as Vice President in 1980. Wyn ran for President in 1983 for a two year term and continued to fill various roles on Markham Soccer Club board until 2010 for a total of 30 years with their board of directors.
In 1992 he received a Canada Confederation Medal for Community work for Canada’s 125 year celebration.
Wyn played a pivotal role in the opening of Mount Joy Community Centre indoor field. Wyn fostered a relationship with the Town of Markham, meeting with them every month to ensure the Markham Soccer Club’s need for an indoor facility remained on the town agenda. Wyn negotiated on behalf of the Markham Soccer Club, a donation of $100,000 towards the building of the Mount Joy indoor soccer facility.
Wyn was the key figure in raising $50,000 in one year for the Markham Soccer Club through participation with Magna Hoedown.
As a coach, Wyn’s men’s team won the Toronto Services League five years in a row. The Markham Soccer Club was allowed entry into the OSL with this men’s team as a result of this accomplishment.
Wyn ensured that decisions at the Markham Soccer Club were always based on what benefited the game of soccer and the Markham players. For this and all his other contributions to the game, Wyn was the first inductee to the Markham Soccer Club Hall of Fame.