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Hall of Fame - Galt Football Club



The second inductee into the CYS Hall of Fame, is not a person, but a greatly distinguished team. The Galt Football Club was formed in the early 1880s as a member of the Western Football Association and was a powerhouse team, not just locally, but nationally and internationally. The Galt Football Club were the first winners of the Ontario Cup in 1901 and repeated the feat in 1902 and 1903.

Their most famous achievement was winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games in St Louis in 1904. Upon their return to the Malcolm St railway station by GCI, some 3,000 fans were there to greet them, a testament to the popularity of the team and the sport in the community.

In 1905 a match was played at Dickson Park in Galt against a touring English side called "The Pilgrims" in a game that was billed as the "Championship of the World". 3,500 spectators and press from all over eastern North American attended the thrilling match which ended in a 3-3 tie.

More recently, a fictitious storyline surrounding the Galt Football Club, was played out on an episode of CBC's Murdoch Mysteries.

Although the Galt Football Club disbanded in 1910, their legacy lives on. The CYS Cambridge Heritage Tournament is an annual tribute to the accolades of the Galt Football Club.

They were pioneers of the soccer community and were responsible for introducing the game to the youth of Cambridge.


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