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Time Traveller: North Vancouver's Jimmy Spencer was a Canadian soccer star in the 1930s

North Shore United player went on to become City of North Vancouver Fire Chief
soccer star Jimmy Spenser

This ca. 1940 photo shows North Vancouver soccer star Jimmy Spencer chesting a soccer ball. The image has been partially masked for print reproduction.

James H. (Jimmy) Spencer (1915-1990) was considered one of Canada’s greatest soccer players in his time. He played for North Shore United of the Pacific Coast League starting in 1932. He later coached and managed the team. Spencer played on several Canadian championship teams and was inducted into the North Shore Sports and B.C. Sports Halls of Fame.

He served with the North Vancouver City Fire Department from 1937-1975, eventually becoming its Fire Chief.

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