the British Columbia Soccer
Championships, 1892-1905

By:  Robert Janning

Westcoast Reign gives a historical account of the early days of soccer in British Columbia, spanning the period from 1888 to 1905.  The first players and organizers came from all walks of life; miners, indigenous people, students, clergymen, sailors and soldiers.  They are introduced chronologically, as are the fields they played on and the modes of transportation that were used to get to these venues.  The game quickly emerged as a popular pastime and practitioners in Nanaimo organized the first provincial association in 1891.  However, this governing body's dictatorial rule did not go over well with enthusiasts in other parts of the province and their growing frustrations eventually resulted in a political power struggle of mutinous proportions. 

February 2012

ISBN 978-0-9877478-1-5
8 1/2" x 11"
176 pages
26 b&w photographs
History / British Columbia / Soccer
$39.95 CAD

Robert Janning is a Vancouver-based historian, who has had a life-long passion for soccer. 

Westcoast Reign is his first book.