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David Smith

David Smith  is a long time soccer (football) goalkeeper. He began playing soccer in 1966, when he moved to England. His first real experience with soccer was staying in an inn in Colchester, England watching England, (led by West Ham United’s Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters),  win its first and only World Cup. That experience has made him (often to his embarrassment) a lifelong England and West Ham United fan. As a player, the highlight of his career was to tryout as a goalkeeper for the Canadian under 18 team. At 52, he is still playing, despite a hip replacement operation, and aspires to play in the World Masters Games. He is currently the VP of Boys soccer for Point Grey Soccer Club.

 In his non soccer lives David is married to Ann Rowan and is the father of two great children. He has been involved in the non profit community for most of his life, particularly in environmental and peace movement advocacy organizations. He is a supporter of Vision Vancouver and the Director of Operations at the consulting and fundraising company Strategic Communications.

World Cup: Trying to keep up on the road

Felipe Melo is shown a red card. A disastrous game for Melo who also scored an own goal to bring the Netherlands back into a game they looked certain to lose.

England and Mexico out of the World Cup, officiating and history take centre stage

The family is off on holiday so blogging is becoming more challenging... Not to mention that it was hard to write about England's loss to Germany on Sunday. Over the years there have been many...

World Cup: Tribute to those going home. Qualifiers must show their mettle.

Landon Donovan scores in the 91st minute against Algeria. A deserved result for the US but the sad result was the elimination of tiny Slovenia whose mere qualification for the World Cup was almost a m

World Cup Day 13: USA, England, Germany, Ghana IN. Slovenia, Algeria, Serbia, Australia OUT.

Germany celebrates penalty kick victory over England in 1990. Following the day 13 results England will face Germany in the Round of 16. Will England find once again, as Jess's coach put it in the mov

Why I love the World Cup

Swangard Stadium, Burnaby. A beautiful setting for the beautiful game. Call me shallow but, every year, in the fall, when I see the fields being lined and see players going out to play I am engulfed w

Joy for the winners, bitterness for the losers

Group C will be decided in the first two games today. England should dispatch Slovenia and the US is favoured over Algeria. But the games are played on the field and nothing is certain.

Germany defeated, while England and US draw on day of surprises

A day of surprises. Serbia 1-0 Germany, US 2-2 Slovenia, England 0-0 Algeria. The net result. Germany qualifies first with a win against Ghana (and Ghana goes home). England and the US quaify if they

The World Cup and the real world

The South Korean ship sunk by North Korea is one of a number of political problems which are ongoing at the same time as the World Cup.

FIFA World Cup day 6: Spain shocker,South Africa on the brink and Chile celebrates

Gelson Fernandes scores only his 3rd international goal to send Spain down to defeat. The biggest surprise of the first round. If Spain do not win their next two games they may not qualify for the sec

Where's Vancouver watching the World Cup?

Fans watch their country's teams at coffee shops and pubs around the city. Many English fans are at the 3 Lions Cafe on Broadway. Where are you watching the game?