1975 Vancouver Whitecaps season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1975 season
ChairmanHerb Capozzi[1]
Head coachJim Easton
NASLDivision: 4th
Overall: 9th
NASL PlayoffsDid not qualify
Highest home attendance10,007 vs Chicago Sting April 18, 1975[2]
Lowest home attendance4,528 vs Denver Dynamos July 31, 1975[3]
Average home league attendance7,579[4]
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The 1975 Vancouver Whitecaps season was the second season of the Whitecaps, and their second season in the North American Soccer League and the top flight of Canadian soccer.

This was coach Jim Easton's last season with the club and the club showed improvement over their inaugural season. The season started brightly with five wins including those over Seattle and Toronto at home. The rest of the season had mixed results, but the Whitecaps well and truly fell out of playoff contention by losing seven of their last ten games. Barring the 3-0 loss away to the Seattle Sounders on July 19, 1975, the games were close one goal losses. In the last two games of the season, the Whitecaps trounced Denver and San Jose 6-0 and 4-0. The Whitecaps finished at 0.500 with eleven wins and losses at fourth in the Pacific Division. Local resident Glen Johnston led the Whitecaps with eight goals and seven assists while Sam Lenarduzzi and Bruce Wilson played all 22 games. Sergio Zanatta and Barrie Mitchell also had strong seasons on the score sheet.[5][6][7]

The Whitecaps also played a friendly match against the New York Cosmos and the newly signed Pele on July 7, 1975, with 26,495 in attendance.



The 1975 squad[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Italy ITA Peter Greco
1 GK Canada CAN Greg Weber
2 DF Canada CAN Neil Ellett
3 DF Canada CAN Bruce Wilson
4 DF Scotland SCO Gerry Heaney
5 DF Canada CAN Robert Lenarduzzi
6 DF Canada CAN Silvano Lenarduzzi
7 DF England ENG Les Wilson
8 FW Canada CAN Glen Johnson
9 FW Canada CAN Brian Budd
No. Pos. Nation Player
10 FW Italy ITA Sergio Zanatta
11 MF Canada CAN Brian Gant
12 DF Canada CAN Bruce Twamley
14 FW Canada CAN Gary Thompson
15 MF Canada CAN Darryl Samson
16 FW Canada CAN Bruce Miller
17 DF Scotland SCO Charlie Palmer
18 MF Scotland SCO William Stevenson
19 MF Scotland SCO Barrie Mitchell
MF Netherlands NED Robert Alberts
DF England ENG Peter Short

Team management[edit]

Jim Easton was Vancouver Whitecaps coach in 1975 and saw good success during his tenure with a small budget and local players.


Results by round[edit]

Source: soccerstats.us
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; L = Loss; T = Tie

Match results[edit]

April 17, 1975 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0 Chicago Sting Vancouver
Sergio Zanatta Report Stadium: Empire Stadium
Attendance: 10,007
May 16, 1975 6 Vancouver Whitecaps 0–2 Portland Timbers Vancouver
Report Barry Powell
Tony Betts
Stadium: Empire Stadium
Attendance: 7,815
May 28, 1975 8 New York Cosmos 0–1 Vancouver Whitecaps New York City
Report Own Goal Stadium: Downing Stadium
Attendance: 7,331
June 7, 1975 11 Portland Timbers 3–2 Vancouver Whitecaps Portland, Oregon
Graham Day
Tony Betts
Brian Godfrey
Report Brian Gant
Glen Johnson
Stadium: Civic Stadium
Attendance: 11,335
June 27, 1975 14 Dallas Tornado 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps Dallas
Kyle Rote Jr.
George Ley
Report Robert Alberts Stadium: Texas Stadium
Attendance: 3,436
June 29, 1975 15 St. Louis Stars 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps St. Louis
John Hawley Report Sergio Zanatta Stadium: Francis Field (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Attendance: 4,217
July 12, 1975 18 Los Angeles Aztecs 1–0 Vancouver Whitecaps Los Angeles
Michael Ferguson Report Stadium: El Camino College
Attendance: 7,604
July 19, 1975 19 Seattle Sounders 3–0 Vancouver Whitecaps Seattle
Paul Crossley
John Rowlands
Report Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 17,925
July 24, 1975 20 Vancouver Whitecaps 1–2 Boston Minutemen Vancouver
Sergio Zanatta Report Ade Coker
Wolfgang Suhnholz
Stadium: Empire Stadium
Attendance: 7,158

Mid-season friendlies[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PCSL - Soccer Beginnings in BC". Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps All-time Game Results | SoccerStats.us".
  3. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps All-time Game Results | SoccerStats.us".
  4. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1975". Archived from the original on November 5, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "NASL Vancouver Whitecaps Rosters".
  6. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps All-time Game Results | SoccerStats.us".
  7. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1975". Archived from the original on November 5, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "NASL Vancouver Whitecaps Rosters".