George Capwell

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George Capwell
Personal information
Full name George Lewis Capwell Cronin
Date of birth (1902-07-01)July 1, 1902
Place of birth Olean, New York, United States
Date of death January 7, 1970(1970-01-07) (aged 67)
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1946 Emelec
Teams managed
1929–1946 Emelec
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Lewis Capwell Cronin (July 1, 1902 – January 7, 1970), the American manager of the Empresa Eléctrica del Ecuador ("Electric Company of Ecuador") in Guayaquil, Ecuador, founded Club Sport Emelec, an association football team, in 1929. Emelec, named for the first syllable of each word in the company's name,[1] is one of Ecuador's leading football clubs.


Capwell was born on July 1, 1902 in Olean, New York. He was known for his love of athletics, particularly American football, basketball, swimming, and baseball.[2] When he was young, he lived for a time in Panama, where his father was an engineer involved in the construction of the Panama Canal.[3]

He studied electrical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, he took a job as an assistant engineer at a power plant in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He later spent time in Panama.[3]

Standing over 1.8 meters (5.9 ft) tall and weighing over 91 kilograms (200 lb), Capwell was noted for his organizational and leadership skills.[2]


Capwell arrived in Guayaquil to work at Eléctrica on April 14, 1926.[3] Soon after arriving, he founded a sports club, named for the first syllable of each word in the company's name: Emelec.[1] He boxed and played basketball at the guard position; he organized basketball competitions at the company in 1927.[2] He played the catcher's position in baseball games. Potential members of the boxing club had to perform well in a fight against one of the club's experienced boxers in order to gain membership.

He didn't care for association football, but a request from the employees lead him to found a team, particularly since the workers were not particularly enthusiastic about Emelec's other sports.[1]

The football team, composed solely of Eléctrica workers, was founded on April 28, 1929.[3] On September 17, 1929, the team—with Capwell on the field—defeated Vanguard 14-12 at a tournament in Guayaquil. It won its first title, a local league made up of business-backed teams in Guayaquil, in 1933.[1]

Emelec became Ecuador's first national football champions in 1957, and as of 2016 they have 13 national titles.

Emelec currently plays in the George Capwell stadium, built in 1945 in Guayaquil. Capwell played in the first game staged in the stadium, a baseball match against Oriente.


  1. ^ a b c d Keyes, David; Rigazio, Emilio (2007-06-07). "George Capwell, the American Founder of Emelec". Culture of Soccer. David Keyes. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "George Capwell, padre de los eléctricos" [George Capwell, father of the Electrics]. Idolos del Astillero (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d Christian (2007-10-27). "George Lewis Capwell: el padre de EMELEC" [George Lewis Capwell: the father of EMELEC]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-11-30.