Walter Dick

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Walter Dick
Personal information
Date of birth (1905-09-20)September 20, 1905
Place of birth Kirkintilloch, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date of death July 24, 1989(1989-07-24) (aged 83)
Place of death Lafayette, California, United States
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1922–1923 Armadale
1923–1924 Niagara Falls Rangers
1924–1928 Providence F.C. 77 (10)
1928–1931 Providence Gold Bugs 72 (11)
1931–1937 Fall River F.C. 14 (0)
1937– Pawtucket Rangers 20 (1)
Kearny Scots-Americans
National team
1934 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Walter Dick (September 20, 1905 in Kirkintilloch, Scotland – July 24, 1989 in Lafayette, California) was a U.S. soccer forward who was a member of the U.S. national team at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. He is a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Dick began his professional career with Armadale F.C. in the Scottish Football League. In 1923, at the age of seventeen, he moved to the United States, settling in Niagara Falls, New York. When he arrived, he immediately began playing with the Niagara Falls Rangers. The manager of Providence F.C. of the American Soccer League spotted Dick playing for Rangers and offered him a contract. Dick went on to play six seasons with Providence between 1924 and 1930. However, in 1928, the team changed its name to the Providence Gold Bugs. By 1930, the ravages of the Great Depression and the "Soccer Wars" had begun to take their toll on the ASL and teams began to fold, move and merge. In 1930, a group of businessmen led by Harold Brittan bought the team, and moved the team to Fall River, Massachusetts where it spent most of the 1930-1931 ASL season as Fall River F.C.. When Fall River merged with the New Bedford Whalers during the spring of 1931, Dick moved to the Pawtucket Rangers. The Rangers left the ASL in the fall of 1932 as the league began to collapse, but joined the newly formed second American Soccer League in the fall of 1933. In 1934 and 1935, the Rangers went to the National Challenge Cup, only to fall to Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. in 1934 and the same team, only renamed St. Louis Central Breweries F.C. in 1935.[1] In 1937, he joined the Kearny Scots-Americans and remained with the team through the 1941 season. During that span, Kearny won five league championships.

National team[edit]

In 1934, Dick earned one cap with the U.S. national team at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. In that game, the U.S. lost to Italy in the first round of the cup.[2]

Dick was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 1985[3] and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989.

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