The HSHOF is indeed very fortunate to have a WORLD leading authority on soccer to provide us the most complete data on local Hamilton soccer legends. Colin Jose was born in Falmouth, Cornwall, England in 1936. He immigrated to Canada in 1964, and worked at Westinghouse in Hamilton. Realizing that no one in Canada was contributing to the famous English magazine World Soccer, he submitted an article on the game in Canada. That began a long career of writing about the game in both Canada and the USA.
The timing was just right as shortly after, the North American Soccer League (NASL) was established. For the next 17 years, he contributed articles to World Soccer and other soccer publications, but in particular to Soccer America. For the 1974 World Cup he was asked to become the Press Officer for Canada’s national teams, a job which he filled for the next 10 years. As reference material on the history of the game in both Canada and the US was scarce, he began searching the micro-film of old newspapers, at McMaster University library, and Western University, a search that continues to this day.
Little would be known of the history of the game in both countries without Colin’s search which led to his writing of 10 books, including a booklet to mark 100 years of the Spectator Cup. In 1976 he was invited to work with CBC Television televising soccer at the Olympic Games in Montreal along with Steve Armitage and Graham Leggat and the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico with Dale Barnes and Tommy Docherty.
Colin’s work received many awards including the OSA’s Presidents Award in 1986 and again in 2015, the only person to have received it from two different presidents. He was also awarded the CSA’s President’s Award in 2007, and made a Life Member of the CSA in 2015. In 2011, for his research into the history of soccer in Quebec, he was awarded the Medaille Du Centenaire the QSA Gold Medal. Colin, a Founder, and the Historian of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in Toronto, got inducted in 2009. For 5 years Colin was also the Historian and Archivist, part time, of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N Y, and they named the Media Award in his name.
Internationally he was a member of the FIFA Press liaison committee, and represented both Canada and the USA, on the board of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics in Bonn, Germany.