Mr. Pogson is one of our historical figure who is both a soccer legend and a war hero. As often happens, in such cases, a lot of information is not available. Whatever is available we owe thanks to the incessant research by our Hamilton Hall of Famer historian Colin Jose. We do know that Herbert Pogson was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, in 1896 and came to live in Hamilton at the young age of 17. He played for the Independent Labour Party (ILP) and Hamilton City. He served with the 173rd Battalion of the Canadian Army in World War One and won the Military Medal for bravery. He also served in World War Two with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders with the rank of sergeant-major. Mr. Pogson won the Spectator Cup in 1922 with ILP and in 1928 and 1929 with Hamilton City. He played inside or centre forward for the Hamilton All-Stars against the English F.A. in 1926.
In 1924 Canada sent a national team to tour Australia for around 3-4 months. Provincial associations were asked to nominate players who were single and non-smokers. All players at the time were amateur. The one Hamilton player chosen, but backed out because he had landed a good job, was past Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Whitey Mc Donald. It’s thought that fares, hotels, travel, and meals were likely supplied, but they were unlikely given spending money. The CSA of the day asked the Federal Government to help out financially, but they refused. A similar trip took place in 1927 to New Zealand. This time the Hamilton player selected was Herbert Pogson, who played for Hamilton City. Four international matches were played on this trip, but it’s not thought that he was selected for any of them.
His obit says that Mr. Pogson was married, but had no children. At the time of his death, in Hamilton, Ontario, on November 17, 1949, his mother and eight brothers and sisters all lived in England. Mr. Pogson, as stated, was awarded the Military Medal in the First World War and was given a special burial at Brown Brothers King Street East. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. H. Crawford Scott of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He worked for Eaton Knitting Company for 30 Years and at one time managed Hamilton City.