As a young boy growing up in St. Lawrence, Aubrey was kind of unique. Most boys would play soccer only on their own neighbourhood meadow. Not Aubrey, he was a roamer and it was not a strange thing to see him playing in the dock, on Giovannini's meadow, the Hog, River Head, and Allo's meadow.
When the Lion's Club organized Minor Soccer in St. Lawrence, Aubrey was front and center. His team was never short of players because Aubrey would be all over the Harbour that day reminding his teammates of their game that evening. He was primed to become a Senior Laurentian when work commitments took him to Labrador. Enroute, Aubrey played briefly with Holy Cross.
In Labrador, he never lost site of his ambition to become a Laurentian. He organized a senior's league in Labrador City and with a few more players from St. Lawrence and the Burin Peninsula he called his team the Labrador City Laurentians. Aubrey spent the next forty odd years developing soccer in Labrador, which culminated in their entry into the Newfoundland, and Labrador Soccer Association. His efforts in the grand old game did not go un-noticed by his peers, who elected him into the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association Hall of Fame.
The love of his St. Lawrence Laurentians was forever on his mind. He would always leave a number of holidays in order to, not only attend the Provincial Challenge Cup, but also the National tournament. The players were so accustomed to his presence and support at these tournaments that I'm sure they gave an extra effort especially for him. You would never find him at any one area of the field. Just like his early days at St. Lawrence, he roamed every inch of the pitch having a yarn with anyone who was also supporting his Laurentians.
In Labrador City, he was known as "Mr. Soccer". In St. Lawrence, he was our "Super Supporter". He will be sadly missed by both towns but will never be forgotten for the contribution he made to keeping the game of soccer alive and well in Newfoundland and Labrador.
THE ST. LAWRENCE SOCCER ASSOCIATION WELCOMES LAURENTIAN - AUBREY PIKE - AS THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE PRESTIGOUS SOCCER HALL OF FAME