Reg Farrell


Reg was born at Burin hospital in 1945 but his hometown was St Lawrence. After learning to kick a soccer ball in Farrell's meadow, he went on to play his first organized game in the mid 1950's with the Lions and Tigers, a local league sponsored by the St. Lawrence Lions Club and coached by Clem Slaney. In 1959 and 1960, he played Junior with St. Lawrence and Intercollegate with St. Bons of St. Johns. As a boy of 14, he got his first taste of Senior soccer in 1957. He played with the St. Lawrence Laurertians as a center-forward until 1968. He later played with Feildians of St. John's in 1969 and 1970. After retiring from Senior soccer, Reg went on to play 2nd and 3rd Division and then from 1981 - 1990 at the Masters Level in the St. John's League.

Reg won many awards in his career including scoring titles in Burin Peninsula Junior in 1959 and 1960; in St. Johns Intercollegiate in 1960; in Burin Peninsula Senior in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1964, 1965, and 1966. He won Most Valuable Player Awards in Burin Peninsula Senior in 1960; in the Come Home Year All-Star Tournament in 1967; and the St. John's 2nd Division in 1977, he was named Coach of the Year in the St. John's League in 1977. In 1960, Reg was a member of the Burin Peninsula Junior Champions and the Provincial Junior Champions. As a member of the Laurentians, Reg played on Burin Peninsula Championship teams in 1959, 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1968; on Newfoundland Provincial Championship teams in 1966, 1967, and 1968; on Atlantic Championship teams in 1967,1968. In 1969, while playing with Feildians, his team won the St Johns, Provincial and Atlantic Championships. He was also a member of a number of 2nd and 3rd Division and Masters Championship teams in the St. John's League. From 1970 to 1974 Reg was Director of Coaching for the Newfoundland Soccer Association.

Reg credits coaches Jack Lundrigan, Alonzo Walsh, Bill Slaney and Jeff Hurst as the most influential in his development as a player. His parents, Aubrey and Sue, along with uncles Howard and Cecil were the great character builders in his life passing on to him the trait of always striving to achieve to the best of his ability.

Reg played the grand old game of Soccer for a number of reasons such as pure enjoyment, competition, a passionate love of the game, pride of making the community team, physical development, discipline, challenge of winning, social interaction, and the most important reason of all life-long friendships.

The most memorable moments in Reg's career were: his first Senior game in Burin in 1957; beating ASSP in 1960 (the first time in a number of years); first Challenge Cup competition against Nova Scotia and later in the sweltering heat in Toronto; the scoring of a number of championship goals, and listening to the "hot stove league" that took place all over St. Lawrence after a game

Reg was inducted into the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Newfoundland Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.