The Ethnic Battle

Throughout the 1950's and 1960's, ethnic teams played each other, drawing masses of spectators to cheer for their comrades.  It also resulted in the creation of a more intense and violent sport than was previously 1958 Sudbury Olympias.  Photo courtesy of "Homegrown Heroes: A Sports History of Sudbury".known in local soccer.  "Old World" rivalries were brought to Canada and often player and spectator violence would erupt.  However, despite the feuds, the quality of soccer played was extremely high and made for interesting matches.  Teams continued to compete for the Evans Cup, the Charity Cup, the McCrea Cup, and the Star Cup while pursuing the honour of representing Northern Ontario in the Dominion Cup championship.

In 1958, the German Olympia team secured Sudbury's first provincial championship title in twenty years and went on to the Eastern Canada semi-finals.  Unfortunately, they lost against the Montreal Harringtons.


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