The selection committee of the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame
is proud to present the Class of 2013!
  • Louis Nagy
    Louis Nagy
    Male Player Category
    Louis Nagy Bio
  • Jimmy Sinclair
    Jimmy Sinclair
    Male Player Category
    Jimmy Sinclair Bio
  • Ardo Perri
    Ardo Perri
    Male Player Category
    Ardo Perri Bio
  • Robert (Bob) Magee
    Robert (Bob) Magee
    Builder Category
    Robert (Bob) Magee Bio
  • Duncan Beattie
    Duncan Beattie
    Builder Category
    Duncan Beattie Bio
  • 1986 Hamilton Steelers
    1986 Hamilton Steelers
    Team of Distinction Honours
    1986 Hamilton Steelers Bio
  • Gaetano (Guy) Anelli
    Gaetano (Guy) Anelli
    Official
    Gaetano (Guy) Anelli Bio
  • Marc Kovacs
    Marc Kovacs
    High School Category
    Marc Kovacs Bio

Louis NagyLouis Nagy

Louis Nagy was born on May 9, 1960 and has the distinction of being the first Hamilton born inductee in to the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame. Lou is a retired scoring machine, a former Canadian national team player and a former professional player in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).

In 1978, Lou graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in Hamilton. He then attended Laurentian University where he was a 1st Team All-Canadian Soccer Player in 1979. In 1979 Lou signed with the Toronto Blizzard of the NASL and then moved on to the Atlanta Chiefs. His indoor career included playing for the Denver Avalanche and the Baltimore Blast of the MISL. During this span as a professional he scored over 100 goals. In 1986, he then played for the Hamilton Steelers as they won the Canadian National Championship.

Lou's national career was highlighted with 20 goals while playing for Canada. In 1979, Lou was a member of the Canadian National under-20 soccer team which went 1-2-0 at the FIFA World Cup. He played in all three games and scored one goal. Throughout his career he has achieved scoring titles in Hamilton and District, OSL, OUAA and CIAU leagues.

Lou currently holds the position of Technical Director for the Ancaster Soccer Club. He has also coached Cardinal Newman to an OFSAA Championship, Dundas U-18 to an Ontario Cup semi-finals, Hamilton Greek Olympics men's Elite, Hamilton White Eagles in the CPSL and Dundas U12, U13 and U14 Elite.

The Hamilton community is very fortunate to have such a great role model and coach for our players.

Jimmy SinclairJimmy Sinclair

Jimmy Sinclair was born in Scotland on May 15, 1951. While playing soccer in Scotland, Jimmy captained the Scottish Junior National Team and won MVP honours for Yoker Athletic Soccer Club.

Jimmy's involvement in soccer in North America has spanned more than 30 years. He has played professional soccer for the Hamilton Steelers, Buffalo Stallions, and the Tacoma Stars. Jimmy played a large part of his career with the Buffalo Stallions of the MISL, appearing in 247 games and scoring 42 goals between 1979 and 1985. During this time he won rookie of the year, unsung hero:defensive player of the year, most valuable player and MISL player of the week awards.

In the National Soccer League, Jimmy played for Hamilton Croatia, Hamilton Italo-Canadians, London City and the Hamilton Steelers. Jimmy also played in the Ontario Premier Division until the age of 50.

Jimmy Sinclair is also an accomplished teacher of the game. He has coached youth soccer with many organizations, including Mount Hamilton SC and Oakville SC. Jimmy has coached at the university level with McMaster University and at the high school level with Sherwood Secondary and Westmount Secondary School. While coaching at Westmount the team won a city championship. Jimmy also served as head of the Hamilton Lady Avalanche in the W-League of the USL.

Jimmy's love of game is seen in his vast experience as a player and his constant commitment to the game.

Ardo PerriArdo Perri

Ardo Perri was born in Nicastro, Italy on September 23, 1950. Ardo is a retired soccer goalkeeper who played professionally in both the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League.

In 1975, he played for the Rochester Lancers in the NASL. He appeared in 18 games and had the distinction of facing soccer great, Pele. In the MISL, he played for the Philadelphia Fever and the Buffalo Stallions. While playing goalkeeper, Ardo recorded the first ever indoor shut-out. He also recorded the longest ever overtime win which consisted of double overtime and 13 rounds of shootouts and the longest time without being scored on.

Locally he played for the Hamilton Steelers in 1981 and 1982, winning the National Soccer League Championship in 1981. Ardo also played amateur ball with the Hamilton Italo-Canadians. Ardo attended Mohawk College in Hamilton where he played both goalkeeper (1970-71, 1971-72) and forward for the men's soccer team. In these years the team won consecutive OCAA Gold Medals. Ardo was inducted into Mohawk's Hall of Fame in 2009.

Ardo started playing in the Hamilton District Minor Soccer League at the age of 10. During his youth he played 3 years in the Canusa Games. In 1969 Ardo played for the Ontario Selects in the Canada Games.

From the beginning Ardo's soccer skills were very apparent.

Robert (Bob) MageeRobert (Bob) Magee

Robert Magee was born in Liverpool, England in 1924. He was educated at the Liverpool Institute and the Liverpool School of Art. Later he became involved in Liverpool soccer and became a member of two teams in the Sunday morning "Pub" League. In 1957, Bob brought his family to Canada and came to live in Hamilton where he played for the Brantford Ex-Imperials in the Southern Ontario Soccer League.

In 1976, Bob started the East Hamilton Soccer Club with Bill Johnston and Bill Bradley before becoming president of the Hamilton and District Soccer Club from 1983-1985. Soon after he became secretary of the Hamilton Sparta Soccer Club from 1985-2009.

Over the years Bob became founding member of the Ontario Soccer League (senior) and the Ontario Youth Soccer League. Bob also served on the board for the Hamilton and District Old Timers Soccer League.

Bob was District Representative for the OSA, manager/coordinator of the Canusa Games from 1984-1989, member of Hamilton Sports Council in 1994 and was awarded the meritorious service award from the OSA.

Bob passed away in 2011 but his commitment to soccer in Hamilton will always be remembered as he devoted over 40 years of his life to this passion.

Duncan BeattieDuncan Beattie

Duncan Beattie was born in Scotland, in a small town called Banknock, Stirlingshire on July 7, 1929. He was one of fifteen children who immigrated to Hamilton in 1951.

When Duncan arrived in the city in 1960, he became one of the directors of the Italo-Canadians Soccer Club. In 1961 the Italo-Canadians Club changed its name to the Hamilton Steelers and joined the Canadian Pro Soccer League. Duncan is the last founding director of this league which included people like Harold Ballard (president) and Toronto City Soccer Club owner Steve Stavaros (director).

Duncan's achievements include: being actively involved in the Ibrox disaster fundraisers in Hamilton, serving two terms with the Canadian Government, 10 years with the Hamilton Harbour Commission and as a founding member of HECFI (Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc).

Duncan was instrumental in attracting many soccer players to Hamilton back in the 1960's.

1986 Hamilton Steelers1986 Hamilton Steelers

When Westinghouse won the Canadian Soccer Championship in 1928, little did the Hamilton soccer community realize it would be 66 years before another local team would duplicate this feat. In 1986 the Hamilton Steelers were crowned National Champions beating Vancouver Croatia in the finals.

The final was played in Quebec on a sub-par field. Refusing to bow to inclement conditions and a Vancouver Croatia team that had won the Challenge Cup the past 2 years, the Hamilton Steelers won the final in a heart-stopping fashion with Billy Johnston scoring the only goal of the game in the final minutes of regulation time. The Steelers starting eleven that day included Bryan Rosenfeld in goal, a back four of Billy Johnston, Gary Morrow, John DiPasquale, and Steve Hill, the midfield consisted of Lucio Ianiero, Kevin Keenan, Louis Nagy and Gamal El Shaarawi, and the strikers were Larry Pretto and Alastair Love. The substitutes were Gary Hay, Colin Samuels, David Tennant and Lino Tomassetti. The team was guided by coach Kevin Grant and owned and managed by Mario DiBartolomeo and Mauro Di Pietro respectively.

In order to reach the finals that year the Hamilton Steelers beat Dundas United to win the Ontario Cup Final. En route to the National Championship they defeated Dollard des Ormeaurx from Quebec 1-0 on a goal scored by Colin Samuels. In the next game they beat Edmonton Italo-Canadians 2-1 on goals from Larry Pretto and Gamal El Shaarawi.

The men of the 1986 Hamilton Steelers will be remembered as they held the Canadian Soccer Challenge Cup high in the air.

Gaetano (Guy) AnelliGaetano (Guy) Anelli

Gaetano "Guy" Anelli was born in Pescara, Italy on June 18, 1936. Guy's refereeing career began in 1967 and continued for many decades. He achieved National status as a referee in 1974 and continued as a National referee until the mid 1980's. He refereed the National Soccer League for many years and was an Assistant Referee in the NASL from 1974-1982. His appointments included New York, Rochester, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Toronto.

Guy worked tirelessly in Hamilton refereeing thousands of games, including most of the top local teams.

Guy always strived to improve the level of refereeing in our community as he was constantly recruiting and assessing local referees. In 1977 he was an instructor for beginner referees and was a winter clinic instructor in 1978. In the 1980's Guy became a OSA accredited Assessor and continued until his health would no longer allow him to continue. In 1978 he was president of the Hamilton Referee Association and was later awarded Life Member of the Hamilton Referee Association. He was also a longtime member of the OSRA.

Highlights of his refereeing career included the following appointments: 1980 CSA final U-16 in Saskatoon, 1980 Canadian National Game, 1981 Ontario Cup Men's semi-finals, 1982 Canadian Championships U-14 and U-18, and the Italian Military National team vs the Hamilton All-Star team.

Although Guy focused on referring for most of his career he was President of the Hamilton and District Soccer Association in 1986 and President of the Southern Ontario Soccer League in 1981. He also coached youth soccer from 1971-1986. All his contributions led to being a Life Member of the Hamilton and District Soccer Association.

Guy passed away in 2012 but his commitment to the game of soccer will always be remembered.

Marc KovacsMarc Kovacs

As an avid eight sport athlete, Marc grew up in Hamilton where he attended Bishop Ryan and McMaster University. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Education degree, he enjoyed a thirty-two year teaching vocation at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School. His interest in sports prompted him into a 36 year coaching career that included basketball, volleyball and soccer. By his retirement in 2008, Marc had coached 61 teams including 50 in soccer to 93 league titles and championships including all three sports. While at Newman he started both the senior girls and junior boys soccer programs before taking over the senior boys in 1983. That year he led the school to its' second OFSSA championship and followed with additional Ontario titles in 1987 and 1991. These were reflective of the soccer excellence that was exemplified by fourteen trips to the provincials which garnered the school 12 medals. Nicknamed the 'CN Express', the team has an incredible winning percentage losing only eight regular season games in 36 years.

In addition to coaching, Marc convened the Hamilton Cup which eventually he converted into the Ontario Catholic Invitational tournament. While these ran for nine year, he also convened four OFSSA tournaments. He was a member of the Sports Advisory Committee for OFSSA soccer for 16 years, serving as chairman . In this capacity he overlooked the provincial championships and prepared written reports. Marc is a former recipient of the Leadership in School Sport Award and a three time nominee for the Wismer Award for Coaching Excellence and two time finalist.

Marc was also active in the community coaching for 11 years in both house league and travel soccer in the NYSL and SRSL leagues. He also served a small stint on the GTYSC Executive as a Coaching Director.

Marc's high school soccer coaching memoir 'The Long Train Running... Looking Back At The CN Express' will be published in 2013. It will trace the history of soccer at Cardinal Newman since it's inception in 1977.

Congratulations to All Inductees!.