After 85 seasons of soccer on Vancouver Island, the London Boxing Club brought the first national men's soccer title to Victoria.
With the fight club branching out to other sports in the 1960s, Boxers soccer teams enjoyed some success early on. Led by such young stars as George Pakos, Brian Robinson and Bob Bolitho, the top-level LBC side was a powerhouse by the mid-1970s and captured an Island Premier Division crown in 1974-75.They also won the Jackson Cup that season to make the B.C. playoffs and beat North Shore Paul's 4-1 to capture Victoria's first-ever Province Cup.
The Boxers weren't done, however. After downing Winnipeg in a qualifier, they travelled to Calgary for the Dominion Challenge Cup tournament, where they dispatched Edmonton Italia in the semifinals and St. John's Laurentians in the championship match.
The Canadian win was the first for an Island team in 48 years and helped put Victoria on the national club soccer map.
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