Legendary UBC coach Frank Smith, former BC High School football player and BC Lions Al Wilson, former BC Lions president Jack Farley, former Vancouver Meralomas and BC Lions president Harry Spring, former Notre Dame and Vancouver College coach Cal Murphy and the 1982 UBC Thunderbirds are among the notables in this year's BC Football Hall of Fame class of 2012 that will be officially inducted in a by-invitation ceremony to be held at BC Place on October 6, 2012 - the same night the BC Lions will host the Calgary Stampeders on Salute to Amateur Football Night.
Smith coached the T-Birds for 21 seasons from 1974 to 1994 recording 126 victories and leading the team to five Canada West championships and two Vanier Cup championships (1982 and 1986). He was recently inducted in to the UBC Sports Hall of Fame.
Wilson played high school football at Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan before moving on to play college football at Montana State. He returned to British Columbia in 1972 when he joined the BC Lions and spent his entire CFL career there winning a Grey Cup in 1985 while being named an All-Canadian All-Star seven times and earning the Most Outstanding Lineman Award in 1977. He has been inducted into both the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Farley, in addition to his former role as President of the Lions as well as President of the CFL, is noted for his work in helping save the SFU Football program back in the 1980's after serving as a member of SFU's Board of Directors, Executive Director of the President's Club and Director of SFU's Capital Campaign. He is in the BC Sports Hall of Fame as a builder.
Spring, a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, was a former quarterback for the Vancouver Meralomas whom he quarterbacked to a championship and later served as their president. He was also instrumental in helping bring the BC Lions to Vancouver.
Murphy, who passed away earlier this year in February, was the first ever head coach of the Notre Dame Jugglers program and also coached the Vancouver College Fighting Irish before moving on to the professional ranks in the CFL where he was a two-time coach of the year (1983 and 1984) and a part of nine Grey Cup winning teams. He is a member of the Vancouver College Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame and also won the Bob Ackles Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2010.
The 1982 T-Birds were considered the greatest in CIAU history going undefeated in Canadian competition (12-0) and capturing the WIFL championship and the Vanier Cup that year. Led by Coach Frank Smith, the 1982 T-Birds placed 14 players on the league All-Star team and saw 12 of its players going on to play in the CFL. That year, the T-Birds also won the Shrum Bowl by defeating SFU and were named Sport BC's Amateur Team of the Year.
The full list of 2012 inductees is as follows:
- By Bailey
- Joe Kapp
- Tom Hinton
- Al Wilson
- Dr. Ken Appleby
- Allan McEachern
- Frank Smith
- Cal Murphy
- Harry Spring
CFL Bob Ackles Award:
- Jack Farley
- Dal Richards
- Jim Cox
- Bill Good Sr.
- 1985 BC Lions
- 1982 UBC Thunderbirds
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