Metro Lions Football Club 2002
Owner Arnold Milan
Secretary Bill Dixon
Metro Lions FC was formed
participate in the Canadian Professional Soccer
Arnold Milan was the Owner
and Anthony Ayo the President.
was the club's General Secretary and Treasurer
and the pendulum by which the business evolved.
Francois Glasman was part of the Administration
in some capacity at the time and although his
involvement ran under the radar based on run ins
with the soccer establishments he proved to be a
valuable asset to Mr Milan in the long run.
Head Office was at 3881 Chesswood
and the need
Junior Parker for a home field was first and
foremost. Anthony (Tony) La
was the Coach of
the Lions franchise and
McGill) was appointed as the Club's Promotions
and Liaison person.
My Liason function
was to coordinate and improve relations with the
Scarborough Soccer Association (SSA) to
accommodate plans for the club to play out of
Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough.
experience and familiarity with both the
Scarborough Soccer Association (SSA) and the CSL
(formerly CPSL) Board of Directors helped
improve the club relations
with the soccer
The challenge was
in tempering the anxieties of the business minds of
the Lion's administrators in order to conform
with the reality of developing a marketable
soccer product to add to their numerous other businesses.
Metro Lions was approved as a
member of SSA
logistics were in place as
with little problem. It also helped that Birchmount
where Caribbean Stars had played its home
games in the Canadian International Soccer
(Puma) League and
its Annual Sports and
Family Day events.
3 wins and 3
loses a coaching change was implemented due to
difference in how the club should move forward
and I was asked to take over the coaching duties
of the Club.
felt like I
was into the Lion's den with my
hands tied so I ask Junior Parker to be my
assistant coach since I knew Parker back in the
seventies when I played for West Indies United
SC of the T&D Premier Division.
then Junior was the assistant coach under Coach
Lascelles Dunkley and I was
familiar with his
coaching methodology. However, adjusting to the
transition was not an easy task. The team
three games and managed to defeat Montreal
Dynamites while on a two-game road trip.
trip to Ottawa and Montreal was the defining
moment of Metro Lions 2002 season. Quite a few
players were cut after the trip because it
showed which players were willing to fight for
the team and who were just around to market
their skills for individual glory.
lost the first leg of the trip to a strong
Wizards team and found solace in Montreal on an
hot sunny day.
There were always positive
moments in 2002 to overcome doubters.
Lions captain O'Neil Brown congratulating the
coaching staff on our first win was certainly
one of those moments. It occurred
travelling back to Toronto while
the players were ebjoying their first taste of what
turned out to be many victories.
was not only our first win after three loses but
it was a game that we were favored to lose. It
was the beginning of something special.
became the talk of the CPSL and only lost two
games of its remaining 14 matches to finish
third place in the Eastern Conference and clinch
a playoff spot.
Club went on to defeat the Montreal Dynamites in
the quarter finals of the Rogers Cup but was
deprived of ultimate success from a heart
breaker goal scored by Andrew Nelson in the 83rd
minute that gave Ottawa Wizards a 1-0 victory in
the semi-final match.
The first year
Metro Lions team showed that all is well that ends well via
a fantastic late run to make the playoffs. Aldwyn McGill won
Coach of the Year (COY)
2002 COY Aldwyn McGill