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Sheldon Govier

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Date of birthJanuary 11, 1883
Place of birthCoatbridge, Scotland
Date of deathJuly 24, 1948(age 65)
Place of deathChicago, Illinois, United States
Playing positionCenter Halfback

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Sheldon Govier (born January 11, 1883 in Coatbridge, Scotland; died 1948 in Chicago, Illinois) was a U.S. soccer center halfback who spent his entire career in the United States, primarily with Pullman F.C. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Govier was born in Scotland to English parents. He began playing soccer at a young age with a series of youth teams including Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Blantyre and Uddington. His parents left Britain in 1891 and settled the family in Chicago, Illinois. When they arrived, Govier was hired to work for the Pullman Company, eventually also playing, along with his brother Ben, for the company team, Pullman F.C. At the time Pullman competed in the Chicago League of Association Football. He gained his first start with the team when he was fifteen. Two seasons later, he left Pullman to move to the St. Louis Cycling Club of the St. Louis Football Association. In 1897, he returned to Chicago where several baseball executives had established a new soccer league. The names of this league and Govier’s team are unknown. At some point, the league collapsed and Govier returned to Pullman. According to his Hall of Fame bio, he then played for Wanderers, Woodlawn, Buxton Red Sox and Pullman. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1950.

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