George Matthew Collins

The manager of the first U.S. national team to enter a competitive event, the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

Collins, who emigrated from Scotland in 1907, when he was 19, had earlier served as secretary of the Massachusetts State Association and as third vice president of the U.S. Football Association. He assisted in creating the National Amateur Cup competition, which began in 1923, and wrote soccer columns for the Boston Globe from 1914 to 1950.

Collins’ team at the 1924 Olympics was composed strictly of amateur players, unlike some of its competition. It got off to a winning start, with a 1-0 victory over Estonia, but then suffered a 3-0 loss to Uruguay, which was fielding a team that is regarded as one of the greatest in soccer history.

Inducted in 1951.

Facebooktwittermail