Joseph Booth

Organizer of a string of soccer organizations in Connecticut.

In 1913, three years after he emigrated from England, he became secretary of the Connecticut State League. One year after that, he organized the Connecticut State Association, and held the post of secretary of that association for 25 years. In subsequent years, he organized the Connecticut Junior League, the Bridgeport Public Schools League, the Eastern League, the Connecticut Referees Association and the Connecticut State Amateur League, and became league secretary of each of those organizations. In 1924, he founded the Connecticut State Football Players Protective Association, modeled after the New York organization for financially aiding injured players.

For a time, he was chairman of the National Soccer Football Writers Association and a member of the U.S. Football Association’s National Challenge Cup Commission.

Inducted in 1952.