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Who’s Who: Sid Forster

Sidney Clair (Sid) Forster (1930-1994) spent 28 seasons as head coach of the Sudbury Spartans of the Northern Football Conference. He won the NFC Coach of the Year Award seven times. The NFC Coach of the Year Award is now known as the Sid Forster Memorial Award. Forster died in 1994 and was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Sid Forster

Forster grew up in Ottawa and moved to Sudbury in 1948. He had spent two summers playing for the old Nickel Belt Baseball League. The Sudbury Hardrocks played its first season in 1952. Forster played quarterback and halfback. Sudbury and New Liskeard held two exhibition games which constituted the first season of play.

In 1954 the the Hardrocks became charter members of the Northern Ontario Rugby-Football Union (predecessor to the NFC). On Labour Day, 1954, the first football game for the newly established league was held at Queen’s Athletic Field with 3,000 fans looking on.

In 1955 Forster was the NFC’S leading scorer and most valuable player. Coach Dom DeMarco guided the team to four Northern Football Conference championships. Forster became coach of the team in 1967, and renamed it the Spartans. The team, under his leadership, won 12 NFC championships.

He was involved in starting The Joe MacDonald Youth Football League in 1993 for girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 15 years.  

Forster was employed by Inco Ltd. as its  community relations supervisor in the public affairs department.


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