Les Thomson - Soccer
Les had taken over the Imperial Oil in-plant league until
it's demise in 1991 (due to restructuring and subsequent
layoffs of many employees who were players in the league).
In the early years all the players had to be full time
employees at ESSO, however after taking over the league Les
allowed 2 teams (Petrosar and the Sarnia Junior "B" they
were a group of 18 year olds with no league to play in, Alan
Wells was the coach)
Later he formed a "Pool" of players system for players who
did not work at any of the recognized plants to fill rosters
as players came and went leaving some teams short, this
eventually evolved into present day Sarnia Men's Industrial
League when although the
official age of players joining the league is still 21, they
now try to accommodate players 18-19-20 who have no place to
play after they leave the minor system.
getting many requests to form an older league for players
who just want the emphasis more on fun and exercise Les
started the Over 35 league which is now in it's 4th season.
Les has organized both Over 35 and Open age leagues since
1974 to present date.
Les arrived in Sarnia in November 1971 and started coaching
in the SMAA in 1972
Wee boys house league team.
boys house league team
Mosquito boys travel team... (This was the first Sarnia team
of any age group to ever win a trophy outside of the city,
they were League champs in the Southwest league Windsor /
Chatham / London), the actual trophy was given to someone to
bring back to Sarnia as we had clinched the league in the
last game which was at home, to this day I have never seen
or know what the trophy looks like or who has it).
coached Bluewater boys travel teams (his son) U-15, U-16, U-
17, U-19 for a few years.
all levels from Youth through to WOSL (mens premier in
member of the board of Directors of the Sarnia Girls soccer
club Coached Sarnia Girls house league teams (his daughter)
for a couple of years then coached Girls Travel as well,
also was used a advisor /helper to go and work with new
coaches who had very little coaching experience in the Girls
system (usually keen parents).
player he played in the old city league which was very
competitive and had good calibre of teams, although very
ethnic players supporters etc.
Branch 62 Royal Canadian Legion