The Wellington Rovers take a team photo with the Challenge Cup in 1899 after capturing their second straight B.C. Football Association senior men’s championship. Nanaimo-area teams won five of the first eight provincial soccer championships.

The Wellington Rovers take a team photo with the Challenge Cup in 1899 after capturing their second straight B.C. Football Association senior men’s championship. Nanaimo-area teams won five of the first eight provincial soccer championships.

Nanaimo’s soccer history highlighted

Historian Robert Janning will be in town to conduct a reading Thursday (May 17) at 6 p.m. at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library.

Soccer has a long and storied history in Nanaimo and on Thursday (May 17) fans can hear some of those stories.

Historian Robert Janning will be in town to conduct a reading of his first book, Westcoast Reign: The British Columbia Soccer Championships 1892-1905 at 6 p.m. at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library.

His book covers early teams such as the Nanaimo Rangers,  Northfield Violets, Wellington Rovers and Riverside AFC out of Cedar.

To read more about Janning’s book, please click here.