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James Walder
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James Walder

1971 Inductee

1930s - 1950s

Dean of American Soccer Referees

A longtime Philadelphia referee who was considered the greatest American referee of the 1920s and ’30s. Walder, who was born in England and emigrated to the United States in 1905 at the age of 19, estimated that he refereed more than 3,000 college games and about 1,400 professional games during a career that lasted from 1909 to 1969. Referee of the U.S. Open Cup final in 1928 and 1937. Inducted in 1971.

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