His Life's Work Ended?
To many soccer fans it was with regret that they learned that Thomas Cahill has practically completely severed all soccer relations. It was a hard blow to the veteran Tom, but many of his staunch admirers are certain that after he recovered from the setback he received when the American Soccer League reorganized and left him without a job that he will come back and will be very much heard of in soccer in later years. To be perfectly frank relations of many with Cahill were not what might have been called just on the best but at that all respected Thomas and from t he many glowing words said in his behalf do not hesitate in paying him tribute for what he has done for soccer. Cahill was born in New York City, December 25, 1863. When he reached the age of seven, his family decided to locate in St. Louis and Tom of course went along. He stayed there until 16 years ago when he came back east to New York where he has made his home since. Cahill's work for the advancement of soccer is well known to the thousands of followers of the game, his untiring efforts in behalf of the "Father of Soccer" in the United States. He has been connected with the game in different capacities of player, manager of organizer for a period of 41 years, a record that few, if any men connected with the game today can boast. He was in the employ of A. G. Spalding & Sons C., leading sporting goods manufacturer for 23 years, leaving a few years ago to take on the active leadership of the American Soccer League. He was instrumental in the work of organizing the United States Football Association and served as secretary of this body for 11 years. While in St. Louis, Cahill organized soccer leagues, played the game, and took upon his shoulders the building of soccer and baseball fields. In 1920 he conceived the idea of forming a professional soccer league taking in the principal cities of the east and set about to work out his project. When he first broached the subject of gather the best teams in the country together in one league he was given no encouragement from those whom he consulted. This however did not deter him from further his plans to make possible the launching of his pet idea. Finally in 1921 the American Soccer League came to be a reality. The league that year consisted of eight clubs, one of which was the Fall River United. The league went through the first season and the next year found it branching out adding more clubs until now it is a twelve club organization, with so much power that even the U. S. F. A. concedes it privileges that no other body under its wing enjoys. Cahill proved that he had the right idea and it is principally through his efforts that soccer followers are privileged to witness games of the high caliber that are furnished today. Tom Cahill has done much for soccer. In fact, more than any other man living today, for which the game owes him a debt that it will never be able to repay . As is the case with anyone who is trying to make a foothold for anything, Cahill has been through many storms, but was always on hand to enjoy the sunshine which follows. He has made many friends through his efforts and necessarily has made some enemies, but even the latter will admit that he deserves the title by which he is known, "The Father of Soccer."