Jimmy Spencer was an natural goal scorer, once putting three balls by the goalkeeper in just eight minutes. BC’s “best inside left” referred not only to the position he played, but to his incredible left foot that gained him two offers to play in the United Kingdom for Wolverhampton and Derby County. At the time though Spencer, at twenty-four years old, felt he was too old so he turned them down, even though he continued playing soccer in BC until he was forty-eight!

Spencer started playing soccer in elementary school and later captained his North Vancouver high school team. He was also a member of the North Shore Bluebirds in juvenile league.

Spencer played with North Shore United from 1933-50 and was a major part of two Dominion Cup championship teams in 1938 and 1949 and another that made it to the Dominion finals in 1954. In the quarterfinals of the 1938 Dominion Cup tourney, he scored a remarkable six goals. During the 1937-38 league season, Spencer scored forty-nine goals.

Spencer played two matches against the Scottish internationals in 1933 and 1939. He was picked to play against Newcastle United in 1949, but due to injury was unable to compete.

He was selected to every all-star team in BC during his career in the first division from 1933-48. He was the top scorer on the BC all-star team during a game against San Francisco at the 1939 World’s Fair. Spencer was chosen by sports writers as “Most Valuable Player in BC” in 1940 and 1942.

Later he coached and managed the Vancouver All-Stars from 1949-53 against various international teams. His 1953 team was the first from Vancouver to defeat a UK touring side, a 3-2 victory against the Irish internationals.

Spencer served as director of the North Shore Juvenile Soccer Association from 1945-76. He managed and coached North Shore juvenile teams to provincial championships in 1956 and 1958.

He served as director/chairman of the BC Juvenile Soccer Association from 1962-76, and was on the BC Soccer Commission from 1971-72.