No ordinary Joe, this 49-year pioneer keeps on coaching in North Surrey

By TOM ZILLICH
May 5, 2016 · 10:37 AM

JoeConnellyatClubhouseAmateur football pioneer Joe Connelly at the door of North Surrey Minor Football’s clubhouse, at Bear Creek Park. / TOM ZILLICH
NORTH SURREY — Joe knows football, and most local people involved in the game know Joe.

This is Joe Connelly we’re talking about, a man who has lived and breathed North Surrey Minor Football for five decades.

He began coaching the game in the late 1960s, and never really left.

In Surrey and around the province, Connelly is a football pioneer who was recently recognized as such during the Orange Helmet Awards, the annual celebration of amateur football hosted by the B.C. Lions at a Vancouver hotel.

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