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Name: Shearwater Flyers Football Team - 1957
Sport: Football
Inductee Type: Team
Year Inducted: 1987
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Biography: Harvey Mills became head coach of the 1957 Shearwater Flyers and put together what was arguably the best football squad ever assembled in this province. The Flyers were a navy team, composed of many men and officers from HMCS Shearwater. It was a truly exciting year at the naval airbase. By the time the regular season was over, the Flyers had smashed just about every gridiron record this side of the St. Lawrence.

The trio of Bob Hayes, Bruce Walker, and Buck Taylor made a shambles of the individual scoring statistics, with Hayes and Walker being tied for the scoring title at 114 points each, and Taylor placing third with 78 points. As a team, the Flyers piled up 389 points. The next best was 115 points by StFX.

When the Flyers moved on to face the New Brunswick champions, the Mount Allison Mounties, they racked up a 40-18 victory: their ninth straight win of the year. That earned them a date with the Brantford Tiger-Cats for the Eastern Canadian intermediate championship. With 3,000 people looking on at the Wanderers Grounds, Shearwater scored an electrifying 12-7 victory to earn a berth in the final against the Fort William Redskins. A record 5,000 fanatical followers crammed the Wanderers Grounds to watch the Flyers fall behind 21-14. As the Flyers dug deeper, they piled up 13 unanswered points and a 27-21 win made them the first Maritime-based team to win the title.

Members of the team: Ivor Axford, Bruce Beacock (trainer), Jack Beck, Al Bice (vice president), Sam Brushett, Roy Carriere, Joe Carver, Al Caulier, Charlie Cox, E.A. Darrach (business manager), Pete Davidson, Gabe DesRoucher, J.M. Dunn (program director), Les Elworthy, Bob Findlay, B.E. Gaynor (managing director), Bill Gourlay (team manager), Paul Gowan, Tom Graham, Doug Grant, Tom Guthrie (equipment manager), Bill Harper, Bob Hayes, H.W. Isaac (president), Eric Keirstead (team physician), Bill Key, Les Keyes, Dale Klassen, W. Kuntz (equipment manager), Don Lilley, Don Loney (scout; analyst), Vern MacDonald, George Mayne, Jim McCombie, Dan McCowell (assistant coach), Pete McGregor, Bill McKinney, Ron McLean, Gord McLeod, Harvey (Moose) Mills (coach), Alf Nicholson, Ron Parker, Malcolm Payne (assistant team manager), John Pike (trainer), R.A. Potts (publicity manager), Bill (Foxy) Reynard, Ed Rieger, John Salmond, N. Semecyzm (equipment manager), John (Cabbage) Smith, Len Smith, Andy Swan, Buck Taylor, R.W. Timbrell (honorary vice president), Bruce Thomas, Bruce Walker, R.P. Welland (honorary president), Ken Whitney.

Facts: • Millivick Trophy—Walker, Hayes
• Halifax Herald Trophy (lineman)—Klassen
• NSCFL Coach of the Year—Mills
• Robinson Memorial Trophy (national), 1957
• Ferguson Memorial Trophy (Eastern Canadian), 1957
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