Brian Budd

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Brian Budd
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-04-08)April 8, 1952
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of death June 11, 2008(2008-06-11) (aged 56)
Place of death Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
?– 1974 UBC Thunderbirds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1978 Vancouver Whitecaps 39 (7)
1978 Caribous of Colorado 2 (0)
1978 Toronto Metros-Croatia 11 (5)
1978–1979 Cleveland Force (indoor) 19 (24)
1979–1980 Toronto Blizzard 5 (1)
1980 Houston Hurricane 11 (0)
1980–1981 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 17 (6)
International career
1976–1977 Canada 7 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Brian Vincent Budd (April 8, 1952 – June 11, 2008) was a Canadian professional soccer player best known for winning the World Superstars competition three years in a row from 1978 to 1980. He was also a soccer sportscaster.

Early years[edit]

Born in Toronto and raised in Delta, British Columbia, to an Atlantic Canadian couple, Brian was the second of four children and an only son.[2]

Budd was an all-around athlete in his youth. He was a competitive swimmer and was training to be a figure skater until he quit at age 14. He did not focus on soccer until he was 19 years old.[2]

College and professional career[edit]

Budd won a CIAU championship medal as a member of the UBC Thunderbirds in 1974.

Budd played seven seasons in the North American Soccer League. He began his career with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1974 in the team's inaugural season and remained with the squad until 1978, when he was acquired by the Colorado Caribou in that team's only season. After languishing on the bench and playing in just two games, Budd requested a trade to the Toronto Metros-Croatia, and the deal was made in May 1978. He scored five goals in his first four games with Toronto. In 1979, Budd returned to the team, renamed the Toronto Blizzard under new owners, but did not play regularly. With a year left on his contract, he was offered an outright release by the Blizzard in November so he could play a full season of indoor soccer. He chose to remain with the Blizzard. Budd began the 1980 season in Toronto but was released in June. He then signed with the Houston Hurricane and played there for the remainder of the season, finishing his NASL career. Budd played indoor soccer professionally with the Cleveland Force of the original Major Indoor Soccer League. He led the Force in scoring in their maiden season, 1978–79, with 29 points (25 goals, 4 assists) and was named the team's MVP. The Force finished the year in last place in the six-team league with the weakest offence in the MISL. He did not return the following year because it would have overlapped with training camp for the outdoor season. In 1980, Budd signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Blast.

International career[edit]

Budd was a member of the Canada national soccer team. He scored two goals in earning seven caps, including a goal against the United States in a 1978 World Cup qualifying match played in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on 22 December 1976, in which Canada prevailed 3–0. His shot deflected off a defender, a post and the crossbar before settling in the American net to give Canada a 1–0 lead in a crucial playoff match.[3] Budd's final international appearance came in a 2–1 victory over Suriname on 12 October 1977 in Mexico City, playing briefly with a broken leg before coming off in the 77th minute, leaving Canada to play with ten men for the latter part of the match.[4]


Following his retirement, Budd became a colour commentator on Toronto Blizzard broadcasts in 1982 and was the club's director of public affairs until the end of 1983. He also provided reports from Spain of the 1982 World Cup for CKEY (AM) in Toronto.

"Budgie" worked until his death, as a soccer analyst on The Score's The Footy Show.[5][6]

From 2006, Budd also worked in sales management for InBev, owners of Labatt Brewing Company.[7]


From 1977 to 1979, Budd won three straight Canadian Superstars competitions. His Canadian victories earned Budd a spot, in those years, in the annual World Superstars contests, produced by U.S. broadcaster ABC Sports, which Budd won each time.[7] Budd was an excellent all-rounder, doing well in each event that he competed.

Budd's total winnings from the Canadian and World Superstars contests were about $170,000. His best events were the 800 meter/half mile run and chin ups.

ABC Sports imposed a rule that three-time champions were no longer invited back. Some believe that the rule was created specifically for Budd and refer to it as the "Budd rule."[7] Budd believed that ABC wanted him removed from the show because he was not well known to the American TV audience. ABC Sports earlier had applied the rule to soccer player Kyle Rote Jr. and speed skater Anne Henning, when each won three U.S. Superstars contests. However, well known hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah won four U.S. Superstars competitions in the 1980s and continued to compete.


Budd was found collapsed at his Toronto home on the evening of Wednesday, June 11, 2008, and died late that night. He was survived by his wife Brenda, a son, Riley, and a daughter, Bridgette.[5]

After his death the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame established the Brian Budd Award to recognize those who have excelled both in soccer and in another endeavours, but who might not otherwise qualify for induction. The candidate must exemplify good character, show outstanding dedication, achievements and leadership in developing soccer in Canada and provide inspiration to past, present and future generations.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 December 1976 Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti  United States 1–0 3–0 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 8 October 1977 Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Mexico  El Salvador 1–2 1–2 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification

Superstars Record[edit]

Year Event Position
1977 Canadian Final 1st
1978 World Final 1st
1978 Canadian Final 1st
1979 World Final 1st
1979 Canadian Final 1st
1980 World Final 1st


  1. ^ "Brian Budd". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b staff writers (2009-09-15). "Canadian soccer voice Budd dead at 56". Sportsnet. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
  3. ^ David Wangerin. Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game. Temple University Press. pp. 204–. ISBN 978-1-59213-884-5.
  4. ^ "This Day in Football from 8–14 October". Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  5. ^ a b John F. Molinaro (2008-06-12). "Canadian soccer icon Brian Budd passes away". CBC News. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
  6. ^ Woolsey, Garth (13 June 2008). "Budgie was life of the party". Toronto Star. p. S8. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Peter Mallett (2008-06-13). "BRIAN BUDD: 56". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
  8. ^ "Brian Budd Award". Archived from the original on 2015-11-20.

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