2006 Lorne Cullen

In 1944, Lorne started his football career at King Edward High School playing for Ranji Mattu at the age of 15. Lorne played on both the Junior and Senior High School teams at the same time as receiver and quarterback. On weekends he played Community Football with the Vancouver Blue Bombers Junior B team and subsequently with the Senior Bombers, an organization he would be connected with for over 25 years. Learning the coaching trade under Mattu, Lorne took over the reigns as head coach in 1950, and retired in 1968. Lorne became an assistant coach in 1948 at his former high school, King Edward, and became head coach in 1951. Lorne coached through the 1960 season, winning numerous championships. Lorne also acted as Head Coach of the Vancouver Cubs in 1953 (the Cubs formed the foundation for the BC Lions in 1954). Over his 19 years he compiled a record of 78-29-2, with his teams winning 9 BC Championships. Lorne was a salesman for Sparling Sporting Goods (on Granville Street) and Cullen Sport, where he continued his strong relationship with High Schools, Community and Universities.

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