Les Isard

Inducted: 1984
Les Isard was one of the first executives with the Winnipeg Football Club dating back to its inception in 1930. A local businessman, Isard was a vice president in the early days of the franchise. And, as legendary Winnipeg Free Press sports writer Vince Leah described in his history of the club, ‘Isard, a warm wonderful personality, was in pickles and vinegar. The club held many annual meetings in his plant, feasting on corned beef sandwiches and ale. There was no shortage of pickles, naturally.’
Isard is also remembered as being a key member of the 1935 Winnipeg team that captured the Grey Cup – the first by a Western team. Upon checking out of their hotel in Hamilton, the team did not have enough cash to pay their bill. In stepped Isard to cover the cost.