National Soccer League

Remembering the highs and lows of the (Canadian) National Soccer League (1926-1997)

1923 Season

1923 Inter-City Soccer League

President: Sam Farrant, Hamilton
Vice-president: John Holland, Toronto
Secretary-treasurer: John Innes, Toronto

Preview of the season

Toronto Caledonians replaced Hamilton Tigers as league members.

Clubs and players

Hamilton I.L.P. (Independent Labor Party), Hamilton Thistles, Hamilton Westinghouse, Toronto All-Scots, Toronto Caledonians, Toronto Old Country, Toronto Scottish, Ulster United, Willys-Overland

Review of the season

League champions: Ulster United

Inter-City League Charity Cup
November 12, 1923 Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton Thistles 1
Ulster United 1

November ??, 1923 Toronto
Ulster United
Hamilton Thistles
Home and home-series

Other Leagues and Cups

1923 Toronto & District League

Champions: Toronto Irish

1923 Ontario Challenge Cup Finals

District qualifiers

Northern Ontario District

July 9, 1923
Timmins
Kirkland Lake

July 11, 1923
North Bay
Dome Mine

District Final

July 14, 1923 XX
XX
XX

XX qualified for First round proper

Western Football Association

XX qualified for First round proper

Hamilton District

Hamilton Thistles qualified for First round proper

St. Catharine’s District

XX qualified for First round proper

Toronto District

31 teams. Dunlops drew a bye in the first round.

Willys-Overland qualified for First round proper

London District

XX qualified for First round proper

Brantford District

Brantford Massey-Harris qualified for First round proper

Peterboro District

XX qualified for First round proper

Guelph District

Guelph Taylor-Forbes qualified for First round proper

First round

Hamilton Thistles vs W.F.A.

Hamilton Thistles qualified for second round.

St. Catharine’s vs Oshawa

Byes: Willys-Overland, London, Northern Ontario, Brantford Massey-Harris, Peterboro and Guelph Taylor-Forbes.

Second round

St. Catharine’s/Oshawa vs Hamilton Thistles

Hamilton Thistles qualified for third round.

Brantford Massey-Harris vs Peterboro

Brantford Massey-Harris qualified for third round.

London vs Willys-Overland

Willys-Overland qualified for third round.

Northern Ontario vs Guelph Taylor-Forbes

Guelph Taylor-Forbes qualified for third round.

Third round

Hamilton Thistles* vs Brantford Massey-Harris

Brantford Massey-Harris qualified for Ontario finals

Willys-Overland* vs Guelph Taylor-Forbes

Guelph Taylor-Forbes qualified for Ontario finals

*Willys-Overland and Hamilton Thistles disqualified by the Ontario Football Association.

Finals

October 20, 1923 Guelph
Guelph Taylor-Forbes 2 (Lee, Hilton)
Brantford Massey-Harris 0
Referee:
Guelph Taylor-Forbes: Moore; Dunlop, McCall; Renton, Moreland, Collins; Halliwell,
Mooney, Hilton, Kerr, Lee.
Brantford: Wills; Brown, F. Gilbert; Marshall, Taylor, H. Gilbert; Plant, Porter, Drake, Mason, Harrison.

October 27, 1923 Brantford, Ontario
Brantford Massey-Harris 0
Guelph Taylor-Forbes  1 (Kerr)
Referee: W. S. Murchie, Toronto
Attendance: 500 
Brantford: Wills; Brown, F. Gilbert; Smith, Marshall, H. Gilbert; Portrer, Taylor, Hingley, Drake, Moss.
Guelph Taylor-Forbes: Moore; Dunlop, McCall; Renton, Moreland, Cowan; Halliwell, Mooney, Hilton, Kerr, Lee.

Guelph Taylor-Forbes won the 1923 Ontario Cup

Ontario Championship (C.F.A.)

Semi-finals

August 25, 1923 Toronto, Ontario
Willys-Overland 1
Guelph Taylor-Forbes 0

Willys-Overland qualified for the Ontario Cup finals

July 28, 1923 Scott Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton Thistles 2
Kitchener 0

Hamilton Thistles qualified for the Ontario Cup finals.

Finals

September 21, 1923 Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton Thistles 2
Willys-Overland 1

September ??, 1923
Hamilton Thistles
Willys-Overland

Hamilton Thistles won the Ontario Championship.

Provincial Soccer League

Winners: Chipmans (Hamilton)

Ontario Junior Cup

Winners: Crescents (Toronto)

Ontario Juvenile Cup

Winners: Hamilton Corinthians

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