1926 National Soccer League

President: Len Peto
Vice-president: James Pentland
Secretary: H. Adamson


In December 1925 talk of an International Soccer League was started by Len Peto. Peto was the main financial backer of the Montreal Carsteel team in the Inter-Provincial League.

Formed in April 1926 by disgruntled IPL clubs Ulster United and Montreal Carsteel. The league began play in May by enticing Hamilton Thistle and Windsor Rovers to leave the IPL. Other members were Toronto City and Montreal Maroons from the International League.

Review of the season

The first game of the 1926 NSL season was played on June 19, 1926, when Ulster United defeated Windsor Rovers 5-3. The following weekend three games were played, with Ulster United beating Montreal Carsteel 4-1, Montreal Scottish trashing Hamilton Thistles 10-2 and Windsor Rovers shutout Toronto City 7-0.

On September 13 Ulster United forward George Graham was sold to Philadelphia of the American Soccer League.

Colin Jose wrote in Soccer Illustrated in 1981: “Often weeks went by without a game being played and the league president Len Peto admitted in a story in the Hamilton Spectator on December 2, 1926 that no league table had been issued”.

Results and standings

1. Ulster United
2. Montreal Maroons

The other clubs were Montreal Carsteel, Toronto City, Hamilton Thistles and Windsor Rovers

1926 NSL Championship final (two-game series)

April 25, 1927 Toronto
Ulster Ulster United 5 (Grant, Galloway, Graham 2, Williams)
Montreal Maroons 1 (Gibbs)
Ulster: Steve Smith; Walter Rankin, Tommy Johnston; Sam Grant, Fred Williams, Joe Clulow; Roy Faulkner, McNeil, George Graham, Jimmy Galloway, Jimmy Moir.
Maroons: Brown; Joe Reynolds, Charles Pain; Ferguson, Maurice Vandeweghe, George Moorhouse; Graham, Gibbs, George Jenkins, Smith, Ritson.

May 1, 1927 Montreal
Attendance: 1,000
Montreal Maroons 0
Ulster United 1 (Graham)
Ulster: Steve Smith; Walter Rankin, Tommy Johnston; Sam Grant, Fred Williams, Angus Watt; Roy Faulkner, McNeil, George Graham, Jimmy Galloway, Joe Clulow
Maroons: Brown; Joe Reynolds, Adam Smith; Maurice Vandeweghe, Bob Campbell, Ferguson; Gibbs, Johnson, George Jenkins, Horne, Ritson

National Soccer League Cup

First round, first leg
August 2, 1926 Ulster Stadium, Toronto
Ulster United 7
Hamilton Thistles 1

First round, second leg
August 8, 1926 Hamilton
Hamilton Thistles 4
Ulster United 7

First round, first leg

August 7, 1926 Toronto
Toronto City 5, Windsor Rovers 2

First round/Semi-final, first leg
Montreal Maroons
Montreal Carsteel

August 14, 1926 Toronto
Ulster United 4, Toronto City 1

August 29, 1926 Thornton Park, Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 0
Ulster United 2

September 4, 1926 Toronto
Ulster United 4
Montreal Carsteel 2

Ulster United won National League Cup

Exhibition game

July 10, 1926 Toronto
Attendance: 8,000
Ontario All-Stars
English F. A.