National Soccer League

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

1927 Season

1927 National Soccer League

Review of the season

On January 16, 1927, Toronto Scottish made an application to join the league. They said that they were prepared to turn professional if necessary. An application from a Hamilton club was also said to be considered.

The annual meeting was held in Toronto on March 7, 1927. At this meeting Toronto Scottish purchased the Toronto City club’s franchise and was awarded a place in the league. Toronto Scottish had been members of the Inter-Provincial League in the 1926 season. Another former Inter-Provincial League member, the Hamilton City club, were also awarded a franchise. A new club was to play in Detroit, this either being Garwood or Holley Carburettors, or an amalgamation of both. The schedule would be arranged on March 27.

In the first game of the 1927 season Carsteel beat Hamilton City 8-3 on May 7 in Montreal. On the same day Windsor Rovers defeated Toronto Scottish 3-1 in Toronto.

Standings (as of May 13, 1927)

P.W.L.T.P.
Mtl Carsteel1 1002
Windsor Rovers11002
Detroit Can.11002
Ulster United10100
Toronto Scottish10100
Hamilton City 10100
Hamilton Th.00000
Montreal Maroons00000

This was another chaotic season as some clubs, due to the collapse of the International League, also played in the Provincial League. This led to fixture congestion and the NSL Final was never played. Detroit Canadians played a few a games but their cross-border play caused problems with the United States Football Association.

Another reason for the chaos was that Ulster United played in many lucrative exhibition games in the United States. They used some of the money recieved to pay their NL rivals to drop playing National League games. 

Suspension of Windsor Rovers and Montreal Maroons

On September 20, Windsor Rovers and Montreal Maroons were suspended for not fulfilling their obligations. The clubs were said to not have met the necessary bonds. The Windsor Rovers club had withheld the bond as it had been ordered to play five of the next seven games away from. This would have cost them a great deal as travelling expenses had to be covered by the gate receipts at home games. Rovers had also always paid their bonds but were unsure if other clubs did the same, and when they asked for proof of this the Toronto clubs would not comply. At the same meeting a fixture early in the season in Hamilton between the two local clubs, Thistles and City, that was abandoned at half-time due to rain was ordered to be replayed in Toronto.

Standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
Toronto Scottish 8 4 1 3181211
Ulster United 8 5 3 0181610
Montreal Carsteel 9 4 3 2282210
Montreal Maroons 6 3 0 310 5 9
Windsor Rovers 6 2 3 11717 5
Hamilton Thistles 6 1 4 11514 3
Hamilton City 7 0 5 2 7 24 2

Glebe Charity Cup

First round

September ??, 1927
Hamilton City
Hamilton Thistles

September ??, 1927
Toronto Scottish
Ulster United

September ??, 1927
Montreal Carsteel
Montreal Maroons

Semi-finals

Final

Exhibition games

May 25, 1927 Ulster Stadium, Toronto
Toronto All-Stars 3 (George Graham 2, Jimmy Galloway)
Hakoah Wien 2 (Nickolsburger 2)
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: W. Mitchell
Toronto: Art Halliwell; Bob Calder, Herring; McCrone, Joe Clulow, Matthews; Roy Faulkner, R. Lavery, George Graham, Jimmy Galloway, Burness.
Hakoah: Alex Fabian; Scheur, Gold; Fried, Guttman, Hess; Schwarz, Haeusler, Nickolsburger, Gruenwald, Wortmann.

May 26, 1927 Scott Park, Hamilton, Ontario
Scottish Football Association XI 6 (Simpson 3, Cook, Archibald, Cunningham)
Hamilton and District All-Stars 1 (Munro)
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Alex McCulloch (Hamilton)
Scottish XI: Hamilton; W. McStay, Blair; Morrison, J. McStay, Swallow; Archibald, Cunningham, Simpson, Hunter, Cook.
Hamilton All-Stars: Joe Scanlon (Hamilton City); Bobby Lodge (Hamilton Thistles), Arthur Vickers (Hamilton City); George Totten (Hamilton City), Billy Gilvear (Hamilton City), Slater (Hamilton Thistles); Bill Barclay (Hamilton Thistles), George Munro (Hamilton Thistles), Art Fell (Guelph), Hughie Aird (Brantford Cockshutts), Allan Ashthorpe (Hamilton City).

July 2, 1927 Ulster Stadium, Toronto
Ontario All-Stars 2 (Wright, George Graham)
Hakoah Wien 2 (Haeusler, Gold)
Attendance:
Referee: J. Cameron
Ontario: Nudds (London Westminster Hospital); Bob Calder (Bell Telephone, Toronto), Nokes (Toronto Scottish); McCrone (48th Highlanders, Toronto), Fred Williams (Ulster United, Toronto), Condie (Toronto Scotttish); Roy Faulkner (Ulster United, Toronto), George Munro (Hamilton Thistles), George Graham (Ulster United, Toronto), Wright (London), Grant (Ulster United, Toronto). Reserves: Young and Brown, Toronto Scottish
Hakoah: Alex Fabian; Scheur, Gold; Fried, Guttman, Strauss; Schwarz, Haeusler, Hess, Wortmann, Fischer.

July 4, 1927 Toronto
Toronto Ulster & Scottish 2
Hakoah Wien 0

July 6, 1927 Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton All-Stars 2
Hakoah Wien 2

July 11, 1927 Toronto
Attendance: 6,000
Ulster United 0
Scottish Football Association XI 3

August 21, 1927 Bemo Field, Buffalo, New York
Referee: A. Chalmers; linesmen, F . Dobson and G. Cumming
Niagara Frontier League All-Stars 0
Toronto Scottish 1 (Burness)
Niagara Frontier League: J. Maxwell; R. Jones, H. Neeson; W. Dick, J. Fraser, S. Smith; J. Porter, A. Rae, D Auld, G. Brown
Toronto Scottish: Art Halliwell; W . Stuppard . F . Noakes; J. McBone , J. Brown . A. Moir; W. McCarthney . E. Fiddler, H. Burness, H. McDonald, T. Condie

Other Leagues and Cups

Robertson Cup

Final

November 7, 1927 Toronto
Willys-Overland 3
Ulster United 2

Willys-Overland won the 1927 Robertson Cup

1927 Toronto & District League

At a league meeting on March 5, 1927, the league decided against admitting teams from Hamilton, Guelph and Brantford.

The schedule was arranged on March 27.

Senior League

League Champions: Toronto Transport Commission

Standings of August 24, 1927

  1. Dunlops
  2. T.C.C.
  3. Mimico Beach
  4. C.N.R.
  5. Lancashire
  6. Craigavon
  7. Dominion Stores
  8. 48th Highlanders

First Division Section “A”

Standings of August 24, 1927

  1. Neilsons
  2. Sunderland
  3. Bell Telephone
  4. Oshawa City
  5. Mimico
  6. Swansea
  7. Congasco
  8. Christie-Brown

First Division Section “B”

Standings of August 24, 1927

  1. Goodyear
  2. Simmons
  3. Earlscourt Kenwoods
  4. C.G.E.
  5. Eveready
  6. Kodaks
  7. Notts County
  8. Smiths

Second Division

Standings of August 24, 1927

  1. St. Pat’s
  2. Mount Dennis
  3. Easy Washer
  4. Leaside
  5. T.T.C. St. Cl.
  6. Beaches United
  7. Massey-Harris
  8. Can. Acme
  9. Anaconda
  10. Palmolive
  11. Avondale
  12. Northern Elec.

1927 Inter-Provincial Soccer League

President: Joseph Bond

Despite the troubled 1926 season that saw the departure of many clubs to the National Soccer League, the league continued to operate in the 1927 season.

Clubs: Brantford Cockshutt Blues, Hamilton City, Hamilton Thistles, Taylor Forbes, Toronto Scottish, Ulster United and Willys-Overland

The opening game was played on April 30 between Willys Overland and Taylor Forbes of Guelph. A big crowd watched Willys win 5-1 at Conboy Park in Toronto.

When Hamilton City defeated Hamilton Thistles 7-3 on Saturday August 6, they moved into a tie for second place with Toronto Scottish in the league standing.

Ontario Cup

District qualifiers

Toronto District

Semi-finals

Ulster United 6, Toronto C.N.R. 0

Willys Overland vs T.T.C.

Final

Ulster United 6, Willys-Overland 1

XX District

First round

XX vs XX

Fourth round

August 13, 1927 Brantford, Ontario
Brantford Cockshutt Blues 2
Hamilton Ulster 0

Semi-finals

XX, 1927
Ulster United 
XX

Ulster United qualified for final

XX, 1927
Kirkland Lake
XX

Kirkland Lake qualified for final

Final

October 1, 1927 Toronto
Ulster United 7 (Tommy Cowan 2, Jimmy Moir 2, Galloway 2, Hagen)
Kirkland Lake 2 (Parsons, A. Hamilton)
Attendance: 2,000    
Referee:
Ulster United: Fraser; Dave Eadie, Walter Rankin; Sammy Grant, Fred Williams, Joe Clulow; Tommy Cowan, McNeil, Hagen, Jimmy Galloway, Jimmy Moir.
Kirkland Lake: Cadman; Welsby, McGregor; Simpson, J. Hamilton, D. Rhodes; D. McDonald, A. Hamilton, Parsons, J. McDonald, Pidcock.

Ontario Junior Cup

Final

October 29, 1927
Toronto Banfields 3 (Nevison, Woods, Gibson)
Windsor Thistles 1 (A. Caldwell)

Banfield won the 1927 Ontario Junior Cup

British Consols Cup

Finals

December 3, 1927
Ulster United 7
Toronto Scottish 2

December 10, 1927
Ulster United 2
Toronto Scottish 1

Ulster United won the series won the series after two games.

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