1928 National Soccer League

President: Len A. Peto
Vice-president: W. Gill, Montreal
Vice-president: J. McIntyre, Hamilton
Secretary-Treasurer: J. Innes, Toronto


The annual general meeting was held in Toronto on March 11, 1928. It was decided to continue with the National Soccer League in the 1928 season. Carsteel, Ulster United, Toronto Scottish, Hamilton City and Hamilton Thistles were represented at the meeting. Montreal clubs Lachine, Verdun, C.N.R. and National Breweries were admitted to the league. An Ottawa franchise was also admitted. Len A. Peto was elected as president of the league.

Merger of the Inter-Provincial and National League

On Saturday April 21, 1928 the Provincial and National Leagues merged. The merger was done at a meeting at Hamilton and it was decided that the league should be known as the National. The games in the Provincial League that day counted in the new league.

At a re-organization meeting held in Toronto on Saturday April 28, 14 teams were admitted to membership. These clubs included Willys-Overland. Hamilton Corinthians had to fight for membership as the two other Hamilton clubs, Thistles and City, objected due to the question over lack of grounds in Hamilton. However, the other clubs took the stand that the Corinthians would have to be admitted as the National Soccer League had absorbed the provincial league.

Clubs and players

General Motors of Oshawa joined the league.

The NSL improved on its chaotic 1927 season, but still fixture problems led to the NSL Final first being played in the spring of 1929 when Montreal C.N.R. defetead Ulster United.

Review of the season Western Section

In the opening game of the 1928 National Soccer League season in London, Oshawa General Motors defeated London C.N.R. 10-2 on Saturday May 5. In Brantford the Cockshutt Blues beat Hamilton Corinthians 2-1.

On Saturday May 12 Ulster United defeated Taylor Forbes of Guelph 4-0 in Toronto. Hamilton Thistles beat Maple Leafs in Toronto 2-1. Campbell in the Thistle goal was the star of the game.

On May 19 Maple Leafs defeated London C.N.R. 3-2. Toronto Scottish beat Brantford Cockshutts 2-1. Bell Telephone lost 1-3 to Oshawa.

Five games were played in the Eastern Section on Saturday May 26. Three games were played in Toronto. Willys Overland defeated London C.N.R. 1-0; Toronto Maple Leafs beat Taylor Forbes of Guelph 3-0 and Toronto T.T.C. beat Bell Telephone 4-1. Cockshutt Blues defeated Toronto C.N.R. 3-1 in Brantford. In Hamilton, Thistles trounced City 11-3.

Review of the season Eastern Section

The opening game of the NSL season in Ottawa was played on Saturday May 12. Montreal C.N.R. beat Ottawa 5-1 at Lansdowne Park. On the same day Carsteel visited Blackburn Park and defeated Verdun 3-2. National Breweries defeated Lachine 2-0 at Thornton Park.

Results and standings

National Soccer League Championship

April 20, 1929 Toronto
Ulster United 2 (Graham, Williams)
Montreal C.N.R. 1 (Finlayson)
Ulster: Vennard; David Eadie, Dick Prior; George Singleton, Fred Williams, Joe Clulow; Harry Gibson, McCrindle, George Graham, Jimmy Galloway, Jimmy Moir.
C.N.R: Jimmy Nelson; Harry Barnes, James Graham; Robert Lumsden, Peter Keir, James Turnbull; Joe Williams, Dave Meldrum, Bill Finlayson, Frank Henderson, John Coule.

May 4, 1929 Montreal
Montreal C.N.R. 4 (Green, Finlayson 2, Williams)
Ulster United 0
Referee: H.S. Lyons
C.N.R.: Jimmy Nelson; Harry Barnes, James Turnbull; Robert Lumsden, Peter Keir, Bob Campbell; Joe Williams, Dave Meldrum, Bill Finlayson, Frank Henderson, Jack Green.
Ulster: Bobby Kirk; Davie Eadie, Dick Pryor; Angus Watt, Fred Williams, Joe Clulow; Harry Gibson, McCrindle, George Graham, Jimmy Galloway, Jimmy Moir.

Exhibition game

June 13, 1928 Maple Leaf Baseball Stadium, Toronto
Ulster United 0
Glasgow Rangers 7 (MacPhail 4, Fleming 2, Cunningham)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: W. Mitchell
Ulster: Fraser; David Eadie, Walter Rankin; Sam Grant, Fred Williams, Joe Clulow; Faulkner, Hagen, George Graham, Jimmy Galloway, Jimmy Moir.
Glasgow Rangers: Hamilton; Gray, McCandless; Muirhead, Meiklejohn, Craig; Archibald, Cunningham, Fleming, McPhail, Morton.

Ontario Cup Final

October 20, 1928 Hamilton
Hamilton Thistles 2 (Dewar, Laurie)
Toronto Scottish 1 (Harry Anderson)
Thistles: Mosher; T. Lodge, Houison; McLean, Crawford, R. Lodge; McDonald, Munroe, Dewar, Laurie, Leslie.
Scottish: Art Halliwell; Frank Crawley, Jimmy Noke; McDonald, Muir, Condie; Harry Anderson, Grant, Simpson, Dawson, Jimmy McIntyre.

October 27 1928 Toronto       
Toronto Scottish 4 (Jimmy McIntyre 2, Warnock, Harry Anderson)
Hamilton Thistles 0
Scottish: Art Halliwell; Frank Crawley, Jimmy Noke; Nixon, Muir, Condie; Harry Anderson, Warnock, Simpson, Dawson, Jimmy McIntyre.
Thistles: Mosher; T. Lodge, Craig; McLean, Crawford, R. Lodge; McDonald, Munroe, Dewar, Laurie, Leslie

Toronto Scottish won the Ontario Cup