1928 National Soccer League

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

Preview

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.

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

General Motors of Oshawa joined the league.

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.

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

1928 National Soccer League Championship

April 20, 1929 Toronto
Ulster United 2 (Graham, Williams)
Montreal C.N.R. 1 (Finlayson)
Referee:
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 games

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.

June 16, 1928 Montreal, Quebec
Montreal All-Stars 1 (Duguid)
Glasgow Rangers 5 (Cunningham 2, Archibald, Marshall, McPhail)
Referee: Horace S. Lyons
Montreal: Henry Noseworthy; Malcolm Moon, Husband; Naismith, Peter Miller, Keir; Bill Westwater, Poul Nielson, Jock Duguid, Cook, Jimmy Baillie.
Rangers: T. Hamilton; Gray, McCandless; Buchanan, Meiklejohn, Craig; Archibald, Cunningham, Marshall, McPhail, Muirhead

Other Leagues and Cups

1928 INTER-PROVINCIAL LEAGUE

X

X

Ontario Cup

Northern Ontario district winners: Lake Shore Mines. Teams competing were McIntyre, Holly Recs, Dome Mines, Lake Shore and Teck-Hughes.

Hamilton district winners: Hamilton Thistles

Toronto district winners: Toronto Scottish

Sudbury district winners: Creighton Mines

Oshawa district winners:

First round

September 8, 1928 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Lake Shore Mines 2
Hamilton Thistles 3

Hamilton Thistles qualified for semi-finals

XX qualified for semi-finals

XX qualified for semi-finals

XX qualified for semi-finals

Semi-finals

September/ October ??, 1928
XX
Toronto Scottish 

Toronto Scottish qualified for finals

September/ October ??, 1928
Oshawa
Hamilton Thistles 

Hamilton Thistles qualified for finals

Finals

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

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

Toronto Scottish won the Ontario Cup

Gallagher Cup – Northern Ontario Championship

August 11, 1928 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Lake Shore Mines 6
Dome Mines 0

August 18, 1928 Dome, Ontario
Dome Mines 2
Lake Shore Mines 1

Lake Shore Mines won total-goals series 7 to 2 and also qualified for the Ontario Cup.