1935 National Soccer League

President: Arthur Arnold
Vice-predidents: M.A. Searle, Toronto and D.S. Wilkinson, Montreal
Secretary: George McBain, Toronto


In December 1934 the NSL Western Section recieved applications from Guelph Lancashires and Toronto team England United. The new England United team was seen as a welcome addition after many years with teams named the Scottish and the Irish.

The annual general meeting was held at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal on Saturday January 12, 1935.

It was announced after the meeeting that the creation of a Northern Section was practically assured. The teams that would be included in the Northern Section were Falconbridge, Frood, McIntyre, Noranda, Dome Creighton and Kirkland Lake.

A Southern Section was also discussed. If this section would materialize it was expected that it would include clubs from the Western Ontario League.

Clubs and players

Danish player Kai Sandvig joined Toronto Scottish from London Labatts shortly after the 1934 season had finished.

Review of the season – Western Division

The NSL season in Toronto opened on Saturday May 4 with Toronto Scottish beating England United 5-1.

The two Hamilton teams opened their NSL season in Hamilton on Tuesday evening May 7. Hamilton Thistles defeated Hamilton City 2-1.

On May 11 Hamilton City and Toronto Scottish played to a scoreless tie in Hamilton.

Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Hamilton City 5-3 in Toronto on May 18. British Consols secured the four points by beating Hamilton Thistles 4-1 in Hamilton. Ollie Sutton scored two goals, Meldrum and Brown one each for Consols. Burns scored the Thistles goal.

Hamilton City got their first victory of the 1935 NSL season when they defeated England United 6-0 in Toronto on Saturday June 15. Hamilton Thistles tied the league-leading Ulster United team 2-2 in Hamilton.

On June 22 Toronto Scottish defeated Hamilton Thistles 3-0 at Oakwood Stadium. Scottish thus climbed into a tie for the leadership of the National Soccer League with Ulster United.

Calgary Herald, July 9, 1935: “British Consols, Ulster United and Toronto Scottish are taking turns in leading the National Soccer League”.

On July 27 Toronto Scottish and British Consols played to a 2-2 draw. This meant that the two clubs remained tied in second place in the league standings.

Toronto Scottish gained four points by beating Hamilton Thistles 3-1 in Hamilton on September 7.

Review of the season – Eastern Division

The NSL season in the Eastern Division kicked off on Saturday May 4. Emard St. Paul defeated Carsteel 3-0. Hamilton United beat Aldred 3-0. Canadian Nationals humiliated Ulster United by beating them 8-0.

Montreal Aldred won the Domonion championship, the Quebec title and the NSL Eastern Division championship. The club lost only two games during the NSL season in the Eastern Division.

Review of the season – Northern Division

The National Soccer League expanded into Northern Ontario, thus creating three divisions. Because of the Depression many players from the Toronto-Hamilton area in particular had moved north to find work, and had strengthened the teams in the mining areas. Falconbridge Mines, Frood Mines and Timmins Dome Mines became powerful teams on the national scene.

Western Division

Division semifinals: 
Ulster United 4
British Consols 3

Toronto Scottish 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Division Finals: 
Not played.

Eastern Division

Final standings

Emard St. Paul1520
Hamilton United1518
Ulster United15 0

Northern Division

Clubs: Frood Mines, Falconbridge Falcons, McIntyre Mines, Noranda, Dome Creighton, Kirkland Lake

Frood Mines qualified for playoffs.

Lord Atholstan Cup Final

May 25, 1936 Consols Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: W. Newton
Ulster United 1 (Bill Quinn)
Frood Mines 3 (Simpson, Davies, Waide)
Ulster: Wilson; Bill Davison, Doug McBride; Bill Quinn, Norman Bundy (George Singleton), Harold McCullough; Sam McNabney, Johnny Aitken, George Graham, Gordon, Meldrum. Sub: Bob Hume
Frood: Jimmy France; Cyril Meadows, Bob Murray; Bill Campbell, Dick Waide, Billy Grassum; Angus MacDonald, George Simpson, Taffy Davies, Billy Young, Alec Gray. Subs: J. Grassaum, Gaylor

Title awarded to Frood Mines when Ulster United refused to play the second game in Sudbury.

Exhibition game

May 22, 1935, Toronto
Attendance: 10,000
Toronto All-Stars 1 (J. Aiken)
Scottish Football Association XI 3 (Willie Miller 2, Hugh Gallagher)
Toronto All-Stars: L. Wollacott; W. Davison and C. Davis; J. Clulow, K. Sanvig and J. Hagen; O. Sutton, J. Aiken, G. Graham, N. Donald and L. N. Meldrum.
Scottish F. A.: W. Stevenson (Clyde); A. Anderson (Hearts) and R. McDonald (Rangers); P. Wilson (Hibernians), T. Smith (Kilmarnock) and R. Fraser (Aberdeen); R.Main (Rangers), W. Miller (Partick Thistle), H. Gallacher (Derby County), W. Mills (Aberdeen), D. Duncan (Derby County).