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1939 Season

1939 National Soccer League

President: Arthur Arnold
Vice-presidents: Tom Byford and George Owen
Secretary: George McBain


The annual general meeting was held at Queen’s Hotel in Montreal on Saturday February 25, 1939. Arthur Arnold was elected as president of the league, replacing Duncan Cameron who did not want to be re-elected. Tom Byford of Hamilton United and George Owen of Sons of England were elected as vice-presidents and George McBain was re-elected as secretary.

Review of the season – Western Division

Hamilton Stelcos joined the league from the Hamilton & District League.

The NSL season in Hamilton opened on May 6 when British Consols and Hamilton City played to a 2-2 tie.

Ulster United defeated Hamilton Stelcos 4-2 in a four-point game in Hamilton on Saturday August 5. British Consols retained their lead in the NSL standings by beating Toronto Scottish 6-0.

On September 9 England United secured a play-off spot in the western division by beating Hamilton Stelcos 4-3 in the final game scheduled in Hamilton. British Consols defeated Ulster United 2-0 in the final scheduled game in Toronto. Ulster United fielded only ten men.

In December 1939 resigned from the league this as several players had enlisted in the armed services.

After the season the British Consols decided not to operate the following season and ten of their players joined the Maple Leafs.

Western Division – Final standings

Ulster United2314 3 4632536
British Consols2412 8 4523428
England United2311 8 4533226
Hamilton City24 8 9 7492423
Toronto Scottish24 910 5274523
Hamilton Stelcos24 714 3243017
Toronto Maple Leafs24 516 3335113

Western Section semi-finals

September 16, 1939 Toronto
Ulster United 6 (George Graham 5, ???)
England United 0

Ulster United qualified for Western Section finals

British Consols defeated Hamilton City

British Consols qualified for Western Section finals

Western section finals

September 21, 1939 Ulster Stadium, Toronto
British Consols 2
Ulster United 2
September 23, 1939 Toronto
British Consols 1
Ulster United 0
British Consols won the two-game, total goal series 

Review of the season – Eastern Division

Carsteel easily won the Eastern Section. This was the sixth time in 12 years that Carsteel won the Eastern Section. By September 11th Paul Emil Castonguay had scored 38 goals in all competitions. They only dropped one point by drawing with Royal Victoria Hospital.

At the end of the season the National Soccer League Eastern Section gathered at the Queen’s Hotel in Montreal on Friday October 27th for a Supper Dance in the Spanish Rooms. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Lord Atholstan Cup to Royal Victoria Hospital.

Eastern Division – Final standings

Montreal Carsteel10 9 0 119
Royal Victoria Hospital10 6 2 214
Wanderers10 4 4 210
Glen Yards10 3 5 2 8
Maisonneuve10 3 7 0 6
Sons of England10 1 8 1 3

Eastern section finals

Royal Victoria Hospital defeated Montreal Carsteel

Lord Atholstan Final

Royal Victoria Hospital vs. British Consols

Final not played. Cup awarded to Royal Victoria Hospital.

Exhibition games

May 27, 1939 Toronto
Toronto Maple Leafs 4
Rochester Thistles 2

September 30, 1939 Brown’s Stadium, Verdun, Montreal
Montreal Stelco
Hamilton Stelco

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