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
|Toronto Maple Leafs||24||5||16||3||33||51||13|
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 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
|Royal Victoria Hospital||10||6||2||2||14|
|Sons of England||10||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.
May 27, 1939 Toronto
Toronto Maple Leafs 4
Rochester Thistles 2
September 30, 1939 Brown’s Stadium, Verdun, Montreal
Other Leagues and Cups
1939 Ontario Cup
September 23, 1939 Oakwood Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Scottish 1 (Morman Donald)
Hamilton City 1 (Walmsley)
Toronto Scottish: Buxton; Graham, Spicer; Gregor, McKean, E. Donald; Stan Wadlow, McLuer, Bowles, Tommy Axe, Norman Donald. Subs: Hales, Paterson
Hamilton City: Holmes; John Leitch, MacMillan; Watson, Barlow, Jimmy Leitch; Tuohey, Davidson, Walmsley, Collis, Smith. Subs: Waas, McConnell
October 7, 1939 Oakwood Stadium, Toronto
Hamilton City 4 (Walmsley 2, Gibb, Gregory)
Toronto Scottish 1 (Jack Paterson)
Hamilton City won the 1939 Ontario Cup Trophy.