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. W. Cairns and Huskisson scored for Consols, Hughes and Burns scored for Hamilton.

On May 6 Ulster United defeated Hamilton Stelcos 4-1 in Toronto. Ulster’s outside right Eddie Porter broke his leg in a collision with a Hamilton player. On the same day Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Toronto Scottish 2-1.

The first doubleheader of the season was held at Ulster Stadium on May 13. Amos Woodward scored the only goal of the game as England United defeated British Consols 1-0. In the other game Hamilton City and Toronto Maple Leafs played to a 2-2 tie.

On May 17 Ulster United defeated Toronto Scottish 4-1. The win meant that Ulster United remained undefeated and that they increased their lead in the NSL standings.

On May 20 Ulster United ended Hamilton City’s unbeaten NSL record by defeating them 2-1 in a four-point game in Hamilton. British Consols spoiled Maple Leafs’ unbeaten record by beating them 5-0 at Ulster Stadium. Hamilton Stelcos go their first victory of the season by beating England United 2-0 in a four-point game at Oakwood Stadium in Toronto.

On Saturday July 29 British Consols defeated Hamilton Stelco 2-1 to take over the lead in the NSL. Hamilton City beat Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in Hamilton. The game between Ulster United and England United was postponed because Ulster United could not raise a team. The two teams were deadlocked in second place in the league.

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

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

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

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:
Toronto Scottish:

Hamilton City won the 1939 Ontario Cup Trophy.