Due to the previous seasons problems with fixture congestion it was decided not to have divisional playoffs this season. Each section of the league had to declare a champion before July 31.
Clubs and players
Sons of England signed 11 of the players that won the previous year’s Canadian national junior champions. Most of their players were in the 18-21 years old range.
Maple Leafs were strengthened with ten players from the defunct British Consols team. They were led by Adam Inch who had won international honors with the Scottish Schoolboy team.
Review of the season – Western Division
The Western Division season was scheduled to open on Wednesday May 1 but the match between England United and Toronto Scottish was rained out. Instead the season opened on Saturday May 4 with England United meeting Hamilton City in Toronto and Ulster United meeting Stelco in Hamilton.
On May 11 Toronto Scottish defeated Hamilton Stelcos 2-1 in Toronto. Donald and Cairns scored for Scottish and Fisher scored for Stelcos. Toronto Maple Leafs beat league-leading Hamilton City 4-0 at Hamilton.
Ulster United won its first game of the NSL season when they defeated Hamilton City 5-2 on May 18 in Toronto. Ollie Sutton scored two goals, and Johnny Aiken, Jimmy Moir and George Graham one each for Ulster. City’s goals were scored by Connelly and Touhey.
In Hamilton on May 18 star forward Amos Woodward scored five goals to lead England United to a 7-3 victory over Hamilton Thistles. S. Smith scored the three Thistle goals.
England United increased its lead in the NSL by beating Toronto Scottish 1-0 on May 28. Jack Rudland scored the goal for United. It was the third straight defeat for Scottish.
On June 1 Ulster United and Maple Leafs played to a 2-2 tie.
On June 15 Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Ulster United 3-2. Leafs’ goalscorers were White, Patterson and Thomas.
On July 6 Toronto Maple Leafs defeated last-placed Hamilton Stelcos 7-1. Buchanan scored three goals for Maple Leafs.
After 12 years as members of the league Maple Leafs qualified for their first Atholstan Cup Final. By beating Toronto Scottish 4-1 on Friday July 19 they clinched the championship of the western section and earned the right to meet the winners of the eastern section.
The first doubleheader of the western division was played in Toronto on August 17. Ulster United defeated England United 8-1, and Toronto Scottish defeated Maple Leafs 4-1.
Carsteel won the Eastern Section with only the loss of one point during their league schedule.
After the season had finsihed the finances of the Toronto clubs were so poor that all four clubs planned a series of monthly dances to build up finances for the next season. The two Hamilton-clubs dropped out of the league and joined the Hamilton & District League.
Review of the season – Eastern Division
The eastern division was scheduled to kick off on May 4.
Results and standings
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Lord Atholstan Cup Finals
October 5, 1940 Maisonneuve Grounds, Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 2
October 6, 1940 Glen Yards Grounds, Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Carsteel won the two-game total-goals series 5-2.
May 20, 1940 Montreal
Montreal Black Watch Regiment XI 0
NSL All-Stars* 1 (Jack Rudland)
*The NSL All-Stars was picked from players from England United and Toronto Scottish.