1940 National Soccer League
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.
Review of the season – Western Division
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.
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.
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 July 6 Toronto Maple Leafs defeated last-placed Hamilton Stelcos 7-1. Buchanan scored three goals for Maple Leafs.
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.
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.
Western Division – Final Standings
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
Sons of England signed 11 of the players that won the previous year’s Canadian national junior championship. Most of their players were in the 18-21 years old range.
The eastern division was scheduled to kick off on May 4.
On June 29 Doug McMahon scored one goal as Carsteel defeated Glen Yards 4-1. It was McMahon’s 18th goal in all competitions.
Carsteel won the Eastern Section with only the loss of one point during their league schedule.
1940 Lord Atholstan Cup Finals
October 5, 1940 Maisonneuve Grounds, Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Montreal Carsteel: Tim Gordon; Robert Dunlop, George White; Grundie, Max Epstein, Archie Gammon; Roland Castonguay, Sutherland, Doug McMahon, Bill Craig, George Chambers, Herb Leah, Saunders.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Olliver; Jordan, McLean; Adam Inch, D. White, Cairns; McGarva, Clark, Huskisson, Ross, Bugden. Subs: Farrimand, West, Cook
October 6, 1940 Glen Yards Grounds, Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 2 (Doug McMahon 2)
Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Montreal Carsteel: Tim Gordon; Robert Dunlop, George White; Grundie, Max Epstein, Archie Gammon; Roland Castonguay, Sutherland, Doug McMahon, Bill Craig, George Chambers (Marcel Castonguay, Herb Leah, Saunders.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Olliver; Jordan, McLean; Adam Inch, D. White, Cairns; McGarva, Clark, Huskisson, Ross, Bugden. Subs: Farrimand, West, Cook.
Carsteel won the two-game total-goals series 5-2.
May 20, 1940 Montreal, Quebec
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.
May 25, 1940 Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton Stelcos 3
Montreal Stelcos 0
June 16, 1940 Mack Park, Detroit, Michigan
Other Leagues and Cups
1940 Toronto Senior Soccer League
Kenwoods joined the National Soccer League after the season.
1940 Ontario Cup
Hamilton district finals
September 28, 1940
Hamilton City 4
Hamilton Stelcos 1
Hamilton City qualified for play-offs
Ontario Cup Final
October 5, 1940
England United 6
Hamilton City 1
England United won the 1940 Ontario Cup Final
Hamilton & District
Hamilton Spectator Cup
Fergus won the 1940 Hamilton Spectator Cup.