1941 National Soccer League

President: Arthur Arnold, Hamilton
Vice-president: Herbert Pickering, Montreal
Secretary-treasurer: George McBain, Toronto

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting was held at the Queen’s Hotel in Montreal on Saturday March 8, 1941. Arthur Arnold was re-elected as president and Bert Pickering as vice-president. George McBain was re-elected as secretary-treasurer. Clubs represented were Ulster United, Toronto Maple Leafs, England United and Toronto Scottish, of Toronto. Sons of England, Carsteel and Maisonneuve Rovers, of Montreal. Canadian Vickers of Montreal were admitted into the league. The Wings as they were known had been playing only exhibition matches in the 1940 season.

Clubs and players

Kenwoods joined from the Toronto Senior League.

Maisonneuve Rovers changed their name to Vickers before the season started. The railway team were strengthened by the signings of Chick Key, Malcolm Moon and Chick Kirby before the season started.

Wings player-coach Joe Kennaway. The players were drawn from the ranks of aviation workers.

Centre-forward Doug McMahon joined the Royal Navy but continued to play for Carsteel.

Review of the season

The Western Section opened league play on May 9 when Kenwoods and Toronto Scottish battled to a 1-1 tie and Maple Leafs won 3-1 over Liptons.

Kenwoods beat Liptons 1-0 in the final league match of the season to win the right to play in the play-offs.

Ulster United won the Lord Atholstan soccer trophy for the first time since 1924. They beat Montreal Carsteel 2-1 on goals in the two-game, total-goal series. Carsteel won the first match on Saturday October 12, 1-0, on a goal by Doug McMahon. In the second game the following day goalkeeper Breadon did more than just tend his goal, he also scored two goals on penalty kicks to give Ulster a 2-0 win.

Results and standings

Western Section standings 
(as of August 25)
                   GP W  L  T  GF GA  Pts
Maple Leafs        19 12  3  4         28
Ulster United      17 10  1  6         26
England United     19  8  7  4         20
Toronto Scottish   19  5 10  4         14
Kenwoods           18  5 10  3         13
Liptons            18  4 13  1          9
 
Semifinals  
Ulster United 3
England United 1
 
Maple Leafs 2
Kenwoods 2
 
Replay
Maple Leafs 1
Kenwoods 0
 
Finals
Ulster United 2
Maple Leafs 2
 
Ulster United 1
Maple Leafs 0
 
Ulster United qualified for Atholstan Cup final
 
 
Eastern Section
                   GP W  L  T  GF GA  Pts
1. Carsteel
 
 

Lord Atholstan Cup Finals 
October 11, 1941 Toronto
Ulster United 0
Montreal Carsteel 1 (McMahon)

Ulster: Breadon, Bill Davison, Doug McBridge, Chalmers, Adams, McDowald, Porter, Johnny Aiken, Tommy Axe, Bob Hume, George Graham. 
Subs: Harold McCullough, Jimmy Moir
Carsteel: Tim Gordon, George White, Lone, Sutherland, Samson, Archie Gammon, Castonguay, McDougall, Doug McMahon, George Chambers, Hutchinson.

October 13, 1941 Toronto
Ulster United 2 (Breadon 2)
Montreal Carsteel 0