1941 National Soccer League

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

Preview

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.

At a meeting held in Toronto on April 14, fifteen players signed contracts to play for Ulster United in the 1941 season. George Waring was elected as president and T. R. Houston as honorary president.

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.

On May 17 England United took first place in the western division by beating Liptons 4-0 in Toronto.

On Thursday June 11 Ulster United defeated Kenwoods 5-0 at Oakwood Stadium. The win moved Ulster United into first place in the league standings. At Ulster Stadium Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Toronto Scottish 2-1.

Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Toronto Scottish 3-1 on June 13 at Oakwood Stadium. Due to a downpour of rain the second part of the scheduled doubleheader, a game between Kenwood and Liptons was postponed. At Ulster Stadium on the same day Ulster United defeated England United 4-1.

On Wednesday night June 18 Ulster United and Toronto Scottish played to a 1-1 tie at Oakwood Stadium. The result gave Ulster United a five point lead ahead of England United and Maple Leafs in the league standings.

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

Exhibition games

??, 1941 Toronto
Attendance:
Ulster United 5
Detroit Chryslers 2

November 2, 1941 Mack Park, Detroit
Attendance: 600
Detroit Chryslers 4 (Neil Campbell 4)
Ulster United 1 (Alex Gray)