National Soccer League

National Soccer League (1926-1992) & Canadian National Soccer League (1993-1997)

1946 Season

1946 National Soccer League

President: Ted Slade

Following a weekend meeting in Toronto it was announced on Monday February 4, 1946, that inter-provincial play probably would be resumed. The meeting in Toronto was attended by ten delegates from Montreal representing Carsteel, Vickers, Canadair, Stelco, Victoria Hospital and Maisonneuve. The meeting was chaired by National Soccer League president Ted Slade. Slade was the manager of the John Inglis club in the Toronto and District League in the 1945 season.

Eastern Division

President: Walter Vogan
Vice-presidents: Arthur Peters and John MacGregor
Secretary: Bill Howie

Standings (as of May 14, 1946)

GPWLTGFGAPts
Canadair Falcons1100502
Montreal Carsteel1100412
Montreal Stelco1100312
Rovers0010130
Ferry Command0010140
Montreal Vickers0010050

 

Other Leagues and Cups

1946 Ontario Major Soccer League

Preview

In January 1946 it was rumoured that the league would expand to 16 teams. In January Toronto Scottish rejected an offer of a franchise in the newly-formed North American Professional Soccer League. President Jimmy Peden citing financial reasons. The John Inglis club of the Toronto & District League joined the NASPL and the Ontario Major League in March 1946. They later changed their name to the Toronto Greenbacks.

At a league meeting on Friday night March 29 the John Inglis club was barred from participation in the 1946 league season. This as they had failed to submit a list of players.

The amateur league was to operate with two divisions. Five Toronto teams and Hamilton Stelcos in the first division. The second division would consist of three Toronto teams and Fergus.

Review of the season

Ulster United made a clean sweep of all honours in the 1946 season. They won the Dominion Cup, the Ontario Major Soccer League, the Consols Cup, the Dunlop Cup and the Harris trophy. Ulster United played in 50 games, winning 47 and losing 3. The three losses came in exhibition games.

Liverpool beat Ulster United 11-1 on June 6 at Maple Leaf Stadium. The game was watched by 15,000 persons, the second largest crowd to ever see a soccer game in Canada. The largest was the 21,000 persons that watched the game between Ulster United and Scottish side Third Lanark in 1921.

GPWLTGFGAPts
1. Ulster United

Exhibition game

June 5, 1946 Maple Leaf Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 15,000
Ulster United 1
Liverpool FC 11

1946 Toronto & District Football Association

Senior League

Teams included: Lipton

First Division

Teams included:

1946 Campbell Cup

Champions: Lipton

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