1947 National Soccer League

President: Wally Vogan
Vice-presidents: Miss Jean Gordon, Toronto and Pat Nolan, Montreal
Secretary-treasurer: Bill Howie

Preview

The annual general meeting was held on Sunday March 23, 1947. Wally Vogan was re-elected as president and an unusual precedent was established with the election of Miss Jean Gordon as vice-president. The league would again be inter-provincial, consisting of Toronto Greenbacks, Montreal Stelco, Montreal Falcons and Montreal Carsteel. The Falcons were later replaced by Ulster United of Toronto.

Carsteel and Stelco also competed in the National City League in Montreal.

Review of the season

The opening game of the 1947 season was played in Toronto on Saturday May 10. Toronto Greenbacks and Montreal Stelco played to 1-1 draw. Johnny Davidson scored for Ulster and Tommy Turley for Stelco.

On Saturday May 17 Ulster United beat Montreal Carsteel 4-1 in front of what was described as a small and chilled crowd. Sid Davies, Frank Millar, Jack Rudland and Don Ross scored Ulster’s goals. Doug McMahon scored the Carsteel goal.

On Saturday May 31 Ulster United defeated Montreal Stelco 1-0 in Montreal. Johnny Aiken scored the only goal of the game from a pass from Jack Rudland. Ulster United’s goalkeeper Bill Breadon was the star of the game.

Ulster United won 2-1 over Carsteel in Montreal on Sunday June 29. A crowd of 2,500 watched the NSL game. Art Varley and Jackie Rudland scored for Ulster. Anderson scored the Carsteel goal.

A crowd of 2,000 watched Ulster United and Montreal Stelco play to a 1-1 draw at Broadview Field in Toronto on Saturday night July 5.

On July 20 Montreal Stelco and Ulster United played to a 2-2 tie in a four-point NSL game in Montreal. Ulster United had only eleven men, carrying no substitutes.

Montreal Stelco moved into a tie for top place in the NSL with Ulster United when they defeated Toronto Greenbacks 2-1 on August 9 in Montreal. Carsteel defeated Ulster United 3-2 in Toronto.

On Saturday september 27 Ulster United and Montreal Stelco tied 2-2 in a NSL game in Toronto.

Carsteel defeated Ulster United 6-1 in Montreal on October 4.

Stelco won the league championship when they played to a scoreless draw with Carsteel in Montreal on October 11.

Doug Cunningham was awarded the McLagan Trophy. The trophy was awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the eastern section of the NSL.

Results and standings

Standings as of August 11, 1947

GPWLTPts
Stelco19
Ulster Utd19
Greenbacks17
Carsteel11

Final standings

GPWLTPts
1. Stelco
2.
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Playoff finals

Champions: Toronto Greenbacks

Exhibition game

November 27, 1947 Sterling Oval, New York
Attendance: 2,500
New York All-Stars 3 (Jack Hynes 3)
Ulster United 3 (Les Medley, Bill Cairns, Don Ross)