1947 National Soccer League

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


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

Ulster Utd19

Final standings

1. Stelco

Playoff finals

Champions: Toronto Greenbacks

Exhibition games

May 24, 1947 Randalls Island, New York
German American League All-Stars 1
Ulster United 5

October 18, 1947 Oakwood Stadium, Toronto
Canadian All-Stars
United States All-Stars
Canadian All-Stars: Goalkeeper ; forwards Hugh Godley (Montreal Stelco), Doug McMahon (Montreal Carsteel), Les Medley (Toronto Greenbacks), Art Varley (Ulster United), Joe Rabowlsky (Toronto Hungaria). Alternates: Bob Greenhalgh (Lancashire), Billy Cairns (Toronto General).
United States All-Stars: Goalkeeper

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)

Other Leagues and Cups



The annual general meeting was held on Sunday March 9, 1947. It was decided to operate as a four-team league consisting of Ulster United, Toronto Scottish, Canadian General Electric and Hamilton City.

Clubs and players

Canadian General Electric

Hamilton City

Toronto Scottish

Ulster United

Ontario Major Soccer League finals

November ??, 1947
Toronto Scottish
Ulster United

November 8, 1947 Broadview Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Scottish
Ulster United

Exhibition games

May 25, 1947 Randalls Island Stadium, New York
Attendance: 1,500
German-American League All-Stars 2 (Ed Rice 2)
Ulster United 3 (Jack Rudland 2, Harry McQueston)

November 27, 1947 Sterling Oval, Bronx, New York
New York All-Stars 3 (Jackie Hynes 3)
Ulster United 3 (Leslie Medley 2, Don Ross)