1948 National Soccer League


The newly-formed Hamilton Westinghouse club joined the league before the start of the season.

Review of the season

Toronto Greenbacks defeated London Labbats 4-1 in the opening game of Western Division on May 2 in Toronto.

Hamilton Westinghouse won the western section.

Montreal Carsteel won the eastern section.

Carsteel won the playoff championship.

Doug McMahon set a new Canadian goalscoring record by scoring 71 goals during the 1948 season. The previous record was the 60 goals scored by Eddie MacLaine in the 1925 season.

After the season London Labbats and Brantford Nationals joined the Ontario Major League.

Western SectionFinal standings

Toronto Greenbacks, Hamilton Westinghouse, London Labatts, Brantford Nationals

Eastern SectionFinal standings

1. Carsteel
2. Canadair

Eastern playoffs

September 25, 1948 Notre Dame Stadium, Montreal
Carsteel 4 (Doug McMahon 3, Andy Menyes)
Canadair Falcons 2

September 26, 1948 Charlevoix, Montreal
Carsteel 6 (Doug McMahon 2, Andy Menyes 2, Willie Gammon, Stoddard)
Canadair Falcons 2

Carsteel won the two-game total-goal series 10-4.

Atholstan Cup Final

October 9, 1948 Charlevoix, Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 3
Hamilton Westinghouse 1

October 10, 1948 at Charlevoix, Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 3 (Doug McMahon, Jack Muir, Paul Castonguay)
Hamilton Westinghouse 3 (Bob Kennedy, Jimmy Swan, George Campbell)

Carsteel won the two-game total-goals series 6-4.

Triner Cup

August ??, 1948 Montreal
Montreal Carsteel 3
Chicago National Soccer League All-Stars 3

September 12, 1948 Sparta Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 3,000
Chicago National Soccer League All-Stars 3 (Alex Gardic 2, Gil Heron)
Montreal Carsteel 1 (Bill Chambers)

Exhibition games

June 3, 1948 Montreal Baseball Stadium, Montreal, Quebec
Attendance: 12,000
Montreal All-Stars 2
Liverpool Football Club 4

June 15, 1948 Toronto
Attendance: 17,000
Ulster United 1 (Paul Hric penalty)
Liverpool Football Club 5 (Jack Balmer 2, William Fagan, Albert Stubbins, Billy Liddell)

July 3, 1948 Toronto
Attendance: 5,500
Toronto Greenbacks 0
Djurgaarden (Sweden) 6 (Hasse Jeppson 5, Sture Larsson)

August 29, 1948 Charlevoix, Montreal, Quebec
Montreal Carsteel & Stelco 1 (Paul Castonguay)
New York Americans 1 (Carl Erickson)

September 5, 1948 Scots Field, Kearny
Attendance: 2,000
Kearny Americans 2 (Frank Fisher, John Brown)
Montreal Carsteel & Stelco 4 (Andy Menyes 2, Bob McKenna, Jimmy Rose)

September 6, 1948 Sterling Oval, Bronx, New York
Attendance: 2,500
New York Americans-Brookhattan XI 1 (Jim Logan)
Montreal Carsteel & Stelco 0

September 8, 1948 Cranston, Rhode Island
Montreal Carsteel & Stelco

November 25, 1948 Fall River Stadium, Fall River, Massachusetts
Fall River Lincolns 1
Montreal Carsteel 1

November 27, 1948 New Bedford, Massachusetts
New England All-Stars 4
Montreal Carsteel 2

November 29, 1948 Franklin Field, Ludlow, Massachusetts
Attendance: 700
Ludlow Lusitano 4 (Moraes, Costa, Feicha, Fonte)
Montreal Carsteel 2 (Doug McMahon 2)

Other Leagues and Cups


Clubs and players

Ulster United

Review of the season

Review of the season

On Tuesday June 15 Ulster United met Liverpool in an exhibition game in Toronto. Liverpool defeated Ulster United 5-1 in front of 17,000 fans. Ulster United’s goalkeeper Larry Gage was said to have been sensational. In an interesting note in the Windsor Star newspaper it said: “William Ferguson, Claremont, Ont., a spectator, died from excitement during the perfoamnce”.