National Soccer League

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

1950 Season

1950 National Soccer League

President: Herb Pickering

Review of the season

At a meeting held in Toronto on December 10, 1949 the western division voted to continue to operate as a five-team league. Seven applications to join the league were rejected. These were Windsor Sterling, Brantford and five Toronto-teams.

However, at a later date the league admitted Ulster United and Toronto Ukraina into the league. The decision to admit Ulster United was said to have much to do with the fact that they held the lease on Toronto’s Broadview Stadium and also had planned a lucrative exhibition match against Manchester United in the summer. Toronto Ukraina were formed in 1948 and won the Toronto Senior League in 1949.

Ulster United signed goalkeeper Ed Flynn from East End Canadians. In April 1950 the Redhanders signed centre-forward Billy Adair from Northampton Town of the Southern Division of the English Football League. After the season Ed Flynn and Billy Adair joined the New York Americans of the American Soccer League.

Hamilton Westinghouse won the Atholstan Cup. The team was captained by Jack Davidson.

Western DivisionFinal standings

GPWLTPts
1. Hamilton Westinghouse1410 3 121
2. St. Andrews14 9 2 321
3. East End Canadians14 9 2 321
4. Ulster United14 8 5 117
5. Toronto Ukraina14 5 8 111
6. Toronto Scottish14 2 5 711
7. Oakwood14 311 0 6
8. Hamilton City14 111 2 4

Leading goalscorer

  1. John Burgoyne (Hamilton Westinghouse)

National Soccer League Play-off finals

Western Division Play-offs

Second place vs third place final

August 9, 1950
St. Andrew’s 2
East End Canadians 1

Play-off final

August 12, 1950
Hamilton Westinghouse 2
St. Andrews 1

Hamilton Westinghouse qualified for Lord Atholstan Cup Final

Eastern DivisionFinal standings

1. Canadair
2. Westmount

Other clubs were Cancar, Montreal Hungaria, Engineering, Montreal Stelco and Vickers

Eastern Division Play-offs

August 30, 1950 Charlevoix Ground, Montreal
Canadair Falcons 3
Westmount 1

September 3, 1950 Charlevoix Ground, Montreal
Canadair Falcons 3
Westmount 1

Canadair Falcons won two-game, total-goals series 6-2 and qualified for Atholstan Cup Final

Atholstan Cup Final

September 16, 1950 Charlevoix Ground, Montreal
Canadair Falcons 2 (Chuck Rose 2)
Hamilton Westinghouse 3 (John Burgoyne, Campbell 2)

September 17, 1950 Charlevoix Ground, Montreal
Canadair Falcons 1 (Stan Rose)
Hamilton Westinghouse 1 (John Burgoyne)

Hamilton Westinghouse won two-game total goal series 4-3 over the Falcons

Exhibition games

May 10, 1950 Exhibition Park, Toronto
Attendance: 12,500
National Soccer League All-Stars 0
Manchester United 5

May 24, 1950 Exhibition Park, Toronto
Attendance: 10,000
Ontario All-Stars 1
English Football Association XI 4

June 17, 1950 Jackson Park, Windsor
Attendance: 4,200
Ontario All-Stars 2
English Internationals 9

June 25, 1950 Exhibition Park, Toronto
Attendance: 5,500
National Soccer League All-Stars 3
Jönköping (Sweden) 1

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