1952 National Soccer League

In March the clubs in the league decided that they would not take part in the Dominion Championships. This as they felt it would be financially impossible to play in the finals in Vancouver in August.

Toronto Hungaria joined the league from the Toronto Major League.

Clubs and players

East End Canadians

Key players: half-back John Symes, forwards Alex Laurie, John Burnett, Tom Wallace and John Richmond

Hamilton Westinghouse
Key players: Fullback Larry Johnson (Ex Arthurlie), half-back Hugh Suttie and Maxie Johnson, forward Cecil Harrison

St. Andrews
Key players:

St. Andrews were strengthened in late July by the arrival of Hubert William Richard Evans from Wales. He had played 14 games and scored one goal in the Football League for Newport County in the 1951-52 season. Convinced that the life of a soccer professional in Britain was a “dead-end job” he came to Toronto on July 29th to start a new life and to be reinstated as an amateur in Canada.

Toronto Hungaria
Founded: 1949

Roster included goalkeeper Hein; fullbacks Csonka, Breza and Branko; half-backs Zupancic, Strpin, Moravek, Ferenczi and Dzrilich; forwards Györöki, Kratochvil, Czimbalmos, Matvenko and Hunt.

Toronto Ukraina

Founded: May 16, 1948
Key players: Fullback H. Rybajlo, forwards H. Oplan, Alex Skocen and Tony Shapka

Ulster United
Formed: 1914

Roster: Goalkeeper George Anderson; fullbacks Jack Perrett and Jock Gifford; half-backs Sam Davidson, Phil McKay and Bob Kennedy; fowards Jack Long, John Douglas, Alf Davies, Jim McLaughlin and Malcolm McLean. Subs: Vic Malcolmson, John Worsley, James Douglas

Ulster United were led by a strong British contigent. Jimmy McLaughlin had played for Belfast Celtic, James Douglas had been with Dumbarton F.C., Johnny Douglas was a Scottish Amateur Cup winner with Queens Park, Jack Long had played with Exeter City and Ernie Stanfield with Portadown in Northern Ireland. Jack Long retired after the season. He first became team manager but had to quit in March 1953 due to business commitments.

Review of the season

East End Canadians won the league championship.

Toronto Ukraina won the playoff championship.

Results and standings