1953 National Soccer League

This photo appeared in many Canadian newspapers in the summer of 1953.
It shows Toronto Hungaria goalkeeper Joe Hain and Tridents forward Lev Dachkovsky.
The name of the photographer is unknown.
PS! Note the well-dressed crowd.

Source: newspapers.com

New clubs

Before the season started Ukrainian Tridents and Toronto Italia joined the National Soccer League. Toronto Italia, formerly known as the Italo-Canadians, had been playing in the Can-Con League. Tridents joined the league from the Toronto Metro Soccer League.

Clubs and players

East End Canadians


Founded:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Goalkeeper Dick Arends signed for East End in late June.

Hamilton Westinghouse
Founded:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Polish White Eagles
Founded:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Hungaria
Founded:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Italia


Founded:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Italia player Albero Sencic was described by the Montreal Gazette as a dazzling forward.

Toronto St. Andrews
Founded:
Head Coach:
Key players:

USC Tridents


Founded: 1951
Player coach: Alec Skocen
Key players:

Sport Association Ukraina


Founded: 1948
Head Coach:
Key players:

Ulster United


Founded: 1914
Head Coach:
Key players: Les Medley

Review of the season

Toronto Italia made their debut with a 3-3 draw against Toronto Hungaria.

Tridents won its opener with a 2-0 win over Polish White Eagles.

On Friday June 19 Les Medley signed for Ulster United. The Toronto Star described him as the biggest soccer star to sign for a Canadian club since the 1920’s.

Toronto Ukraina won the league and playoff championships.

About 88.000 fans attended the games at Fred Hamilton field in 1953.

Results and standings

Final Standings        GP W  L  T  GF GA Pts
Toronto Ukraina        16 11  2  3 43 20  25
Ulster United          16  9  3  4 38 21  22
Toronto Tridents       15  7  5  3 30 30  17
East End Canadians     16  8  7  1 20 28  17
Toronto Italia         16  5  7  4 30 33  14
Polish White Eagles    16  6  8  2 28 33  14
Toronto Hungaria       16  4  6  6 25 32  14
Toronto St. Andrews    16  4  9  3 18 27  11
Hamilton Westinghouse  15  4  9  2 21 26  10
  
Playoff Champion  
Toronto Ukraina