National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997, Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League 1961-1966 & Canadian Soccer League 1987-1992

1959 Season

1959 National Soccer League

President: Arthur Arnold

Referees

Referees included Tom Rogan, Nogradi (Montreal) and George Newman (Montreal, Quebec)

Review of the season

Montreal Ukraina joined the league from the Quebec National Soccer League. Montreal Sparta changed their name to Canadian Alouettes.

The season kicked off in Toronto with Ulster United beating Toronto White Eagles 2-1 and Toronto Italia winning 3-1 over the Toronto Tridents.

The soccer season in Montreal opened when the local Ukraina club won 5-1 over Toronto White Eagles at Faillon Stadium on Saturday May 2 in front of 1,500 fans. The following day Alouettes won 2-0 over the White Eagles.

Montreal Hungaria opened their season at Fred Hamilton Stadium in Toronto on Saturday May 2 when they lost 3-2 to Toronto Ukraina. On the Sunday they won 1-0 over Toronto Hungaria.

Montreal Hungaria topped the league table for some time until they sold Imre Dora to Hamilton Italo-Canadians.

Toronto Italia finished their league season on Tuesday night September 15 when they defeated Tridents 4-1. Italia topped the league at this time but Cantalia still had three games to play.

Cantalia won the league championship when they beat Hamilton Cougars 3-0 on Saturday October 3 in Montreal. The win gave Cantalia 37 points, one more than Toronto Italia with 36 points.

Toronto Italia finished second to Cantalia in the league but won the playoffs. They were the leagues top drawing card, atrracting more than 5,000 per game at Fred Hamilton Park.

The Montreal Canadian Alouettes won the 1959 Canadian Challenge Cup. Their roster consisted of Tommy Barrett, Tony Bonezzi, Carlos Bustamente, Héctor D’Adderio, Johnny Davidson, Osvaldo De Brasi, Ruben Lus, Robert Mascarelli, George Savage, Willow Wilson, Norberto Yacono.

Final standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
Montreal Cantalia2617 6 3683337
Toronto Italia2614 4 8473636
Toronto Ukraina2614 7 5734133
Montreal Hungaria2615 9 2693932
Hamilton Italo-Canadians2612 8 6645430
Toronto Hungaria261210 4604428
Montreal Alouettes2611 9 6634728
Toronto Sparta26 9 9 8394626
Olympia26 813 5505921
Montreal Ukraina26 915 2445520
Ulster United26 815 3376819
White Eagles26 514 7457017
Hamilton Cougars26 615 5337417

Leading goalscorers

Goals
1. Imre Dora (Hamilton Italo-Canadians)31
2. Alex Czayka (Toronto Ukraina)22
3. Walter Czyzowych (Toronto Ukraina)20
4. Roy Coxon (Montreal Ukraina)19
5. Aurel Szondi (Toronto Hungaria)17

National Soccer League Play-offs

Toronto Semi-finals (Four teams, round robin series)

October 7, 1959 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia
Hamilton Italo-Canadians

October 9, 1959 Toronto
Toronto Hungaria
Toronto Ukraina

October 11, 1959 Toronto
Toronto Italia
Toronto Hungaria

October 12, 1959 Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 4
Hamilton Italo-Canadians 2

October 17, 1959
Toronto Italia 3
Toronto Hungaria 2

October 18, 1959 Toronto
Toronto Hungaria 4
Hamilton Italo-Canadians 1

Italia and Hungaria tied on 5 points. Playoff October 20.

October 20, 1959
Toronto Italia beat Toronto Hungaria

Montreal Play-offs

October 11, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Cantalia 4
Hungaria 0

October 14, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Cantalia 2
Hungaria 3

October 18, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Cantalia 4
Hungaria 2

Cantalia won series 2 games to 1

Finals

October 24, 1959 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1
Montreal Cantalia 0

October 25, 1959 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1
Montreal Cantalia 1

Toronto Italia won NSL Play-off championship

Exhibition games

May 22, 1959 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 7,500
Referee:
Ontario All-Stars 1
West Bromwich Albion 6

June 10, 1959 Baseball Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 7,000
Referee:
Montreal All-Stars 0
West Bromwich Albion 4
Read about the match here

June 15, 1959 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 7,800
Toronto Italia-White Eagles 1
Legia Warszawa 3

June 24, 1959 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 11,741
Ontario All-Stars 1
Napoli 9

June 25, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 6,422
Montreal Cantalia 1 (Kurt Basta)
Napoli 2 (Rodolfo Beltrandi, Beniamino Di Giacomo)
Read about the match here

July 6, 1959 Toronto
Attendance: 2,100
Toronto All-Stars 1 (Vlado Milisich)
Municipal Lima (Peru) 3 (Roberto Drago, Santonio Sacco, Juan Semiano)

July 7, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 3,000
Montreal Cantalia 1
Municipal Lima (Peru) 0
Read about the match here

July 23, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 5,044
Montreal Hungaria 4 (Andy Toth 2, Arpad Kiraly, Steve Kenderes)
Grazer AK (Austria) 2 (Jank, Saiko)
Read about the match here

August 3, 1959 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
National Soccer League All-Stars 2
Rapid Wien (Austria) 7

August 6, 1959 Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 2,000
Referee:
National Soccer League All-Stars 1
Rapid Wien (Austria) 5
Read about the match here

August 10, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Attendance:
Montreal Cantalia 2 (Agostino Mazzoni 2)
Rapid Wien (Austria) 5 (Walter Gleschner 2, Peter Reiter 2, Josef Bertolan)

August 16, 1959 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
Attendance: 5,000
I.C.A. Italia 0
Palermo (Italy) 7 (Corrado Perli 4, ??, ??, ??)

August 18, 1959 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Toronto Italia 0
Palermo (Italy) 0

August 22, 1959 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 2,500
I.C.A. Italia 0
Palermo (Italy) 1 (Ulderico Sacchella)

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