1959 National Soccer League

Final standings as listed in an Labatt’s advertisment in the Polish immigration newspaper Zwiazkowiek.

President: Arthur Arnold

Clubs and players

Hamilton Cougars
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Hamilton Hungaria changed their name to Hamilton Cougars before the start of the season. The club only lasted one season in the NSL as they were voted out after the season. They had failed to turn up with a full team on several occasions.

Hamilton Italo-Canadians
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Montreal Alouettes
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Montreal Alouettes was by many described as the hottest soccer club in Canada. Nick Schmidinghen put together a fantastic squad for the 1959 season by importing several players from South America. The first player he brought to Montreal was former Argentinian international Norberto Iacono. Then followed Omar Muraco, Antonio Bonezzi, Ruben Luz, Hector Dadderio, Osvaldo de Brasi and Carlos Bustamente. The club was financed by Joe Slyomovics, a real estate dealer and a furrier.

In October Alouettes signed the first black player to play for a Montreal club. He was Adolfo Zevallos a 25 year old right half. He had played for Municipal in Lima, Peru and Guadalajara in Mexico.

Montreal Cantalia


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Montreal Hungaria


Founded: 1926
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Montreal Ukraina
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Olympia
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Polish White Eagles
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Toronto Italia


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Toronto Sparta


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Toronto Sparta were led by player-coach Sammy Cox. Cox was a former Scottish International and a star at Glasgow Rangers. After the season Sparta toured Bermuda.

Ukrainian Sports Club Tridents


Founded: 1951
Head Coach: Frank Pike
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The Club hired Frank Pike as their coach.

Sport Association Ukraina


Founded: 1948
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Ulster United


Founded: 1914
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Review of the season

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 14 National Soccer League clubs drew a combined attendance of 449,000. The eight Toronto teams drew 292,000, the four Montreal entries attracted 112,000 and the two Hamilton sides about 45,000.

Results and standings

Final standings       GP W  L  T  GF GA Pts
Montreal Cantalia     26 17  6  3 68 33  37
Toronto Italia        26 14  4  8 47 36  36
Toronto Ukraina       26 14  7  5 73 41  33
Montreal Hungaria     26 15  9  2 69 39  32
Hamilton Italo-Can.   26 12  8  6 64 54  30
Toronto Hungaria      26 12 10  4 60 44  28
Montreal Alouettes    26 11  9  6 63 47  28
Toronto Sparta        26  9  9  8 39 46  26
Toronto Olympia       26  8 13  5 50 59  21
Montreal Ukraina      26  9 15  2 44 55  20
Toronto Tridents      26  7 13  6 38 64  20
Ulster United         26  8 15  3 37 68  19
Toronto White Eagles  26  5 14  7 45 70  17
Hamilton Cougars      26  6 15  5 33 74  17
 
Leading goalscorer:                    Gls
1. Imre Dora (Hamilton Italo-Canadians) 31 

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
Referee: Dennis Prinold
Toronto Ukraina 4 (Alex Czayka, Walter Chyzowych, ???, ???)
Hamilton Italo-Canadians 2 (Wally McWilliams, Ernie Stanfield)

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.

NSL Play-offs
Montreal
October 11, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Cantalia 4 (DiCroce 2, Campo, Valentino)
Hungaria 0

October 14, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Cantalia 2 (Valentino 2)
Hungaria 3 (Kenderes 2, Kiralyi)

October 18, 1959 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Cantalia 4 (Russ Valentino 2, Michel DiCroce, Bob Johnstone)
Hungaria 2 (Charlie Horvath, Arpad Kiraly)

Cantalia won series 2 games to 1

October 20, 1959
Toronto Italia beat Toronto Hungaria

Finals
October 24, 1959 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1 (Madlin)
Montreal Cantalia 0

October 25, 1959 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1 (Emil Erbach)

Exhibition games

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