1959 National Soccer League

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

President: Arthur Arnold

Referees

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

Clubs and players

Hamilton Cougars
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Roster included Julius Beraxa and forward Tommy Quigley.

Hamilton Hungaria changed their name to Hamilton Cougars before the start of the season. Former St. Johnstone- and Alloa Athletic-forward Tommy Quigley joined the team.

In July Julius Beraxa joined Montreal Hungaria.

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
Founded:
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General manager: Nick Schmidinghen
Head Coach:

Roster: Goalkeeper Ruben Luz; fullbacks Eugene Vinyei and George Savage; half-backs Norberto Iacono; forwards Stew Cochrane, Antonio Bonezzi, Carlos Bustamente, Héctor Dadderio, Osvaldo de Brasi

Tommy Barrett, Johnny Davidson, Bob Mascarelli, Williw Wilson, .

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 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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Roster: Goalkeeper ;fullback Amosello Beretta; half-backs Nevio Varglien and Sergio Chiraz; forwards Kurt Basta, Augustino Mazzoni and Marcello Di Croce

Montreal Hungaria


Founded: 1926
Stadium: Faillon Stadium, Montreal
President: Louis Balogh
Head Coach:

Roster: Goalkeepers Hank De Goeij and Sandor Baranyei; fullbacks Czekly and Molnar; half-backs Les Wysh, Fekete, Herman Pfeiffer and Karoly Horvath; forwards Imre Dora, Zoltan Teli, Steve Bencze, Arpad Kiraly, Wagner, Stankovics, Kenderes and Toth. Subs: Karsai, Beraxa, Klug

In July they were strengthened by signing Alex Karsai from New York Hungaria, Julius Beraxa from Hamilton Cougars and former Hungarian junior international Sandor Baranyei.

Montreal Ukraina


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Roster included Red Snylyk

Olympia
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Polish White Eagles
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Toronto Hungaria
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Roster included goalkeeper ; fullback ; forwards Otto Gaesteiger, Dez Vargo, Aurel Szondi, Solly Czimbalmos

Toronto Italia


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Roster included goalkeeper Ordonez; forwards Emil Erbach (inside left), Bruno Bertolin (outside left)

Toronto Sparta


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Player coach: Sammy Cox

Roster included fullback Sammy Cox; half-back Jimmy Cairney (centre-half); forwards John McNeil, Dave Cochrane and Ian McKenzie

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
Key players:

The Club hired Frank Pike as their coach.

Sport Association Ukraina


Founded: 1948
Head Coach:
Key players:

Ulster United


Founded: 1914
Stadium:
Secretary: Charlie Jamieson
Head Coach:

Roster included goalkeepers Harry Jenkins and Jimmy Nicholls; half-backs Bob Johnstone and Bob Kelly; forwards Angus McKinnon, Jim Barrie, Jimmy McIlroy and Billy Cameron.

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

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)