National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997

1962 Season

1962 National Soccer League

Officials

President: Walter Freer
Secretary-manager: Frank Thirkettle

Referees

Referees included Jack Craig and Hugh Morrow.

Review of the season

The NSL paid its affiliation fee to the Canadian Soccer Football Association at the C.S.F.A. annual meeting in Montreal on March 17, 1962. It had been rumoured that the NSL would not operate in the 1962 season due to the competition with the ECPSL. NSL president Walter Freer however said that the league had recieved two tentative request from Montreal clubs for affiliation. One of these were belived to be the Germania-Kickers. The Montreal clubs however ended up playing in an independent Quebec-based National Soccer League.

Toronto Croatia joined the league from the Toronto & District League. Other new clubs were Estonia, Queen City, Italia Virtus, Macedonia, Oshawa Hungarians, Oshawa Italia and Hellenic.

Toronto Ukraina started the season with a great 4-1 win over the Oshawa Italians on April 30, 1962. The opening match of the NSL season at Stanley Park was watched by 2,000 fans.

On September 18 Olympia defeated Oshawa Italia 5-0, needing just one more win to clinch the league championship. Olympia secured the league championship by beating Toronto Hungaria 7-0 on Tuesday October 2.

Italian Virtus won the playoff championship by beating Toronto Ukraina in the finals. The Italian club won the first match 2-0, the Ukrainians won the second match 3-2. Giving Italian Virtus the championship by virtue of a 4-3 total-goals score.

After the season Ulster United dropped out.

Final standings

GPWLTPts
1. Olympia-Harmonie2217 3 237
2. Toronto Ukraina2214 5 333
3. Oshawa Italia2213 2 728
4. Ulster United2212 3 727
5. Italian Virtus2210 5 725
6. K.F.C. Estonia2210 5 725
7. Toronto Hungaria2210 3 923
8. Macedonia22 8 5 921
9. Hellenic22 6 41216
10. Oshawa Hungaria22 4 21610
11. Toronto Croatia22 3 41510
12. Queen City22 3 316 9

National Soccer League Play-offs

October 9, 1962 Toronto
Attendance:
Olympia
Italian Virtus

October 11, 1962 Toronto
Attendance:
Toronto Ukraina 4
Estonia 0

October 12, 1962
Attendance:
Oshawa Italia
Olympia

October 13, 1962
Attendance:
Ulster United
Toronto Ukraina

October 14, 1962
Attendance:
Oshawa Italia
Italia Virtus

October 16, 1962
Attendance:
Ulster United
Estonia

October 18, 1962
Attendance:
Italia Virtus
Olympia

October 19, 1962
Attendance:
Estonia 0
Toronto Ukraina 1

October 20, 1962
Attendance:
Italia Virtus 3
Oshawa Italia 0

October 21, 1962
Attendance:
Ulster United
Estonia

Group 1

Olympia-Harmonie, Oshawa Italia and Italia Virtus

Italian Virtus qualified for the playoff final

Group 2

Toronto Ukraina, Ulster United and Estonia

Toronto Ukraina qualified for the playoff final

Play-off finals

October 28, 1962 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance:
Italia Virtus 2
Toronto Ukraina 0

November 4, 1962 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance:
Italia Virtus 2* (???, ???)
Toronto Ukraina 3* (George Crook, Leo Dowhaluk, Paul Dowhaluk)

Result after 90 minutes was Ukraina 3, Italian Virtus 1. Italian Virtus scored in 30 minutes overtime to win the best-of-two games total goal-series 4-3

Exhibition game

December 2, 1962 Edgerton Park, Rochester, New York
Attendance:
Rochester Ukrainians 3
Toronto Ukraina 0

Other Leagues and Cups

1962 Quebec National Soccer League

Chairman: John McCulloch

Review of the season

Cantalia joined the league from the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League. The two Greek teams in Montreal, A.E.K. and Greek Canadians, amalgated to form a team called Hellenic to play in the National Soccer League.

The opening game of the 1962 QNSL season was played at Faillon Stadium on Saturday May 12. 3,000 fans watched the game between Hungaria and Ukraina. Ukraina surprisingly won 5-3.

Cantalia won the league championship.

Final standings

GPPts
1. Montreal Cantalia1623
2. Montreal Ukraina1614
3. Montreal Hungaria1611
4. Germania-Kickers1610
5. Hellenic16 2

1962 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League

Review of the season

Toronto Roma joined the league from the National Soccer League.

soccer fans watched the league opener at Varsity Stadium, with Toronto Roma defeating Hamilton Steelers by a 2-0 score. The following day a crowd of 8,728 Toronto City and Toronto Italia played to a 1-1 draw.

Roma clinched the league championship when they beat Toronto City 1-0 on August 8. Ray Edwards scored the Roma goal.

Results (incomplete)

May 5, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 2 (Angel Gigna, Oscar Rodriguez)
Hamilton Steelers 0

Toronto Roma defeated Hamilton Steelers in the scheduled opener of the 1962 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League Season.

May 6, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 8,728
Referee:
Toronto City 1
Toronto Italia 1

May 8, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 1,200
Referee:
Toronto City 1 (Tom Finney)
Buffalo White Eagles 0

May 10, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 2,104
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 0
Toronto Italia 1

May 13, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 0
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (Jim Lindsay)

May 16, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 1
Hamilton Steelers 2

Four games into the 1962 season Hamilton Steelers got their first victory.

May 19, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 3 (Ron Chricton 2, Des Herrum)
Toronto Italia 0

May 20, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 2 (Rubi Cerioni, Angel Signa)
Toronto Italia 2 (Taffy Morgan, Benny Cairns)

May 22, 1962 War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Attendance: 2,567
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 4 (Ted Purdon 39:00, Eddie McLeod 44:00, McLeod 68:00, McLeod 74:00)
Hamilton Steelers 0

Eagles’ goalkeeper Jimmy Brown recorded the shutout.

May 24, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1
Toronto Roma 1

May 27, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto City 1

May 27, 1962 War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Attendance: 1,500 (estimate)
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (Tommy Robertson 61:00 – assist Ted Purdon)
Toronto City 0

May 30, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 3 (Dennis Clapton 2, ???)
Hamilton Steelers 1 (???)

June 1, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 2,212
Referee:
Toronto Roma 0
Buffalo White Eagles 2 (George Scott, Ted Purdon)

June 3, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 2 (John Lawlor 2)
Toronto City 3 (Tommy McGlennon 50 min, Denis Clapton 54 min, Alan Harvey 57 min)

June 5, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 1 (Ismael Ferreira 89:10)
Buffalo White Eagles 0

The result was later nullified as the game lasted seven minutes more than regulation time. The match was ordered to be replayed.

June 6, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 3
Toronto Italia 1

June 6, 1962 War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Mike Doworok (Hamilton, Ontario)
Buffalo White Eagles 2 (Tommy Robertson 12:00, George Scott 53:00)
Toronto Roma 2 (Montecerin penalty, Rubini Ceroni)

Roma walked off the field with 23 minutes left of the game. Win awarded to Buffalo White Eagles. Roma ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.

June 10, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 1,600 (rain)
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 3 (Ed Dal Pos, Ron Chricton, John Lawlor penalty)
Toronto Italia 1 (Giorgio Piotti)

June 10, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City vs Buffalo White Eagles

Postponed due to rain. Rescheduled for a later date.

June 13, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto City 1

June 14, 1962 Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 1,600
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 0
Toronto City 2 (Denis Clapton, Stu Robertson)

Toronto City increased its lead by three points by defeating Hamilton Steelers.

June 17, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 2,712
Referee;
Toronto Roma 3 (Marcel Monteserin, Monteserin, Sanchez Garcia)
Hamilton Steelers 1 (Robin Stenhouse)

Leading goalkeepers

GoalkeepersGPSOGAGAA.
1. Jimmy Brown (Buffalo White Eagles)847
2. Willie Muirhead (Toronto City)1010

June 20, 1962 Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Attendance: 2,000
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (Jim Lindsay 61:00 – penalty kick)
Toronto Italia 3 (Ismael Ferreyra, Jorge Piotti, Attilio Galassini)

June 20, 1962 Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Attendance: 1,400
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (Ted Purdon 86:00)
Toronto Roma 2 (George Bradley, Tom Edwards)

June 20, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 5,216
Referee:
Toronto City 1 (Ottorino di Fant)
Toronto Italia 1 (Allan Harvey)

June 21, 1962 Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1
Montreal Cantalia 0

June 21, 1963 Transactions

Buffalo White Eagles: Traded Alfie Lesz, Jim Sullivan and Bronko Lukic to Ulster United (NSL) in exchange for right fullback Andy Young. Signed former Toronto Roma player Adolfo Zevallos.

June 23, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 4
Toronto City 1

June 24, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 7,485
Referee:
Toronto Roma 1 (Ray Edwards)
Toronto Italia 0

June 24, 1962 War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Attendance: 900
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 0
Hamilton Steelers 2 (Günter Pinkernell, Bob Stenhouse)

The Eagles suffered their third consecutive loss.

June 30, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 4,802
Referee:
Toronto Italia 2 (Joe Tonani, George Piotti 43:00)
Buffalo White Eagles 2 (George Scott 31:00, Ted Purdon 55:00)

July 1, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1 (Bertie Peacock penalty)
Toronto Roma 1 (Marcel Monteserin)

July 1, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 3 (Alan Harvey, Ambrose Morgan, Tommy McGlennon)
Buffalo White Eagles 2 (Ted Purdon, Eddie McLeod)

July 4, 1962
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 2
Toronto Roma 1

July 4, 1962 Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Attendance: 500 (estimate)
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 0
Toronto Italia 2 (Hector Cribioli 9:00, Bruno Bertolin 88:00)

July 6, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1 (Bertie Peacock)
Toronto Roma 1

July 8, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 1,566
Referee:
Toronto Roma 4 (Sanchez Garcia 22:00, Marcel Monteserin 40:00, Rubi Cerioni 61:00, Monteserin 87:00)
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (Antonio Bonezzi 14:00)

July 11, 1962 Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 500
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (George Scott 31:00)
Toronto City 1 (Dennis Clapton 59:00)

July 14, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 5,805
Referee:
Toronto City 0
Toronto Italia 3 (Bruno Bertolin, Bertolin, Hector Cribioli)

July 18, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 5,115
Referee:
Toronto Italia 1 (Bruno Bertolin)
Buffalo White Eagles 0

July 19, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 2,300
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1
Buffalo White Eagles 1

July 22, 1962 War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 500
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (Antonio Bonezzi 14:00)
Toronto Roma 1 (Mario Monteserin 86:00)

July 22, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 2,084
Referee: Phil McKay
Hamilton Steelers 1 (Gunther Pinkernell)
Toronto Italia 0

July 25, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 2
Hamilton Steelers 4

July 26, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 3
Buffalo White Eagles 1

July 27, 1962 War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 250
Referee:
Buffalo White Eagles 1 (Eddie McLeod)
Toronto City 0

This was Buffalo Eagles last home game of the season.

July 28, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 2
Toronto Italia 1

August 1, 1962
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 5
Buffalo White Eagles 1

August 2, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 2
Toronto Italia 2

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August 5, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 6,016
Referee:
Toronto Roma 1 (Phil Cannavacciuolo 82:00 – assist Gordon Bradley)
Toronto Italia 0

August 7, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 1,082
Referee:
Toronto Italia 4 (Raoul Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Hector Cribioli, Steve Carty)
Buffalo White Eagles 6 (Tom Robertson, Robertson, Robertson, Walter Chycowych, Chyzowych, Eddie McLeod)

August 9, 1962 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 500
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 3
Buffalo White Eagles 1

August 10, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 614
Referee:
Toronto City 3 (Stuart Robinson 3:30, Olivio Lacerda 20:00, Alan Harvey 47:00)
Buffalo White Eagles 4 (Alan Cairns 4:00, Walter Chyzowych, Cairns 44:00, Chyzowych 77:00)

This was the final game of the regular season.

Final standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
Toronto Roma2412 5 7412831
Toronto City24 8 9 7383825
Toronto Italia24 9 10 5313323
Hamilton Steelers2410 11 3 374023
Buffalo White Eagles24 812 4344220

Leading goal scorers

PlayersGoals
1. Denis Clapton (Toronto City)10
2.
3.
4.
5.
6. Eddie McLeod (Buffalo White Eagles)6
6. Tom Robertson (Buffalo White Eagles)6

Playoffs


Semi-finals

August 12, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 5
Toronto Roma 1

Toronto Italia qualified for President’s Cup Final

August 15, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 3
Hamilton Steelers 2

Toronto City qualified for President’s Cup Final

President’s Cup Final

August 18, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 6,013
Toronto Italia 3
Toronto City 2

Toronto Italia won the President’s Cup, emblematic of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League playoff championship,

Italian Cup

August 22, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 3
Toronto Italia 1

August 25, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 4
Toronto Italia 1

Toronto Roma won the Italian Cup by a 7-2 total-goals score.

Exhibition game

June 27, 1962
Attendance:
Referee:
Montreal Cantalia 4
Toronto Italia 3

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