1962 National Soccer League

President: Walter Freer
Secretary-manager: Frank Thirkettle

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.

Clubs and players

Estonia
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players:

Hellenic
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Theodore Mihalis

Hungaria
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players:

Italian Virtus
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Giuseppi Tonani, Luciano Lovisotto, Egibio Papais

Olympia
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Dave Hutchinson

Oshawa Italia F.C.
Founded: 1954
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players:

The club was founded in 1954 by young newly arrived Italians.

Oshawa Hungarian Culture Club


Founded: 1961
Field: Oshawa Hungarian Culture Club, 64 Albany Road, Oshawa
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Zoltan Vigh; F. Budai and Lajos Serege.

After the season Lajos Serege joined Toronto Hakoah. Zoltan Vigh joined Italian Virtus.

Queen City
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Chris Conway

Toronto Croatia


Founded: 1956
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Macedonians United
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Tommy Georoff, George Apollo, Chris Rapos

Sport Association Ukraina


Founded: May 16, 1948
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Player coach: Walter Zakaluzny
Key players: Leo and Paul Dowhaluk, George Crook, Ostap Steckiw, Anatole Szapka and Walter Dyczkiwskij

Ulster United


Founded: 1914
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: centre-forward Alec Marshall, forward Bill Lea

Review of the season

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. Leo Dowhaluk, top scorer for the Ukrainian club the previous season, performed the hat-trick. The fourth goal was scored by Walter Zakaluzny, a veteran of eleven years with the Ukrainians.

On June 24 Toronto Ukraina beat Toronto Croatia 4-0 in front of 600 fans at Stanley Park Stadium. Leo Dowhaluk scored two goals. Peter Dowhaluk and Ernie Stansfield scored one each.

In July Italian Virtus player Valerio Cecco was banned for life after attacking referee Jack Craig. This was Cecco’s second offence, earlier in the season Cecco had tried to go after referee Hugh Morrow in the dressing room after being sent off.

On September 18 Olympia defeated Oshawa Italia 5-0, needing just one more win to win the league championship.

Olympia secured the league championship by beating Toronto Hungaria 7-0 on Tuesday October 2. Klaus Woitschaetze was star of the game by scoring three of the goals.

Italian Virtus won the playoff championship.

Total attendance for the league this season was said to be 35,000. After the season Ulster United dropped out.

Results and standings

Final Standings      GP  W  L  T  GF GA Pts
1. Toronto Olympia  
2. Toronto Ukraina

Sources:

http://www.oshawaitalianclub.ca/inc/docs/history.pdf