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 June 5 Ulster United defeated league-leaders Olympia 3-2. The win moved Ulster United into a four-way tie for second place in the NSL standings. Olympia were still in first place with eight place. Hungaria, Estonia, Ukraina and Ulster United all had seven points.

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 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.

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

Final standings

National Soccer League Play-offs

October 9, 1962 Toronto
Attendance:
Olympia
Italian Virtus

October 11, 1962 Toronto
Attendance:
Toronto Ukraina 4 (Ivan Ignatovych 2, Vukassynai, Crook))
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 (Paul Dowhaluk)

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
Attendance:
Italia Virtus 2
Toronto Ukraina 0

November ??, 1962
Attendance:
Italia Virtus 2
Toronto Ukraina 3

Italian Virtus won 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

1962 EASTERN CANADA PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE

Review of the season

Toronto Roma joined the league from the National Soccer League.

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

Results and standings


President’s Cup Final

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