1962 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League

Toronto Roma joined the league from the National Soccer League.

Annual general meeting

At the annual meeting held on Tuesday January 15, 1963 the league president Harold Ballard announced an operating profit of $13,000 the previous year. However most of the clubs suffered losses. Teams for the 1963 season were given as Toronto Italia, Toronto Roma, Toronto City, Hamilton Steelers, Montreal Cantalia-Kickers and Montreal Ukrainians. Buffalo White Eagles were given permission to withdraw for the 1963 season.

Clubs and players

Buffalo White Eagles
Formed: 1962 (Formerly Toronto Polish White Eagles)
Stadium: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Player coach: Ted Purdon
Key players: Goalkeeper Jimmy Brown; fullback Jim Lindsay; half-backs Steve Carty and George Scott; forwards Ted Purdon, Tom Mcleod and Eddie McLeod

Hamilton Steelers
Formed:
Stadium: Civic Stadium, Hamilton
General manager:
Head coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Enore Zanoni; fullback Dave Hartwell; half-back John Kurila; forwards John Lawlor, Bertie Peacock and Ronnie Crichton

Toronto City
Formed: 1959
Stadium: Varsity Stadium, Toronto
President: Ed Fitkin
Head coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Willie Muirhead; fullback Bobby Nicol; half-backs Benny Cairns and John Young; forwards Dennis Clapton, Alex Marshall and Ambrose Morgan.

Toronto Italia
Formed:
Stadium: Varsity Stadium, Toronto
General manager:
Head coach:
Key players: Goalkeepers Eugene Ranic and Adam Lecce; fullbacks Steve Djoric and Raoul Martina; half-back Oscar Ferrira; forwards Ismail Ferreira, Antonio Montico, Hector Cribioli and Raoul Conti.

Toronto Roma
Formed:
Stadium: Varsity Stadium, Toronto
General manager:
Head coach: Ostap Steckiw
Key players: Goalkeepers Obdulio Onetto and Uwe Schwart; fullbacks Carmine Carello and Oscar Aguilar; half-backs Andrew Young, Gordon Bradley, Jim Cairney and Ray Edwards; forwards Rubi Cerioni, Marcel Monteserin and Jorge Sanchez Garcia.

Review of the season

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

Final standings            GP   W   T   L  GF  GA  PTS
Toronto Roma               24  12   7   5  41  28  31
Toronto City               24   8   7   9  38  38  25
Toronto Italia             24   9   5  10  31  33  23
Hamilton Steelers          24  10   3  11  37  40  23
Buffalo White Eagles       24   8   4  12  34  42  20
  
Leading goalscorer                   Gls
Dennis Clapton (Toronto City)         10
  
Semi-Finals:  
August 12, 1962 Toronto
Toronto Italia 5
Toronto Roma 1
    
August 15, 1962 Toronto           
Toronto City 3
Hamilton Steelers 2
  
President’s Cup
August 18, 1962 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 6,013
Toronto Italia 3
Toronto City 2