National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997

1964 Season

1964 National Soccer League

League president: Bill Boytchuk 

Referees

Referees included Joe Temis (Montreal, Quebec), Bill Betts (Montreal, Quebec) and Stan Tait.

Review of the season

The league again became an inter-provincial league for the 1964 season with the addition of two clubs in Montreal. Both Montreal Cantalia and Montreal Ukraina joined from the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League.

A soccer war started in Montreal when Cantalia and Ukraina decided to schedule their games to clash head-on with those of Montreal FC in the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League. Also the name Cantalia had been used by the ECPSL team the previous season.

Newly formed Toronto club Polonia joined the league.

Toronto Ukraina won the league championship.

On Monday October 12 Toronto Ukraina won the championship final by beating Abruzzi 4-1. This was the second year in row that they won the NSL championship.

Final standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
1. Toronto Ukraina2112 2 7582831
2. Montreal Cantalia2112 6 3563327
3. Olympia21 8 6 7462523
4. Abruzzi21 9 7 5232123
5. Toronto Hungaria21 9 7 5424023
6. Toronto Polonia21 711 3495617
7. Toronto Croatia21 414 3214611
8. Montreal Ukraina21 414 3214911

National Soccer League Play-offs

National Soccer League Semi-Finals

September ??, 1964 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 1
Olympia 0

September 29, 1964 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 1
Olympia 0

Toronto Ukraina won series 2-0 and qualified for the final.

September??, 1964 Stanley Park, Toronto
Abruzzi
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September??, 1964 Stanley Park, Toronto
Abruzzi
???

Abruzzi won and qualified for the final

National Soccer League Play-off Finals

October 4, 1964 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 1 (Fred Patterson)
Abruzzi 0

October 12, 1964
Toronto Ukraina 4
Abruzzi 1

Toronto Ukraina won best-of-three games series 2-0.

Other Leagues and Cups

1964 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League

President: Bill Simpson

Referees

Referees included: Hugh McLean (Guelph, Ontario) and Mitchum

Review of the season

Toronto City won the ECPSL Championship finals in straight games (2-0 and 1-0) over Toronto Italia.

Results (incomplete)

May 3, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 12,782
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1 (Billy Tennant)
Toronto Italia 2 (own goal, Carlos Metidieri)

May 10, 1964 Jarry Park, Montreal
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Bukowski
Montreal Italia 1 (Gilson Silva)
Hamilton Steelers 5 (Peter Smethurst 2, John Kerr, John Simpson, Bo Lewis)

May 10, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto


Attendance: 7,326
Referee:
Toronto City 1 (Tony O’Connell – assist Bob Kinloch)
Toronto Roma 0

May 12, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 4,887
Referee:
Toronto City 4 (Charlie Fleming, Fleming, Frank McColgan, Ted Purdon)
Toronto Italia 3 (Jorgen Petersen, Petersen, Mario Storto 89:00)

Toronto City’s win moved them into league leadership.

May 18, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 7,373
Referee:
Toronto Roma 4
Toronto Italia 1

May 20, 1964 Jarry Park, Montreal
Attendance:
Referee: Mitchum
Linesmen: Vanessen and Hartman
Montreal Italia 1 (Carlo Arena 60:00)
Hamilton Steelers 2 (John Kerr 40:00, Kerr 44:30)

May 20, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 3 (Jorge Bentivegna 2, Rubi Cerioni)
Toronto City 1 (Charlie Fleming)

May 23, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Toronto Roma 1 (Noel DiCastro)
Hamilton Steelers 3 (Peter Smethurst 2, Billy Tennant)

May 24, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 3 (Alan Shaw, John Kerr, Alan Shaw 83:00)
Toronto City 4 (Charlie Fleming 44:00 (penalty), Tony O’Connell 47:00, Bob Kinloch 67:00, Charlie Fleming 75:00)

Toronto City retained the lead in the standing.

May 24, 1964 Jarry Stadium, Montreal
Attendance:
Referee: Stan Tait
Linesmen: Gus Klyn and Tom Rogan
Montreal Italica 0
Toronto Italia 3 (Jorge Piotti 8:00, Jorgen Petersen 62:00, Jorgen Petersen 70:00)

May 27, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 3
Hamilton Steelers 1

June 3, 1964 Jarry Stadium, Montreal
Attendance:
Referee: Mario Buckowski
Montreal Italia 0
Toronto City 3 (Ted Purdon 2, ???)

June 3, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 6,243
Referee:
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto Roma 1

Leading goalscorers (as of June 5, 1964)Goals
1. Charlie Fleming (Toronto City)9
2. Ted Purdon (Toronto City)7
3. Jorgen Petersen (Toronto Italia)6
4. Johnny Kerr (Hamilton Steelers)5
5. Jorge Bentivegna (Toronto Roma)5
6. Peter Smethurst (Hamilton Steelers)4
7. Billy Tennant (Hamilton Steelers)3

June 7, 1964 Montreal
Attendance:
Referee:
Montreal Italia 3
Toronto Roma 0

June 10, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee; Harry Sadler
Toronto Italia 1 (Jorge Piotti 56:00 penalty)
Montreal Soccer Club 0

June 13, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 3
Toronto Roma 2

Toronto City extended its lead in the league standings to six points over Toronto Italia

June 14, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 3
Toronto Italia 0

June 20, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 5,211
Referee:
Toronto Italia 3 (Victor Bevevino, Ruben Escudero, Carlos Meditieri)
Toronto City 0

June 21, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1
Toronto Roma 2

June 24, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 4,718
Referee: Ray Morgan
Toronto City 2 (Bobby Kinloch 40:00, Charlie Fleming 62:00)
Toronto Italia 1 (Jorge Piotti 49:00)

Italia’s Vitor Bevevino was ordered off the field with five minutes left of the game.

June 24, 1964 Jarry Park, Montreal
Montreal Italia vs Toronto Roma

Match moved to June 7, 1964, due to Saint Jean Baptiste Day

June 27, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 4
Montreal Italia 1

July 2, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 1,033
Referee:
Toronto Roma 3
Toronto City 3

July 4, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Toronto City 8 (Charlie Fleming 4, Ted Purdon 3, Peter Sulincevski)
Hamilton Steelers 3 (Bob Lewis 2, John Kerr)

July 5, 1964 Jarry Park, Montreal
Attendance:
Montreal Italia 4 (Ivan Ribero 15:00, Ribero 57:00, Mike Campo 63:00 (penalty), Horst Meyer 80:00)
Toronto Italia 0

July 6, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 3
Toronto Roma 0

July 8, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 3 (Carlos Metidieri 2, Ruben Escudero)
Toronto Roma 0

July 11, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto

Toronto Italia vs Toronto City programme

Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 0
Toronto Italia 0

July 18, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 3 (Carlos Metidieri 2, Jorgen Petersen)
Toronto Roma 3 (Noel DiCastro 2, Rubi Cerioni)

July 20, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Hamilton Steelers 2 (Peter Smethurst 16:00, Smethurst 22:00)
Toronto City 2 (Ted Purdon 7:00, Purdon 9:00)

Leading goal scorers (as of July 21, 1964)Goals
1. Charlie Fleming (Toronto City)19
2. Ted Purdon (Toronto City)13
…..
6. Peter Smethurst (Hamilton Steelers)6

July 22, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee: Ray Morgan
Toronto City 2 (Ted Purdon, Bob Kinloch 66:00)
Montreal Italia 1 (Ivan Ribeiro 58:00)

July 24, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 4,161
Referee:
Toronto City 1
Toronto Italia 3

July 27, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 4
Hamilton Steelers 4

August 1, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 1
Toronto Italia1

August 5, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 6 (Jørgen Petersen 2, George Piotti 2, Carlos Metidieri, Vitori Benevigna)
Montreal Soccer Club 0

August 8, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 4
Toronto Roma 1

August 10, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 1 (Ray Edwards 83:00)
Toronto City 4 (John Brooks 49:00, Tony Doncevski 52:00, Ted Purdon 73:00, Frank McColgan 87:00)

August 15, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 5 (Vitor Bevevino, Carlos Metidieri, Jorge Piotti, Metidieri, Anders Yrfelt)
Toronto Roma 1 (Jorge Bentivegna)

August 16, 1964 Jarry Park, Montreal
Attendance:
Referee: Temis
Montreal Italia 3 (Danny Sopata 2, Sarkis Housepian)
Toronto City 2 (Bob Kinloch, Joe Tonani)

Toronto City star player Ted Purdon was sent off with 25 minutes left of the game.

August 17, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Steelers 2 (???, Billy Tennant)
Toronto Italia 1

August 19, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 6 (Jorge Bentivegna 3, ???, ???, ???)
Montreal Italia 3 (???, ???, ???)

August 22, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee: Hugh McLean
Toronto Italia 5
Montreal Italia 0

August 26, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 6 (Jorge Bentivegna 5, ???)
Hamilton Steelers 2 (???, ???)

Final standings

GPWLTPts
1. Toronto City2414 4 634
2. Toronto Italia2413 6 531
3. Toronto Roma2411 9 426
4. Hamilton Steelers24 614 416
5. Montreal Italica24 516 313

Leading goal scorers

PlayersGoals
1. Jorge Bentivegna (Toronto Roma)21
2. Charlie Fleming (Toronto City)19
3. Ted Purdon (Toronto City)17
4. Jorgen Petersen (Toronto Italia)16
4. Jorge Piotti (Toronto Italia)16

Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League Championship finals

September 9, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto City 2 (Ted Purdon 2)
Toronto Italia 0
 
September 13, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto City 1 (Ted Purdon)
Toronto Italia 0
 
Toronto City won best-of-three games series 2-0

E. C. P. S. L. All Star teams

First team:
GK – Nigel Sims, Toronto City
Right fullback – Tony Book, City
Left fullback –
Right half –
Centre half –
Left half –
Outside right –
Inside right –
Centre forward –
Inside left –
Outside left –
Manager: George Gross, Toronto City

Second team:
GK – Uwe Schwart, Montreal Italia
Right fullback –
Left fullback –
Right half –
Centre half –
Left half –
Outside right –
Inside right –
Centre forward –
Inside left –
Outside left –
Manager: Frank Pedersen, Toronto Italia

Exhibition games

June 5, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto

ECPSL All-Stars vs Hearts programme

Attendance:
Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League All-Stars 0
Heart of Midlothian 2 (Roy Barry 39:00, Allen Gordon 42:00)

June 8, 1964 Civic Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Hamilton Steelers 1
Meidericher Spiel Verein* (Germany) 1

*Now known as MSV Duisburg

July 15, 1964 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Toronto City 4 (Charlie Fleming 2, Bob Kinloch, Peter Sulincevski)
AEK Athen (Greece) 1 (???)

1964 Ontario Soccer League

Clubs: K. F. C. Estonia, Hakoah Sport Club, Hellas, Italian Virtus, St. Andrews, Toronto Italia II, Toronto Colts.

Hakoah Sport Club and KFC Estonia joined the Ontario Soccer League from the National Soccer League.

Hakoah won the league championship and the President Cup.

League champions: Hakoah Sport Club

President Cup: Hakoah Sport Club

1964 Ontario Cup

Semi-finals

July 25, 1968 Sudbury, Ontario
Sudbury Italia Flyers 3
Oshawa 0

Sudbury Italia Flyers qualified for the final

July 25, 1964 Wigle Park, Windsor, Ontario
Windsor Teutonia 2
Hamilton United Hungarians 0

Windsor Teutonia qualified for the final

Finals

August 1, 1964 Wigle Park, Windsor, Ontario
Windsor Teutonia 0
Sudbury Italia Flyers 1

August 8, 1964 Sudbury, Ontario
Sudbury Italia Flyers
Windsor Teutonia

Sudbury Italia Flyers won the 1964 Ontario Cup.

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