1965 National Soccer League

President: Bill Boytchuk

Annual general meeting

In February 1965 the NSL decided to add five more Ontario franchises to the league to form an 11-team division. The new teams addded at the time were Toronto Hakoah, Windsor Teutonia, Kitchener Kickers, Sudbury Italia and Oshawa Ukrainians. All these teams had paid the $500 entry fee. In addition they were considering wether to accept Croatia or Imperials as the Hamilton entry. Teams in London and St. Catharines had also applied for membership. The league ended up as a 12-team league when they added Toronto club Azzurri.

Clubs and players

Abruzzi
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto

Toronto Italia-legend Bruno Bertolin was one of the key players for Abruzzi.

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

Hakoah
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto

Toronto Hakoah had won the Ontario Soccer League the previous season. During the season Hakoah scored an impressive 65 goals, with Jim Lefkos, Kurt Dvorak, Alex Marshall and Bobby Smith leading their forward line. Zoltan Vigh guided the nets.

Kitchener Concordia Kickers


Founded: 1873
Stadium:

Kitchener Kickers signed Hamilton junior Ernst Schlote, other key players were outside right Ewald Nowak and Hans Schablinski.

Olympia
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Klaus Woitshetzke, Harry Bogdonov

Portuguese United
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players:

Sudbury Italia Flyers Soccer Club


Founded: 1949
Stadium: Queen’s Athletic Field, Sudbury

Sudbury Italia Flyers had won the 1964 Canadian National Championship. Nine of the eleven players on the 1965 Sudbury team lived in Toronto, these included Peter Lupich, Fulvio Stepanich and Frank Rosati. Rosati and local boy Ferrucio Deni led the team in scoring. The Club went through a run of 13 undefeated games. They drew an average of 1,000 fans. Peter Gallo was the coach of the team.

Toronto Croatia


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

Toronto Hellas
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto

Toronto Hellas’ was helped by the goalscoring of Chris Hatzis.

Toronto Hungaria
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto

Toronto Hungaria had reliable players in Vic Ivony and Jim (Imre) Kily.

Sport Association Ukraina


Founded: May 16, 1948
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players:

Windsor Teutonia


Founded: 1929
Stadium: Wigle Park, Windsor

This was Windsor Teutonia’s first season in the NSL. They had been playing in the Michigan-Ontario League. Teutonia strengthened their team by importing players from Germany, including 23-year old Josef Eberl who had played for FC Augsburg in the Oberliga Süd in Germany. Tibor Vigh led the team in goalscoring. The team was led by manager-coach Henry Wolf.

The line-up in the opening game was goalkeeper Klaus Vockentanz; fullbacks John Pechinger and Franco Meret; half-backs Joe Eberle, Ilario Bontarin and George Popp; forwards Karl Stern, Hans Schreiber, Chris Szabo, Josip Skaro and Gaetano Feregotto.

Review of the season

The season kicked off on Sunday May 2, 1965 at Stanley Park with two new clubs meeting each other, Toronto Hakoah beating Sudbury Italia 2-1.

The following weekend the two other non-Toronto teams that had been added to the league opened their seasons with identical losses with a 2-1 score to their opponents. On the Saturday Abruzzi beat Kitchener Kickers, on the Sunday Toronto Hellas beat Windsor Teutonia at Stanley Park.

After the games played on Sunday June 20, Hakoah was leading the leading with 15 points. This was six more than Toronto Hungaria, Toronto Ukraina and Sudbury Italia. These three Clubs were all tied for second. Windsor Teutonia was in last place.

Sudbury Italia went through a run of 13 undefeated games.

When Ukraina and White Eagles played to a goalless tie on Saturday September 1, Sudbury’s 2-2 tie with Hungaria on the Sunday was enough for the Ukrainians to clinch the league championship title.

Six of the twelve teams qualified for the play-offs. Kitchener Kickers got the sixth spot on goal average, finishing their league games after the play-offs had started.

Toronto Ukraina and Hakoah qualified for the championship finals, with Hakoah coming out as winner in the best-of-three-games series.

After the season had finished Hakoah dropped out again from the league. Other clubs that dropped out were Azzurri and Abruzzi.

Final league standings    
                   GP  W  L  T  GF GA Pts
Toronto Ukraina    22  15  3  4 46 18  34
Toronto Hakoah     22  12  2  8 65 22  32  
Sudbury Italia     22  11  3  9 46 19  31
Toronto Hungaria   22  12  3  6 51 29  30
Windsor Teutonia   22   9  7  6 53 45  24  
Kitchener Kickers  22              38  21
Toronto Croatia    22   9 10  3 40 36  21
Toronto Olympia    22              43  20
Toronto Hellas     22   7 11  4 39 64  18
Abruzzi            22              47  15
Portuguese United  22   4 14  3 28 56  11 
Azzurri            22   2 12  7 19 49  11
  
Kitchener earned play-off spot on goal average
  
Play-offs Group A
October 2, 1965
Toronto Ukraina 4 (Walter Skocen 2, Fred Patterson, Ken Beattie)
Windsor Teutonia 2 (Tibor Vigh 2)
  
October 10, 1965 Sudbury
Sudbury Italia 1 (Frank Rosati)
Windsor Teutonia 0
  
October 17, 1965 Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 2 (Fred Patterson, Leo Dowhaluk)
Sudbury Italia 0
  
Play-offs Group B
October 3, 1965
Toronto Hungaria 1 (Tibor Ovonyj)
Toronto Hakoah 1 (Tommy Adams)
  
October ??, 1965
Kitchener Kickers
Toronto Hungaria
  
October ??, 1965
Kitchener Kickers
Toronto Hakoah
  
NSL League finals (Best-of-three)
October ??, 1965
Toronto Hakoah 
Toronto Ukraina 
  
October ??, 1965
Toronto Hakoah 
Toronto Ukraina 
  
October 26, 1965 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Hakoah 3 (Jim Lefkos 3)
Toronto Ukraina 1 (Leo Dowhaluk)
Sources:
Windsor Star newspapers.com