National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997

1965 Season

1965 National Soccer League

President: Bill Boytchuk

Referees

Referees included Alex Weir (Hamilton, Ontario) and Art King (Toronto, Ontario)

Review of the season

The annual general meeting was held in Toronto February 7, 1965. Vasyl (Bill) Boychuk was re-elected as president of the league.

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.

In the Windsor Star newspaper on May 7, 1965, it was predicted by Wally Lomas that the Toronto clubs Ukraina, Olympia and Abruzzi would be the strongest members of the league. Wally Lomas is a life member of the Ontario Football Association.

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

GPWLTPts
Toronto Ukraina2215 3 434
Toronto Hakoah2212 2 832
Sudbury Italia2211 3 931
Toronto Hungaria2212 3 630
Windsor Teutonia22 9 7 624
Kitchener Kickers22 8 9 521
Toronto Croatia22 910 321
Olympia-Harmonie22 610 620
Hellas22 711 418
Abruzzi22 412 615
Portuguese United22 414 311
Azzurri22 212 711

Kitchener earned play-off spot on goal average.

National Soccer League Play-offs

Play-offs Group A

October 2, 1965
Toronto Ukraina 4
Windsor Teutonia 2
 
October 10, 1965 Sudbury
Sudbury Italia 1
Windsor Teutonia 0
 
October 17, 1965 Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 2
Sudbury Italia 0

Play-offs Group B

October 3, 1965
Toronto Hungaria 1
Toronto Hakoah 1
 
October ??, 1965
Kitchener Kickers
Toronto Hungaria
 
October ??, 1965
Kitchener Kickers
Toronto Hakoah

National Soccer League finals (Best-of-three games)

October ??, 1965
Toronto Hakoah
Toronto Ukraina
 
October 24, 1965
Toronto Hakoah 2
Toronto Ukraina 3
 
October 26, 1965 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Hakoah 3
Toronto Ukraina 1

Exhibition games

April 18, 1965 29th and Cambria streets, Philadelphia
Attendance: 2,000
Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 5
Toronto Ukraina 1

September 5, 1965 Cobb Hill, Rochester, New York
Attendance:
Rochester Ukrainians 3
Toronto Ukraina 1

Other Leagues and Cups

1965 EASTERN CANADA PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE

Commissioner: Bill Simpson

Referees

Referees included Hugh McLean (Guelph, Ontario)

Review of the season

Montreal Italica won the O’Keefe Trophy symbolic of winning the league championship. Italica went through a season undefeated at home.

Toronto Italia won the President’s Cup for the third time in 1965. They had previousily won the post-season play-offs in 1962 and 1963.

Toronto City disbanded in December 1965.

Results (incomplete)

May 8, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 7,118
Referee:
Toronto Italia 3
Toronto City 0

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May 16, 1965 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Primos 2 (Mike Candey 19 min, Olivio Lacerda 89 min)
Toronto Inter-Roma 0

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May 23, 1965 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Primos 3 (Richie Barker 2, John Kerr)
Toronto Italia 3 (Carlos Metidieri, Peter Simpson, George Piotti)

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May 26, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 1,535
Referee:
Toronto Italia 2 (Carlos Metidieri 24 min, Jorgen Petersen 74 min)
Toronto City 0

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June 6, 1965 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Primos 1 (????)
Montreal Italica 1 (Juan Vairo)

June 9, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 2,018
Referee:
Toronto Roma 8
Toronto City 1

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June 19, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 2
Hamilton Primos 4

June 20, 1965 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee:
Hamilton Primos 1 (Bo Lewis 77 min)
Toronto Roma 2 (Peter McParland 23 min, Dave Demaine 48 min)

June 20, 1965 Jarry Park, Montreal
Attendance: 4,000
Referee:
Montreal Italica 1 (Juan Vairo 20 min)
Toronto Italia 0

July 8, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 2,337
Referee: Peter Roomer (Denmark)
Toronto Italia 3 (Peter Simpson, Carlos Metidieri, Georgio Piotti)
Toronto City 2 (Frank McColgan, Johnny Brooks penalty)

July 10, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Bill Sadler
Toronto Italia 1 (Luis Gomez)
Montreal Italica 0

July 11, 1965 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance:
Referee: Peiter Roomer (Holland)
Hamilton Primos 3
Montreal Italica 1

July 14, 1965 Jarry Stadium, Montreal
Attendance:
Referee:
Montreal Italica 4 (Olivio Lacerda 32 min, Walter Rautman 49 min, Andy Toth 79 min, Alan Bristow 85 min)
Toronto Roma 2 (Peter McParland 15 min, own goal 87 min)

July 14, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 6 (Carlos Metidieri 3, Anders Yrfelt 2, Jorge Piotti)
Hamilton Primos 2 (Mike Candey, Ritchie Barker)

July 17, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 3 (Joe Tonani, Norman Gillespie, Ted Purdon)
Toronto Roma 1 (Ron Clayton)

This was Toronto City’s first win in 14 starts.

July 21, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto


Attendance: 5,698
Referee:
Toronto Italia 3 (Carlos Metidieri 3)
Toronto Inter-Roma 3 (???)

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July 26, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Italia 1
Hamilton Primos 1

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August 11, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 1
Toronto Italia 1

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August 14, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto Roma 3 (Peter McParland, Dave Demaine, Ron Clayton)
Toronto Italia 1 (Carlos Metidieri)

August 15, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
Referee:
Toronto City 3 (Norman Gillespie 2, Ted Purdon)
Montreal Italica 0

This was Toronto City’s third win in the 1965 season.

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Final standings

GPWTLPts
Montreal Italica24135631
Toronto Inter-Roma24124828
Toronto Italia24106826
Hamilton Primos24751219
Toronto City24561316

Leading goalscorers

PlayerGoals
1. Carlos Metidieri (Toronto Italia)19
2. Dave Demaine (Inter-Roma)14
2. Peter McParland (Inter-Roma)14
4. George Piotti (Toronto Italia)13
5. Romano Cori (Montreal Italica)11
5. Ted Purdon (Toronto City)11


 President’s Cup

September 17, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2
Hamilton Primos 2
 
September 19, 1965 Hamilton
Toronto Italia 3
Hamilton Primos 1
 
September 22, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 3
Hamilton Primos 1
 
Toronto Italia won series

Exhibition games

May 2, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:  
Toronto City 3
ECPSL All-Stars 3

June 14, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
ECPSL All-Stars
Nottingham Forest

August 26, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
ECPSL All-Stars 1
Independiente (Argentina) 10

September 20, 1965 Molson Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 2,500
Montreal Italica 1
Hapoel Petah-Tikva 0

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