1965 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League

Commissioner: Bill Simpson

Clubs and players

In March 1965 Toronto Inter Roma hired Jackie Goodwin as manager-coach for the 1965 season. He was a former Birmingham City and Brentford-player who had lately been the chief coach of the London Football Association. New players for Toronto Inter Roma included Ray Woods, former goalkeeper of Manchester City and Huddersfield; Peter McParland, Irish internationalist; fullback Alex Milne, ex Cardiff City; Tommy Casey, another Irish internationalist; and Ronnie Clayton, formerly of Arsenal and Brighton. Clayton had decided to emigrate to Canada.

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.

 
  
Final standings            GP   W   T   L  GF  GA  PTS
Montreal Italica           24  13   5   6  42  34  31
Toronto Inter-Roma         24  12   4   8  52  41  28
Toronto Italia             24  10   6   8  55  45  26
Hamilton Primos            24   7   5  12  36  44  19
Toronto City               24   5   6  13  33  54  16
  
Leading goalscorers
1. Carlos Metidieri (Toronto Italia)    19 goals
2. Peter McParland (Toronto Roma)       14 goals
   Dave Demaine (Toronto Roma)          14 goals
4. George Piotti (Toronto Italia)       13 goals
5. Romano Cori (Montreal Italica)       11 goals
6. Ted Purdon (Toronto City)            10 goals
  
Semifinals  
September 8, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2 (Bernardo Vargas, Carlos Metidieri)
Montreal Italica 1
  
September 12, 1965 Jarry Stadium, Montreal
Montreal Italica 1 (Olivio Lacerda)
Toronto Italia 0
  
September 15, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Referee: Hugh McLean
Toronto Italia 6 (Metidieri 2, Yrfelt, Vargas, Peterson, Piotti)  
Montreal Italica 0
 
Toronto Italia won series
  
September 11, 1965 Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Hamilton Primos 3
Toronto Roma 2
  
September 12, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Hamilton Primos 2 (John Kerr, Bob McCafferty)
Toronto Roma 1 (Alan Harvey)
  
Hamilton Primos won series
  
               
President’s Cup
September 17, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2
Hamilton Primos 2 (Duncan McCall 2)
  
September 19, 1965 Hamilton
Toronto Italia 3
Hamilton Primos 1
 
September 22, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 3 (Carlos Metidieri, Jorgen Petersen, George Piotti)
Hamilton Primos 1 (Bob McCafferty)
  
Toronto Italia won series 

Exhibition games

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