1965 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League

Commissioner: Bill Simpson


Referees included Hugh McLean (Guelph, Ontario)

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.

Results and standings

Final standings

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

Leading goalscorers

1. Carlos Metidieri (Toronto Italia)19
2. Peter McParland (Toronto Roma)14
2. Dave Demaine (Toronto Roma)14
4. Jorge Piotti (Toronto Italia)13
5. Romano Cori (Montreal Italica)11
6. Ted Purdon (Toronto City)10

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

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

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

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

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