1966 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League

Clubs and players

Hamilton Primos
Stadium: Civic Stadium, Hamilton
Owner: Primo Poloniato
Player coach: Bill Paterson
Key players: Goalkeeper Art Kussner; fullback Ken McDonald; half-backs Bill Paterson, John Simpson and John Young; forwards Bo Lewis, Dan McLardy, Jorge Garcia and Ernest Schlote.

Montreal International
Stadium: Jarry Park, Montreal
Player coach: Mike Campo
Key players: Goalkeepers Hans Koelbi and Peter Greco; fullbacks Mike Campo and Vince D’Altiglia; half-backs Dave Whytock, Nevio Varglien and Alex Bandl; forwards Raoul Seoanne and Alan Bristowe.

Montreal International lost the previous years’ sponsor and only managed three wins.

Toronto Inter-Roma
Stadium: Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Owner: Elio Madonia
General manager: Agostino Venier
Head coach: Skender Perolli, replaced by Ostap Steckiw
Key players: Goalkeepers Gerhard Fehrle and Roy Rea; fullback Carmine Carella; half-backs Jose Bolognesi and Nick Krat; forwards Ted Purdon, Ron Clayton, Dave Demaine and Jorge Bentivegna.

Toronto Inter-Roma was owned by Elio Madonia, owner of a sports drink company and a Sunday school teacher. The team lost more than $30,000 over the season.

Toronto Italia Falcons


Stadium: Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Owner: Soccer Holdings Ltd
President: Joe Peters
Head coach: Hector Marinaro
Key players: Goalkeeper Nigel Sims; fullbacks Alfred Maggiacomo and Tony Lecce; half-backs Dorivaldo Becca, Bernardo Vargas and Roy Turner; forwards Carlos Metidieri, Giorgio Piotti, Jorge Garcia, Yanko Daucik, Peter Simpson and Anders Yrfelt

Review of the season

The opening game of the 1966 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League season was played in Montreal on Sunday May 8. Montreal International and Toronto Inter-Roma played to a 1-1 tie in front of 2,000 fans.

Aftermath

After this season the league folded. Toronto Italia Falcons joined the NPSL. Toronto Inter-Roma and Hamilton Primos joined the semi-professional National Soccer League.

Results and standings

Final standings            GP   W   T   L  GF  GA  PTS
Toronto Italia-Falcons     24  21   2   1  57  16  44
Toronto Inter-Roma         24  11   4   9  35  38  26
Hamilton Primos            24   5   4  14  27  42  14
Montreal International     24   3   6  15  16  39  12
  
MVP: Carlos Metidieri
  
Leading goalscorers
1. Carlos Metidieri (Toronto Italia)         17 goals

Semifinals
August 31, 1966 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 200
Toronto Inter-Roma 3 (Jorge Bentivegna, Dave Demaine 2 pens.)
Hamilton Primos 1 (Bob Williams)

President’s Cup
September 4, 1966 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 2,075
Toronto Inter-Roma 1 (Ron Clayton)
Toronto Italia-Falcons 0

September 7, 1966 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 2,043
Toronto Inter-Roma 2 (Frank Rosati 2)
Toronto Italia-Falcons 0

Inter-Roma won the best-of-three games series 2-0