1969 National Soccer League
President: Joe Piccininni
Directors: Zoltan Czimbalmos, Harry Bogdanow and Nick Martel
Secretary-treasurer: Conrad Schmidt
Review of the season
At the annual meeting at the Seaway Hotel, on Saturday March 8, 1969, Alderman Joseph Piccininni was elected president of the NSL. He replaced Bill Boytchuk who had been president of the league for seven years.
Windsor Teutonia dropped out from the previous season and the National League added five teams before the season to become a fourteen-team league. New clubs were First Portuguese, Toronto Italia, London German-Canadians, Arsenal Oakville, Hamilton Homer and Montreal Inter Italia.
Other clubs that showed an interest in joining were Toronto Celtic (Toronto and District Soccer League) and St. Andrews.
The NSL season opened at Stanley Park in Toronto on 4 May 1969. With Toronto Italia and Hellas playing to a goalless tie in front of 6,000 soccer fans.
First Portuguese Canadian Club won the National Soccer League championship with 38 points. Hellas finished second with 37 points.
Arsenal Portuguese finished in the last place in the final standings.
Sudbury Italia, Toronto Italia, Arsenal and Montreal Italia dropped out after the season.
Standings (as of 30 September, 1969)
|1. First Portuguese|
|3. Serbian White Eagles|
|4. Toronto Hungaria|
|5. Sudbury Italia|
|6. Toronto Ukraina|
|7. Toronto Croatia|
|8. Toronto Italia|
|9. Montreal Inter-Italia|
|10. London German-Canadians|
|11. Hamilton Homer|
|12. Kitchener Kickers|
|14. Oakville Arsenal Portuguese|
|1. First Portuguese||26||38|
|10. London German-Canadians||26||8||14||4||20|
*London German-Canadians confirmed 10th place finish 8-14-4 (Won-Lost-Tied)
National Soccer League Cup (incomplete)
August 12, 1969
Toronto Ukraina 3 (Ted Purdon; Jack Simpson; Luigi Caruso)
Hamilton Homeros 1 (Gus Testebasis)
Toronto Italia qualified for the 1969 NSL Cup Final
Toronto Hungaria qualified for the 1969 NSL Cup Final
October 26, 1969
Toronto Italia 2 (Fortunato Raso; Fortunato Raso)
Toronto Hungaria 1 (Hughes Suttie)
Toronto Italia won the 1969 NSL Cup
May 18, 1969 Leamington, Ontario
First game of ESV Ingolstadts seven-game of Ontario. Rained out.
May 19, 1969 Cove Road Field, London, Ontario
Attendance: 1,200 (801 paid)
London German-Canadians 5
ESV Ingolstadt 0
May 21, 1969 Brantford, Ontario
May 25, 1969 St. Catharines, Ontario
St. Catharines Heidelberg 1
ESV Ingolstadt 2
May 26, 1969 Leamington, Ontario
July 27, 1969 Stanley Park, Toronto
National Soccer League All-Stars 3
July 28, 1969 Autostade, Montreal
Montreal Inter-Italia 0
* The Montreal Gazette noted that the attendance was poor due to lack of promotion of the game.
August 17, 1969 Aquinas Stadium, Rochester
Rochester Lancers 3
NSL All-Stars 1
October 29, 1969 Toronto
Toronto Hellas 1
Boavista (Portugal) 3
November 2, 1969 Stanley Park, Toronto
First Portuguese 1
Boavista (Portugal) 1
*First Portguese won on penalties 3-2