1970 National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni
First vice-president: John Fischer
Second vice-president: Dave Payne
Secretary-treasurer: Conrad Schmidt

Annual general meeting

At the annunal general meeting of the NSL held in Toronto on February 28 four new clubs were added, namely Ottawa Sons of Italy, Hamilton Croatia Sports Club, Hamilton Apollos Soccer Club and Soccer Portugais de Quebec (Montreal). Arsenal Portuguese and Montreal Inter were dropped. Sudbury Italia was given a years leave of absence to resolve their financial problems.

Tony D’Angelo, George Allen, Gino Dell’Anna, Mario Cirilli and Antonio Ferrante represented Ottawa Sons of Italy at the meeting.

Clubs and players

First Portuguese


Founded: September 23, 1956
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Andre Vicente, Jose Luiz; Herminio Silva, Yauca

First Portuguese, representing Toronto’s 45,000 Portuguese community, imported five players from Portugal. Two of them said to have played in the First Division there. The Toronto Star wrote that they had a team consisting of five Antonios and four Joses.

Hamilton Apollos
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Bill Suttie

Hamilton Croatia


Founded: 1957
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Olivio Lacerda

Hellas
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players:

Homer
Founded:
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Homer played out of Hamilton, and were commonly referred to as Hamilton Homer.

Kitchener Concordia


Founded: 1873
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players:

London German-Canadian Football Club


Founded: 1934
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Wingers Heinz Brueninghaus and Harry de Vlugt; forward Carlo Iszakovitz


Olympia
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Lutz Wolanski

Ottawa Sons of Italy Sports Club
Founded: 1965
President: George Allen
Stadium: St. Joseph’s High School, Ottawa
Player coach: Sandro Rausa
Key players: Goalkeeper John Nichols; American fullback Armand Tassy; Italian half-backs Franco Napoleoni, Ulderico Romeo and Guiliano Giromotti; forwards Nino Flamini at outside left and centre-forward Stuart McDonald.

Ottawa Sons of Italy joined from the Ottawa & District Soccer League. In the 1969 season they had won the Ottawa-Rideau championship, the Lusitana Cup and the Deep River Trophy. The club had a budget of around $50,000 for the season. The club was helped by a number of imports from Italy, especially Nino Flamini.

Soccer Portugais de Quebec
Founded:
Stadium: Edouard Montpetit Stadium (University of Montreal)
Head Coach: Luis Dabo
Key players: Luis Dabo; Acacio Correia

Portuguese de Quebec, commonly known as Montreal Portuguese, joined from the regional Quebec National Soccer League. Player-coach Luis Dabo was rated by the Montreal Gazette as in a class of his own on the team.

Serbian White Eagles


Founded: 1968
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Croatia


Founded: 1956
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Zeljko Bilecki; Marijan Bilic

Toronto Hungaria
Founded:
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: midfielder Bernardo Vargas; forward Victor Ivonyi

Toronto Ukraina


Founded: May 16, 1948
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
Player coach: Leo Dowhaluk
Key players: Ted Purdon

Review of the season

The season started with the opening game at Stanley Park with First Portuguese beating White Eagles 2-0, in front of 6,000 fans, of which 5,200 paid.

Hamilton Croatia made their league debut by beating Toronto Ukraina 1-0 in Toronto on Friday May 1. Olivio Pineto scored Croatia’s goal.

On Saturday August 4 Ottawa Sons of Italy upset the league-leading First Portuguese by beating them 1-0. The game was watched by 5,000 fans at Stanley Park. The following day Toronto Croatia defeated the Ottawa-team 7-0 to tie First Portuguese for the league leadership.

Toronto Croatia won the league championship.

Results and standings

Final league table
                     GP W  L  T  GF GA Pts
Toronto Croatia      26 20  3  3 75 19  43
Hamilton Croatia     26 16  2  8 67 24  40 
Serbian White Eagles 26 17  4  5 60 26  39
First Portuguese     26 15  7  4 56 37  34
London German Canad. 26 13  7  6 55 29  32 
Hellas               26 13  8  5 49 36  31 
Hamilton Homer       26 12  7  7 48 36  31 
Ottawa Sons of Italy 26  9 11  6 39 49  24 
Hungaria             26  7 11  8 42 43  22
Montreal Portuguese  26  6 13  7 23 45  19
Toronto Ukraina      26  7 16  3 34 51  17
Hamilton Apollo      26  6 16  4 25 57  16
Kitchener Concordia  26  5 18  3 31 84  13
Olympia              26  1 24  1 23 91   3 
  
Leading goalscorers               GP   GS
1. Nino Flamini (Ottawa)          17   25  
2. Alija Solak (Toronto Croatia)       24
  
NSL Play-offs

Quarterfinals
October 22, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Croatia beat London German-Canadians 

October 24, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto
First Portuguese
Ottawa Sons of Italy

October 25, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto
Hamilton Croatia beat Toronto Hellas

October 25, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto
Serbian White Eagles
Hamilton Homer  

Semifinals
Hamilton Croatia beat ???

Toronto Croatia beat ???

Final
Hamilton Croatia beat Toronto Croatia

NSL Cup Final
September 27, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto
First Portuguese 2 (Jose Luis, Antonio Yauca) 
Toronto Hellas 1 (John Stampoulidis)
After 30 minute OT 

Exhibition games
June 28, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto 
Attendance: 4,400
First Portuguese 0
Varzim (Portugal) 2 (Jose Sousa 2)
  
July 11, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 3,750
Toronto Croatia 1 (Alija Solak)
Varzim (Portugal) 0
Game called off with four minutes remaining due to fight between players and fans.
 
July 14, 1970 Stanley Park, Toronto 
Attendance: 627
First Portuguese 2 (Hermino Silva, Valdemar Serrano)
Varzim (Portugal) 2 (Nunes Pinto, Valdir)