1974 National Soccer League

League president: Joe Piccininni
League secretary: Ivan Habus

Referees

Referees: Paul Avis (Rexdale, Ontario) and Stan Tait (Montreal, Quebec).

Clubs and players

Homer was a largely Greek team, featuring three national team players from Greece. Goalkeeper Nikos Christidis was signed from Aris. From 1964 to 1978 he played in 29 international games for Greece. Themis Rigas was signed from A.O. Kavalas. They also signed Athanasios Intzoglou, formerly of Ethnikos and Panionios, who had just been banned for life after having taken a bribe to not play well in a cup game in Greece.

Before the season started Montreal Cantalia hired Ottavio Cucuraghi as player-coach. After a disastrous start to the season, with just five points from 11 matches, Cucuraghi was replaced by Salvatore Italiano. Italiano had been coaching local Montreal teams for the past years. The directors also brought in four players from an Italian third-division team. In addition, they signed former Toronto Metros player Felix Angel. Returning players included Aldo DeSimone and Paolo Ferrante.

Polonia strengthened their team by signing several players from the Stal Rzeszòw club in Poland.

Newly-formed Quebec Selects was a club made up of the best amateur players in the Quebec area.

With the suspension of Zeljko Bilecki for the whole season Toronto Croatia added two new goalkeepers in Zeljko Poleto and Darko Grisbaher. Poleto was a former Dinamo Zagreb youth player. Croatia also signed Miralem Fazlic and Alberto Altarac from the Sloboda club in Yugoslavia. Ibrahim Arslanovic returned to boss the midfield and Goran Peric again led the attack.         

Toronto Hungaria used the name Canadian-Hungarians this season. They were coached by Tom Boljkovac. Hungarian-born players Imre Kily and Tibor Molnar were key players, as was veteran NSL-player Dave Thomson. John Fahy did much of the goalscoring before he was sold to Toronto Italia.

Toronto Italia hired Franco Gallina, formerly of Montreal Cantalia, as player-coach before the start of the season. In addition they signed experienced players like Pedro Kozak from Serbian White Eagles and Francisco Montero from Toronto Croatia. They also had young Canadian players like Robert Iarusci, Carmine Marcontonio and 18-year old Carmilo Barbieri.

Review of the season

The opening game of the 1974 NSL season was played on Sunday April 21 between Toronto Croatia and Toronto Hungaria. A crowd of 5,000 watched Croatia win 3-1 at C.N.E. Stadium.

Some of the other teams in the league kicked of it’s 1974 season Tuesday April 23. In Toronto Momcilo Stojanovic scored the only goal of the game when Serbian White Eagles defeated Polonia 1-0. In St. Catharines Chris Conlon scored on a penalty kick to give Hamilton City a 1-0 win over the Heidelberg club. Hamilton Italo-Canadians defeated Melita 2-1 in Hamilton.

On Saturday April 27 St. Catharines Heidelberg defeated Ottawa Tigers 2-0 in St. Catharines. Dan McIntosh and Siegfried Wiebe scored for Heidelberg and goalkeeper Sam Buccitelli got the shutout.

On May 18 Quebec Selects and Hamilton Italo-Canadians played to a 1-1 tie at Jarry Park. The Selects had an average age of 19 and a half years. James Corsi scored for Quebec.

On Friday June 7, Serbian White Eagles defeated Kitchener Srbija 16-1. Momcilo Stojanovic scored eight goals. The highest score in the NSL was recorded in 1965 when Toronto Ukraina beat Toronto Macedonia 18-1.

Serbian White Eagles won the league championship.

Toronto Croatia won the league playoff final.

Toronto Italia won the league cup.

Results and standings

Leading goalscorer                         Gls Ass Pts
1. Momcilo Stojanovic (White Eagles)        54  12 120

Top goalkeeper                     Min. Svs GA SO GAA.
1. Blajoe Tamindzic (White Eagles)             28

Playoffs quarter-finals
October 6, 1974
Serbian White Eagles 3 (Momcilo Stojanovic 2, John Fahy)
Macedonia 0

October 7, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Homer 6 (Gus Hatoupis 4, ????)
Hamilton Croatia 0

October 8, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1 (Marijan Bilic)
First Portuguese 0
after overtime

October 9, 1974
Toronto Italia

Playoffs semi-finals
October 10, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1 (Alija Solak)
Serbian White Eagles 0

October 15, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1
Homer 2

Playoff final
October 20, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto (att: 2,149)
Toronto Croatia 1 (Boris Psaker)
Homer 0

NSL Cup Final
October 4, 1974
CNE Stadium
First Portuguese 1 (Jorge Felix)
Toronto Italia 0

October 6, 1974
C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2 (Carmelo Barbieri, Saban Romanovic)
First Portuguese 0

Italia won the two-game total-points series 3-1.