1976 NSL Div 2

1976 NSL Second Division

Clubs and players

Buffalo Blazers

Founded: 1976
Stadium: Lackwanna Stadium
Head coach: Vincent Lauricella
Key players: defender John Priest, forwards Brian “Bud” Lewis and Emanuel Kulu.

Buffalo Blazers paid $5,000 to join the second division of the league.

Many of the Blazers’ home games were shown live on International Cable channel 10.

Hamilton Italo-Canadians

Head coach:
Key players: Frank Donlavey, Frank Riga, Danny Lourie, Ray Trevisan

After their relegation from the first division in 1975 Italo-Canadians earned promotion in the 1976 season, by winning the second division championship.

Ottawa Tigers

Founded: 1965
Stadium: Mooney’s Bay, Ottawa
Head coach: Sandro Rausa

The Tigers had a total team budget of $70,000. $40,000 of the budget was used to import player. The club imported Haitian goalkeeper Paul Jacques; centre back Mick Jones who had played for Derby County, Notts County and Peterborough; midfielder Paul Walker, formerly of Wolverhampton Wanderers; Haitian winger Jean-Robert Lacossade; and former Fulham-forward Barry Friend. After the season Barry Friend joined Wimbledon and helped them earn promtoion to the Football League. Walker joined Huddersfield Town.


Head coach:
Key players: Andy Horba, Rick Lowther and Steve Hudson

St. Catharines Heidelberg

Head coach:
Key players:

Sudbury Cyclones

Founded: 1976
Stadium: Queen’s Athletic Field, Sudbury

Newly-formed Sudbury Cyclones also joined the second division. Veteran Ferruccio Deni was among the team’s key players.

Toronto Croatia

Founded: 1956
Head coach:
Key players: Ivan Mrsic, Alan Harvey, Derek Stanton, Nick Repic

Toronto Falcons
Founded: 1975
Head coach:
Key players:

Oakville United changed their name to the Toronto Falcons prior to the season.

Review of the season

Hamilton Italo-Canadians went through a 15 game winning streak to win the second division championship.

Results and standings

Leading goalscorers (as of August 9, 1976)
1.  Emanuel Kulu (Buffalo Blazers) 10 goals

Promotion-relegation play-offs
October 6, 1976 at Hamilton
Hamilton Croatia 2 (David Dodds 2)
Toronto Croatia 2 (Ivan Mrsic, Derek Stanton)
October 10, 1976 at Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1 (Alan Harvey)
Hamilton Croatia 0