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


Founded:
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Key players: Frank Donlavey, Frank Riga, Danny Lourie

Ottawa Tigers


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

The Tigers had a total team budget of $70,000. 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.

Polonia


Founded:
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Key players: Andy Horba, Rick Lowther and Steve Hudson

St. Catharines Heidelberg


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

Toronto Croatia


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

Toronto Falcons
Founded: 1975
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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.

Second Division       GP W  L  T  GF GA Pts 
Hamilton Italo-Can.    21 19  1  1 50 11  39
Toronto Croatia        21 14  4  3 48 27  31
Toronto Polonia        21 11  8  2 38 21  24
Buffalo Blazers        21  9 10  2 37 50  20
Ottawa Tigers          21  9 11  1 36 40  19
Sudbury Cyclones       21  7 10  4 27 32  18
Toronto Falcons        21  4 15  2 18 47  10
St. Cath. Heidelberg   21  2 16  3 16 42   7

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