National Soccer League

National Soccer League (1926-1992) & Canadian National Soccer League (1993-1997)

1977 Season

1977 National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni
First vice-president: John Fisher
Second vice-president: Jose E. Sousa

The NSL also operated with two divisions, a First Division and a Second Division.

Referees

Steve Sohuyko

Referee-in-chief: Steve Sohuyko

Referees included Paul Avis (Rexdale, Ontario), Bill Bouwmeester (Chatham, Ontario), Nevio Novacco (Chatham, Ontario), Charlie Haslem (London, Ontario) Frank Pavicic, Bill Divorski, Borge Devantier (Belle River, Ontario), Mimmo Calavretta and Phil Clarke (London, Ontario).

Division 1

Review of the season

The season opened with three games on Sunday April 24. At Lamport Stadium Italia defeated Panhellenic 3-0. Hamilton Italo-Canadians tied Serbian White Eagles 1-1. Windsor Stars beat Toronto Croatia 3-1 in front of 1,000 fans at Mic Mac Park in Windsor.

First Portuguese opened their season on Wednesday April 27 with a 2-0 win over Hamilton Italo-Canadians. On June 24 they suffered their first defeat in 16 games when they lost to London City in London. On July 3 Panhellenic beat First Portuguese 5-0 in front of a season-record crowd of 5,000.

The final league game of the 1977 season was played on Thursday October 6 when Hamilton Italo-Canadians beat Panhellenic 6-1.

Montreal Castors won the league championship with 56 points, two points more than Toronto Italia who finished the season with 54 points.

After a disastrous season Serbian White Eagles left the NSL but returned again for the 1979 season. Macedonia also left the league.

Leading goalscorer – Saban Romanovic (Panhellenic)

Panhellenic’s forward Saban Romanovic was the leading goalscorer in the 1977 NSL season.

Leading goalkeeper – Paolo Cimpiel (Toronto Italia)

Italian goalkeeper Paolo Cimpiel started his professional soccer career with Trapani in the Italian League. He won the Mitropa Cup with Bologna in 1961. In the 1976 season he won the North American Soccer League championship with Toronto Metros-Croatia. He was the National Soccer League’s leading goalkeeper in the 1977 season.

Division 1 Final Standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
Montreal Castors3624 4 8 93 5656
Toronto Italia3622 410 74 2254
Panhellenic3621 8 7 74 4749
Windsor Stars362010 6 87 3846
First Portuguese361710 9 72 4343
London City36 91413 41 6231
Macedonia361218 6 40 5630
Hamilton Italo-Canadians36 71910 40 6024
Toronto Croatia36 723 6 34 7820
Serbian White Eagles36 029 7 24137 7


 

Division 2

In December 1976, Club Roma applied for, and was granted, a franchise in the National Soccer League and changed their name to St. Catherines Roma. They were a member of the National Soccer League and the Canadian National Soccer League from 1977 through to 1997.

Review of the season

St. Catharines Heidelberg won 1-0 over Bradford Marshlanders on May 1 at Bradford High School in Bradford. It was the Marshlanders first league game of the season.

Toronto Falcons were Second Division league champions and earned promotion to the First Division.

Ottawa Tigers won promotion the First Division.

Division 2 Final Standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
Toronto Falcons1815 1 2481032
Ottawa Tigers1814 3 1661729
Buffalo Blazers1812 3 3501327
Montreal Stars1811 5 2532324
St. Catharines Roma18 8 6 4382520
Sudbury Cyclones18 6 8 4283516
St. Catharines Heidelberg18 410 4223512
Mississauga Hungaria18 313 33371 9
Toronto Polonia18 213 32565 7
Bradford Marshlanders18 115 21382 4

Leading goalscorer:
1. Billy Telford (Ottawa Tigers) 25 goals

2. Casey Soltysiak (Buffalo Blazers) 16 goals

Leading goalkeeper:
1. Jerzy Patola (Toronto Falcons)

Promotion-relagation play off

October 2, 1977 Toronto
Toronto Croatia 3 (Dennis D’Hugo 2, Steve Loparic)
Ottawa Tigers 1 (Tom Henderson)
 
October 10, 1977 Mooney’s Bay, Ottawa
Ottawa Tigers 2 (Bill McGill, Mike Wharton)
Toronto Croatia 0

President’s Cup (National Soccer League Cup)

Finals

Panhellenic won the NSL Cup

Exhibition games

April 3, 1977 Warren Tower High School, Warren, Michigan
Detroit Vardar SC 0
Windsor Stars 4

June 5, 1977 War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo
Buffalo Blazers 1
Lazio (Italy) 6

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