1977 National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni
First vice-president: John Fisher
Second vice-president: Jose E. Sousa
Referee-in-chief: Steve Sohuyko

Division 1

Clubs and players

First Portuguese


Formed: September 23, 1956
Head Coach: Artur Rodrigues
Key players: Jim McLoughlin, Marinho, Joao Moniz and Jim Douglas

Led by former Sporting Lisboa star Marinho the First Portuguese club finished in fifth place. Other key players were Joao Moniz and former Canadian national team player Jim Douglas. The team was coached by Artur Rodrigues.

Hamilton Italo-Canadians

Stadium: Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Head Coach: Ilario Bontarin
Key players: Goalkeeper Ardo Perri; defenders Tom Molly, Ed Constantine and Jim Sinclair; midielder Valdi Greco; forward Stewart McBean.

London City


Founded: February 14, 1973
Stadium: Cove Road Field, London, Ontario
President: Markus Gauss
General manager: Harry Gauss
Head coach: Ron Clayton
Key players: Goalkeeper Dieter Wolter; Steve Breach, John Hold, Gert Dorfel

London City again imported former Margate F.C. players from England, like Steve Breach and John Hold. In addition they signed German star Gert Dorfel. After the season Breach joined Crawley in England. 

Macedonia
Owner: Dragi Denkowski
Head Coach: Carlo Delmonte
Key players: Goalkeepers Robert Judd and Victor Petrini; defender Tony DeBennetto; forwards Mike Bruke and Gabriele Cortellucci.

Macedonia hired Carlo Delmonte as head coach. Led by the goalscoring of Mike Burke Macedonia finished seventh.

Montreal Castors (Les Castors de Montreal)


Founded: 1975
Stadium: Claude Robillard Stadium, Montreal
Owner: Toni Iammatteo
Player Coach: Hugo Nicolini
Key players: Goalkeeper Blagoje Tamindzic; defenders Nick Mijatovic and Hugo Nicolini; midfielders Igor Bachner, Pat Ercoli and Gerry Morielli; forwards Paul McGee, Jose Testas and Gordon Wallace.

Montreal Castors won the league with two points. Hugo Nicolini was their player-coach. Before the season they signed goalkeeper Blagoje Tamindzic from Rochester Lancers.

Panhellenic


Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach: George Caragiannides
Key players: Midfielders Pedro Kozak and Leon Voudouris; forwards Alberto Gerez, Fernando Barbosa and Saban Romanovic.

Serbian White Eagles


Founded: 1968
Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach: Luis Dabo
Key players: Goalkeeper Dule Stepanovic; midfielder Tibor Gemeri.

Serbian White Eagles hired Luis Dabo as head coach.

Toronto Croatia


Founded: October 5, 1956
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Ivo Bodlovic; midfielders Boris Psaker and Ibrahim Arslanovic; forward Frank Ellis

Toronto Italia


Founded: 1972
President: Gino Ventresca
General manager: Joe Vaccari
Key players: Goalkeeper Paolo Cimpiel; defenders Paolo D’Agostini, Renato Cila, Kevin Grant and Stjepan Loparic; midfielders Tim Burns, Pat Ercoli and Carmine Marcantonio; forwards Dennis D’Hugo, Francisco Bolota and John Fahy.

Toronto Italia finished second. Italia goalkeeper Paolo Cimpiel had by the end of August registered his 14th shutout. Voted as the leading goalkeeper of the NSL.

Windsor Stars


Founded: 1975
Stadium: Mic Mac Park, Windsor
Head coach: Ivan Markovic replaced by Jim Townsend
Key players: Goalkeeper Dimitrios Sirigos; midfielder Gus Moffatt; left winger Gerry McCabe; forward Sid Wallace

Coach Ivan Markovic was released by the Windsor Stars at the beginning of April following a disagreement with the management. Markovic had recieved an offer to coach the Tunisian national team. He was replaced by midfielder Jim Townsend as player-coach. New players included John Russo from New York Cosmos. Sid Wallace scored 25 goals in 24 games before returning to play In Ireland. The owners lost $75,000. From the original 14 owners in 1975 only three remained after the 1977 season.

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 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 two points.

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

Results and standings

                     GP W  L  T   GF GA  Pts
Montreal Castors     36 24  4  8  93  56  56
Toronto Italia       36 22  4 10  74  22  54
Panhellenic          36 21  8  7  74  47  49
Windsor Stars        36 20 10  6  87  38  46
First Portuguese     36 17 10  9  72  43  43
London City          36  9 14 13  41  62  31
Macedonia            36 12 18  6  40  56  30
Hamilton Italo-Can.  36  7 19 10  40  60  24
Toronto Croatia      36  7 23  6  34  78  20
Serbian White Eagles 36  0 29  7  24 137   7
 

Leading goalscorer:
1. Saban Romanovic (Panhellenic)
 
Leading goalkeeper:
Paolo Cimpiel (Toronto Italia)