1977 NATIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE 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.
Clubs and players
Head coaches: John Rowley and Derek Nash
Key players: Goalkeeper Pasquale Amaro; John Carvalho, Jim Greco, Mark Twynam.
Stadium: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Key players: Goalkeeper Brian McLaughlin; defender John Priest; midfielder John “Jay” Hoffman; forward Brian “Bud” Lewis
Buffalo Blazers moved into War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo.
Stadium: Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
General manager & coach: Mario Cerilli
Key players: Steve Matthews, Tommy Henderson, Billy Telford
St. Catharines Heidelberg
St. Catharines Roma
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
Head coach: John McNeil
Key players: Marcus Klein, Bill McIlveen, Bill Millar, Tony Novacic
President-coach: Wolf Mildenberger
Sudbury Cyclones were led by president Wolf Mildenberger. The Cyclones imported 18-year old Gary Thornley from Manchester, England, to strengthen their team. They also signed Jamaican star Corcel Blair, who had formerly played for Toronto Metros-Croatia in the NASL.
Results and standings
1. Billy Telford (Ottawa Tigers) 25 goals
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 0
Toronto Croatia 2 (Bill McGill, Mike Wharton)