1977 NSL Div 2

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

Bradford Marshlanders


Founded: 1976
Stadium:
Head coaches: John Rowley and Derek Nash
Key players: Goalkeeper Pasquale Amaro; John Carvalho, Jim Greco, Mark Twynam.

Buffalo Blazers


Founded: 1976
Stadium: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Head coach:
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.

Mississauga Hungaria
Founded:
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

Montreal Stars
Founded:
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

Ottawa Tigers


Founded: 1965
Stadium: Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
General manager & coach: Mario Cerilli
Key players: Steve Matthews, Tommy Henderson, Billy Telford

Polonia
Founded:
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

St. Catharines Heidelberg


Founded: 1952
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

St. Catharines Roma


Founded: 1967
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
Head coach: John McNeil
Key players: Marcus Klein, Bill McIlveen, Bill Millar, Tony Novacic

Sudbury Cyclones
Founded: 1976
Stadium:
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.

Toronto Falcons
Founded: 1975
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

                      GP W  L  T  GF GA Pts
Toronto Falcons       18 15  1  2 48 10  32
Ottawa Tigers         18 14  3  1 66 17  29
Buffalo Blazers       18 12  3  3 50 13  27
Montreal Stars        18 11  5  2 53 23  24
St. Cath. Roma        18  8  6  4 38 25  20
Sudbury Cyclones      18  6  8  4 28 35  16
St. Cath. Heidelberg  18  4 10  4 22 35  12
Mississauga Hungaria  18  3 13  3 33 71   9
Polonia               18  2 13  3 25 65   7
Bradford Marshlanders 18  1 15  2 13 82   4

Leading goalscorer:
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)