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
Stadium: Bradford High School field
Head coaches: John Rowley and Derek Nash
Roster included goalkeeper Pasquale Amaro; John Carvalho, Jim Greco, Mark Twynam.
Stadium: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Roster included goalkeeper Brian McLaughlin; defender John Priest; midfielder John “Jay” Hoffman; forward Brian “Bud” Lewis
Buffalo Blazers moved into War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo.
Stadium: Corn Starch Stadium, Mississauga
Head coach: Andy Berki
Roster included goalkeeper Bobronko Mikic and Louis Battagin; defenders Guido DeAndreis, D’Alphonso Giuliano, Aubrey Vanderstar and Ned Zaffino; midfielders Ferdinand Horvat, John Ruta, Odillo Biotto and Gustavo Rico; forwards John Torontali, Peter Kovacs, Bert Laing, Romolo DiVito, Dominic Vetro, George Toth, Rick Moretta, Chuck Tanti, Imre Kily and Frank Cassanao.
Goalkeeper Bobronko Mikic was signed from Toronto Croatia.
Stadium: Jarry Park, Montreal
Roster included Nick Christodoulou and Anastasios Koutsoukos
Stadium: Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
General manager & coach: Mario Cerilli
Roster included goalkeeper Saad Azab and Tony DeCurtis; defenders Mick Wharton, Gordon Armstrong, Roberto De Angelis and Ihlan Akmanol; midfielders Tommy Henderson and Steve Matthews; forwards Billy Telford and Ilya Sykes.
Ottawa Tigers started its seventh NSL season by moving into Landsowne Park in Ottawa. They had four imports from England in Tom Henderson, Steve Matthews, Mick Wharton and Bill Telford. Other imports included Marino DeBellis (Italy), Robert Lacossade (Haiti), Gordon Armstrong (Scotland), Saad Azab (Egypt) signed from Montreal Castors and Ihlan Akmanol (Turkey).
Other players were Tony DeCurtis from Toronto, veteran Nino Flamini and Ilyasa Sykes.
During the season Mick Wharton joined Toronto Croatia.
Key players: Goalkeeper Andy Turaj; forwards Desmond Jones and David Knowles.
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
Stadium: Queen’s Athletic Field, Sudbury
Owner-President: Wolf Mildenberger
Sudbury Cyclone was coached by Peter Severinac. Returning players included goalkeeper Vic Pessot, Stephen Jennings, Bill Czerwinec, Mario Anselmo, Ted Domalewski, Roy Gallo, John Dagostini and Ferrucio Deni.
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.
Roster included Kazimierz Opara and Kazimierz Krawczyk
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)