1978 National Soccer League

Division 2

Bradford Marshlanders


Founded: 1977
Stadium:
Player coach: Dave Reid
Key players: Goalkeepers Pasquel Amaro and Dave Ross; Nick Greco, Mark Twynam

Recruited its players from Newmarket, Bradford and Toronto. Average age of the squad was said to be 20.

Mississauga Hungaria
Founded:
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Lou Battigan; captain Ned Zaffino.

Polonia
Founded:
Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeepers Sam Kattos and Slaw Laszczka; Stanley Polak

Polonia started the season slowly but improved when they imported several players from Poland.

St. Catharines Roma


Founded: 1967
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
Head Coach:

Roma strengthened its team by signing Canadian National Team veteran Jim Douglas. Returning players included goalkeeper Marcus Klein; defenders Willy Gregg, Al Robinson, Bill McIlveen and Joe Fenwick; Brian Shannon and forward Tony Novacic. Other players were John McNeil Jnr and Bill Hall.

Roma went through the season undefeated in twelve league games. Tony Novacic ended the season as the leading goalscorer in the NSL Second Division.

St. Catharines Heidelberg


Founded:
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper John Vanoostveen; Charley Carey and John Mellor; forwards George Johnston and Neil Watton.

Sudbury Cyclones
Founded: 1976
Stadium: Queen’s Athletic Field, Sudbruy
President: Wolf Mildenberger

The team was coached by Jim Thomson. In goal they had Victor Pessot and Ugo Battachio. Defenders included Mario Anselmo, Bill Cerwinec and Bob Gonko. Midfielders were Angelo Battachio, Nick and Johnny Dagostino. Forwards were Andy Petrie (signed from Toronto San Fili), George Krauss, Don Comrie and Walter Michelutti. Veteran player Ferrucio Deni filled in both as a defender and a foreard.

Sport Association Ukraina


Founded: 1948
Stadium: Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Igor Prokipchuk, Sam Calvallo

Results and standings

Leading goalscorers:
(As of July 21, 1978)
1. Jim Douglas (St. Catharines Roma)           10 goals
2. Tony Novacic (St. Catharines Roma)           7 goals
3. George Johnston (St. Catharines Heidelberg)  6 goals
   Neil Watton (St. Catharines Heidelberg)      6 goals
Sources:
newspapers.com
The Sudbury Star newspaper