1979 National Soccer League

League president: John Fisher

Annual general meeting

On Saturday March 3, 1979 the NSL held its annual meeting. London City owner Harry Gauss put forward a motion to remove representatives off all clubs that had not paid their dues. Seconded by John Santos of the First Portuguese, Gauss’ move succeeded and the representatives of almost half the clubs where shown out before the proceedings were begun.

Consequently all these clubs were given until April 3, 1979 to pay their dues. The clubs were Toronto Italia, Montreal Castors, Toronto Polonia, Buffalo Blazers, St. Catherines Heidelberg, Windsor Stars, Melita and Macedonia. Castors had already asked for a one-year leave of absence and St. Catharines Heidelberg had been granted the same. Due to the failure of these clubs to meet the given requirements, the league lost many of its franchises and had to drop its two-division format. Creating a huge gap between the best and poorest teams.

New clubs Detroit Besa, Vardar, Serbians and Toronto Canadians. Detroit Besa and Vardar joined the league from the Detroit Soccer League, but Vardar dropped out during the season.

Clubs and players

Bradford Marshlanders


Founded: 1976
Stadium:
Head coach: Dave Reid
Key players: Pasquale Amaro, Tommy Henderson, Jorge Planas De Calvi

The Marshlanders imported two players to give the team more experience.

Detroit Besa
Founded: 1974
Stadium: Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, Michigan
Head coach:
Key players:

First Portuguese


Founded: September 23, 1956
Stadium:
Head coach: Benvindo Assis
Key players: Goalkeeper Tony Dallas; midfielders Rodney Desmeules and Armando Costa; forwards Tito, Francisco Bolota and Jose Testas

Hamilton Italo-Canadians
Founded:
Stadium: Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Head coach: Carlos Delmonte
Key players:

Carlos Delmonte took over as head coach of the Hamilton Italo-Canadians and led the team to a strong top-half finish. After the season the club asked for a one year leave of absence and returned for the 1981 season as the Hamilton Steelers.

London City


Founded: February 14, 1973
Stadium: Cove Road Field, London, Ontario
President: Markus Gauss
General manager: Harry Gauss
Head Coach:
Key players: Jim McDonald

London City was captained by Jim McDonald. After the season he joined Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

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

Panhellenic Olympics


Founded: 1976
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

St. Catharines Roma


Founded: 1967
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
Head coach: Ernesto Borges
Key players: Jim Douglas, Tony Novacic, Danny McIntosh

Sudbury Cyclones
Founded:
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

Toronto Canadians
Founded:
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

Toronto Croatia


Founded: 1956
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

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

Toronto Serbians
Founded:
Stadium:
Head coach:
Key players:

Sport Association Ukraina


Founded: 1948
Stadium:
Head coach: M. Harapyn
Key players:

Review of the season

First Portuguese won the league championship.

After the season Detroit Besa returned to the Detroit Soccer League.

Results and standings

  
Standings                      GP   W   L   T   GF  GA  Pts
(as of October 22, 1979)
 1. First Portuguese           25   23   0   2  93   9   48
 2. Toronto Falcons            25   17   5   3  63  25   37
 3. St. Catharines Roma        26   16   5   5  57  22   37
 4. Hamilton Italo-Canadians   22   16   2   4  55  10   36
 5. Montreal Stars             26   11   9   6  49  38   28
 6. Sudbury Cyclones           24   10  11   3  42  35   23
 7. Detroit Besa               25    8  11   6  30  43   22
 8. Toronto Croatia            23    8  11   4  23  36   20
 9. Panhellenic Olympics       25    8  13   4  31  29   20
10. Toronto Ukraina            25    6  12   7  22  56   19
11. Toronto Canadians          24    4  12   8  23  42   16
12. London City                25    6  15   4  25  44   16
13. Bradford Marshlanders      26    5  18   3  19  82   13
14. Toronto Serbians           23    1  15   7  15  76    9