1980 National Soccer League

Clubs and players

Bradford Marshlanders

Notable players included goalkeeper John Vanoostveen; defender Tony Greco; Tom Henderson, Jeff Edwards and Slavisa Todorovic.

Buffalo Blazers

Founded: 1976
Stadium: Lackawanna Stadium, Lackwanna, New York
Head Coach:

The United States-based team signed several players formerly with Hamilton Italo-Canadians and from Toronto. Key players included goalkeepers Carlo Greco and Victor Petroni (ex-Buffalo Stallions); defender Oscar Albuquerque (ex-Denver Lightning); Vito Palmieri

The Blazers started the season brightly by winning their first eight games. Then internal problems led to several players leaving the club and the club failed to win a game the rest of the season. In September they were kicked out of the playoffs by the NSL executives.

First Portuguese

Founded: September 23, 1956
Head Coach:
Key players: Eduardo Azevedo, Daniel Riviera, forward Joao Moniz

London City

Founded: February 14, 1973
Stadium: Cove Road Field, London, Ontario
President: Markus Gauss
General manager: Harry Gauss
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeepers Andrew Fairchild and Eddie Edgar; Mansoor Kavianpoor, Neil Proctor

London City signed goalkeeper Eddie Edgar, formerly of Newcastle United and Hartlepool United.


Head Coach: Artur Rodrigues
Key players: Goalkeeper Robert Judd; defender Tony Taylor; midfielders John Stavropoulos and Pedro Kozak; forward Marco Abascal.

St. Catharines Roma

Founded: 1967
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Ian Beatson; forward George Johnson

Serbian White Eagles

Founded: 1968
Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Dragan Vuckovic; Vacloves Verikakis

The Serbian White Eagles struggled to field a full team in many league games.

Sudbury Cyclones

Founded: 1976
Stadium: Queen’s Athletic Field, Sudbury
Owner-President: Wolf Mildenberger

Sudbury Cyclones were reported to be in the need of $60,000 to be able to start the season, or they would have to move to antoher city. Local players agreed to play for the club without compensation.

The roster included goalkeepers Gary Kraft, Bill Shkrebek and Andre Mrozewski; defenders Bob Boettcher, Cesar Pacitto and Martin Wright; midfielders Mike Czerwinec and Ivan Zanatta (from Hamilton Italo-Canadians); forwards Greg Kraft, George Krauss, Robert Flavo (15 years old), Frank Cristo and Nick Dagostini.

Before the season started the club hired Gino Pacitto as head coach. The Cyclones struggled on through the season and finished third from bottom in the twelve-team league.

Toronto Croatia

Founded: 1956
Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Anton Corak; Martin Krmek, Nick Repic, Jozo Perkovic

Toronto Falcons
Founded: 1975
Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach:
Key players: Defender Eryk Hansel; Stefan Grachik; Greg Stamkos, Alec Polinsocha/Pokinsoche; Zbigniew Tylak; forward Jerzy Patola

Toronto Italia

Founded: 1972
Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head coach:

Key players: Goalkeepers Tony Lizzi and Steve Gallop; Frank Lamarico; Nick Colassurdo; forwards John McManus and Mike Burke

After the season Mike Burke joined Buffalo Stallions in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Sport Association Ukraina

Founded: May 16, 1948
Stadium: Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Igor Prokipchuk; Jerry Dyczkowsky, Nick Plessas, Terry Rygajlo, Joe Nunes

Review of the season

The opening match of the 1980 season was held on May 4 when the First Portuguese beat the Panhellenic Olympics 2-0 with Joao Moniz and Mike Ristich scoring the goals. The match at Lamport Stadium was watched by 4,000 fans.

On May 11 Buffalo Blazers defeated Sudbury Cyclones 1-0; and First Portuguese beat Serbian White Eagles 3-0.

First Portuguese’s 52-game unbeaten run came to an end in July when they lost to Panhellenic.

Sudbury Cyclones won their first league game of the season on August 17, when they won 2-0 over Buffalo Blazers. The Cyclones had played 16 league games without a win.

Due to financial problems NSL executives eliminated Buffalo Blazers from the playoffs.

Helped by their imports from Poland the Toronto Falcons won the 1980 League Championship.

Results and standings

Leading goalscorers: 
1. Mike Burke (Toronto Italia)   24 gls
2. Joao Moniz (First Portuguese) ?? gls

Leading goalkeeper
Robert Judd (Panhellenic)

Playoff Final: 
Panhellenic defeated St. Catharines Roma.

NSL Cup Final
First Leg
September 3, 1980 Lamport Stadium
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto Falcons 0

Second Leg
September 7, 1980 Lamport Stadium
Toronto Italia 2 (Mike Burke 2)
Toronto Falcons 0