1980 National Soccer League

Clubs and players

Buffalo Blazers


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

First Portuguese


Founded: September 23, 1956
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: 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: Eddie Edgar

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

Panhellenic



Head Coach: Artur Rodrigues
Key players: Goalkeeper Robert Judd, defender Tony Taylor, midfielder Pedro Kozak, forward Marco Abascal.

St. Catharines Roma


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

Serbian White Eagles


Founded: 1968
Owner:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Sudbury Cyclones
Formed:
Owner:
Head Coach:
Key players:

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. The Cyclones struggled on through the season and finished third from bottom in the twelve-team league.

Toronto Croatia


Founded: 1956
Owner:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Falcons
Founded: 1975
Owner:
Head Coach:
Key players: Defender Eryk Hansel, forward Jerzy Patola

Toronto Italia


Founded: 1972
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Tony Lizzi, forward Mike Burke

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

Sport Association Ukraina

Founded: May 16, 1948
Owner:
Head Coach:
Key players: Jerry Dyczkowsky

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.

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

Results and standings

                  
Final standings       GP W L  T  GF GA Pts
Toronto Falcons       22 18  1  3 45 14 39
First Portuguese      22 16  1  5 71 15 37
Toronto Italia        22 14  2  6 63 16 34
Panhellenic           22 11  2  9 38 14 31
London City           22 11  8  3 49 25 25
St. Catharines Roma   22  8 10  4 29 26 20
Bradford Marshlanders 22  7 10  5 31 58 19
Buffalo Blazers       22  8 12  2 33 49 18
Ukraina               22  5 14  3 22 56 13
Sudbury Cyclones      22  3 13  6 27 40 12
Toronto Croatia       22  4 15  3 21 55 11
Serbian White Eagles  22  1 18  3 14 75  5

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