On Sunday night June 5, 1946, a capacity crowd of 15,000 turned up at Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto to watch the famous Liverpool Football Club play in an exhibition game against Ulster United. This was the second largest crowd to watch a soccer game in Canada. The previous record was set when the Scottish club Third Lanark played against Ulster United in 1921.

The Liverpool club had played in seven exhibition games in the United States before coming to Canada.

The game was kicked off when Ontario Premier George Drew scored on a penalty shot past Toronto Mayor Robert Saunders.

After only one minute of play Bob Priday blasted the ball past Ulster goalkeeper Bill Breadon. By half-time Liverpool had a 6-1 lead.

At half-time all 15 members of the Liverpool playing squad were presented with nylon stockings.

The eleven Liverpool goals were scored by Bob Priday (3), Willie Fagan (3), Jack Balmer (2), Ted Taylor, Cyril Done and Berry Nieuwenhuys.

Ulster United goalkeeper Bill Breadon was voted as man of the match.

Liverpool traveled to Kearny, New Jersey, after the game in Toronto. On June 9 the Reds beat Kearny All-Stars 3-1.


Ulster United: Bill Breadon;

Liverpool FC: Sidlow; Harley, Jones; Taylor, Hughes, Paisley; Nieuwenhuys, Balmer, Done, Fagan, Priday.