After 12 years as members of the National Soccer League Maple Leafs qualified for their first Atholstan Cup Final, emblematic of the playoff championship of the NSL, in the 1940 season.
By beating Toronto Scottish 4-1 on Friday July 19 they clinched the championship of the western section and earned the right to meet Montreal Carsteel, the winners of the eastern section, in the NSL playoff finals.
In the Lord Atholstan Cup Final Maple Leafs lost out to Montreal Carsteel.
1940 Western Division – Final Standings
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1940 Lord Atholstan Cup Finals
The first game of the 1940 Lord Atholstan Cup finals were played at Maisonneuve Grounds in Montreal on October 5, 1940. Montreal Carsteel defeated Maple Leafs 3-2.
Maple Leafs: Olliver; Jordan, McLean; Adam Inch, D. White, Cairns; McGarva, Clark, Huskisson, Ross, Bugden. Subs: Farrimand, West, Cook
In the second game the two teams played to a 2-2 tie at the Glen Yard grounds in Montreal on October 6, 1940. Resulting in that Carsteel won the two-game total-goals series 5-2.
Maple Leafs: Olliver; Jordan, McLean; Adam Inch, D. White, Cairns; McGarva, Clark, Huskisson, Ross, Bugden. Subs: Farrimand, West, Cook.
1940 Toronto Maple Leafs Player Squad
Olliver – goalkeeper
J. Jordan – fullback. Six feet two inches. Weight more than 200 pounds.
McLean – fullback
Adam Inch – half-back/forward. Former Scottish schoolboy international.
Douglas White – centre half. Six feet two inches. Rated by many as the best centre half in Toronto.
Cairns – half-back
McGarva – outside right
Clark – inside right
Huskisson – centre forward
Ross – inside left
Bugden – outside left