Toronto City

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Toronto City
Full name Toronto City Soccer Club
Founded 1961
Dissolved 1967
Owners Larry Myslivec, Ed Fitken
and Steve Stavro

Toronto City is a former Canadian soccer team based in Toronto. Between 1961 and 1967, teams using this name competed in both the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League and the United Soccer Association.

History[edit]

ECPSL[edit]

In 1961, along with industrialist Larry Myslivec and journalist Ed Fitken, Steve Stavro, a Macedonian Canadian businessman who would go on to own Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, formed the Toronto City Soccer Club which played in the newly created Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League. During its inaugural season the team featured several prominent footballers including Northern Ireland international Danny Blanchflower, England internationals Stanley Matthews and Johnny Haynes and Scottish internationals Jackie Mudie and Tommy Younger, notable as the last time the England, Scotland and Northern Ireland captains played on the same side. Younger also coached the team. In January 1966 Stavro fell out with the league administrators and withdrew the team from the league.

USA[edit]

In 1966 Stavro helped form the United Soccer Association and entered a team called Toronto City in the new league. The USA originally intended to launch its league in the spring of 1968. However a rival league, the National Professional Soccer League, announced it was ready to launch in 1967. Not wanting to lose ground to its rival, the USA decided to fast track its launch. Without any players of its own, it opted to import whole teams from Europe and South America. It was intended that these teams would represent the franchises during the inaugural season, giving them time to build their own squads for the following season. Toronto City was subsequently represented by Hibernian of the Scottish Football League.[1]

Together with Cleveland Stokers, Detroit Cougars, New York Skyliners, Boston Rovers and Washington Whips, City competed in the Eastern Division. These teams were actually Stoke City, Glentoran, C.A. Cerro, Shamrock Rovers and Aberdeen respectively. City finished eventually finished third,[1] behind the Stokers and the Whips. In December 1967 the USA and the NPSL merged to form the North American Soccer League.[2][3] As a result of this merger some of the USA franchises, including Toronto City folded. This was partly to avoid cities having more than one club in the new NASL, and City lost out to its NPSL rival Toronto Falcons. Stavro sold his team back to the league for $160,000.[4][5]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League W L T Pts Regular Season Playoffs
1961 ECPSL 11 10 3 25 1st, league Lost in semi-final
1962 ECPSL 8 9 7 38 2nd, league Lost in final
1963 ECPSL 3 16 6 12 Last (6th) in league Did not qualify
1964 ECPSL 14 4 6 34 1st in league Won championship
1965 ECPSL 5 13 6 16 Last (5th) in league Did not qualify
1967 USA 4 3 5 13 3rd, Eastern Division Did not qualify

Players[edit]

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Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hardie, David (24 July 2009). "When the Hibees became Toronto". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Waring, Ed (1967-12-08). "Pro soccer merger hinges on unified Toronto team". Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ Waring, Ed (1967-12-13). "Falcons' boss insists he has sole ownership of merged franchise". Globe and Mail. 
  4. ^ "20 cities picked for soccer loop". New York Times. 1967-12-14. 
  5. ^ Waring, Ed (1968-03-29). "Legal action could boot soccer Falcons from Toronto". Globe and Mail. 
  6. ^ "Scottish, Irish Leagues Will Send Players Here". The Montreal Gazette. 2 May 1962. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 

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