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1967-1968 Toronto Falcons

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Toronto FalconsNational Professional Soccer League (1967)
North American Soccer League (1968)

Born: 1967 – NPSL founding franchise
Folded: 1968

Stadium: Varsity Stadium (25,000)

Team Colors: Blue & White

Owner: Joe Peters

NPSL Championships: None
NASL Championships: None

 

The Toronto Falcons played two seasons of pro soccer at Varsity Stadium during the late 1960’s. The roots of the team traced back to the Toronto Italia-Falcons of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League. Italia-Falcons owner Joe Peters backed the promotion of the team into the ambitious National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) in 1967. The NPSL was one of two start-up North American pro leagues that launched in 1967. The NPSL’s rival, the United Soccer Association (USA), also featured a Toronto entry – Toronto City, owned by future Toronto Maple Leafs owner Steve Stavro.

Peters hired former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid manager Ferdinand Daucik to coach the Falcons in 1967. Daucik came as a package deal with members of his soccer-playing family, including son Yanko Daucik, son-in-law Ladislav Kubala and Kubala’s son Branko. “Laddie” Kubala, as Falcons officials referred to the 40-year old Hungarian, was one of the greatest strikers to ever play for FC Barcelona. He would score 5 goals in 19 appearances with the Falcons in 1967 in his final playing campaign. But it was Yanko Daucik who lit up the NPSL with a league best 20 goals in 1967.

Despite Yanko Daucik’s offensive heroics, the 1967 Falcons finished out of the NPSL playoff picture with a 10-17-5 record.

The USA and the NPSL merged to form the North American Soccer League at the end of 1967. As part of the deal, the new league bought out Toronto City owner Steve Stavro for $160,000, clearing the marketplace for Joe Peters and the Falcons.

Ladislav Kubala replaced Ferdinand Daucik as club manager for the 1968 season. Yanko Daucik showed flashes of his 1967 scoring touch with five goals, but managed to appear in just four matches in 1968. The team improved slightly to 13-13-6, but missed the playoffs once again.

The Falcons folded after the 1968 season, along with 11 of the other 16 NASL franchises.  The league managed to survive with just five club in 1969 and returned to Toronto with the formation of the Toronto Metros in 1971.

 

Toronto Falcons Shop

Ian Plenderleith’s Definitive Account of “The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League

 

Toronto Falcons Memorabilia

 

Links

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

February 26th, 2017 at 9:50 pm

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