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Connaught Series: Montréal Canadian Nationals were best in the east

Posted on 18 August 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Montréal Canadian National Railways win 1929 Championship More

Ontario wins gold at Canada Games Men's Soccer Tournament

Posted on 13 August 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Ontario 1:0 Alberta More

Connaught Series: Hamilton Westinghouse were first champions from Ontario

Posted on 13 August 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Hamilton Westinghouse win 1920 Connaught Cup More

Connaught Series: young Radials upset Carsteel to claim national honours

Posted on 6 August 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Vancouver Radials win 1939 Challenge Trophy More

Canada Games Women's Soccer Tournament All-Stars

Posted on 6 August 2017 in Around the Soccer World

18 all-stars selected by coaches More

Canada Games continues with Men's Soccer Tournament

Posted on 5 August 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Canada Games Men's Soccer Tournament: 7 to 12 August More

Québec wins gold at Canada Games Women's Soccer Tournament

Posted on 4 August 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Québec 1:0 Ontario More

Connaught Series: North Shore XI win national laurels in 1938

Posted on 30 July 2017 in Around the Soccer World

North Shore United FC More

Promising young talent showcased at Canada Games

Posted on 28 July 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Canada Games Women's Soccer Tournament: 29 July to 3 August More

Connaught Series: Vancouver Johnston National Storage win national title

Posted on 23 July 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Vancouver Johnston National Storage More

Connaught Series: Calgary Hillhurst FC were first champions from Alberta

Posted on 16 July 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Calgary Hillhurst FC win 1922 championship More

Connaught Series: Winnipeg Scottish FC wins 1915 championship

Posted on 10 July 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Winnipeg Scottish FC win 1915 championship More

Connaught Series: dominant Westminster side wins four national titles in nine years

Posted on 2 July 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Dominant team of the era More

Connaught Series: Ulstermen returned honours to Toronto

Posted on 25 June 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Toronto Ulster United win 1925 Championship More

Connaught Series: St. Boniface were Canada's first ever champions

Posted on 18 June 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Double champions Norwood Wanderers of St. Boniface More

Connaught Series: Montréal Grand Trunk FC win first title after Great War

Posted on 11 June 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Alec Smith and Artie Woutersz honoured by Canada Soccer Hall of Fame More

Connaught Series: Winnipeg’s double champions United Weston FC

Posted on 4 June 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Eddie Derby and Bill Matthews honoured by Canada Soccer Hall of Fame More

Canadian Content features in 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final

Posted on 1 June 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Canada’s Women’s National Team player Kadeisha Buchanan has become the first Canadian soccer player to lift the Champions League trophy More

Connaught Series: top scorers remembered from 24 national championships

Posted on 28 May 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Jock Coulter was Top Scorer in Connaught Series three times More

Connaught Series: picking playoff heroes for 24 national championships

Posted on 21 May 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Most valuable players More

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The 1929 Connaught Series was Montréal’s year. The first team to reach the Dominion of Canada Championship final in three successive years, the Montréal Canadian National Railways were runners up in 1928 and 1930 to Westminster Royals, but champions in 1929 over Winnipeg United Weston.

After winning their 1929 provincial playdowns, Montréal Canadian National Railways knocked off Oshawa and Fort William, then crushed Winnipeg in the final with nine goals over two matches.

Bill Finlayson was the hero of the 1929 Dominion final, scoring four goals and two assists against Winnipeg United Weston, the famous team that had won national titles in 1924 and 1926. Finlayson finished with a tournament-best seven goals, while teammate and Danish international Poul Nielsen finished tied for second with four goals. Outside right Joe Williams was the other force with three goals, all scored in the final against Winnipeg.

Montréal’s Jimmy Nelson, with the help of fullbacks Harry Barnes and Jock Duguid, became just the second goalkeeper to completely shut out his opponents in a Dominion final, joining goalkeeper Jack Smith who accomplished the feat for Toronto Scottish FC with back-to-back clean sheets in 1921.


STORY OF THE 1929 CHAMPIONSHIP
Montréal Canadian National Railways won the 1929 Dominion of Canada Football Association, one spot better than their second-place finish in 1928. Montréal eliminated both Oshawa General Motors and Fort William Canadian Legion in the playdowns before beating Winnipeg United Weston FC in the Dominion final.

Like he was in 1928, Bill Finlayson was the leader of Montréal’s 1929 attack. After being shut out against Oshawa, the Montréal hero scored three times against Fort William and four times against Winnipeg. In winning the 1929 Dominion title, the Nationals were the first team from Montréal in 10 years to capture the Championship. They were also the first team to reach the final in back-to-back years.

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING GOAL • BOB CAMPBELL
Montréal’s sturdy left half Bob Campbell scored the series-winning goal of the 1929 Dominion final. From a 5:0 win in the final match, Campbell collected the ball from a poor clearing and then promptly opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

TOP SCORER • BILL FINLAYSON
Montréal’s Scotsman Bill Finlayson scored seven goals in six matches during the 1929 playdowns, including four goals and two assists in the final two matches. The next best scorers finished with four goals.

CHALLENGE TROPHY • CAPTAIN PETER KIER
After winning the title, the Montréal club were honoured at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. Mr. A.H. Eagan, a CNR Western Region superintendant, presented the trophy to Montréal team manager Harry Payne. On their return to Montréal, captain Peter Keir carried the trophy off the train.


In celebration of our nation's 150th anniversary, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame pays tribute to the early years of our Championship: the Connaught Series from 1913 to 1939. Every Sunday from May through September, Canada Soccer remembers the players, legends, teams, and champions from a golden era of football in the Dominion.

‎In Canada's 150th year, Canada Soccer will crown their 150th national champions across all adult and professional competitions since 1913. The 2017 competitive season will crown the Futsal Canadian Championship winners in April, the professional Canadian Championship winners in June, and the amateur National Championships women's Jubilee Trophy and men's Challenge Trophy winners in October.

 

 

 

 Albert Thombs was a Dominion of Canada Championship winner with Hamilton Westinghouse FC, captaining his side to the 1920 title at age 38. He was both the top scorer and hero of the 1920 Championship. As noted by the Montréal Gazette after a Thombs hat trick in the 1920 playdowns, he “still has all his old tricks at his toes and a fast-thinking brain in action.”

Westinghouse were the first Dominion of Canada champions from Ontario, one year before the famouse Toronto Scottish FC side won their first of three national titles. As noted in the Toronto Telegram in 1920, "it was a great finish to a strenuous fight and there can be no doubt the team (Westinghouse) won, on the day’s play, and Hamilton have every reason to be proud of the boys who wear the red and white."


STORY OF THE 1920 CHAMPIONSHIP
Hamilton Westinghouse were the first team to capture the Connaught Cup after extra time, winning the 1920 Dominion of Canada Championship on a Billy Gilvear winner at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Knotted 1-1 after two matches, the extra period was played with Hamilton at an advantage as Winnipeg had already been reduced to nine men through injuries.

Westinghouse were the first team from Ontario to win the title. After eliminating Montréal CPR in the first round, they advanced to the final from a three-team series with Winnipeg Brittanias and Fort William CPR. After an additional series was required to split Winnipeg and Fort William, the final opened in Hamilton. The second match was played in Toronto as part of a Labour Day double header following the Toronto-Montréal all-star match.

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING GOAL • BILLY GILVEAR
Hamilton’s 28-year old inside left Billy Gilvear scored the series-winning goal of the 1920 Championship final. In a come-from-behind victory, he scored the equaliser in the second half and then the winner in extra time.

TOP SCORER • ALBERT "TINY" THOMBS
Hamilton’s 38-year old outside left Albert “Tiny” Thombs scored four goals in six matches during the 1920 Championship. Billy Gilvear
(Hamilton) and Stan Howell (Winnipeg) scored three goals each.

CONNAUGHT CUP • CAPTAIN ALBERT "TINY" THOMBS
Tiny Thombs and Hamilton Westinghouse were already four-time Ontario Cup winners before they won the Dominion of Canada Championship for the first time in 1920. As noted in the Hamilton Spectator, “it has always been the ambition of Tiny Thombs to win a Dominion Championship medal before he retired from the game. He has achieved that ambition. After the game, Tiny was presented with the ball. It was an appropriate act as Tiny had played the game longer than any player in Hamilton and there was none more popular.”


In celebration of our nation's 150th anniversary, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame pays tribute to the early years of our Championship: the Connaught Series from 1913 to 1939. Every Sunday from May through September, Canada Soccer remembers the players, legends, teams, and champions from a golden era of football in the Dominion.

‎In Canada's 150th year, Canada Soccer will crown their 150th national champions across all adult and professional competitions since 1913. The 2017 competitive season will crown the Futsal Canadian Championship winners in April, the professional Canadian Championship winners in June, and the amateur National Championships women's Jubilee Trophy and men's Challenge Trophy winners in October.

 

 

 

Monti Mohsen struck gold with his free kick moments before full time as Ontario captured the 2017 Canada Games Men's Soccer Tournament in Winnipeg. Ontario won the championship final 1:0 over Alberta, with the Ottawa midfielder scoring the lone goal in the last minute.

Mikhael Tony was Ontario's player of the match in the final while Ryan Raposo earned the Canada Games Top Player award. Goalkeeper Nicholas Frenati co-led the tournament with three clean sheets.

The Final

Ontario won the Canada Games Men's Soccer Tournament on the final day in front of 1,400 fans at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex in Winnipeg. Alberta had the first chance in the six minutes, but were just wide of the target. Ontario had the next good chance with a low shot that trickled wide. Overall, Alberta outchanced Ontario in the first half, with the best a Stefan Gajic shot that was tipped off the crossbar by goalkeeper Frenati.

In the second half, Ontario slowly took over the match. Max Weinberg fired a shot that was saved by Brennan Hebert. Both sides pressed, but neither defence was ready to surrender that all-important first goal. Finally in the last minute, Mohsen took a free kick that beat the wall and beat the goalkeeper.

Final Ranking
1. Ontario
2. Alberta
3. Québec
4. Manitoba
5. New Brunswick
6. Newfoundland Labrador
7. Nova Scotia
8. British Columbia
9. Saskatchewan
10. Yukon
11. Prince Edward Island
12. Northwest Territories

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