Hamilton Steelers (1987-91)

Hamilton Steelers were a charter member of the CSL in 1987. They existed in previous Canadian leagues including the NSL and the CPSL. During their time in the CSL, they placed as runners up to the title 4 out of 5 seasons and played out of Brian Timmis Stadium. The Club fielded the likes of Alex Bunbury, Paul James, Oscar Albuquerque, Billy Domazetis, Geoff Aunger, Lucio Ianneiro and Justin Fashanu.


Special thanks to the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame for the info and the pics, youve been a great help in preserving CSL history. Please check them out. 

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1987

In Hamiltons inaugural season they did well to win their conference 3 points ahead of Ottawa. They jumped to the semi finals where they faced and beat Toronto 1-0. They then faced Calgary in the finals where Calgary beat them 2-1.

That season their jersey was made by Ennerre (NR). Home was yellow, with Pantofola Doro as a chest sponsor. Their away jersey was White with a yellow band across the chest, Fortinos grocery store was the sponsor. 

 

1988

In their second season Hamilton dominated the eastern division. Hamilton had 18 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses. Once again they skipped to the semi finals where they faced and beat Toronto, 1-0.  They would then face Vancouver in the finals. Vancouver had lost only 1 game all season, the final would be no different. Vancouver bested Hamilton 4-1

 That season their jersey was made by Brazilian company Campea. Home was yellow with black stripes at the shoulders, campea across the chest. Away was white with stripes across the entire shirt.

1988 Steelers Home Gameworn #12 Larry Pretto
1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn by #12 Larry Pretto

1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn and signed by #12 Larry Pretto, #5 John Di Pasquale, #12 Dino Perri, #13 Lucio Ianiero and Bob Pretto

1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn by #12 Larry Pretto
1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn by #12 Larry Pretto

1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn and signed by #12 Larry Pretto, #5 John Di Pasquale, #12 Dino Perri, #13 Lucio Ianiero and Bob Pretto

1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn by #12 Larry Pretto
1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn by #12 Larry Pretto

1988 Hamilton Steelers Home Gameworn and signed by #12 Larry Pretto, #5 John Di Pasquale, #12 Dino Perri, #13 Lucio Ianiero and Bob Pretto

1988 Hamilton Steelers gameworn tracksuit #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
1988 Hamilton Steelers gameworn tracksuit #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
Steelers 1988
Hamilton Steelers 1988

Hamilton Steelers 1988

Steelers v Intrepid Rosters
Hamiltion Steelers v Ottawa Intrepid Rosters

Hamiltion Steelers v Ottawa Intrepid Rosters

North York Rockets v Hamilton Steelers June 9 1988 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)
North York Rockets v Hamilton Steelers June 9 1988 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets v Hamilton Steelers June 9 1988 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets v Hamilton Steelers July 17 1988 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)
North York Rockets v Hamilton Steelers July 17 1988 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets v Hamilton Steelers July 17 1988 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)

Hamilton Steelers vs Red Star Belgrade (c/o Sasha)
Hamilton Steelers vs Red Star Belgrade (c/o Sasha)

Hamilton Steelers vs Red Star Belgrade (c/o Sasha Pavic)

1988 Hamilton Steelers vs Belgrade Red Star
1988 Hamilton Steelers vs Belgrade Red Star
1988 Hamilton Steelers (c/o Gary Morrow).
1988 Hamilton Steelers (c/o Gary Morrow).
 
1987 Hamilton Steelers Home jersey (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Home jersey (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Home jersey (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Gameworn Tracksuit (c/o Gary Morrow)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Gameworn Tracksuit (c/o Gary Morrow)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Gameworn Tracksuit (c/o Gary Morrow)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Gameworn Tracksuit (c/o Gary Morrow)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Hat (c/o Gary Morrow)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Hat (c/o Gary Morrow)
1987 Steelers Away v Edmonton  (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Away v Edmonton Brickmen (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Away v Edmonton Brickmen (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1987 Steelers Away v Edmonton  (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Away v Edmonton Brickmen (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Away v Edmonton Brickmen (c/o Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Home (c/o Frank Riga)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Home (c/o Frank Riga)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Home (c/o Frank Riga)

Steelers 87 Home Team (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Home Team (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Home Team (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

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Canadian Soccer League 1987

Canadian Soccer League 1987

1987 Hamilton Steelers (home) vs North York Rockets (c/o Frank Riga)
1987 Hamilton Steelers (home) vs North York Rockets (c/o Frank Riga)

1987 Hamilton Steelers (home) vs North York Rockets (c/o Frank Riga)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Roster (c/o Sean Holmes)
1987 Hamilton Steelers Roster (c/o Sean Holmes)

1987 Hamilton Steelers Roster (c/o Sean Holmes)

1989

Hamilton placed second, two points from first, this season. They would meet North York in the Quarter Finals, beating them 2-1 over two legs. In the Semis they would beat Toronto (first place in the east) 3-2 over two legs. Yet again Hamilton would face a seemingly invincible Vancouver in the finals. Vancouver had run away with their division (42 points, second place Edmonton with 21). Vancouver would beat Hamilton 3-2 over a two leg final. 

That season their jersey was made by Brazilian company Campea. Home was yellow with black stripes at the shoulders, their team name across the chest. Away was white with stripes across the entire shirt. Super Carnaval was briefly a shirt sponsor.

Steelers 89 Home with alternate sponsor
1989 Hamilton Steelers Home with alternate sponsor

1989 Hamilton Steelers Home with alternate sponsor

1989 Steelers Home
1989 Hamilton Steelers Home

1989 Hamilton Steelers Home

1989 Steelers Home
1989 Steelers Home

1989 Hamilton Steelers Home

1989 Steelers Home
1989 Steelers Home

1989 Hamilton Steelers Home

1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Gameworn #7 Lucio Ianeiro (c/o Jamie Lower)
1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Gameworn #7 Lucio Ianeiro (c/o Jamie Lower)

Worn in the 89 CSL finals between Hamilton Steelers and the Vancouver 86ers.

1989 Steelers Away Gameworn #3
1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Gameworn #3 Tom Panhuyzen

1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Gameworn #3 Tom Panhuyzen

1989 Steelers Away Gameworn #3
1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Gameworn #3 Tom Panhuyzen

1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Gameworn #3 Tom Panhuyzen

Steelers 89 Home Colin Miller
1989 Hamilton Steelers Home Colin Miller

1989 Hamilton Steelers Home Colin Miller

1989 Hamilton Steelers Away gameworn #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
1989 Hamilton Steelers Away gameworn #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
1989 Hamilton Steelers Away gameworn #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
1989 Hamilton Steelers Away gameworn #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
Steelers 89 Billy Johnstone
1989 Hamilton Steelers Billy Johnstone

1989 Hamilton Steelers Billy Johnstone

1988 Hamilton Steelers gameworn tracksuit #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
1988 Hamilton Steelers gameworn tracksuit #4 Gary Morrow (c/o Gary Morrow)
Steelers 89 Home Team
1989 Hamilton Steelers Home Team

1989 Hamilton Steelers Home Team

Steelers 89 Road Alex Bunbury
1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Alex Bunbury

1989 Hamilton Steelers Away Alex Bunbury

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Hamilton Steelers v Ottawa Intrepid Rosters 1989

Hamilton Steelers v Ottawa Intrepid Rosters 1989

North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers June 11 1989 Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)
North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers June 11 1989 Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers June 11 1989 Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers July 26th 1989 Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)
North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers July 26th 1989 Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers July 26th 1989 Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers Replay Aug 8th 1989 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)
North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers Replay Aug 8th 1989 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)

North York Rockets vs Hamilton Steelers Replay Aug 8th 1989 Roster (c/o Robin Glover)

Steelers Ottawa 1989
Hamilton Steelers vs Ottawa Intrepid 1989

Hamilton Steelers vs Ottawa Intrepid 1989

1989 CSL Championship Hamilton Away to Vancouver
1989 Canadian Soccer League Championship Hamilton Away to Vancouver 86ers

1989 Canadian Soccer League Championship Hamilton Away to Vancouver 86ers

1989 Steelers Home  (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)
1989 Hamilton Steelers Home (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1989 Hamilton Steelers Home (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1989 Hamilton Steelers  (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)
1989 Hamilton Steelers (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

1989 Hamilton Steelers (C/O Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame)

Players contract (c/o Gary Morrow)
Players contract (c/o Gary Morrow)
Players contract (c/o Gary Morrow)
Players contract (c/o Gary Morrow)
 

1990

Hamilton would place 3rd (out of 7) in the east. They would first face Montreal Supra (3-1) in the Quarter finals, Kitchener Spirit (3-1) in the semis. Again it would seem that Hamilton would face Vancouver (who once again ran away with the west). Vancouver would win the series 6-1.

That season their jerseys were made by Umbro. Fractal designs were incorporated. Manchester City and Lazio both had the same template at the time. Home was yellow, away was white. Chest sponsors were Homes by DeSantis.

 

1991

Hamilton would place 4th (out of 8 teams) in the table (the league switched from conferences to one table) . They would meet Montreal Supra for a best of 3 games in the quarters (Hamilton won, 5-3), then the ever dominant Vancouver 86ers in the semis where they lost 3-1. It would be their final year in the CSL due to financing. 

That season their jersey was made by Umbro. Chest sponsor was Homes by DeSantis.

1991 Hamilton Steelers Home (courtesy of Andrew Hryniuk)
1991 Hamilton Steelers Home (courtesy of Andrew Hryniuk)
Steelers 91 Home Davor Cepo, 86ers Catlif
1991 Hamilton Steelers Home Davor Cepo vs Vancouver 86ers John Catlif

1991 Hamilton Steelers Home Davor Cepo vs Vancouver 86ers John Catlif

1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)
1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)

1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)

1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)
1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)

1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)

1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)
1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)

1991 Dutch masters of Soccer vs Hamilton All Stars (c/o Frank Riga)

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Steelers 1991 Roster.jpg
 

1991 Steelers v Supra Home Quarter Finals

 

Steelers Stats

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