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May 29, 1976 – Dallas Tornado vs. Manchester United

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Dallas Tornado Manchester UnitedDallas Tornado vs. Manchester United (UK)
May 29, 1976
Ownby Stadium
Attendance: 15,255

North American Soccer League Programs

 

Rare 1976 program from a short Manchester United tour of North America., poached from Dave Morrison’s killer NASLJerseys.com site.  Dave has compiled a massive list of North American Soccer League friendlies against international clubs from the late 1960′s through early 1980′s.  Definitely worth a look.

The attraction of playing against one of the best clubs in the world wasn’t quite enough for the management of the Lamar Hunt-owned Dallas Tornado, who hosted the match at Ownby Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University.  So it was also “Howard Hughes’ Will Night”.  Every fan received a facsimile copy of Hughes’ purported last will and testament at the front gate.  A lottery number on the back promised one lucky Texan a trip to the Bahamas where the billionaire hermit died in a penthouse suite at the Xanada Princess Resort a month earlier.

David McCreery 1978 ToppsThe 15,000 or so on hand got a decent game too.  United open the scoring in the 13th minute when 18-year old Northern Ireland international David McCreery beat Tornado goalkeeper Ken Cooper to a loose ball.  McCreery would come back to the U.S. to play for the NASL’s Tulsa Roughnecks in 1981 and 1982.  Jimmy Nicholl gave United a 2-0 lead in the 74th minute.  Nicholl, too, would pick up an offseason paycheck with the NASL in the early 80′s, playing for the Toronto Blizzard from 1982 until the league’s demise in 1984.

But the Tornado stormed back and made a match of it.  John Stremlau and Freddie Garcia both beat United ‘keeper Alex Stepney in a three-minute span late in the contest.  After 12 years and 539 appearances with United from 1966 to 1978, Stepney came back to Dallas to play two seasons for the Tornado in 1979 and 1980.

 

==Links==

More NASL International Friendlies

Dallas Tornado Home Page

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Written by andycrossley

July 31st, 2014 at 1:20 am

October 28, 1972 – New England Whalers vs. Alberta Oilers

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Kevin Ahearn New England WhalersNew England Whalers vs. Alberta Oilers
October 28, 1972
Boston Arena
Attendance: ?

World Hockey Association Programs

 

Early game program from the first season of the World Hockey Association.  This October 28th, 1972 game was the 9th game in franchise history for both the New England Whalers (today the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL) and the visiting Alberta Oilers (today’s Edmonton Oilers).

It was also first Whalers game played at the 6,000-seat Boston Arena.  Out of necessity, the Whalers had to split their 1972-73 schedule between the 15,000-seat Boston Garden (where they had a contentious relationship with the NHL’s Bruins) and smaller, 62-year old bandbox on St. Botolph Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.  The Whalers pumped $200,000 into Boston Arena in 1972 to try to bring it up to a professional standard, but ultimately they would leave the building behind after their first season in the WHA.

That’s Milton, Mass. native and Boston College alum Kevin Ahearn pictured on the cover of the evening’s Harpoon Magazine game program.  Ahearn played on the 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey team in Sapporo, Japan, but his pro career was a short one.  After appearing in 78 games for the Whalers and scoring 20 goals during the 1972-73 season, Ahearn spent the next two winters in the minors and was out of hockey by the age of 26 in 1975.

The Oilers won on this night 4-1 on the strength of 43 saves by Alberta goalie Jack Norris.

 

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July 30th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

1975-1993 Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Tampa Bay Rowdies 1975North American Soccer League (1975-1984)
American Indoor Soccer Association (1986-1987)
American Soccer League (1988-1989)
American Professional Soccer League (1990-1993)

Born: 1974 – NASL expansion franchise.
Died: January 31, 1994 – The Rowdies cease operations.

Stadiums:

  • 1975-1990: Tampa Stadium (71,000)
  • 1991-1992: USF Soccer Stadium
  • 1993: Tampa Stadium

Arenas:

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

 

 

==Tampa Bay Rowdies Matches on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
1975 5/3/1975 vs. New York Cosmos W 1-0 Program
1975 8/24/1975 Portland Timbers W 2-0 Program
1976 5/7/1976 @ Chicago Sting W 1-0 (OT) Program
1976 5/19/1976 vs. Hartford Bicentennials W 5-2 Program
1977 4/30/1977 vs. Rochester Lancers W 3-1 Program
1977 7/27/1977 @ Portland Timbers L 4-1 Program
1977 8/10/1977 @ New York Cosmos L 3-0 Program
1978 2/3/1978 vs. Washington Diplomats ?? Program
1978 4/16/1978 @ Detroit Express W 2-1 Program
1979 8/12/1979 @ Detroit Express L 2-1 Program
1979 8/25/1979 vs. Philadelphia Fury W 1-0 Video
1979 8/30/1979 @ San Diego Sockers L 2-1 Program
1979 9/8/1979 Vancouver Whitecaps L 2-1 Program
1979-80 1/22/1980 @ Detroit Express ?? Program
1979-80 2/23/1980 vs. Atlanta Chiefs W 7-3 Program
1979-80 3/2/1980 vs. Memphis Rogues W 10-4 (W 1-0 MG) Program
1980 4/20/1980  @ New York Cosmos L 4-2 Program Game Notes
1980 5/17/1980 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 3-2 Video
1980 6/8/1980 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers W 2-1 (2 OT) Program Video
1980 6/14/1980 vs. New York Cosmos W 4-3 Program
1980 9/29/1980 @ Luton Town (UK) W 1-0 Program
1980 10/8/1980 @ St. Mirren F.C. (Scotland) L 4-2 Program
1980 10/11/1980 @ Hereford United (UK) T 1-1 Program
1980 10/13/1980 @ Nottingham Forest (UK) L 7-1 Program
1981 5/16/1981 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers W 1-0 (SO) Program
1981 7/11/1981 @ San Diego Sockers L 4-3 (OT) Program
1981 8/26/1981 @ Vancouver Whitecaps W 1-0 Program
1981-82 2/14/1982 @ Chicago Sting  L 10-9 (OT) Program
1982 6/16/1982 vs. New York Cosmos L 2-0 Program Game Notes
1982 8/4/1982 @ Chicago Sting  L 3-1 Program
1983 5/11/1983 @ Toronto Blizzard W 3-1 Program
1983 6/1/1983 vs. Team America W 3-1 Program
1983 7/16/1983 @ Chicago Sting  L 4-1 Program
1983 8/12/1983 @ San Diego Sockers L 9-1 Program
1983-84 11/26/1983 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks L 7-6 Program
1983-84 1/28/1984 @ Chicago Sting  L 14-6 Program
1983-84 2/18/1984 @ Chicago Sting  L 4-2 Program
1984 5/13/1984 @ New York Cosmos L 1-0 Program
1984 5/26/1984 vs. New York Cosmos  W 3-2 (SO) Game Notes
1984 6/22/1984 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 1-0 Full Ticket
1984 8/12/1984 @ San Diego Sockers L 5-1 Program
1989 5/7/1989 @ New Jersey Eagles L 1-0 Program Game Notes
1990 5/6/1990  @ New Jersey Eagles  W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1990 7/26/1990 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers ?? Program
1992 8/4/1992 vs. Miami Freedom W 4-2 Program
1992 8/16/1992 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 2-1 Program

 

==Key Players==

  • Oscar Fabbiani
  • Rodney Marsh
  • Derek Smethurst

 

 

 

==YouTube==

Rowdies versus Philadelphia Fury at Tampa Stadium. August 25, 1979

 

==In Memoriam==

Haitain defender Arsene Auguste (1975-1980) died of a heart attack on March 20th, 1993 at age 42.

Midfielder Glenn Myernick (1983-1984) suffered a heart attack while jogging.  Passed October 9, 2006 at 51 years old.

Defender Sandje Ivanchukov (1978-1980) passed away August 29, 2007 at the age of 47.

English mid Graham Paddon, who came over on loan from Norwich City in 1978, died November 19, 2007 at 57.

Defender Barry Kitchener, who played on loan from Millwall in 1979, died of cancer on March 30, 2012.  Kitchener was 64.

Pedro DeBrito, the 1982 NASL Rookie-of-the-Year with the Rowdies, died at 55 of injuries from a car accident. July 5th, 2014.

 

 ==Links==

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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August 21, 1993 – Detroit Drive vs. Tampa Bay Storm

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Arena Bowl VIIDetroit Drive vs. Tampa Bay Storm
Arena Bowl VII
August 21, 1993
Joe Louis Arena
Attendance: 12,989

Arena Football League Programs
62 pages

 

Arena Bowl VII was the second and final meeting between Arena Football’s two greatest dynasties: the Detroit Drive, who played in the title game in all six seasons of their existence, and the Jay Gruden-era Tampa Bay Storm, who won four titles in six years with Gruden under center.  In fact, the Storm were the only force standing between the Drive and a perfect six-for-six record in championship games.  Gruden & Co. handed Detroit their only two Arena Bowl losses in 1991 and in this 1993 rematch.

The Storm took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, winning or tying every quarter en route to a 51-31 victory.  Gruden was named the MVP of Arena Bowl VII, passing for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Gruden, the brother of Super Bowl champion coach and Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, ultimately won four Arena Bowls with the Storm.  He later won two more as an Arena Football head coach.  In 2014 he was named Head Coach of the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

Another standout was Storm OL-DL Keith Browner, who recovered a fumble for a touchdown on defense and also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass.  Browner, a former 2nd round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who played five seasons in the NFL, is part of the remarkable Browner family.  His brothers Ross and Joey were NFL standouts during the 1980′s.  Joey Browner’s son Keith Jr. and nephew Max Starks would also play in the NFL.  Keith Browner was named the “Ironman of the Game” as the top two-way player in Arena Bowl VII.

Arena Bowl VII proved to be the final appearance of the Detroit Drive franchise.  During the offseason, owner Mike Ilitch sold the team and the new owners relocate it to Worcester, Massachusetts where it became the Massachusetts Marauders.  The Marauders lasted just one season and failed to extend the Drive’s dynasty.

The evening’s game program (above right) pictured the Arena Football League’s 1993 award winners on the cover:

 

==YouTube==

 

==Downloads==

1993 Detroit Drive Arena Bowl VII Roster

1993 Tampa Bay Storm Arena Bowl VII Roster

 

==Links==

More Arena Bowls on Fun While It Lasted

Detroit Drive Home Page

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1987-2000 Vancouver 86ers

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Vancouver 86ersCanadian Soccer League (1987-1992)
American Professional Soccer League (1993-1996)
A-League (1997-2000)

Born: 1986 – CSL founding franchise.
Died: October 26, 2000 – Re-branded as the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Stadium: Swangard Stadium (6,500)

Team Colors:

  • 1993-????: Red, Black & White

Owners:

 

 

 

==Vancouver 86ers Matches on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
1987 6/28/1987 vs. Calgary Kickers ?? Program

 

 

==In Memoriam==

Former 86ers owner Milan Ilich died of leukemia on June 29, 2011 at age 76.

 

==Links==

Canadian Soccer League Media Guides

Canadian Soccer League Programs

American Professional Soccer League Media Guides

American Professional Soccer League Programs

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Written by andycrossley

July 28th, 2014 at 1:49 am