Pacific Football League (1966)
Continental Football League (1967)
Folded: Spring 1968
Stadium: Bethel Park
Owner: Peter Murphy, et al.
The Eugene Bombers were a brief pro football entry in the Oregon city of Eugene in the late 1960’s. The club originated in the semi-pro Pacific Football League in autumn of 1966. The team played well, posting a 7-2 record, but attendance fell as temperatures dipped in November and the club elected to forfeit its playoff appearance for financial reasons.
Nevertheless, the Bombers had the best attendance in the Pacific League and they were invited to move up the pro football ladder in March 1967 with the formation of the Pacific Division of the previously East Coast-based Continental Football League. The Pacific Division was basically a league-within-a-league and Eugene played exclusively against other Pacific Division opponents including Orange County (California), Sacramento, San Jose, Seattle, and Victoria (British Columbia). The San Jose Apaches were coached by future Super Bowl-winning coach and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Bill Walsh.
Unlike the Pacific Football League, the Continental League was fully professional. The bulk of the Bombers’ roster had local college ties at the University of Oregon, Oregon State or Portland State. Key players included quarterback Paul Brothers, who led the Oregon State Beavers to the 1965 Rose Bowl against Michigan, and his former OSU teammate Jack “Mad Dog” O’Billovich, who started at middle linebacker.
The Bombers shared the city’s Bethel Park with the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball team. Both clubs found the stadium unsuitable for their long term sustainability and hoped to collaborate on construction of a new facility. The Bombers ultimately folded in the spring of 1968 after just one season in the Continental League and before the stadium question could be resolved. Bethel Park would be demolished the following year and the Continental League itself would go out of business in early 1970.
==Eugene Bombers Games on Fun While It Lasted==
|1967||10/1/1967||vs. Orange County Ramblers||W 21-17||Program||Roster|