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May 10, 1981 – Chicago Sting vs. Dallas Tornado

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George Best San Jose EarthquakesChicago Sting vs. Dallas Tornado
May 10, 1981
Wrigley Field
Attendance: 1,861

North American Soccer League Programs

 

We’ve already got a ton of Chicago Sting programs posted on FWIL, but I’ll throw another one on here just as an excuse to add a new George Best game day mag to the archive. Best, playing his final season in U.S. in 1981, is pictured on the cover of the afternoon’s match program as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes, the last of the three NASL clubs he played for during his five-year American adventure.

Best and the rest of the ‘Quakes were hundreds of miles from Chicago’s Wrigley Field on this Mother’s Day afternoon and that was to their immense good fortune.  Wind, rain and temperatures in the 30’s left Sting officials eager to re-schedule the match, despite the opportunity to curb stomp what was easily the worst side in the NASL in 1981: Lamar Hunt’s Dallas Tornado.  The Tornado were the last remaining active club from the NASL’s first season back in 1968, but were suffering through a miserable 5-27 campaign that would ultimately end with the club’s closure in September 1981.

Rudy Glenn Chicago StingThe shivering assembly of 1,861 souls at Wrigley may have been smallest NASL crowd of the post-Pele era.  (Anybody know for sure? Comment below).  On the plus side, no one had to rush the gates early to claim one of the 1,000 daisies set aside for Mother’s Day or the 5,000 t-shirts sponsored by R.C. Cola.  The weather was so nasty (and the pre-sale presumably so grim) that Sting executive Charles Evranian called Tornado General Manager Kent Kramer three hours before kickoff to suggest postponing the match until the next day.  Kramer dismissed the proposal, but his players seemed to feel differently.  Although the match went off as scheduled, the Tornado never seemed to get off the bus.

Rudy Glenn, the second-year American midfielder from Indiana University, was the offensive hero for Chicago.  Glenn scored the first and last goals for Chicago in a 5-0 blowout.  It was the first multi-goal performance of Glenn’s outdoor career.  It’s not clear if he ever did it again – the Oklahoma native scored just 13 more goals in his 130-game NASL career.   Glenn would, however, score the decisive penalty kick to win Soccer Bowl ’81 for the Sting over the New York Cosmos four months later in September 1981.

 

==Links==

Chicago Sting Home Page

Dallas Tornado Home Page

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Written by andycrossley

November 29th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

July 6, 1983 – New York Cosmos vs. Team America

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Laurie Abrahams Tulsa RoughnecksNew York Cosmos vs. Team America
July 6, 1983
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 35,228

North American Soccer League Programs
88 Pages

 

A patriotic soccer double-header at the Meadowlands on this July evening in 1983.  A Pan American Games qualifier between the United States and Canada opened the show at 6:30 PM, followed by a North American Soccer League match between the New York Cosmos and Team America.  Team America was a new side in the NASL, the so-called “National Team in Training” of the United States, which was disastrously inserted as a privately-owned club team into the league’s 1983 schedule.

The amateurs took the field first with the sun still lingering over Giants Stadium.  This two-leg series against Canada was the final Pan-Am Games qualifier for Manfred Schellscheidt’s United States team.  Only one of the two CONCACAF members would advance to the Games in Venezuela at the end of August.  They fought to a draw on this night, with each side tallying early in the first half and then holding on for a 1-1 tie.  The U.S. would best Canada four nights later at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario to earn the qualification.

Julio Cesar Romero New York CosmosIn the nightcap, the Cosmos ran roughshod over Alkis Panagoulias’ ramshackle collection of young American pros and Green Card recipients.  Paraguayan midfield magician Julio Cesar Romero ran the show, scoring one goal and setting up three others.  The Cosmos won 4-0, despite losing the NASL’s all-time leading scorer, Giorgio Chinaglia, to a severe hamstring pull early in the 2nd half.

An interesting moment occurred late in the match when Team America’s 21-year old captain Jeff Durgan knocked down New York’s Rick Davis, drawing a yellow card.  Durgan was one of three players under contract to the Cosmos who were selected to play for Team America in 1983, along with Boris Bandov and Chico Borja.  Davis was also chosen for Team America, but refused the assignment, opting to remain with the Cosmos.  Team America’s demoralizing performance in the NASL was partially blamed on the refusal of a handful of the league’s young American stars, including Davis and Mark Peterson of the Seattle Sounders, to leave their clubs and join Team America.

The failure to procure the actual best American players to play for Team America ultimately helped to doom the team  After a grim 10-20 record and big financial losses playing out of a home base at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Team American experiment was euthanized a few days after the NASL regular season ended in September 1983.

Laurie Abrahams of the Tulsa Roughnecks was pictured on the cover of the evening’s KICK game program (above right).

 

==Cosmos vs. Team America Downloads==

July 6, 1983 New York Cosmos Game Notes

July 6, 1983 Team America Game Notes

 

==United States vs. Canada Downloads==

July 6, 1983 United States Soccer Federation USA vs. Canada Fact Sheet

July 6, 1983 United States Pan American Team Roster

July 6, 1983 Canada Pan American Team Roster

July 6, 1983 United States Player Bios

 

==Links==

New York Cosmos Home Page

Team America Home Page

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1971-1985 New York Cosmos

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New York Cosmos YearbookNorth American Soccer League (1971-1984)
Major Indoor Soccer League (1984-1985)

Born: December 10, 1970 – NASL expansion franchise.
Died: 1985 – The Cosmos cease operations.

Stadiums:

Arenas:

Team Colors:

Owners:

  • 1971-1984: Warner Communications (Steve Ross, et al.)
  • 1984-1985: Giorgio Chinaglia, et al.

 

 

 

==Slideshow==

  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1973 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • 1974 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1976 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • 1975 KICK Magazine – Pele, New York Cosmos
  • 1977 New York Cosmos Yearbook
  • Cosmos vs. Lazio
  • 1977 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • Pele New York Cosmos
  • Shep Messing New York Cosmos
  • Rochester Lancers vs. Toronto Metros-Croatia. NASL Quarterfinals. August 13, 1977
  • Pele New York Cosmos
  • Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto Metros-Croatia. April 15, 1978
  • Chelsea (UK) vs. New York Cosmos. September 26, 1978
  • Mark Liveric with the New York Cosmos, circa 1979
  • Franz Beckenbauer New York Cosmos
  • Carlos Alberto. 1970’s New York Cosmos publicity photo
  • Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes. May 12, 1979
  • Franz Beckenbauer New York Cosmos
  • Chicago Sting vs. San Diego Sockers. August 25, 1979
  • 1979 Johan Neeskens PR Photo
  • Wim Rijsbergen – Cosmos PR Photo
  • Ricky Davis, New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos vs. Dallas Tornado. NASL Playoffs. September 7, 1980
  • Franz Beckenbauer New York Cosmos
  • Giorgio Chinaglia New York Cosmos
  • 1981 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • Vladislav Bogicevic – New York Cosmos Publicity Photo
  • Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies. August 26, 1981
  • Giorgio Chinaglia New York Cosmos
  • Steve Wegerle New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1982 KICK Magazine – Vladislav Bogicevic, New York Cosmos
  • Roberto Cabanas New York Cosmos
  • Steve Moyers New York Cosmos
  • 1984 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • Rick Davis during the Cosmos’ glory days. Circa 1980
  • Roberto Cabanas New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1984-85 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • David Brcic New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos 20th Reunion Doubleheader. July 21, 1991

 

==New York Cosmos Matches on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
1971 4/17/1971 @ St. Louis Stars W 2-1 Program
1971 6/5/1971 @ Dallas Tornado L 2-0  Program
1971 6/9/1971 vs. Rochester Lancers W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1974 3/18/1974 @ Philadelphia Atoms L 5-3 Program
1974 5/12/1974 vs. Miami Toros T 1-1 Program Roster
1974 5/22/1974 @ Philadelphia Atoms L 1-0 Program
1974 7/21/1974 vs. Seattle Sounders W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1974 7/28/1974 vs. Toronto Metros W 3-2 (SO) Program
1975 4/30/1975 vs. Miami Toros L 3-2 Program
1975 5/3/1975 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 1-0 Program
1975 5/7/1975 vs. Baltimore Comets W 5-1 Program
1975 5/28/1975 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps L 1-0 Program
1975 6/4/1975 vs. Hartford Bicentennials W 2-1 Program
1975 6/27/1975 @ Rochester Lancers W 3-0 Program
1975 7/9/1975 vs. Boston Minutemen W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1975 7/23/1975 vs. San Jose Earthquakes W 2-1 (SO) Game Notes
1975 7/27/1975 @ Dallas Tornado L 3-2 Program
1975 8/6/1975 vs. Boston Minutemen W 1-0 Program
1976 4/9/1976 @ Seattle Sounders W 3-1 Program
1976 5/19/1976 @ Boston Minutemen W 2-1 Program
1976 6/9/1976 @ Minnesota Kicks  W 2-1 Program Video
1976 6/18 1976 vs. Toronto Metros-Croatia W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1977 4/2/1977 vs. Victory Sportif (Haiti) W 9-0 Program Game Notes
1977 5/11/1977 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1 Program
1977 5/15/1977 vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers W 3-0 Program
1977 6/1/1977 vs. Lazio W 3-2 Program
1977 6/30/1977 @ Vancouver Whitecaps L 5-3 Program Game Notes
1977 7/15/1977 @ Rochester Lancers L 1-0 (SO) Program
1977 8/6/1977 @ Washington Diplomats L 2-1 Program
1977 8/10/1977 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1977 8/28/1977 Seattle Sounders W 2-1 Program
1977 10/1/1977 vs. Santos F.C. W 2-1 Program
1978 5/24/1978 @ Memphis Rogues L 1-0 Program
1978 6/13/1978 @ Minnesota Kicks W 4-2 Program
1978 6/28/1978 vs. Los Angeles Aztecs  W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1978 9/26/1978 @ Chelsea T 1-1 Program
1979 3/25/1979 Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara  T 2-2 Program Game Notes
1979 3/28/1979 @ California Surf W 3-2 Program
1979 4/14/1979 @ Atlanta Chiefs  W 3-2 (SO) Program Game Notes
1979 4/29/1979 vs. Philadelphia Fury  W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1979 5/6/1979 vs. Houston Hurricane W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1979 6/3/1979 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1979 6/10/1979 vs. Dallas Tornado W 4-1 Program Game Notes
1979 6/20/1979 @ Minnesota Kicks L 3-2 Program
1979 6/24/1979 vs. New England Tea Men  W 1-0  Program Game Notes
1979 7/7/1979 @ New England Tea Men W 2-1 Program
1979 7/15/1979 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps L 4-2 Program Game Notes
1979 7/29/1979 vs. San Jose Earthquakes W 5-0 Program Game Notes
1980 4/5/1980 @ Houston Hurricane W 4-3 (SO) Program Game Notes
1980 4/9/1980 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1980 4/13/1980 vs. Minnesota Kicks W 2-1 (SO)  Program Game Notes
1980 4/20/1980 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 4-2 Program
1980 4/26/1980 @ Tulsa Roughnecks L 2-1 Program Game Notes
1980 5/4/1980 vs. Dallas Tornado  W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1980 6/1/1980 @ Washington Diplomats W 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1980 6/14/1980 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 4-3 (SO) Program
1980 6/16/1980 @ New England Tea Men L 2-1 (OT)  Program Game Notes
1980 6/29/1980 @ Vancouver Whitecaps W 3-0 Program
1980 7/2/1980 vs. Toronto Blizzard  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1980 7/16/1980 @ Philadelphia Fury L 2-1 Program
1980 7/23/1980 vs. San Diego Sockers W 5-0 Program
1980 8/7/1980 vs. Edmonton Drillers W 3-2 (OT) Program Game Notes
1980 8/9/1980 @ Seattle Sounders W 1-0 Program
1980 8/31/1980 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks W 8-1 Program
1980 9/7/1980 vs. Dallas Tornado L 3-0 (Win MG) Program
1980 9/10/1980 @ Los Angeles Aztecs W 2-1 Program
1980 9/21/1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers W 3-0 Program
1980 9/24/1980 vs. NASL Select Team L 3-2 Program Game Notes
1981 4/4/1981 @ Jacksonville Tea Men L 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 4/18/1981  @ Dallas Tornado W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1981 5/25/1981 vs. Dallas Tornado W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1981 6/2/1981 @ Montreal Manic W 2-1 (OT) Program Game Notes
1981 6/14/1981 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 4-3 Program Game Notes
1981 6/21/1981 vs. Los Angeles Aztecs W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1981 6/28/1981 @ Chicago Sting  L 6-5 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 7/22/1981 vs. Montreal Manic W 5-4 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 8/12/1981 vs. Washington Diplomats W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1981 8/16/1981 vs. Montreal Manic W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1981 8/19/1981 @ Toronto Blizzard L 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 9/26/1981 @ Chicago Sting  L 1-0 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981-82 1/23/1982 @ Chicago Sting  L 6-3 Program
1981-82 1/26/1982 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 7-4 Program Game Notes
1981-82 2/9/1982 vs. Chicago Sting  W 9-6 Program Game Notes
1982 4/4/1982 vs. National Team of Peru W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1982 4/10/1982 @ Jacksonville Tea Men W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 4/24/1982 @ Chicago Sting  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 5/12/1982 @ San Diego Sockers W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1982 5/23/1982 vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers  W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/8/1982 vs. A.C. Milan W 1-0 Program Scorecard/Roster
1982 6/12/1982 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1982 6/18/1982 @ Montreal Manic  L 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/23/1982 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/27/1982 vs. Edmonton Drillers  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 7/10/1982 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1 Program
1982 7/25/1982 vs. San Diego Sockers W 2-1 (OT) Program Game Notes
1982 7/28/1982 vs. San Jose Earthquakes  W 2-1 Program
1982 8/11/1982 vs. Toronto Blizzard L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/15/1982 vs. Chicago Sting  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/20/1982 @ Montreal Manic L 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/25/1982 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks  W 5-0 Program Game Notes
1982 9/1/1982 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1982 9/5/1982 vs. San Diego Sockers W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1982 9/8/1982 @ San Diego Sockers W 2-1 (OT) Program
1982 9/18/1982 Seattle Sounders W 1-0 Program  Media Guide
1983 4/24/1983 @ Toronto Blizzard L 2-1 Program
1983 5/4/1983 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1983 5/11/1983 @ Seattle Sounders W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1983 5/21/1983 @ Tulsa Roughnecks W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1983 5/25/1983 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1983 6/17/1983 @ Team America L 2-1 (SO) Game Notes
1983 7/6/1983 vs. Team America W 4-0 Program Game Notes
1983 7/20/1983 vs. Seattle Sounders W 4-3 (SO) Program Game Notes
1983 7/30/1983 @ Chicago Sting  L 2-1  Program  Game Notes
1983 8/3/1983 vs. San Diego Sockers W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1983 8/10/1983 @ Team America W 2-1 Program
1983 8/14/1983 vs. Montreal Manic W 3-0 Game Notes
1983 8/16/1983 @ Toronto Blizzard W 1-0 (OT) Program Game Notes
1983-84 11/20/1983 vs. Chicago Sting  W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1983-84 12/26/1983 @ Chicago Sting  W 4-3 Program
1984 5/13/1984 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1984 5/20/1984 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 5/26/1984  @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 3-2 (SO) Game Notes
1984 6/9/1984 vs. Chicago Sting  L 5-0 Program Game Notes
1984 6/17/1984 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 6/22/1984 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1  Program Game Notes
1984 7/22/1984 vs. World All-Stars L 3-1 Program Game Notes
1984 7/25/1984 vs. San Diego Sockers W 3-1 Game Notes
1984 8/15/1984 vs. San Diego Sockers  W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1984 8/19/1984 vs. Minnesota Strikers L 4-3 (OT) Program Game Notes
1984 8/29/1984 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 9/12/1984 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes L 1-0 Program Game Notes
1984 9/15/1984 @ Chicago Sting  L 1-0 Program
1984-85 12/14/1984 @ Chicago Sting L 5-4 Program
1984-85 12/22/1984 @ Los Angeles Lazers W 5-2 Program
1984-85 12/28/1984 @ Wichita Wings L 7-5 Program
1984-85 1/12/1985 vs. Minnesota Strikers W 4-3 Program Game Notes
1984-85 2/9/1985 @ Los Angeles Lazers L 7-3 Program

 

==Key Players==

 

 

==YouTube==

Trailer for Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos

 

 

==In Memoriam==

Former Cosmos head coach Hennes Weisweiler, who managed the club from 1980-1982, passed away on July 5, 1983.  He was 63.

Cosmos founder/owner & Warner Communications CEO Steve Ross passed away on December 20, 1992 from prostate cancer at 65.

Julio Mazzei, who helped bring Pele to America in 1975 and later coached the Cosmos in the 1980’s, died on May 10, 2009 at age 78.

Ex-Cosmos player/owner Giorgio Chinaglia, the NASL’s all-time leading scorer, died on April 1, 2012 at age 65.

 

 

==Downloads==

1973 New York Cosmos Season Ticket Brochure

June 1978 New York Cosmos Travel Itinerary – Minnesota

March 25, 1979 Cosmos vs. Estudiantes Tecos Game Program

June 11, 1979 – Cosmos Sign Dutch Star Johan Neeskens Press Release

August 31, 1980 – Pele to Don #10 Again in Beckenbauer Farewell Press Release

1982 New York Cosmos Soccer Bowl Press Kit

November 20, 1983 Cosmos Sign Dan Canter Press Release

 

 ==Links==

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs

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April 10, 1984 – Leeds United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Leeds United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies. April 10, 1984Leeds United (UK) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
April 10, 1984
Elland Road
Attendance:

North American Soccer League Programs
6 Pages

 

This simple 6-page black-and-white match program arrived in the post from England today.  This April 1984 international friendly saw the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on Leeds United during a brief pre-season tune up tour of England.   It was one of the final overseason exhibition games played by a North American Soccer League club before the NASL (1968-1984) went out of business in early 1985.

Leeds was a 2nd Division English club at the time, but they dispatched coach Rodney Marsh’s young Rowdies squad with ease, 4-1.  Rowdies rookie striker Roy Wegerle scored the lone goal for the visitors.  Wegerle also turned out to be a bright spot in a grim last place campaign for the Rowdies in 1984.  He scored 9 goals and won the final NASL Rookie-of-the-Year award.

Leeds star Peter Barnes, who earned 22 caps for England between 1977 and 1982, is pictured on the cover of the match day program.  Barnes would leave England in the late 1980’s to wander the four corners of the world in search of football employment.  One of his stops was Tampa Bay, where played in a dozen or so games for the Rowdies in the summer of 1990.  By that point, the Rowdies were nearing the end, playing in the lower budget American Soccer League, which was a far cry from what the NASL had been during the Rowdies heyday.

 

==Downloads==

April 10, 1984 Leeds United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies Program

 

 

==Links==

More NASL International Friendlies

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Written by andycrossley

September 19th, 2014 at 1:59 am

October 11, 1981 – Nottingham Forest vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

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Nottingham Forest Vancouver WhitecapsNottingham Forest vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
October 11, 1981
City Ground
Attendance: 8,800

North American Soccer League Programs
20 pages

 

Love this Nottingham Forest program for an October 1981 friendly match against the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League.  That’s Forest defender Viv Anderson on the cover, who was the first black player to play for England’s national team, starting in 1978.

At the dawn of the 80’s, Forest was a European power under the direction of Brian Clough.  They were also a popular and frequent challenger of NASL teams for friendly matches on both sides of the Atlantic.  A July 1980 exhibition between these same two clubs at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium attracted 28,710 fans and resulted in a 1-1 draw.

This match at Nottingham’s City Ground fourteen months later resulted in another draw, this time 2-2.  Peter Lorimer scored both goals for the ‘Caps on penalty kicks.  John Hodge and Mark Proctor tallied for Forest.  This game was the 3rd stop on the Whitecaps’ 1981 postseason tour of Europe, which also saw the Canadians defeat Malmo of Sweden and lose to Ajax of Holland and Avellino and Napoli of Italy.

Weirdly, Nottingham Forest issued programs with two different covers for this match.  The more common one (ebay.co.uk usually has a few available on any given day) is pictured below.  Not sure who the Forest player is on the cover?  Maybe Mark Proctor?  Leave a comment if you know.

Nottingham Forest Vancouver Whitecaps

==Downloads==

October 11, 1981 Nottingham Forest vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Team Sheet

 

==Links==

More NASL International Friendlies

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Written by andycrossley

September 9th, 2014 at 3:11 am