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1984 Charlotte Gold

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1984 United Soccer League Media GuideUnited Soccer League (1984)

Born: April 1, 1984 – USL founding franchise
Folded: Postseason 1984

Stadium: American Legion Memorial Stadium (24,500)

Team Colors: Carolina Blue & Charlotte Gold

Owner: C. Richard Melvin

USL Championships: None

 

The Charlotte Gold played one season of lower-division men’s professional soccer in the summer of 1984. The franchise was a successor/replacement for the more popular Carolina Lightnin’ team that played in the 2nd Division American Soccer League from 1981 to 1983. The Lightnin’ folded along with the rest of the ASL during the winter of 1983-84.

The United Soccer League quickly rose from the ashes of the ASL and Charlotte was awarded the league’s ninth and final franchise on April Fools’ Day 1984. The Gold were formed just six weeks prior to their first match on May 19th, 1984.

Former U.S. National Team captain Dave D’Errico was the Gold’s head coach. Charlotte finished the 1984 USL season with an 11-13 record and narrowly missed the playoffs. Following the season, seven of the nine USL clubs folded, including the Charlotte Gold.  The league itself went out of business midway through the 1985 season.

Fun While It Lasted is looking to buy any and all memorabilia from the Charlotte Gold, or acquire photos or images of the team. Post to the comments if you can help.

 

Links

United Soccer League Media Guides

United Soccer League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

August 30th, 2016 at 11:50 am

2013-14 Pennsylvania Roar

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2013-14 Pennsylvania Roar Pocket ScheduleMajor Indoor Soccer League (2013-2014)

Born: July 24, 2013 – MISL expansion franchise
Folded: Spring 2014

Arena: Santander Arena (7,200)

Team Colors:

Owners: Andrew Haines & Glen Goldstein

MISL Championships: None

 

The Pennsylvania Roar were yet another creation of minor league flim-flam artist Andrew Haines. The serial entrepreneur has left a trail of failed zero-budget teams and unpaid legal judgments throughout the Eastern U.S. in recent years.

Haines and his partner Glen Goldstein hoped to operate a pair of indoor franchises at Reading’s Santander Arena. The Roar, formed in July 2013, r began play in November 2013. The duo also announced plans for an indoor football team, known as the Pennsylvania Steam, that would begin play in the spring of 2014.

Unlike the doomed Steam, the Roar actually managed to stage a season in Reading. And it was historically awful. The Roar were outscored 375-109 on the season and finished with a record of 1-19. Crowds were an embarrassment for the team’s 10 home dates at Santander Arena (see the archived stream of the team’s 2013 home opener below). To the surprise of no one, the Roar quietly closed their doors sometime in April/May of 2014.

 

Pennsylvania Roar Video

The Roar debut in Reading at an empty Santander Arena on November 15th, 2013.

Written by Drew Crossley

August 10th, 2016 at 8:06 pm

1980 Auburn Americans

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1980 Auburn Americans ProgramNew York-Penn League (1980)

Born: 1980 – Re-branded from Auburn Red Stars
Folded: Postseason 1980

Stadium: Falcon Park

Team Colors:

Owners: Auburn Community Baseball

New York-Penn League Championships: None

 

The Auburn Americans were a co-op minor league baseball team that played for just one season in the New York-Penn League in the summer of 1980. Co-op teams don’t have a player development contract with one Major League club. Instead they cobble together a roster from several Major League organizations. The arrangement is largely a relic of the past now, but was relatively common in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, particularly in small communities with sub-standard ballparks. Co-op teams were rarely competitive as the roster was cobbled together from other teams’ left overs.

In the case of the Auburn Americans, they received players from both the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Only one Americans player, journeyman catcher Jack Fimple, would ever go on to play in the Major Leagues.

The Americans folded at the end of the 1980 season, leaving the New York community of Auburn without pro baseball in 1981 for the first time since 1957. After a one-year absence, minor league baseball returned to Falcon Park with the formation of the Auburn Astros in 1982.

 

==Links==

New York-Penn League Media Guides

New York-Penn League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

May 28th, 2016 at 4:09 pm

1992 Sacramento Attack

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Sacramento Attack LogoArena Football League (1992)

Founded: May 5, 1992
Folded: Early 1993

Arena: ARCO Arena

Team Colors:

Owner/Operator: Jim Thomas, et al. (Lease team from Arena Football League)

Arena Bowl Championships: None

 

The Sacramento Attack were a hastily assembled Arena Football League squad that lasted just a single season in the California state capital in 1992. In fact, the Attack played just opened the gates of ARCO Arena in Sacramento during their brief existence.

The franchise had a convoluted back story.  The team was first announced in early March 1992 as an expansion franchise called the L.A. Wings that was supposed to play in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.  The original ownership group, headed by Jim Hartman, wanted to play in Denver and acquired the contract righst to most of the players from the Denver Dynamite, a rudderless AFL franchise that had lost its ownership group. For reasons never fully explained, Hartman’s group was either dissuaded or prevented from playing in Denver and thus the L.A. Wings were born. Hartman hired former Cal star quarterback Joe Kapp, who led the Minnesota Vikings to a berth in Super Bowl IV, as the Wings’ head coach.

One month later the Hartman was out and the Wings were done in L.A. With the start of the 1992 season just three weeks away, the Arena Football League scrambled to find a home for the team.  In early May 1992, the ownership of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings agreed to operate the team on a leased basis at ARCO Arena. Kapp came along for the move, as did many of the former Denver Dynamite players still on the team’s roster. The team name was changed to Sacramento Attack.

The Attack backed in the Arena League playoffs with a 4-6 record.  The team lost in the first round to the eventual champions, the Detroit Drive, on August 7th, 1992.  That was the last appearance of the Sacramento Attack, just 92 days after the team was formed. Sacramento Kings management declined to renew their lease arrangement with the Arena Football League in 1993, choosing to cast their lot with indoor soccer instead to fill summer dates at ARCO Arena.

 

Sacramento Attack Programs 1992

 

 

==YouTube==

Brief clip of the Sacramento Attack on the road at the Arizona Rattlers on June 13, 1992.

 

==Links==

Arena Football League Media Guides

Arena Football League Programs

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1975 Key West Cubs

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1975 Key West Cubs ProgramFlorida State League (1975)

Born: 1975 – The Key West Conchs are re-branded as the Key West Cubs
Moved: 1976 (Pompano Beach Cubs)

Stadium: Wicker Stadium

Team Colors:

Owners: Dr. Julio DePoo, Joseph DePoo, et al.

Florida State League Championships: None

 

Key West, Florida had a fitful run with minor league baseball during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The southernmost outpost of the U.S. played host to four iterations of a Class A Florida State League franchise in the years 1969 to 1975. The San Diego Padres backed a Key West club in 1969. After a summer without baseball in 1970, the FSL returned to Wicker Stadium in 1971 with the Key West Sun Caps, who became the Key West Conchs in 1972.

The Chicago Cubs became the parent club of the Conchs for the 1974 season and stocked the team with pitching prospects, many of whom would later go on to Major League stardom: Bruce Sutter, Donnie Moore, Mike Krukow and Dennis Lamp.  Nevertheless, the team was terrible and finished dead last at 37-94.

During the winter of 1974-75, the ball club was officially re-branded, dropping the traditional Conchs name in favor of “Key West Cubs“. The change was either ignored or accepted half-heartedly.  The team’s 1975 game program (pictured top right) still features several ads exhorting “Go Conchs!” and the club’s local ownership is listed as the Executive Members of the Key West Conchs.  The septuagenarian President of the Key West Cubs ownership group with Dr. Julio DePoo, founder of Key West’s private DePoo Hospital.

Unlike the 1974 Conchs squad, the roster of the 1975 Key West Cubs featured no big names who went on to make a splash in the Bigs. But the team was much more competitive, finishing the campaign at 65-69.  Meager crowds doomed to club at Wicker Stadium. The team relocated to Pompano Beach prior to the 1976 season and pro baseball has never returned to Key West.

 

==In Memoriam==

Key West Cubs manager Walt Dixon passed away on September 25, 2003 at the age of 82.

Catcher Mike Gordon died of leukemia on May 26, 2014 at age 60. Brockton Enterprise obituary.

 

==Links==

Florida State League Programs

1975 Key West Cubs statistics at Baseball-Reference.com

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Written by AC

April 18th, 2016 at 7:18 pm