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

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Peter Barnes Leeds UnitedLeeds United (UK) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
April 10, 1984
Elland Road

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.



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




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September 19th, 2014 at 1:59 am

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.
Folded: January 31, 1994


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


Team Colors: Green, Yellow & White



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==Tampa Bay Rowdies Programs 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 6/14/1977 vs. Roma T 1-1 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 (Indoor)

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 8/27/1980 @ New England Tea Men W 1-0 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 (Indoor)

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 6/26/1983 @ Vancouver Whitecaps L 4-1 Program
1983 7/16/1983 @ Chicago Sting  L 4-1 Program
1983 8/12/1983 @ San Diego Sockers L 9-1 Program

1983-84 (Indoor)

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




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.



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North American Soccer League Programs


August 26, 1981 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
North American Soccer League Playoffs, Round 1, Game 2
August 26, 1981
Empire Stadium
Attendance: 28,896

North American Soccer League Programs


The Tampa Bay Rowdies really had no business in the North American Soccer League playoffs in 1981.  The Rowdies finished last in their division with a losing record of 15-17.  But they snuck into the NASL’s ultra generous playoff format, setting up a rematch of Soccer Bowl ’79  against the powerhouse Vancouver Whitecaps club in the first round.

The Whitecaps looked poised to make another strong Soccer Bowl run in 1981.  They had a prolific and democratic offense.  Vancouver ranked 3rd in the 21-team NASL in goals scored with 74 (trailing only eventual Soccer Bowl finalists Chicago & New York) despite the fact that their leading scorer Carl Valentine ranked just 20th in the league.  The defense, keyed by 2nd Team All-Star Pierce O’Leary, was even better.  The Whitecaps allowed a NASL-low 43 goals in 32 regular season matches.  Englishman Barry Siddall was among the league’s stingiest goalkeepers with a 1.30 goals against average and 6 clean sheets in 24 appearances.

So it was a shock when the Rowdies blitzed Vancouver for a 4-1 victory in Game 1 at Tampa Bay on August 23rd.  Vancouver actually got on the board first, courtesy of a volley from Valentine.  But the Rowdies tied the match late in the first half and stunned the visiting ‘Caps with a three goal barrage in the second.  The best-of-three series now headed back to Vancouver’s Empire Stadium for Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 3.

“We’re a great team,” Siddall told The St. Petersburg Times resolutely after the Game 1 debacle.  “And I guarantee you, things will be different at our place.”

Siddall was right.  The Whitecaps couldn’t score at all three nights later in front of a near sellout at Empire Stadium.  Vancouver organized their defense and controlled the tempo in the first half, but it was the Rowdies that scored against he run of play.  English winger David Moss, playing his only season in America on a loan from Luton Town, beat the Vancouver defensive wall and Barry Siddall from 23 yards out on a free kick in the 28th minute.  Moss had also scored for Tampa in the Game 1 rout.

The Rowdies defense and goalkeeper Kevin “Cat” Keelan blanked Vancouver the rest of the way and Moss’ goal held up in the 1-0 victory.  The stunned Whitecaps went home in the first round for the second straight year.  Tampa’s lack of talent caught up with them in the next round, and they lost to the NASL’s top regular season team, the New York Cosmos in the quarterfinals.

Collector’s note: Angelo DiBernardo of the Cosmos was pictured on the cover of the evening’s KICK Magazine match program (above right).  This was the cover used for all NASL 1st round playoff matches in 1981.



Tampa Bay Rowdies Home Page

Vancouver Whitecaps Home Page





May 6, 1990 New Jersey Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

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New Jersey Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
May 6, 1990
Cochrane Stadium
Attendance: 754

American Professional Soccer League Programs
22 pages


A decade earlier it could have been a North American Soccer League match at Giants Stadium in front of 50,000 fans.  Hubert Birkenmeier was in goal with Andranik Eskandarian and Nelsi Morais patrolling in front him, defending against the likes of English playmaker Ray Hudson and dangerous South African striker Steve WegerleHeck, even Clive Toye was on hand, as President of the home team.

But this was wasn’t 1980 and the Meadowlands.  It was 1990 and Jersey City, during the Dark Ages of American pro soccer between the demise of the NASL in 1985 and the formation of Major League Soccer in 1996.  This is what passed for the top level of American soccer at the time, with Toye’s New Jersey Eagles and their small contingent of New York Cosmos’ old-timers playing the last surviving NASL refugee, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, in front of 754 fans on a Sunday afternoon in a  high school football stadium.

The game itself was uninspired.  Tampa’s Alan Anderson scored the game’s only goal, beating Birkenmeier in the 88th minute after New Jersey blew an offside trap for the second time in the match.

“I don’t like offside traps and we never practice them,” noted Eagles coach Terry Garbett, another ex-Cosmos, to Bob Kurland of The Bergen Record afterwards. “Yet the players decided to do it on their own and they were beaten twice.”

One interesting footnote to the match.  The goalkeeper for the Rowdies was a former University of New Haven player named Nick Sakiewicz who hadn’t played professional soccer in six years.  He recorded an easy shutout on four saves.  Sakiewicz’s playing career would come to a quiet end at the end of the 1990 season, but he went on to become a very prominent executive in Major League Soccer and is today the CEO of the Philadelphia Union club.



5-6-1990 New Jersey Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies Scorecard

5-6-1990 New Jersey Eagles Game Notes


==Additional Sources==

“Eagles coach seeks spark for offense”, Bob Kurland, The Bergen Record, May 7, 1990






April 14, 1979 – Atlanta Chiefs vs. New York Cosmos

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Atlanta Chiefs vs. New York Cosmos
April 14, 1979
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Attendance: 10,311

North American Soccer League Programs
130 pages


Labor strife hung over the North American Soccer League as the organization opened its twelfth season in April 1979 with a peak membership of 24 clubs.  In 1978 the NASL Player Association (NASLPA) earned certification from the National Labor Relations Board and now it wanted formal recognition from the NASL’s owners.  With the owners stonewalling, the NASLPA called a strike for Saturday, April 14, 1979, the third week of the young season.

It turned into a weird weekend.   The infant NASLPA didn’t hold strong sway over its membership and many players ignored the call to walkout, despite a 252-113 union vote in favor of the strike.  The American players tended to support the strike action more strongly than the NASL’s large contingent of foreign imports, although the foreigners were rattled by threats that they could face deportation is they crossed the picket lines and subverted an American labor dispute. Meanwhile, players on the NASL’s three Canadian-based clubs were prohibited from striking by national law.

In Rochester, all of the Lancers’ American players struck, but the foreigners played, supplemented by scabs from Rochester and New York City amateur leagues.  The Lancers were routed by a full-strength Tulsa Roughnecks squad.  In Memphis, every member of the Rogues except Argentinean forward Ruben Astigarraga walked out.  In Fort Lauderdale, 44-year old Strikers Head Coach Ron Newman put on boots and played in the match to help fill out his depleted roster.  NASL Commissioner Phil Woosnam worked to undermine the strike by lifting the rules prohibiting one-game contracts and intra-league player loans, as well as the rule requiring all teams to play two North Americans on the field at all times.

On Friday the 13th in New Jersey, the NASL’s defending champion New York Cosmos had to decide whether or not to get on the plane to Georgia for Saturday’s scheduled match against the Atlanta Chiefs.  The Cosmos’ NASLPA player rep Bobby Smith, an American and thus a minority on his star-studded club, convinced his teammates to vote 20-2 to observe the strike and not board the bus for the airport.  But, crucially, Smith didn’t persuade the team to disperse after the vote and that gave Cosmos General Manager Krikor Yepremian and Warner Communications Chairman of the Board Steve Ross time to turn the tide against Smith and the NASLPA.  Franz Beckenbauer led the procession of starters onto the bus as Smith and a small group of American reserve players looked on in frustration.  The loss of the influential Cosmos team was a major blow to the NASLPA.

Now there was a game to play.  The sides were reasonably full strength, as the Cosmos had all their starters and only three of Atlanta’s American reserve players (player rep Tommy Lang, Bob Robson and Scott Strasburg) honored the strike.  The Cosmos had the early edge, with English forward Dennis Tueart commanding the attack.  Tueart put New York up 1-0 with a strike in the 38th minute.  Three minutes later, Tueart put another shot on goal and Giorgio Chinaglia tapped in the rebound for a 2-0 Cosmos lead at intermission.

The Chiefs charged back in the second half.  Aggressive Dutch defender Wim Rijsbergen was whistled for a penalty in the 72nd minute and ex-Cosmo Jomo Sono converted for Atlanta to cut the New York lead to 2-1.  It appeared the lead would hold until Atlanta’s Louie Nanchoff stunned the New Yorkers with the equalizing goal at 89:40 with less than 30 seconds left in regulation.

Nanchoff’s last second heroics sent the match to the Shootout, the NASL’s unique variation on penalty kicks to avoid ties.  Each team sent out six shooters, who charged the opposing goalkeeper from 35 yards out, with five seconds to get off a shot.  After the Chiefs and the Cosmos tied in the first round of shootouts, they went to a second series, where Rijsbergen got a chance to atone for his late penalty that let Atlanta back into the game.  Rijsbergen was denied by Chiefs goalkeeper Tad Delorm. But Delorm was called for fouling the Dutchman which resulted in a rare moment – a conventional penalty kick awarded in the midst of the NASL’s weird alternative to penalty kicks.  Rijsbergen converted the winning kick from the penalty spot and the Cosmos escaped from Atlanta with a 3-2 shootout victory on the NASL’s strangest weekend.

As well as the Chiefs’ acquitted themselves against the defending champs, the match must have sounded alarm bells for Chiefs management.  The Chiefs were new to Atlanta in 1979, marking the return of pro soccer to the city after a six-year absence.  The Cosmos were traditionally the league’s strongest draw on the road and the match was only the second home game for Atlanta, when the curiosity factor should still have been high.  Nevertheless, the Chiefs announced barely over 10,000 fans for the match, which was the smallest crowd to watch the Cosmos since a 1976 match in Rochester, New York.   Crowds would remain terrible for the Chiefs for three seasons until the team folded in 1981.

The NASLPA player strike formally ended five days after it began on April 18, 1979, done in partially by the refusal of the influential Cosmos to participate and by the stated disinclination of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to deport foreign players who crossed the strike line.  To date, the April 13-18, 1979 NASL player strike – such as it was – remains the only work stoppage in American pro soccer.



April 14, 1979 Atlanta Chiefs Game Notes

April 14, 1979 New York Cosmos Game Notes

April 13, 1979 New York Cosmos Travel Itinerary to Atlanta


==Links & Sources==

History Lesson: The NASL Strike of 1979” – Kenn Tomasch,

Offside Remarks: Some lessons from a strike 31 years ago“, Michael Lewis,, March 8, 2010

Atlanta Chiefs Home Page

New York Cosmos Home Page


==Additional Sources==

“Strike Causes Agony”, Kurt Ericsson,The Bergen Record, April 15, 1979




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