Friday, 29 October 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Bernard Hartze

A recent photo of 1975 Rowdie - Bernard Hartze, who has agreed to coach an up and coming VodaCom team, the Western Cape Sports School, in South Africa. The league is below the elite Premier Soccer League, but the challenge excites Hartze. Rated by some, as the best South African player. Bernard relishes the opportunity to bring the next generation of South African talent through.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Rodney Marsh's New Book 'Loose Cannon'

It's Official! - Rodney Marsh's new book 'Loose Cannon' is released in time for Christmas.
If you would like to order a signed copy please email Joanna at EMG Sports. Email:

Rowdies Press Photos - Paul Hammond, Stewart Scullion, Alex Pringle, Stewart Jump and John Boyle

Goalmouth action with goalkeeper Paul Hammond saving a shot, with Stewart Scullion, Alex Pringle, Stewart Jump and John Boyle in attendance. During Soccer Bowl '75.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1981 Rowdies Mug Shots

An 8" x 10" photo sheet showing the 1981 Rowdies Mug Shots, of Perry Van Der Beck, Jan Van Der Veen, Steve Wegerle, Frank Worthington, Coach Gordon Jago, Assistant Coach Keith Peacock, George Strawbridge and Charles Serednesky.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1991 Rowdies KICKIN' Magazine

Peter Vermes took his turn on the cover for the game against the Montreal Supra, May 10th.
The games for 1991 were played at the USF Soocer Stadium.
Rowdies 3 (Moreira, Ward, Vermes) vs. Supra 1, Att: 2,967

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Raincoat

A Rowdies raincoat from the NASL years, on the reverse side it has TAMPA BAY printed onto it.

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Goalkeeper Winston DuBose with his broken right hand in plaster, in 1981.

Rowdies Press Photos - Luis Fernando and Tom Boric

Luis Fernandez and goalkeeper Tom Boric in action during a training session at Tampa Stadium, in 1982.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Eddie Firmani

Coach Eddie Firmani and Liz Giglio in 1976.
Many thanks to Isabella Liz Giglio Campisi for this photo.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1980 Rowdies Mug Shots

An 8" x 10" photo sheet showing the 1980 Rowdies Mug Shots, of Peter Anderson, Petar Baralic, Zeljko Bilecki, Peter Chandler, Kevin Clinton, Mike Connell, Winston DuBose and Oscar Fabbiani.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell goes through the legs of New York Cosmos' Franz Beckenbauer in an effort to steal the ball, during a game at Giants Stadium in 1978.
Many thanks to David Hoebarth.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Backroom Staff Polo Shirt

A Rowdies Backroom Staff Polo Shirt, from the NASL years.

The Rowdies logo is embroidered.

Rowdies Press Photos - Terry Rowe

Terry Rowe, 1991.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1980 Rowdies Mug Shots

An 8" x 10" photo sheet showing the 1980 Rowdies Mug Shots, of John Gorman, Sandje Ivanchukov, Refik Kozic, Wes McLeod, Paul Mott, Farrukh Quraishi, Neill Roberts and Dave Taber.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Rodney Marsh and Derek Smethurst

Rodney Marsh, Liz Giglio and Derek Smethurst in 1976.
Many thanks to Isabella Liz Giglio Campisi for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Don Tobin

Don Tobin, sporting a wonderful 80's hairstyle, whilst with the Canton Invaders.

Rowdies Press Photos - Jan Van Der Veen

Jan Van Der Veen is challenged by Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' Mike Walsh in 1983.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Derek Smethurst

A recent photo of Derek Smethurst with his friend Mel Ayres.
Many thanks to Beverley Mason Smethurst for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1980 Rowdies Mug Shots

An 8" x 10" photo sheet showing the 1980 Rowdies Mug Shots, of Perry Van Der Beck, Jan Van Der Veen, Steve Wegerle, Coach Gordon Jago, Assistant Coach Keith Peacock, George Strawbridge and Charles Serednesky.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Perry Van Der Beck Has His #12 Jersey Retired

Perry Van Der Beck becomes the second player ever in Rowdies' History to have his number retired, the other being Steve Wegerle (7) in 1989. Pictured with Perry are his former team-mates: Winston Dubose, Peter Ward, Alan Anderson, Farrukh Quraishi, Peter Anderson, Eddie Austin, Neill Roberts and 1984 trainer Steve Horne.

Rowdies Press Photos - Peter Chandler

Peter Chandler challenges Atlanta Chiefs' goalkeeper Lou Cioffi and defender Bruce Savage, during the 1980-81 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Art Kramer

Art Kramer on the right with some of the silverware, he won with the Canton Invaders, during the '80's.

Saturday, 2 October 2010



Hi Folks, I have just come off the phone after a great hour long chat with great legend... Rodney Marsh!
He asked me to send you ALL his best wishes, he is in fine form :-*

Rod's new book ' I Was Born a Loose Cannon' is due out very soon. Rod, has assured me that this book contains far more information than 'PRICELESS'. It's less diplomatic and contains far more information about the 'Boy's Of '67' at QPR.
Forgotten idols like- Les Allen, The Morgan twins, Mark Lazarus, Jim Gregory, Alec Stock.... and Rod's dear pal, Bobby Keetch. There is much more about George Best, Wayne Rooney & the current crop of 'STARS'. You will be pleased to hear that the great man himself told me " There is a hell of a lot about QPR in it!"

It's the ultimate book to chart Rod's earlier career and ... Route to the 'Rowdies'!.
Rodney also informed me, that far more information & untold stories regarding the ' Rowdies', his life in America and the great players he has played with and against!
Also, more on ALL Rod's other Clubs, and the sacking from ' Talk Sport' (A show which never recovered , in my opinion!)
Rodney gives his views on Jeff Stelling & others, bringing us right up to date!
Nothing is skimmed over.... even 'Mad' Frank Fraser is mentioned! (Taking sales away from MY books about MY world... MR MARSH!!!! ;) ;))

But seriously, this will be the ULTIMATE RODNEY MARSH book!! In Rodney's own words " It's payback time for some!"
I can also add, it's time the undervalued , like Les Allen, Mike Keen & Bobby Keetch, all the 'Rowdies' .. etc, etc.. are shown why they should be held in far higher esteem than they have been! (Something Rod feels VERY strong about!)

Obviously, this book is not just about Rodney, but the Clubs, Players, Managers & Chairman he has known... " With loads of 'Rowdies' ". (Rod, just told me a few stories that I didn't know!)
If you can resist buying this book.... You can't be a REAL fan!!!! ;) ;) ;) ;)

Love 'Ya

Rowdies vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore

Rowdies 6 vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore 3
FC Tampa Bay’s inaugural season ended exactly as it began 167 days prior, with a win over Crystal Palace Baltimore. The teams closed their season with a nine-goal thriller at Steinbrenner Field. The Rowdies won 6-3, improving its record to 7-12-11.
“The guys played with a lot of pride and professionalism tonight. It was the last game, it was fan appreciation night, so we wanted the players to give their best and I think they did,” said Interim Head Coach and Technical Director Perry Van Der Beck. The Rowdies hit the ground running with midfielder and St. Pete native Chad Burt scoring an amazing goal in just the third minute of play. Burt received the ball about 30 yards from goal and fired a powerful shot past Baltimore goalkeeper Mark Murphy into the upper right corner of the net. Burt’s goal was his first of the season. Takuya Yamada racked up his second assist of the season on the play.
In the 12th minute of play, team scoring leader Aaron King scored his 11th goal of the season after a perfectly weighted through ball from Pascal Millien. Millien played in every game this season for the Rowdies and recorded one goal and two assists.
Less than a minute later, Mozzi Gyorio scored his first goal as a professional with a perfectly placed shot into the upper left corner of Murphy’s goal to give the Rowdies a 3-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the game.
Gyorio scored his second goal of the half in the 29th minute to give the home team a 4-0 lead. Baltimore midfielder Adauto Neto gave his team a lifeline with a goal in the 39th minute.
Aaron King scored his 12th goal of the season on the hour mark to give the Rowdies a 5-1 lead. King stole the ball off of a defender, dribbled across the top of the box, poked the ball between the defenders’ legs, stepped around the defense and fired past Murphy for the goal.
“We needed to end the season with a win. We started the season by beating those guys this year and we end it on a good note by doing it again at the end. We needed that win just for pride,” said King. “(12 goals) is a good personal mark for me, but I wish we were going into the postseason. I’m going to focus on scoring some big goals when I’m called upon again.”
Crystal Palace Baltimore player/manager Jim Cherneski stole the show by scoring a pair of goals in the 62nd and 65th minutes to make the score 5-3.
Ricardo Sanchez scored the final goal of the inaugural season from the penalty spot after Shaun Pejic pulled down Maykel Galindo. It was Sanchez’s fifth goal as a Rowdie.

Rowdies Lineup: Sattler, Valentin, Morrow, Millien, Diaz,(46' - Nyazamba), Galindo (70' - Adjeman-Pamboe), Burt, Gyorio, Sanchez, Yamada, King.
Crystal Palace Baltimore Lineup: Murphy, Veeder, Flores, Pejic, Bumbut, Teixeira, Healey, Cherneski, Sanchez, Neto, Brooks.

Goalscoring Summary:
Rowdies - Chad Burt - 3' (Assisted Takuya Yamada)
Rowdies - Aaron King - 12' (Assisted by Pascal Millien)
Rowdies - Mozzi Gyorio - 13'
Rowdies - Mozzi Gyorio - 29' (Assisted by Pascal Mllien)
Baltimore - Adauto Neto - 39'
Rowdies - Aaron King - 60'
Baltimore - Jim Cherneski - 62'
Baltimore - Jim Cherneski - 65' (Assisted by Adauto Neto)
Rowdies - Ricardo Sanchez - 70' (Penalty Kick)