Friday, 29 January 2010

Rowdies Memorabilia - Tony Morley 1983 FKS Publishers Card

Tony Morley's 1983 FKS Publishers card, whilst he was at Aston Villa.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1978 Wowdies

Two of the Wowdies go through their routine at Tampa Stadium in 1978.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Snap Shots - John Bluem

Original Rowdie John Bluem with his friend Kevin Irvin in October 2009.
Many thanks to John for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh signs autographs in 1977.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Wes McLeod

Wes McLeod during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Oscar Fabbiani

Oscar Fabbiani in action against the San Jose Earthquakes in 1979.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Mark Lindsay

Cosmos' Pele manages to get a shot in, despite close attention from Mark Lindsay, with Farrukh Quraishi and Rodney Marsh in 1976.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - Arsene Auguste

Arsene Auguste battles with Strikers' Tony Crescitelli, during the 1980 indoor season, with Farrukh Quraishi in the foreground.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Billy Sweetzer

A recent photo of Billy Sweetzer playing with his brother's (Gordon Sweetzer, former Toronto Blizzard player) dogs. Billy played in 5 games for the Rowdies in 1981.
Many thanks to Billy's nephew Darren Weeks for this excellent photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies Press/Field Pass

A 1976 Press/Field Pass.
Many thanks to Scott Ross.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - 1976 Thank You From Francisco Marcos

"A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words" - this photo shows Wes McLeod, Arsene Auguste, Steve Wegerle and Sandje Ivanchukov thanking the Fannies for their support.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - Petar Baralic

Petar Baralic in action in Tampa Stadium, with Wes McLeod in the background.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Signed Cards - 1990 Rowdies Mark Wright


Mark Wright's signed Rowdies card.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Chico Moreira 1989-90 MISL Trading Card

Chico Moreira's  1989-90 MISL card, produced by Pacific Trading Cards, whilst he was at the Wichita Wings.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Mark Longwell

A recent photo of Mark Longwell with his family. Mark played for the Rowdies between 1983 and 1984.
Many thanks to Mark for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies Press Release

A press release from 1982, telling of the Rowdies administration restructure.

Rowdies Press Photos - Farrukh Quraishi

Farrukh Quraishi blocks a shot from Atlanta Chiefs' George Nanchoff during the 1980 indoor season, with Zeljko Bilecki in the background.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1978 Goal Celebration

Mick McGuire, Wes McLeod and Steve Wegerle celebrate with goalscorer Mike Connell in 1978.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Graham Paddon 1972-73 FKS Publishers Card

Graham Paddon's 1972-73 FKS Publishers card, whilst he was at Norwich City.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - The Wowdies

The Wowdies contribution to "Banner Night" of 1976.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1975 Rowdies Press/Field Pass

A Press/Field Pass for the Rowdies 1975 season, this was for sports announcer Scott Ross, not to be confused with the artist of the same name.
Many thanks to Scott for this photo.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Rowdies Related Photos - Arcadia Shepherds

Here is a photo of the South African side the Arcadia Shepherds, featuring on the front row Rowdies' Mike Connell, Geoff Wegerle and Steve Wegerle. Year unknown.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1977 Barnett Bank Advertisement

An advertisement for Barnett Bank featuring Rodney Marsh from 1977.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1978 Family Day Out

The Rowdies enjoy a family day out in Tampa, with Graham Paddon, Ken Schields, Coach Gordon Jago, Steve Wegerle, Jim Fleeting, Luis Papandrea and Mirandinha in 1978.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Eddie Firmani

Rowdies Coach Eddie Firmani with his family in 2009.
Many thanks to the Firmani Family for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1976 Wowdies

Casey Craig......the littlest angel on the Wowdies in 1976.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - John Gorman

John Gorman and Perry Van Der Beck wait for Strikers' Ralbovsky to give them the ball, during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1976 Mascot - Troy Pierce

Troy Pierce, the Rowdies' official 1976 mascot bangs his drum at Tampa Stadium.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Lenny Glover 1972-73 FKS Publishers Card

Lenny Glover's 1972-73 FKS Publishers card, whilst he was at Leicester City.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mirandinha

Mirandinha 1978.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

TEL CURRIE'S RODNEY MARSH COLUMN

Rodney with his Father William in 1979.

THE RODNEY MARSH COLUMN- BIRTH OF A GENIUS!

Rodney Marsh, the man who has always done it 'His Way!'. He was named after the 'HMS RODNEY' the battleship which his Father served. The strict discipline of being bought up by a Father in the armed forces may have
worked the opposite way, and gave him the anti authority, rebel streak that he has to this day.

Rodney joined West London team Fulham at Craven Cottage in 1963. He was already lining up with quality players like - Soon to be World Cup Winner, George Cohen, the late, great Bobby Robson, Alan Mullery and the
extremely respected Johnny Haynes- All England internationals.
But Rodney would play his way. George Cohen saw something special in young Rodney and tried to teach him the workings of the club, but young Rodney was more concerned with his hero Dennis Law and the tricks he had pulled off.

But Rodney picked up a nasty injury. a clash of heads with a a defender, the result being the loss of hearing in his left ear.
In 1966, Rodney moved to Loftus Road and Queens Park Rangers. Rodney's girlfriend later his Wife thought they were going to Scotland! That's what a small third division team QPR was then.... And then
Rodney Marsh arrived!

For me , and hundreds of QPR fans, the team was born on March 4th 1967 at the first ever League Cup final to be staged at Wembley Stadium. In those day's, the League Cup was still a huge event and you could forgive a young
QPR team to be racked with nerves - No chance, they relished it as they faced the mighty First Division team and Cup holders- West Brom.
The match almost didn't happen as the QPR lads were given plain white jerseys, white shorts and white stockings. Rodney and the rest, wanted to know where their 'HOOPS' were? Alec stock, the manager, said it gave them a mental advantage as the great Real Madrid team wore all White, but the players I have spoken to all say
that Alec Stock was given an ample amount of money by the kit sponsors to
wear it. A bit strange considering the kit sponsor is not on the kit, nothing is!
So, white and blue Track tops it was. The late Mike Keen was Captain, (and I would like to say at this point, is it too much to ask to have a statue of Mike Keen with the rest of the team around the base and a MIKE KEEN STAND? (Not a Hospitality Suite because most fans won't see it.)

With our money could we not have a tribute to our ONLY EVER Cup winning Captain in nearly 130 years???
NO other club would let that pass- West Ham and Bobby Moore, Leeds and Billy Bremner, Chelsea and Peter Osgood, Stoke and Stanley Matthews, John Charles and Leeds, Bobby Robson & Alf Ramsey for Ipswich......... The list is endless!!
Can the owners not please the fans with a memorial of QPR's ONLY Winning Captain!???!

Meanwhile, the streets around Wembley had gone mad!
Terry Downs, the former Middleweight Boxing Champion had his car sprayed in blue and white hoops, a mass exodus from Loftus Road to Wembley walked all the way with a coffin- To bury WBA!
With the line behind the Coffin getting longer and longer. Even houses had been painted Blue and White and car horns were tooting everywhere!
It was like we had won already. Not only were QPR only a 3rd division team, but on the Friday night before Saturday's game, the team had a pint or ten with Alec Stock's blessing and a full scale party was breaking out
in the Rangers camp! Can you imagine that today?
But this was a 3rd division team enjoying every minute of a once in a lifetime experience!
As the game kicked off, with QPR looking strange all in white, QPR were playing well, with some lovely passing by Les Allen. Les Allen (Father of Clive and Bradley) is one of the most underrated players QPR have ever had,
he was a great player, who fed Rodney the ball for his dazzling genius.
Then, in the seventh minute a gap opened up for Clive Clark to put WBA 1-0 up. The real salt in the wounds was that, Clark was once a QPR player!

But still, all that could be heard were the West London mob. About three front rows had drums that were banged right through the game and for the first time ever a players name was chanted by thousands of fans,
not a team name - The famous chant of 'ROD-NEEEEE! 'ROD-NEEEEE!' was deafening and started when the teams ran out and with the drums, did not let up - until about the following Wednesday I reckon!
That chant was used a generation later as 'STAN-LEEE!' but never with the
power it carried on that day, and never at Wembley.

A few minutes later, A classic piece of Rodney Marsh genius, flashed like a puff of smoke on the Wembley pitch. As the ball came to him, he leaped with his back to goal,and smashed an over head kick straight into the West Brom net!!!
For a second there was silence, then a roar went up like 70,000 lions! But the goal was disallowed for off- side. It's hard to tell on film, if it was indeed offside because you only see Rodney. But I asked Rodney myself if he thought it was off-side?
Rodney told me, 'Yes, it WAS offside and a good call' so there you have it. But ruled out or not, it was a classic piece of Rodney and no doubt lifted the team - and the fans 'ROD-NEEE, ROD-NEEE' went up another level.

Then, on 36 minutes, Clive Clark struck again and the teams went in at half - time with the score West Brom 2 QPR 0. A lot of people thought Rangers had done well, keeping the mighty holders to just 2 goals. Had QPR's party the
night before and into the small hours affected their performance?

Whatever happened, a completely different QPR came out for the second half. They started up the fluent passing again, and were running rings around the holders, QPR actually looked like the first division side now,
mainly down to Les Allen, Roger Morgan and Mark Lazarus and a player nobody even
remembers, let alone underrates him - Keith Sanderson, who played his guts out winning the ball back and feeding it to the strike force. At 63 minutes gone and 2-0 down, it started to look like an impossible hill for Rangers to
climb. That is, until that man Les Allen again, took a sweet free kick which Roger Morgan converted with a header worthy of Geoff Hurst. (Roger and Ian Morgan were twins. Roger was playing, his twin Ian was on the bench.)

Wembley went into hysteria, could it be possible? Surely not, it was just a consolation goal surely... That is, until the 'WONDER GOAL' scored by, who else but 'ROD-NEEE!' as late as the 75th minute, has to say a lot
about that teams mental and physical strength. Our much ignored player at Loftus Road now
and Captain on the day passed another pin point pass to Rodney just inside West Broms half, this time he went into a
trance where everything slowed down. He swerved left, then cut back inside, Rodney say's "I was floating, not really knowing how I was going to get through the rest of the defence, but I just kept going until I made a gap for myself about 25 yards out, I hit a right foot, low shot that hit the inside of the bar and flew past the keeper. For about a second nothing.... Then the realization from me and the crowd of what I had just done. If you haven't followed my
career, it's probably my most famous goal and the euphoria overwhelmed me "

'THE WONDER GOAL' is still to this day considered one of the greatest moments of pure magic, Wembley has ever seen!

"Then it sunk in, and I turned straight to our fans, who were all going mental, banging drums and and chanting louder than ever 'ROD-NEEE!, ROD-NEEE!' I'm sure they must have heard it miles away!"

It was 2-2, when not far from the final whistle, their keeper Dick Sheppard and Ron Hunt both went for the ball and the keeper just got their first, but Ron didn't stop running, went into Dick Sheppard instead of jumping over him
and knocked the ball loose, for Mark Lazarus to score the winner. I'm pretty sure that goal would not stand today, but the QPR record books still show that the only man to ever score a winning goal for QPR in a major
final, is Mark Lazarus. Soon after, the whistle went. QPR the little known 'DAVID'S' outside their own manor, an obscure 3rd division team who wore hoops and had this fellow called Marsh, who re-wrote the football text books and took no advice from the run, run and run again crowd of old school players, just as another young man with attitude was doing at MAN UTD, a skinny wizard called George Best, had defeated the 'GOLIATHS' of division 1 West Bromwich Albion !!!!!!

Now EVERYONE knew the team called QUEENS PARK RANGERS.... And from the papers and news on TV and radio ..... EVERYONE now also knew a name that would be associated with football genius, the first 'Maverick' rock n roll star footballer in the South, that switched the spot light of curiosity from
Manchester to London ...... RODNEY MARSH HAD ARRIVED- AND HE WAS HERE TO STAY!!!!!

TEL CURRIE

How the papers reported Rodney's Wonder goal.
Rodney celebrates at Wembley in 1967.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Peter Ward

Peter and Jacqueline Cagnina- Ward photographed at Christmas 2009. Peter played for the Rowdies in 1989 and 1991.
Many thanks to both Peter and Jacqueline for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Tom Maurer

Tom Maurer is out numbered by two Strikers' players during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell, Refik Kozic and Zeljko Bilecki look for answers, after Jado Hasanbegovic had scored for the Memphis Rogues. The Rowdies lost 0-2, this was to be Bilecki's last appearance for the Rowdies before being traded to the LA Aztecs.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Jan Van Der Veen

Jan Van Der Veen attacks the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Jon Parry

Jon and Kelly Parry in Las Vegas. Jon appeared in 5 games for the Rowdies in 1993.
Many thanks to both Jon and Kelly for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Davie Robb

Goalmouth action from the opening game of the 1978 season, against the Memphis Rogues at Tampa Stadium. With Davie Robb in the middle of the Rowdies' attack.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - Ian Anderson and Don Tobin

Sat on the floor are the late Ian Anderson, who played for the Rowdies in 1977 and 1981, and Don Tobin who played between 1988 and 1989. This was taken whilst with the Canton Invaders.

Rowdies Press Photos - Perry Van Der Beck

Perry Van Der Beck on the ball at Giants Stadium, with Rodney Marsh watching on in 1979.
Many thanks to Jan Reinertsen.

Rowdies Press Photos - The Wowdies

The Wowdies try their luck at shooting, at Tampa Stadium in 1980.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Paul Dougherty 1989-90 MISL Trading Card

Paul Dougherty's  1989-90 MISL card, produced by Pacific Trading Cards, whilst he was at the Baltimore Blast.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Oscar Fabbiani

California Surf's Alan Mayer grabs the ball away from Oscar Fabbiani, in 1980.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Frantz St. Lot


Frantz St. Lot, upon his arrival at Tampa International Airport, after Soccer Bowl '78.
Many thanks to Dan Perez.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1977 Goal Celebration

Adrian Alston, Derek Smethurst and Rodney Marsh rush to mob goalscorer Ian Anderson, who had just scored on his debut against the New York Cosmos in 1977.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Refik Kozic

Refik Kozic tackles from behind on Whitecaps' Valentine in 1983.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Farrukh Quraishi

Farrukh Quraishi in a 2009 festive mood.
Many thanks to Lisa Brock for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Arsene Auguste

Arsene Auguste wins the battle over Strikers' David Irving, during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh in action against the Cosmos in 1979, with Wes McLeod.
Many thanks to Jan Reinertsen.