Thursday, 29 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Sting Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Chicago Sting, played on May 7th, 1976, at Soldier Field. 
The Rowdies won 1-0.

Rowdies Press Photo - Kevin Keelan

A photo of former Rowdies' player and Assistant Coach Kevin Keelan, whilst with Norwich City in 1972.

Rowdies Press Photo - John Boyle

John Boyle holds aloft the Soccer Bowl '75 trophy, with Francisco Marcos, Doug Wark, Stewart Scullion and Coach Eddie Firmani joining in with the celebrations.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Mark Longwell

A recent photo of Mark Longwell enjoying a round of golf. Mark was with the Rowdies between 1983 and 1984.
Many thanks to Mark's wife Catherine for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photo - Graham Paddon

Graham Paddon puts in a cross during Soccer Bowl '78 against the New York Cosmos, at Giants Stadium.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Steve Trittschuh Game Worn Jersey

Steve Trittschuh's game worn jersey from 1989.

Many thanks to David Hobarth.

Rowdies Press Photo - Gordon Jago

Coach Gordon Jago during a pre-Soccer Bowl '79 training session at Giants Stadium.

Rowdies Press Photo - Frank Worthington

A photo of former Rowdies' player Frank Worthington, whilst with Leicester City in 1972.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Diplomats Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Washington Diplomats, played on May 2nd, 1976, at Woodson Stadium. 
The Rowdies lost 0-2.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Rowdies Press Photo - Mark Karpun

Mark Karpun scores past New York Cosmos' goalie David Brcic, whilst former Rowdie Refik Kozic (22) can only watch. During the 1983-84 indoor season.

Rowdies Press Photo - Tommy Smith

A photo of former Rowdie Tommy Smith, whilst with Liverpool in 1965.

Rowdies Press Photo - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh arrives in style.

Rowdies Press Photo - Oscar Fabbiani

Oscar Fabbiani during a pre-Soccer Bowl '79 training session at Giants Stadium.

Rowdies Press Photo - Steve Wegerle

Steve Wegerle has a chance blocked by Vancouver Whitecaps' Phil Parkes, during Soccer Bowl '79, at Giants Stadium.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Minutemen Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Boston Minutemen, played on April 30th, 1976, at Tampa Stadium. 
The Rowdies won 1-0.

Rowdies Press Photo - Peter Roe

Peter Roe and Chicago Sting's Hans Weiner battle for the ball, during the 1983-84 indoor season at the Tampa Fairgrounds.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh outside his home in Tampa, in July 1978.
Many thanks to David Hobarth for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photo - John Gorman

Former Rowdie John Gorman in action for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal's Pat Rice in 1977.

Rowdies vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Rowdies 2 vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0
The Rowdies clinched the third seed in the NASL playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium in the regular season finale.
The Rowdies hosts its first-ever postseason match next Saturday, October 1 at Al Lang Stadium at 7:30 p.m. the Rowdies will face NSC Minnesota in a one-game single-elimination NASL quarterfinal. Fort Lauderdale will face FC Edmonton in the other quarterfinal. The winners of both matches advance to the NASL semifinals, which begin the following weekend.
"It was important for us to get three points tonight heading into the playoffs," said head coach Ricky Hill. "I think it was a great accomplishment to finish third in the standings, considering how we started as a new team, and the players throughout the season have worked very hard."
The Rowdies struck first when midfielder Keith Savage slotted home his fourth goal of the season off an assist from midfielder Shane Hill in the 68th minute. Hill sent a 20-yard cross from the right side to Savage, whose back was to the goal. Savage collected the pass, turned and fired to the right corner past Ft. Lauderdale goalkeeper Matt Glaeser.
"We were pressuring them prior to the goal and I was in the right place at the right time," said Savage. "We needed to be dominant right away following the red card. We had some good possessions, which led to the goal."
Ft. Lauderdale was forced to play a man down after defender Cristian Arrieta was sent off in the 51st minute following a hard tackle.
The Rowdies continued to dominate most of the passing game, solidifying the win with a late goal from forward Matt Clare. In second half injury time, Clare took a flick from forward Mike Ambersley and sent a low-curving shot into the back of the net off of Glaeser’s gloves.
Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella notched his fourth shutout of the year, and the team wrapped up the regular season with seven shutouts overall.
The two teams finished the first 45 minutes scoreless. The Rowdies had the best opportunity of the first half when midfielder Mozzi Gyorio's free kick from just outside the kick bounced off the left post in the 20th minute.

Lineups:
Rowdies Lineup: Attinella, Sanfilippo (Captain), Arango, Rodrigues, Yamada, Yoshitake (Millien 60'), Hill, Gyorio, Savage (Christie 80'), Ambersley, King (Clare 69')
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Lineup: Glaeser, Quiñones (West 69'), Laing, Arrieta, Lancaster, Morales (Gordon 55'), Paeckart, Palacio, Thompson - Captain (Santamaria 45'), Restrepo, Shriver

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies: Keith Savage - 68th minute (assisted by Shane Hill)
Rowdies: Matt Clare - 90+ minute (assisted by Mike Ambersley)

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Sting Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies opening game against the Chicago Sting, played on April 24th, 1976, at Tampa Stadium. 
The Rowdies won 2-1.

Rowdies Press Photo - John Boyle

A photo of former Rowdies' player and 1975 captain John Boyle, whilst with Chelsea in 1972.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Donna Maggio and Pam Seals (Wowdies)

Wowdies Donna Maggio and Pam Seals, pose for the camera in 1983.
Many thanks to Donna for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photo - Ivan Grnja

Ivan Grnja takes a kick to the head from New York Cosmos' Carlos Alberto, at Giants Stadium in 1979.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Susie Caswell (Wowdies)

A recent photo of former Wowdie Susie Caswell with her dog Josephine, in Switzerland.
Many thanks to Susie for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photo - Keith Peacock

A photo of former Rowdies' player and Assistant Coach Keith Peacock, whilst with Charlton Athletic in 1972.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Thunder Exhibition Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies Exhibition Game against the San Antonio Thunder, played on April 10th, 1976, at the Tarpon Springs High School Football Field. 
The Rowdies tied the game 0-0.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Gavin Maguire

A recent photo of Gavin Maguire playing for the Portsmouth Legends, Gavin appeared for the Rowdies during the 1986 Coca- Cola Classic International Soccer Series.

Rowdies Press Photo - Jan Van Der Veen

Jan Van Der Veen chases after Nottingham Forest's Gary Mills, during their Exhibition Game at Tampa Stadium in 1980.

Rowdies Press Photo - Tatu

Tatu jumps for joy, after scoring against the Jacksonville Tea Men, at Tampa Stadium in 1982.

Rowdies vs. Puerto Rico Islanders

Puerto Rico Islanders 1 vs. Rowdies 0
The Rowdies lost to the Puerto Rico Islanders 1-0 Wednesday night at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon. With the victory, the Islanders completed an unbeaten regular season at home, the only team in the league to do so this season.
The Rowdies will now face Ft. Lauderdale this Saturday, September 24 at Al Lang Stadium with the third seed in the NASL playoffs on the line. A win or tie by the Rowdies against the Strikers would clinch the third seed in the postseason, which opens on Saturday, October 1st at Al Lang at 7:30 p.m. in the NASL Quarterfinals.
"I would expect our boys to be up for the challenge on Saturday night against the Strikers," said Rowdies' head coach Ricky Hill. "We are frustrated and disappointed with the result tonight and would like to head into the playoffs on a winning frame of mind."
Puerto Rico took a 1-0 lead on a goal by forward Yaikel Perez in the fifth minute, his first of the year, off a nice feed down the left side from midfielder Kevon Villaroel.
Midfielder Shane Hill almost scored the equalizer, but his 35-yard strike hit the post in the 30th minute. Forward Mike Ambersley and midfielders Chad Burt, Mozzi Gyorio and Keith Savage also had scoring chances in the first 45 minutes for the Rowdies against Islanders goalkeeper Ray Burse, who made five saves in the first half.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the second half but Burse and Rowdies' goalkeeper Jeff Attinella kept the ball out of the net. For the match, the Rowdies outshot the Islanders 18-12, led by Gyorio's four shots.
"It seems like a recurring theme when you consider the number of chances we had Saturday night against Minnesota," said Hill. "We did manage to carve out a few openings and get a few shots on target tonight. But it was disappointing to give up the goal early, which ended up being the game-winner."
The Rowdies made the trip to Puerto Rico without several starters, including captain and defender Frankie Sanfilippo, defender Andres Arango and midfielder Tsuyoshi Yoshitake.

Lineups:
Rowdies Lineup: Attinella, Hayes (Captain), Christie, Rodrigues, Yamada, Burt (Baptiste 87'), Gyorio, Hill, Savage (Millien 65'), Ambersley, King
Puerto Rico Islanders Lineup: Burse, Rivera, Martinez, Emory, Jones, Pitchkolan (Captain), Van Schaik (Salem 53'), Wilson (Ramos 81'), Villaroel, Perez (Villegas 70'), Fana

Scoring Summary:
Islanders: Yaikel Perez - 5th minute (assisted by Kevin Villaroel)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Thunder Exhibition Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies Exhibition Game against the San Antonio Thunder, played on April 9th, 1976, at Sarasota High School Football Field. 
The Rowdies lost 1-2.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Gary Chivers

A recent photo of Gary Chivers playing for the Chelsea Old Boys, Gary appeared for the Rowdies during the 1986 Coca- Cola Classic International Soccer Series.

Rowdies Press Photo - Perry Van Der Beck

Perry Van Der Beck tries to get the best of Tulsa Roughnecks' Bal Fernandez, during a 1983-84 indoor game at the Lakeland Civic Center.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983 KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine covers the game against the Chicago Sting, played on the 15th July, 1983 at Soldier Field. 
The Rowdies lost the game 1-4,with the only goal scored by Mark Karpun. Attendance: 8,763.
The Rowdies team that day was: Stars, Myernick, Kozic, Nogly, Connell, Van Der Veen, Lund, Rojas, Karpun, Tatu, Baralic. 
Substitutes: Gerber, Easton.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Donna Maggio (Wowdies)

A recent photo of former Wowdie Donna Maggio (left) with her friend Karen Rocha Barron.
Many thanks to Donna for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photo - Keith Bailey

Keith Bailey grabs Chicago Sting's Ingo Peter's ankle and Rudy Glenn's jersey for leverage, during the 1-3 loss, in 1981.

Rowdies Press Photo - Lenny Glover

Lenny Glover heads the ball away from New York Cosmos Bobby Smith in 1977 at Giants Stadium.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Rowdies vs. NSC Minnesota Stars

Rowdies 1 vs. NSC Minnesota Stars 1
The Rowdies and NSC Minnesota played to a 1-1 draw at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night. With the tie and FC Edmonton's loss at Montreal, the Rowdies has clinched a home playoff game in the NASL quarterfinals. The Rowdies will host the playoff game on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium.
"Tonight was an opportunity to gain three points and we are disappointed that we were not able to do so," said head coach Ricky Hill. "But we are excited to earn a home playoff game in the first round."
The Stars struck first in the 54th minute when forward Brian Cvilikas headed home a pass from Anthony Hamilton for his second goal of the year. The Rowdies answered just five minutes later as forward Mike Ambersley found forward Aaron King down the right side. King beat Warren with his low strike for his ninth goal of the year. Ambersley posted his team-high sixth assist on the goal.
"We were pressing and even at halftime, we felt like we were doing all of the right things," said King. "We just needed to remain patient. It's unfortunate that we didn't get the win, but we did get a point out of it and clinched the home game in the playoffs."
The Rowdies outshot the Stars 11-2 in the first 45 minutes, but NSC Minnesota goalkeeper Joe Warren made seven saves to keep the match scoreless at the half. For the match, The Rowdies held a 16-7 edge in shots. Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella helped earn the point for the Rowdies, saving another Cvilikas shot and keeping another by forward Luke Mulholland out of the net. A final Minnesota attempt to take the lead bounced off the right post and was cleared by the Rowdies' defense.
"We showed resilience as a team and good heart after we went down a goal," said Hill. "We kept working and Aaron King's goal was first-class."

Lineups:
Rowdies Lineup: Attinella, Sanfilippo (Captain), Arango, Hayes, Yamada, Yoshitake (Millien 66'), Gyorio, Savage, Burt (Christie 78'), Ambersley, King (Baptiste 67')
NSC Minnesota Stars Lineup: Warren, Altman (Captain), Davis, Dias, Kallman, Gotsmanov (Hlavaty 45'), Takada, Cosgriff, Hamilton (Rodriguez 71'), Mulholland (Del Do 80'), Cvilikas

Scoring Summary:
Stars: Brian Cvilikas - 54th minute (assisted by Anthony Hamilton)
Rowdies: Aaron King - 59th minute (assisted by Mike Ambersley)

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Rowdies Snap Shots - Elly Heit (Wowdies)

A recent photo of former Wowdie Elly Heit Read.
Many thanks to Elly for this photo.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Lancers Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies indoor NASL Championship Final game against the Rochester Lancers, played on March 27th, 1976, at the Bayfront Center.
The Rowdies won 6-4.

1983 Adidas Promo Cards

Luis Fernando 1983 Adidas Promo card.

Rowdies Press Photo - Oscar Fabbiani

Oscar Fabbiani battles with San Diego Sockers' Pete Lechermann, during the 1979 Playoff Game at Tampa Stadium.

Rowdies Press Photo - Neill Roberts

Neill Roberts shields the ball from Minnesota Strikers' Mike Jeffries, at Tampa Stadium in 1984.

Rowdies Press Photo - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh sits out Soccer Bowl '78 with an injury, against the New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium. With trainer Ken Schields, Coach Gordon Jago, Perry Van Der Beck and Dr. John Kauzlarich.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Carolina Lightnin' Alumni & Friends Reunion

A Rowdies related post, the Carolina Lightnin' are having a Reunion at Memorial Stadium, on October 15th, 2011. A number of former Rowdies will be attending. Including Rodney Marsh, David Power, Don Tobin and Steve Horne etc.
For more info please click on the "Carolina Lightnin' & Friends Reunion" heading above. 

Monday, 12 September 2011

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies vs. Tornado Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies indoor Semi-Final game against the Dallas Tornado, played on March 26th, 1976, at the Bayfront Center.
The Rowdies won 6-2.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1977 Wowdies

1977 Wowdie Carolyn Carmen.

1983 Adidas Promo Cards

Franz Gerber 1983 Adidas Promo card.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1978 KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine covers the game against the San Diego Sockers, played on the 4th June, 1978 at the San Diego Stadium. 
The Rowdies lost the game 0-1. Attendance: 5,289.
The Rowdies team that day was: DuBose, St. Lot, Connell, Fleeting, Auguste, McGuire, Wegerle, Paddon, Robb, Marsh, Anderson (P). 
Substitutes: Crudo, Mirandinha.