Saturday, 31 March 2012

Barry Kitchener Loses Battle With Cancer

Today, I found out (via Derek Smethurst) that 1979 Rowdie Barry Kitchener passed away on Friday evening at the age of 64, following a short battle with cancer.
Barry made 602 appearances for Millwall, across a fifteen-year spell with the club, having arrived as a 16-year-old from Newbury Park Youth Club. 
Beside a brief loan spell with the Rowdies in 1979, Barry did not play for another club. He brought down the  curtain on his Lions career in 1982, having won the player-of-the-year award three times.
The Dagenham-born centre-half went on to coach the club's youth and reserve sides, and also had a six-game spell in charge of the first-team shortly after his retirement.
'Kitch' eventually set up home in Norfolk, running souvenir shops in the seaside resort of Caistor with beloved wife Hazel.
Rest in peace to the Millwall/Rowdies legend Barry Kitchener. Thoughts and prayers go to his family.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Cosmos Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the New York Cosmos played on May 12th, 1979, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies won 3-2.

2012 Rowdies New Uniforms

The highly-anticipated launch of the official 2012 line of Tampa Bay Rowdies merchandise took place Friday night at a private event for Rowdies season ticket holders at team partner Jonny Reno's on the Pier in St. Petersburg.
Season ticket holders had an exclusive opportunity to see the new merchandise first, including the new Tampa Bay Rowdies match kits. Head coach Ricky Hill introduced Rowdies players Andres Arango, Stuart Campbell, Frankie Sanfilippo and Takuya Yamada, who unveiled the new kits to the fans. Following the release of the new gear, the entire team signed autographs and took photos with Rowdies season ticket holders.
The 2012 Rowdies Home and Away Kits are throwbacks to the 1975-1984 Rowdies, featuring the Rowdies logo across the chest with the Rowdies famous Green and Gold hooped sleeves and socks. The back of the jersey features the words Tampa Bay under the collar and the left sleeve features the North American Soccer League logo. The kit numbers include the custom Rowdies font.
Team partners Mainsail Suites and United World Soccer are also featured on the kits. This year's kits stay true to the tradition and iconic look of the Rowdies, Tampa Bay’s first-ever professional sports franchise.
The new gear, which is now available for purchase at www.RowdiesSoccer.com, will also be on sale at Al Lang Stadium on gameday and various locations throughout the Bay Area. The merchandise includes something for Rowdies fans of all ages. This year’s kits are once again produced by Lotto, the official kit supplier for the team.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Graham Paddon 1973 A&BC Card

Graham Paddon's 1973 A&BC card, whilst he was at Norwich City.

Rowdies Press Photos - Ryan Griffin

Trialist Ryan Griffin (orange) in action during the Red Bull Intra-Squad Scrimmage Game, with injured Dan O'Brien on the ground.
Many thanks to Jay Anthony for this photo.

Signed Cards - 2012 Rowdies Ryan Griffin

Trialist Ryan Griffin's signed 2012 Rowdies card.

Rowdies Press Photos - Steve Glickman and Paul Roe

Trainer Steve Glickman straps up Paul Roe's ankles before a game in 1988.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Chiefs Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Atlanta Chiefs played on May 5th, 1979, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
The Rowdies lost 0-4.

Rowdies Press Photos - Stuart Campbell

Stuart Campbell in action during the recent Exhibition Game against Saint Leo University.
Many thanks to Chris Arnold for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Lenny Glover 1972 A&BC Card

Lenny Glover's 1972 A&BC card, whilst he was at Leicester City.

Rowdies Press Photos - Solomon Hilton

Solly Hilton watches Peter Roe trying to block Canton Invaders' Gerald Celestin's shot, during the 1986-87 AISA season, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
Many thanks to Rod Walent for this photo.

Signed Cards - 2012 Rowdies Will Dieterich

Trialist goalkeeper Will Dieterich's signed 2012 Rowdies card.

Rowdies Press Photos - Cornelia Corbett

Rowdies owner Cornelia Corbett celebrates with her Rowdies Art Kramer, Winston DuBose, Martin Hill and Derek Sanderson, at Tampa Stadium in 1988.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Strikers Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers played on April 28th, 1979, at Lockhart Stadium.
The Rowdies won 2-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Andres Arango

Andres Arango in action during the recent Exhibition Game against Saint Leo University.
Many thanks to Chris Arnold for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Tommy Smith 1973 A&BC Card

Tommy Smith's 1973 A&BC card, whilst he was at Liverpool.

Rowdies Press Photos - Perry Van Der Beck

Perry Van Der Beck wins a header against the Miami Sharks, in 1989.

Signed Cards - 2012 Rowdies Eishun Yoshida

Trialist Eishun Yoshida's signed 2012 Rowdies card.

Rowdie Press Photos - Steve Wegerle and Michael Fall

Steve Wegerle tries to get the ball off a Canton Invaders' player, during the 1986-87 AISA season, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
With Michael Fall watching on.
Many thanks to Rod Walent for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Blizzard Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Toronto Blizzard played on April 25th, 1979, at Exhibition Stadium.
The Rowdies lost 1-2.

Rowdies Press Photos - Michael Bates

Michael Bates shoots at goal, during the game against the Washington Stars, at Tampa Stadium in 1990. With Raymond Perlee in the background.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Bobby Moore 1972 A&BC Card

1985 guest player Bobby Moore's 1972 A&BC card, whilst he was at West Ham United.

Rowdies Press Photos - Derek Smethurst

Derek Smethurst battles with Connecticut Bicentennials' Henry McCully, at Tampa Stadium in 1977.

Signed Cards - 2012 Rowdies Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien's signed 2012 Rowdies card.

Rowdies Press Photos - Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien in action during the recent Exhibition Game against Saint Leo University.
Many thanks to Chris Arnold for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Fury Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Philadelphia Fury played on April 21st, 1979, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies won 2-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Wes McLeod

Wes McLeod in action at Tampa Stadium in 1980.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Frank Worthington 1979 A&BC Card

Frank Worthington's 1979 A&BC card, whilst he was at Bolton Wanderers.

Rowdies Press Photos - Nathan Sacks

Nathan Sacks tangles with Canton Invaders' Art Kramer, in front of the Rowdies bench, during the 1986-87 AISA season, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. 
The Rowdies bench: player/coach Wim Suurbier, Jay White, Tony Frankovich, David Power, Solly Hilton (partly hidden), Peter Roe, Duncan MacEwan, Arsene Auguste, David Dodge, goalkeeper Tim Borer.
Many thanks to Rod Walent for this photo.

Signed Cards - 2012 Rowdies Ogi Perucica

2012 trialist Ogi Perucica's signed Rowdies card.

Rowdies vs. St. Leo University Exhibition Game

Rowdies Blank Saint Leo 4-0

The Rowdies blanked Saint Leo 4-0 Wednesday night at Countryside Sportsplex, presented by United World Soccer, as the Rowdies Rush 2012 Preseason Tour neared its completion. Tampa Bay has not allowed a goal during an impressive run through its exhibition schedule, posting a 5-0-0 record and outscoring its opponents 11-0.
"I was pleased that we kept another clean sheet and that is a credit to Jeff Attinella and Andrew Fontein in net," said Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill. "I was happy that we were finally able to convert some of our chances. I felt like our build-up play, especially in the first half, was very good but unfortunately we were not able to finish with the final execution."
The Rowdies dominated play in the first half with a 18-2 shot advantage. Tampa Bay finally broke through on the scoreboard in the 25th minute after midfielder Takuya Yamada placed a great through ball to forward Mike Ambersley, who fed it to from the right side to an open Tsuyoshi Yoshitake in front of the net. Yoshitake one-timed it from inside the six-yard box and into the net for his first goal of the preseason and a 1-0 Rowdies lead.
The Rowdies continued to dominate possession of the ball in the second half, with the first shot coming in the 55th minute, when Ambersley's shot from the left was saved by Saint Leo goalkeeper John Jones. In the following minute, forward Luke Mulholland had a great chance to get the second goal with a shot from 30 yards, but it was pushed over the bar by Jones for a corner kick.
The Rowdies were awarded a penalty kick when a Saint Leo defender was called for a hand ball. Yamada converted the penalty shot and gave the Rowdies a 2-0 lead in the 83rd minute.
Just a minute later, Yoshitake placed a perfect through ball to second half substitute Matt Clare and the forward powered a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box past the reach of Jones for a 3-0 margin. It marked Clare's second straight game with a goal for the Rowdies.
The Rowdies continued to pressure the Lions’ defense and one minute later were rewarded with their third goal in as many minutes. Clare placed a perfect feed to Mulholland, who tapped it in from inside the six-yard box for his team-leading third goal of the preseason.
"I received a lot of great service from the guys all night long and a lot of space to unleash a few shots," said Mulholland. "I was happy to get the goal at the end of the game after a great assist from Matt. We have started to create more chances and we just need to keep working hard in practice."
The Rowdies closed the match by outshooting the Lions 32-4, while holding them to no shots on goal.
"It was excellent for us to come away with the four goals at the end of the night, the most for us in a game this preseason," said Hill. "It was nice to come away with the victory and I think our overall play was much better than last Saturday night at USF. Before the game, I asked our entire team to be more efficient and to execute correctly when we got the opportunity."


Scoring Summary
Rowdies: Tsuyoshi Yoshitake - 25th minute (assisted by Mike Ambersley)
Rowdies: Takuya Yamada - 83rd minute (penalty kick)
Rowdies: Matt Clare - 84th minute (assisted by Tsuyoshi Yoshitake)
Rowdies: Luke Mulholland - 85th minute (assisted by Matt Clare)

Lineups
Rowdies Lineup: GK Jeff Attinella (Andrew Fontein 62'), D Frankie Sanfilippo (Captain), D Daniel Scott (Matt Clare 45'), D Andres Arango (Draymond Washington 45'), D JP Rodrigues, M Stuart Campbell, M Dan O'Brien, M Takuya Yamada, F Luke Mulholland, F Tsuyoshi Yoshitake, F Mike Ambersley (Thurstan Johnson 62')
Saint Leo Lineup: GK Sean Jones, D Michael Panter, D Joey Lontrato, D Sean Mcfarlane (Captain), D Konstantin Pyankov, M Bruna Da Dsilva, M Kyle Wilson, M Joel Purkiss, M George Martinez, F Aaron Gendreau, F Jesper Otterstedt

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Blizzard Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the Toronto Blizzard, played on April 14th, 1979, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies won 7-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Washington Olivera

Washington Olivera dribbles towards the Nottingham Forest goal, during the 1980 Exhibition Game, at Tampa Stadium.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Glenn Hoddle 1979 A&BC Card

1985 Guest player Glenn Hoddle's 1979 A&BC card, whilst he was at Tottenham Hotspur.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Mirandinha

A recent photo of Brazilian Mirandinha.
Many thanks to Mirandinha for this photo.

Signed Cards - 2012 Rowdies Jose Eduardo Herrera

2012 trialist Jose Eduardo Herrera's signed Rowdies card.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1992 Rowdies Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at USF Soccer Stadium, against the Miami Freedom on June 6th, 1992.
Game postponed due to rain.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Tea Men Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies game against the New England Tea Men, played on April 7th, 1979, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies won 2-0.

Rowdies Press Photos - Washington Olivera

Washington Olivera shoots towards the Nottingham Forest goal, during the 1980 Exhibition Game, at Tampa Stadium.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Clyde Best 1972 A&BC Card

Clyde Best's 1972 A&BC card, whilst he was at West Ham United.

Rowdies Press Photos - 2012 Rowdies Teamphoto

The 2012 Rowdies starting lineup for the Exhibition Game against USF.
Back Row: Draymond Washington, Jeff Attinella, Stuart Campbell, Andres Arango, Matt Clare, Daniel Scott.
Front Row: Takuya Yamada, Shane Hill, Luke Mulholland, Frankie Sanfilippo, Tsuyoshi Yoshitake.

Signed Cards - 2011 Rowdies Mike Ambersley

Mike Ambersley's signed 2011 Rowdies card.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1992 Rowdies Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at USF Soccer Stadium, against the Colorado Foxes on August 14th, 1992.
The Rowdies won this game 3-1.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Rogues Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies opening game against the Memphis Rogues, played on March 31st, 1979, at the Liberty Bowl.
The Rowdies won 2-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Tony McManus

Tony McManus in action against the Montreal Impact at Al Lang Stadium in 2011.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Tommy Smith 1972 A&BC Card

Tommy Smith's 1972 A&BC card, whilst he was at Liverpool.

Rowdies Press Photos - Adam West

2012 trialist Adam West in action during the recent Exhibition Game against the Tampa Spartans.

Signed Cards - 2011 Rowdies Tony McManus

Tony McManus' signed 2011 Rowdies card. Tony is now with the Atlanta Silverbacks.

1975 Maas Brothers Promo Cards - Malcolm Linton


This was a promo card given away by the Mass Brothers shop, about 1975 or 1976.
This one was given to me by Malcolm Linton.
Has anyone got any of the other 1975/1976 players' cards? - Please email me if you have, thanks!!

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies vs. Tea Men Exhibition Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies Exhibition Game against Kalmar of Sweden, played on March 24th, 1979, at the Dunedin High School field.
The Rowdies won 2-0.