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1985-1990 Edmonton Brickmen

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Edmonton BrickmenWestern Soccer Alliance (1986)
Canadian Soccer League (1987-1990)

Born: 1985
Folded: Postseason 1990

Stadia:

Team Colors:

Owner: Peter Pocklington

Western Soccer Alliance Championships: None
Canadian Soccer League Championships: None

 

In 1981, five Canadian cities enjoyed major league professional soccer, courtesy of the North American Soccer League. The Calgary Boomers, Edmonton Drillers, Montreal Manic, Toronto Blizzard and Vancouver Whitecaps took the field that summer, and also played fast-paced indoor soccer during the winter months. But by the spring of 1985 it was all gone. The clubs peeled away one by one until the NASL itself closed up shop in early 1985.

In July 1985 a small group of former NASL cities on the West Coast staged the Western Soccer Alliance challenge series. The tournament saw clubs from Portland, San Jose, Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia compete against one another and against the Canadian National Team, touring European clubs and a side from Alberta known as the Edmonton Brickmen. When the Western Soccer Alliance put on a more conventional league season in the summer of 1986, the Brickmen joined as a full-fledged member.

Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington owned the Brickmen. Pocklington owned the NASL’s Edmonton Drillers from 1979 to 1982 and lost millions of dollars on that team. Nevertheless, he would make continued forays into pro soccer in Edmonton in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Pocklington backed both the Brickmen and a revived indoor-only version of the Drillers in the mid-1990’s. Veteran sports exec Mel Kowalchuk, who also ran the city’s Edmonton Trappers Class AAA baseball team, headed up the Brickmen front office. Former Driller Ross Ongaro served as head coach.

The Brickmen withdrew from the Western Soccer Alliance in 1987 to join the new Canadian Soccer League. The club was never particularly good. The Brickmen never posted a winning record in four seasons and finished in last place in 1988 and 1990. Edmonton’s best showing was in 1989 when the team advanced to the CSL playoff semi-finals. They were blown out 9-3 in a two-leg series by the eventual champion Vancouver 86ers.

The Brickmen folded after the 1990 season.

 

Edmonton Brickmen Shop

The Puck Talks Here: The Amazing Life & Turbulent Times of Peter Pocklington by Terry McConnell & J’Lyn Nye
(KINDLE Edition)

 

Edmonton Brickmen Memorabilia

 

Links

Western Soccer Alliance Programs

Canadian Soccer League Media Guides

Canadian Soccer League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

January 14th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

1979-1993 Toronto Blizzard

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1979 Toronto Blizzard Media GuideNorth American Soccer League (1979-1984)
Canadian Soccer League (1987-1992)
American Professional Soccer League (1993)

Founded: February 1979 – Re-branded from Toronto Metros-Croatia.
Folded: Postseason 1993

Stadiums:

Arena: Maple Leaf Gardens (16,485)

Team Colors: Red, White & Reflex Blue

Owners:

  • 1979-1981: Global Television Network
  • 1981-????: York-Hanover

NASL Soccer Bowl Championships: None
CSL Championships: None
APSL Championships: None

 

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Toronto Blizzard Shop

Ian Plenderleith’s Definitive Account of “The Short Life & Fast Times of the North American Soccer League

 

Toronto Blizzard Memorabilia

 

Links

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Canadian Soccer League Programs

American Professional Soccer League Programs

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1988-1992 Montreal Supra

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Montreal SupraCanadian Soccer League (1988-1992)

Born: 1988 – CSL expansion franchise
Folded: Postseason 1992

Stadium: Centre Claude Robillard

Team Colors:

Owner: Frank Aliaga

CSL Championships: None

 

F.C. Supra de Montreal was Quebec’s entry in the low-budget Canadian Soccer League during the late 80’s and early 1990’s.

Supra finished in last place in the CSL in each of its first two seasons. The club posted winning records in 1990 and 1991 and made the postseason every year from 1990 through 1992. Supra lost in the opening round of the playoffs each time.

In February 1991, Supra hired former New York Cosmos and Montreal Manic manager Eddie Firmani as Head Coach and General Manager. Firmani won back-to-back Soccer Bowls with the Cosmos in 1977 and 1978 in the NASL. Firmani coached in Iraq in the late 1980’s. Three months before signing with Supra, he was released by Iraq’s Baathist regime after being held captive for several months during the first Gulf War.

The CSL and F.C. Supra both folded after the 1992 season. The Montreal Impact formed at the end of 1992 to fill the void left by Supra’s demise. After two decades of lower division play, Impact founder Joey Saputo secured a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in 2010. The Impact began play in MLS in 2012.

 

Montreal Supra Memorabilia

 

Links

Canadian Soccer League Media Guides

Canadian Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

December 13th, 2015 at 11:10 pm

1988-1989 Ottawa Intrepid

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John Vidovich Ottawa IntrepidCanadian Soccer League (1988-1989)

Born: 1988 – Re-branded from Ottawa Pioneers.
Folded: Postseason 1989

Stadium: Terry Fox Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner: Ottawa Professional Soccer Society (Robert Wilson, President)

 

Ottawa Intrepid was a community-owned pro soccer club that competed for two seasons in the Canadian Soccer League in the late 1980’s.  Intrepid played in tiny Terry Fox Stadium, with a seating capacity of around 2,000.  The franchise was previously known as the Ottawa Pioneers during the Canadian Soccer League’s debut season in 1987.

Intrepid disbanded following the 1989 season. The CSL closed down after six seasons of play in 1992.

 

==Ottawa Intrepid Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1989

1989 5/28/1989 vs. Vancouver 86ers ?? Program
1989 6/7/1989 @ Winnipeg Fury ?? Program

 

==Links==

Canadian Soccer League Media Guides

Canadian Soccer League Programs

 

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Written by AC

August 29th, 2015 at 2:54 pm

1987-2000 Vancouver 86ers

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Vancouver 86ersCanadian Soccer League (1987-1992)
American Professional Soccer League (1993-1996)
A-League (1997-2000)

Born: 1986 – CSL founding franchise.
Re-Branded: October 26, 2000 (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Stadium: Swangard Stadium (6,500)

Team Colors:

  • 1993-????: Red, Black & White

Owners:

 

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==Vancouver 86ers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1987

1987 6/28/1987 vs. Calgary Kickers ?? Program

1988

1988 9/25/1988 vs. Hamilton Steelers W 4-1 Program

1989

1989 5/28/1989 @ Ottawa Intrepid ?? Program
1989 6/4/1989 vs. Calgary Strikers W 7-3 Program

 

 

==In Memoriam==

Former 86ers owner Milan Ilich died of leukemia on June 29, 2011 at age 76.

 

==Links==

Canadian Soccer League Media Guides

Canadian Soccer League Programs

American Professional Soccer League Media Guides

American Professional Soccer League Programs

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