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1998 Mississippi Beach Kings

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Mississippi Beach KingsEastern Indoor Soccer League (1998)

Born: 1998 – The Columbus Comets relocate to Biloxi, MS
Folded: Postseason 1998

Arena: Mississippi Coast Coliseum

Team Colors:

Owners:

EISL Championships: None

 

Biloxi-based indoor soccer team that played a lone season at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in the summer of 1998. The Beach Kings originated in Columbus, Georgia as the Columbus Comets as a founding franchise in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League in 1997. The club shifted to Biloxi prior to the league’s second season.

The Beach Kings went 18-10 under coach Gary Hindley in their lone season of play. They advanced to the EISL’s championship series in late August 1998 where they lost to the Lafayette SwampCats in a two-game sweep.

The EISL went out of business following the 1998 season.

 

Links

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

January 19th, 2018 at 4:04 am

1997-1998 Baton Rouge Bombers

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Baton Rouge BombersEastern Indoor Soccer League (1997-1998)

Born: 1997 – EISL Founding Franchise
Folded: December 31, 1998

Arena: Riverside Centroplex (8,284)

Team Colors:

Owners: Thomas Galloway & D. Wayne Elmore

EISL Championships: None

 

The Baton Rouge Bombers were a minor league indoor soccer team in the short-lived Eastern Indoor Soccer League (1997-1998).  The EISL featured teams in secondary markets with 5,000 to 10,000 seat arenas in the Southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Baton Rouge owners, Thomas Galloway and Wayne Elmore, also owned the Bombers’ in-state rivals, the Lafayette SwampCats.  During the EISL’s first season, the SwampCats finished in first place and the Bombers right behind in second with a 16-8 record.  The clubs met in an all-Louisiana championship game in September 1998, with Lafayette triumphing 12-9.

The following season, the Bombers went 16-12 but fell to the arch-rival SwampCats once again in the playoffs, this time in the semi-final round.

After two seasons of operation, membership in the EISL dropped to just five clubs in the winter of 1998 and the league decided to close its doors on December 31, 1998.

 

Links

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Programs

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1997-1998 Savannah Rug Ratz

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Savannah Rug RatzEastern Indoor Soccer League(1997)

Born: 1997 – EISL founding franchise.
Folded: December 31, 1998

Arena: Savannah Civic Center

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Owners:

EISL Championships: None

 

The Savannah Rug Ratz were a minor league indoor soccer club that existed for two summers in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League in 1997 and 1998.

The first season was wobbly, with the franchise languishing under absentee ownership from Anchorage, Alaska of all places.  The club hiredRoy Turner, a veteran indoor coach, promoter and administrator, who spent more than a decade with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League.  At the time, the Wings (1979-2001) were the longest-running indoor soccer club in the United States.  Turner’s involvement was promising, but little else was.

“I got here five days before the first game and we didn’t even have a telephone”, an obviously frustrated Turner told The Savannah Morning News towards the end of the 1997 season.  By that point the future of the team was in considerable doubt.  The Rug Ratz finished well out of the playoff hunt with a 7-17 record.

The Rug Ratz were saved the following winter when Ken Silver, the long-time owner of Savannah’s minor league baseball team, the Sand Gnats, stepped up to operate the team.  But despite Silver’s local connections and expertise, the Rug Ratz continued to struggle, starting with an embarrassing opening night debacle at the Savannah Civic Center in 1998.  The Ratz earned the dubious distinction of cancelling an indoor soccer game due to wet turf.  A cleaning crew attempted to wash the Savannah Civic Center soccer carpet several hours before game time.  The carpet failed to dry and water seeped to the surface, forming puddles and even causing an injury to Rug Ratz forward Hugh Richeson, who slipped and fell on the soggy surface during pre-game warm-ups.

The Rug Ratz finished their second season in last place with a 6-22 record and last in attendance as well, with announced attendance of 1,747 per game.

Silver was reportedly ready to move forward with a third season, but the EISL folded in late December 1998 after the Huntsville, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida clubs dropped out, leaving the team with only five active members.  Efforts to attract a sixth team to make the 1999 season viable failed, even after the league slashed its expansion fee from $50,000 to just $5,000.  The EISL officially closed its doors on New Year’s Eve 1998.

 

Downloads

June 10, 1998 Savannah Rug Ratz Roster 

 

Links

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

September 27th, 2013 at 1:22 am

1997 Tupelo Hound Dogs

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Tupelo Hound DogsEastern Indoor Soccer League (1997)

Born: 1997 – EISL founding franchise.
Moved: Postseason 1997 (Pensacola Flyers)

Arena: Tupelo Coliseum

Team Colors: Royal Blue & White

Owners: Jack Frazee & Andrew Warner

EISL Championships: None

 

The Tupelo Hound Dogs were a low-level indoor soccer franchise that played a brief two-month schedule from June to August 1997 in the start-up Eastern Indoor Soccer League.  The EISL was based in the Southeastern U.S., with teams in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Hound Dogs finished 12-12 during their only season of play and missed the EISL playoffs.  Following the 1997 season, the club moved to Pensacola, Florida where they were known as the Pensacola Flyers for the EISL’s second and final season in the summer of 1998.

 

Links

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

September 26th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

1997-1998 Lafayette SwampCats

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Lafayette SwampCatsEastern Indoor Soccer League (1997-1998)

Born: 1997 – EISL founding franchise
Folded: Postseason 1998

Arena: Cajundome

Team Colors:

Owners: Thomas Galloway & D. Wayne Elmore

EISL Champions: 1997 & 1998

 

The Lafayette SwampCats were a minor league indoor soccer club in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League.  The EISL brought pro indoor soccer to mid-size markets in the Southeastern United States and played a May-August schedule.  The league folded in late 1998 after only two seasons of existence.

The SwampCats home debut in June 1997 drew an encouraging announced crowd of 9,276 to the Cajundome for the first ever pro indoor soccer match in the state of Louisiana, but the game also exposed the EISL’s low quality of play and lack of parity as the SwampCats trounced their opponents, the Columbus (GA) Comets, 22-0 that evening.

The SwampCats turned out to be the EISL’s alpha club throughout the league’s brief run, finishing first in the regular season both years and winning the league title game in 1997 and again in 1998.   In 1997, the SwampCats defeated their in-state rivals, the Baton Rouge Bombers, 12-9 in the stand-alone championship match.  In August 1998, the SwampCats defeated the Mississippi Beach Kings 10-9 to repeat as champions.  This match proved to be the final EISL game ever played.

 

Downloads

June 8, 1998 Lafayette SwampCats Roster 

 

Links

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Eastern Indoor Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

September 5th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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