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1975-1993 Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Tampa Bay Rowdies 1975North American Soccer League (1975-1984)
American Indoor Soccer Association (1986-1987)
American Soccer League (1988-1989)
American Professional Soccer League (1990-1993)

Born: 1974 – NASL expansion franchise.
Folded: January 31, 1994


  • 1975-1990: Tampa Stadium (71,000)
  • 1991-1992: USF Soccer Stadium
  • 1993: Tampa Stadium


Team Colors: Green, Yellow & White



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Tampa Bay Rowdies Shop

Rowdies Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

Rock n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life & Fast Times of the North American Soccer League by Ian Plenderleith


Tampa Bay Rowdies Memorabilia


Rowdies Video

Rowdies versus Philadelphia Fury at Tampa Stadium. August 25, 1979


In Memoriam

Haitain defender Arsene Auguste (1975-1980) died of a heart attack on March 20th, 1993 at age 42.

Midfielder Glenn Myernick (1983-1984) suffered a heart attack while jogging.  Passed October 9, 2006 at 51 years old.

Defender Sandje Ivanchukov (1978-1980) passed away August 29, 2007 at the age of 47.

English mid Graham Paddon, who came over on loan from Norwich City in 1978, died November 19, 2007 at 57.

Defender Barry Kitchener, who played on loan from Millwall in 1979, died of cancer on March 30, 2012.  Kitchener was 64.

Pedro DeBrito, the 1982 NASL Rookie-of-the-Year with the Rowdies, died at 55 of injuries from a car accident. July 5th, 2014.



North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs


1995-1997 Tampa Bay Terror


Tampa Bay TerrorNational Professional Soccer League (1995-1997)

Born: December 8, 1994 – NPSL expansion franchise
Folded: Postseason 1997

Arena: The Bayfront Center

Team Colors:

Owner: William Collins III



The Tampa Bay Terror (1995-1997) were a dead-on-arrival attempt to relive the glory days of indoor soccer in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area.

From 1979 to 1982 the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League routinely sold out the 5,000-seat Bayfront Center for indoor matches.  By the time William Collins III purchased an expansion franchise in the National Professional Soccer League in December 1994, the glory days of the Rowdies were a distant memory and national interest in indoor soccer had declined steeply.

Collins brought in a top-flight coach in Kenny Cooper, who was also a minority owner of the team.  Cooper had great success as manager of the popular Baltimore Blast club in the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1980 to 1992, winning a title in 1984.  The Terror also went the nostalgia route by signing a popular former Rowdie, Perry Van Der Beck, as a player/assistant coach.

The Terror finished a disappointing 14-26 under Cooper during the winter of 1995-96.  Van Der Beck replaced Cooper as Head Coach for the team’s second and final season in 1996-97.  It didn’t help.  The Terror finished 15-25, but made the playoffs thanks to the NPSL’s generous playoff system.  The Cincinnati Silverbacks eliminated the Terror in the first round of postseason action.

The Terror’s draw at the box office was even more dismal.  The club claimed an average of 1,828 fans per match in 1995-96 and 2,073 in 1996-97.  The figures were among the worst in the NPSL, which averaged over 5,000 fans per game league-wide in those years.

The Terror seemed like an odd distraction for team owner William Collins III.  Collins, a Virginia-based wireless communications executive and former minor league baseball player, was a baseball fanatic.  His great passion was to bring Major League Baseball to Northern Virginia and he lead a decade long (and ultimately fruitless) effort to secure an expansion or relocated franchise for the region.  Collins’ group spent $13 millon on the Major League effort between 1994 and 2004.  During the time Collins owned the Terror, he also owned two minor league baseball clubs – the Greensboro (NC) Bats and the Michigan Battle Cats.

The Terror folded quietly in 1997 after two seasons of play.

The Bayfront Center was demolished in 2004 and is now the site of the Salvador Dali Museum.


==Tampa Bay Terror Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Date Opponent Score Program Other


11/24/1995 vs. Milwaukee Wave ?? Program 



National Professional Soccer League Media Guides

National Professional Soccer League Programs



1971-72 Floridians

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1971-72 Floridians media guide
American Basketball Association media guides
36 pages

This showed up in the post office box this morning.  A media guide from the final season of “The Floridians”, one of the all-time cult classic teams of the American Basketball Association.  The Floridians trekked all over Florida for four seasons between 1968 and 1972, but things didn’t get awesome until Ned Doyle of Manhattan ad agency Doyle, Dane Bernback bought the team in 1970.

Coming off a disappointing 1969-70 campaign, Doyle fired the entire team, keeping only Head Coach Harold Blitman.  “Instead of firing the coach, we fired the team”, the ad guru bragged in a print campaign to promote “The New Floridians”.  Among Doyle’s off-the-court innovations:

  • The Floridian Ballgirls wore hands-down the skimpiest outfits in pro cheerleading history.  At least two were still in high school.  Among other routines, the girls jiggled under the basket to distract Floridians opponents at the free throw stripe.
  • The players also got mod new uniforms.  The new Floridians kit for 1970 had no team name on the front – an innovation in its own right – and futuristic magenta and orange vertical stripes running from waist to shoulder.   In 2004 and again in 2012 the Miami Heat of the NBA have revived the iconic Floridians jerseys for throwback games.  Check here for the Heat’s promotional photo shoot for the 2012 throwback nights.
  • A never ending parade of giveaways and gimmicks sent Floridians fans home with prizes such as 57 pounds of potatoes, 15 pounds of gefilte fish or live turkeys at Thanksgiving.

Despite all the hustling, the team never caught on in Miami or its other occasional Florida homes in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.  Doyle folded the club in June 1972.

Arthur Hundhausen has a terrific retrospective on the Floridians at his website



Written by AC

April 7th, 2012 at 11:14 pm


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