Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Winston DuBose is beaten during an indoor game, at the Bayfront Centre in 1982.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1980 Durban City Teamphoto

A 1980 team photo of South African side Durban City, showing former Rowdie Neill Roberts on the back row.

Rowdies Press Photos - Jurgen Stars

Jurgen Stars in action, during a training session in 1981.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell stops Atlanta Chiefs' Keith Furphy, with a well placed foot, during the 6-0 win at Tampa Stadium, in 1980.

Rowdies Press Photos - Farrukh Quraishi and Stewart Jump

Farrukh Quraishi and Stewart Jump, watch as New York Cosmos' Pele attempts an overhead kick, during the 1977 game at Giants Stadium.

Rowdies vs. FC Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada — Lance Laing’s 64th minute goal lifted FC Edmonton over the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Laing played a quick give-and-go with Neil Hlavaty just across the midfield line, with Laing taking a few dribbles before shooting past Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens from about 15 yards out on the left side of the box.
"It's a lapse in concentration on our part," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "Credit goes to Laing for exploiting that moment and being clinical with his finish. Unless we score goals, we're always vulnerable to concede goals and then get nothing. Today was another situation whereby we had more than enough opportunities to score a goal. Whether it would have been enough to win or they would have reacted, I can't say. At the moment, when we can't score, teams make us pay."
The Rowdies’ Keith Savage had the first great scoring chance of the match in just the fourth minute, volleying a ball toward John Smits in Edmonton’s net, but his shot went just over the crossbar before dipping down.
The match started to settle down a bit after that, with the Rowdies starting to establish a bit more possession as the half progressed.
Edmonton’s first chance came in the 20th minute with Horace James eyed up a shot from a sharp angle on the right side, but his effort went untouched all the way out for a Rowdies throw-in.
Blake Wagner had a brilliant scoring chance in the 26th minute when Eddies right back Beto Navarro misplayed a ball and allowed Wagner to race in on goal unopposed. His attempted chip over Smits wasn’t high enough and was pushed out for a corner kick.
Edmonton ended the first half well, with Tomi Ameobi finding space for a shot in the right channel, which was saved well by Matt Pickens. The rebound went directly to Lance Laing on the opposite side, but his effort went wide of net on the stroke of halftime.
The Rowdies controlled much of the second half, including a 59th minute shot by Shane Hill that was saved by Eddies goalkeeper John Smits. Smits had four saves on the afternoon.
Laing’s goal in the 64th minute put a little urgency into the Rowdies’ effort with forwards Brian Shriver and Luciano Olguin entering the match in the 66th minute. It was Olguin’s first appearance in an NASL match for the Rowdies.
The two fresh players nearly combined for a goal in the 69th minute, with Shriver taking a free kick from the right that nearly found Olguin at the back post for a tap-in. It was headed clear at the last moment by an Edmonton defender.
Rowdies coach Ricky Hill made his final substitution in the 74th minute, inserting Lucky Mkosana for Blake Wagner as the Rowdies chased a goal.
Olguin nearly scored the equalizer just before stoppage time, but Smits was in the right spot at the right time to make the save and preserve the Eddies lead.
An extra time free kick by the Rowdies was sent into the wall shortly before the referee blew the final whistle.

Scoring Summary:
FC Edmonton - Lance Laing - 64th minute (Assisted by Neil Hlavaty)

FC Edmonton: Smits; Navarro, Watson, Roberts, Moses; James, Hlavaty, Edward (Blanco 77'), Laing (Mirabelli 86'); Burt (Boakai 79'); Ameobi
Rowdies: Pickens; Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (C), Wallace; Savage (Shriver 66'), Hill, Russell, Wagner (Mkosana 74'); Hristov, Walker (Olguin 66')

Sunday, 14 September 2014

1983 McDonald's Promo Cards

Peter Nogly 1983 McDonalds Promo card.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, played at Lockhart Stadium on August 2nd.
Back row (L to R): Frankie Sanfilippo, Matt Pickens, Blake Wagner, Tamika Mkandawire, JP Rodrigues, Anthony Wallace.
Front row (L to R): Daryl Russell, Lucky Mkosana, Casey Townsend, Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov.

Rowdies Press Photos - David Mehmet

David Mehmet gives chase to Vancouver Whitecaps' Peter Beardsley, at Tampa Stadium in 1981. The Rowdies won the game 4-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Washington Olivera

Washington Olivera holds off San Diego Sockers' Julie Veee, during the 1980 Playoff Game, in which the Rowdies lost 2-6.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell closely marks San Diego Sockers' Ade Cocker, during the NASL Conference Championship Game in San Diego. The Sockers won 0-1.

Rowdies vs. Ottawa Fury FC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies fell 2-0 to Ottawa Fury FC on a frustrating Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium.
The Rowdies’ ultra-offensive lineup pressured Ottawa goalkeeper Romuald Peiser for much of the night, but couldn’t find a way onto the scoresheet. Oliver’s 25th minute goal and Sinisa Ubiparipovic’s stoppage time insurance goal earned all three points for Ottawa.
“At this stage of the season, with the limited number of games that we have (left,) every point is vital,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “Congratulations to Ottawa. They were very organized and solid in what they wanted to do and they were very disciplined as a team.”
Despite the loss, the Rowdies remain in third place in the NASL Fall Season Standings, level on 16 points with the New York Cosmos, but with a game in hand. The Rowdies are five points behind first-place Minnesota United FC. In the NASL Combined Standings, the Rowdies are one point behind the Carolina RailHawks for fourth place and a spot in The Championship, but have played one fewer match.
Lucky Mkosana entered the starting lineup for the first time since August 2 as Hill fielded a forward-thinking starting XI. Mkosana played down the left wing, opposite Evans Frimpong on the right.
Both sides started the match poorly, but it was the visitors that struck first, with Nicki Paterson serving in a cross from the left wing that found Oliver’s head at the back post. Oliver thundered his header past Pickens and into the net for a 1-0 Fury lead in the 25th minute.
As the half progressed, the Rowdies started to play themselves into the match, with Brian Shriver and Georgi Hristov combining well in the final third. Tampa Bay pressured Romuald Peiser in Ottawa’s net, but the Rowdies were unable to find the equalizer before halftime.
“In the first half, we created a few good looks,” Hill said. “Our conviction in front of goal needs to be a lot better. You can never fault players for missing goals, but you have to believe you’re going to score, first and foremost. That’s half the battle. Tonight, although we huffed and puffed and created a number of looks at the goal, and on another occasion, we warranted more than a goal, it didn’t happen. We have to ensure as a team that we don’t get scored against.”
The second half was more of the same as the Rowdies pushed forward in search of a goal.
In the 50th minute, midfielder Darel Russell slid a pass through Ottawa’s defense, finding Brian Shriver as he looped around an Ottawa defender, but his shot was just wide of net.
Shriver blasted a shot on goal in the 62nd minute, but Peiser made one of his seven saves on the night to preserve Ottawa’s lead.
Ricky Hill adjusted his lineup in the 68th minute, sending Ricardo Morris and Casey Townsend into the match to try and grab the equalizing goal. Those two connected just four minutes later, with Townsend heading a ball down for Morris in front of net, but Morris’ first-time effort rolled wide of Peiser’s left-hand post.
Morris was at the center of the Rowdies attack once again in the 76th minute, feeding Hristov in toward net, but Peiser abandoned his line quickly and scooped the ball up off the penalty spot.
Amani Walker was inserted into Tampa Bay’s attack in the 83rd minute as the Rowdies desperately pushed to salvage a result.
With the match stretched out, Ottawa’s Sinisa Ubiparipovic raced past the Rowdies defense and fired past Matt Pickens to give Fury FC a 2-0 lead in stoppage time.

Scoring Summary:
Ottawa: Oliver - 25th minute (Assisted by Ramon Soria)
Ottawa: Sinisa Ubiparipovic - 90+' minute (Assisted by Vini Dantas)

Rowdies: Pickens; Willie Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (c), Wallace; Frimpong (Townsend 68'), Hill, Russell, Mkosana (Morris 68'); Shriver (Walker 83'), Hristov
Ottawa Fury FC: Peiser; Beckie, Jarun (Davies 46'), Trafford, RSoria; Donatelli, Ryan (c), Paterson; Oliver (Ubiparipovic 71'), Heinemann (Dantas 85'), Mayard

Monday, 8 September 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Florida Suncoast Soccer League All-Stars Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 game against the FSSL All-Stars played on August 1st, 1982, at the Jesuit Stadium.
The Rowdies II won 3-0.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the Exhibition Game against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, played at Al Lang Stadium on July 4th.
Back row (L to R): Ricardo Morris, Takuya Yamada, JP Rodrigues, Keith Savage, Cody Mizell, Carl Cort.
Front row (L to R): Evans Frimpong, Anthony Wallace, Casey Townsend, Daryl Russell, Willie Hunt.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rowdies Goal Celebration

Tatu, Manny Rojas and Gregg Thompson celebrate Luis Fernando's goal, at Tampa Stadium in 1983.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rowdies II Action

Rowdies II in action against Tampa Arsenal, in 1982

Rowdies Press Photos - Rowdies vs. Cosmos Scuffle

Wes McLeod and Jan Van Der Veen step in as peacekeepers, whilst Oscar Fabbiani picks himself up, during the game against the New York Cosmos at Tampa Stadium in 1980.

Rowdies vs. Minnesota United FC

BLAINE, Minn. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies earned a point at the National Sports Center Stadium on Saturday night, drawing 1-1 with the NASL Spring Champions, Minnesota United FC.
Christian Ramirez put the Loons ahead early in the first half, but Georgi Hristov’s 70th minute goal pulled the Rowdies even. A hectic finish saw both teams take a shot at earning all three points, but the match ended 1-1.
"We are happy with a point," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "Minnesota had a number of opportunities which they didn’t capitalize on. Credit to our guys for sticking into the game and earning their point."
Ramirez’s league-leading 14th NASL goal — which he converted from the penalty spot in the 14th minute — gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead at halftime. The penalty kick was awarded when Daniel Mendes was judged to have been fouled just inside the 18-yard box. Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens correctly dove to his right-hand side, but could not prevent the goal.
Minnesota dominated much of the possession for the first half, but the Loons were unable to capitalize, sending their shots wide of frame.
"In the first half, we were a little tentative for some reason and defended a little bit too deep," Hill said. "Obviously, the goal was self-inflicted."
Tampa Bay started to find its footing later in the half, but did not really test Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel.
The Rowdies arguably had the better chances in the second half, holding the ball and passing much better in the second frame than in the first. Still, the Rowdies couldn’t find the cutting edge for the early stages of the second half, not really challenging Van Oekel.
Rowdies coach Ricky Hill started to make his substitutions just after the hour mark, inserting both Amani Walker and Lucky Mkosana in the 62nd minute.
It didn’t take long for those substitutions to positively change the match
Mkosana showed clever footwork with the ball on left wing, beating a few defenders before passing to Hristov, who finished from a sharp angle past Van Oekel and into the net for the game-tying goal.
As the clock moved toward fulltime, the match stretched out as both teams desperately worked for a winner.
In the 79th minute, Walker raced one-on-one toward Van Oekel, but Minnesota defender Cristiano Dias made a sliding tackle to poke the ball away at the last moment.
Four minutes later, Shane Hill tried his luck from well outside the box, drilling a ball first-time that forced Van Oekel to make a diving save.
"The second half performance was more like us, in regards to the tempo that we played and the commitment that we showed," Ricky Hill said. 
At the other end, in the 84th minute, Simone Bracalello and Miguel Ibarra has consecutive shots blocked inside the Rowdies’ defensive box.
Both Ibarra and Walker had shots at a game-winning goal for their respective teams in stoppage time, but neither could convert, with the final whistle ending the match and earning each team a hard-fought point. 

Scoring Summary:
Minnesota: Christian Ramirez - 14th minute (Penalty Kick)
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov - 70th minute (Assisted by Lucky Mkosana)

Minnesota United FC: VanOekel; Davis, Dias, Calvano, Venegas; Mendes, Pitchkolan (C), Vicentini, Jordan (Watson 77'); Ibarra, Ramirez (Bracalello 81')
Rowdies: Pickens; Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (C), Wallace; Frimpong (Mkosana 62'), Yamada, Hill, Savage (Walker 62'); Hristov, Shriver (Morris 69')

Monday, 1 September 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Carolina Lightnin' Exhibition Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 Exhibition Game against the Carolina Lightnin' played on July 22nd, 1982, at the Memotial Stadium.
The Rowdies II lost 3-4.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against Minnesota United FC, played at Al Lang Stadium on June 7th.
Back row (L to R): Kyle Clinton, JP Rodrigues, Casey Townsend, Cody Mizell, Blake Wagner, Daryl Russell.
Front row (L to R): Shane Hill, Frankie Sanfilippo, Lucky Mkosana, Georgi Hristov, Anthony Wallace.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell and Wes McLeod

Mike Connell and Wes McLeod watch, as Atlantic Chiefs' and future Rowdie David Byrne, slips during the NASL Indoor Eastern Divisional Playoff Game, in which the Rowdies won 6-5.

Rowdies Press Photos - Graham Paddon

Graham Paddon closed down New York Cosmos' Carlos Albert, at Giants Stadium in 1978. Watched by Mike Connell and Jim Fleeting.

Rowdies Press Photos - Lenny Glover

Lenny Glover, 2nd from the left, does laps at The Valley, whilst with Charlton Athletic. With Jack Kennedy, Roy Matthews and Brian Kinsey in 1965.
Many thanks to David Hoebarth for this photo.

Rowdies vs. Ottawa Fury FC

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada — The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ first visit to Ottawa Fury FC’s impressive new TD Place stadium couldn’t have gone much better, with the Rowdies notching a 2-0 win on the road.
Brian Shriver and Darel Russell each got on the scoresheet as the Rowdies picked up their third win in four weeks. It was the Rowdies’ second clean sheet of the season.
“We’re delighted with the victory and extra delighted to get the clean sheet,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “We haven’t had many of those, so props to the guys for doing that. I thought some of our play tonight was excellent overall and I’m happy with the performance.”
After a well-balanced first 28 minutes, Brian Shriver tapped home the opening goal. Georgi Hristov dribbled the ball to the endline and created enough space for himself to slide a pass to Shriver, who first-timed toward the far post and into the net.
“Once Georgi got to the endline and started dribbling toward goal, instead of making a run in, I kind of popped back out to give him something to pass to,” Shriver said. “He played a good ball, nice and crisp into me. I just tried to flick it toward goal and it got over the keeper and in.”
It was Shriver’s second goal of the season and first since April 19.
“It felt so good, because it’s been a long time for me,” Shriver said. “It’s my first goal since getting hurt and hopefully it’ll start a little bit of form for me. It’s a relief and I’m glad I could help the team.”
In the 41st minute, Darel Russell doubled the Rowdies’ lead with a laser from well outside the box past Ottawa goalkeeper Romuald Peiser and into the top corner of the net.
Ottawa created moments of danger in the opening 45 minutes, but could not manage to capitalize on any, sending the match into the locker room at 2-0.
Neither side scored in the second 45 minutes, though Ottawa had the better chances. The Fury’s Tom Heinemann did appear to pull a goal back in the 70th minute, but the play was whistled offside.
Georgi Hristov had a shot saved at point-blank range by Peiser just before stoppage time, but the match ended 2-0.
Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill a few changes to his starting lineup, with Willie Hunt and Evans Frimpong entering the first team. Club captain Frankie Sanfilippo did not make the trip to Ottawa after sustaining a knock in training Thursday, with Hunt replacing him as right back. Evans Frimpong started the match on the right side of midfield, with Shriver moving to the forward line. Centerback Tamika Mkandawire wore the captain’s armband in Sanfilippo’s absence.

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies: Brian Shriver - 29th minute (Assisted by Georgi Hristov)
Rowdies: Darel Russell - 41st minute (Assisted by Shane Hill)

Ottawa Fury: Peiser; Davies, Eustaquio, Trafford, Soria (Mayard 82'); Donatelli, Ryan (Captain), Ubiparipovic (Oliver 46'); Paterson (Dantas 57'), Heinemann, Haworth
Rowdies: Pickens; Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (Captain), Wallace; Frimpong (Wagner 82'), Hill, Russell, Savage (Mkosana 90'); Shriver (Townsend 73'), Hristov