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1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season

Tampa Bay Rowdies
1975 indoor season
Owner George W. Strawbridge, Jr.
General Manager Beau Rodgers
Manager Eddie Firmani
StadiumBayfront Center
NASLRegional: Champion
League: Runners-up
Top goalscorer
Doug Wark
(10 goals)
Highest home attendance4,437
(Feb. 14 vs. Diplomats)
Lowest home attendance4,032
(Feb. 16 vs. Comets)
Average home league attendance4,235

The 1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season was the first indoor season of the club's existence. It also marked the first time the expansion Rowdies participated in any North American Soccer League sanctioned competition.

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Intro articles: 3

Original kit

The Rowdies' jersey used during the 1975 indoor season was different than later indoor and outdoor years in that the neckline was merely a cuff rather than the full collar style that became so familiar in all of Tampa Bay's later NASL campaigns.[1][2][3][4] Photographic evidence also indicates that the cuff-style jersey saw limited use during the 1975 outdoor season, but by season's end it disappeared altogether.[5][6][7]

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Original kit articles: 2

Club

Roster

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mike Hewitt  Scotland
1 Goalkeeper Bob Stetler*  United States
2 Defender Farrukh Quraishi  England
3 Defender Alex Pringle  Scotland
4 Midfielder John Boyle (capt.)  Scotland
5 Midfielder Ringo Cantillo  Costa Rica
6 Defender Mike Connell  South Africa
7 Midfielder Bernard Hartze  South Africa
8 Midfielder Randy Garber  United States
9 Defender Lima  Brazil
9 Midfielder Nick Papadakis  Canada
10 Forward Eddie Engerth  United States
11 Forward Doug Wark  United States
12 Forward Bob Isaacson  United States
12 Forward Javier Alvarez  Mexico
13 Midfielder Zygmunt Lezak  Poland
13 Defender John Bluem  United States
15 Forward Eddie Firmani  Italy

*amateur player

Management and technical staff

Honors

Individual honors

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Club articles: 7

Review

In part because of the success of the spring 1974 indoor tour by the Red Army team the NASL decided to hold an indoor tournament of its own.[8] Of the 20 franchises in the league, sixteen participated. Teams were separated into four regional groups of four. The Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, was chosen as one of the Regional venues, with the Rowdies as hosts for Region 3. The San Jose Earthquakes were given the honor of hosting the championship semifinals and finals at the Cow Palace.[9]

Region 3 tournament

The winner of the Region 3 would gain an automatic place in the Championship tournament four weeks later in California. In their first tournament game the Rowdies had no trouble with the Washington Diplomats, winning by a score of 7–2.[10] Two nights later Tampa Bay had a tougher task in coming from behind to defeat the Baltimore Comets, 8–6. Those two victories left the Rowdies tied with the Miami Toros in the standings, however the tie-breaker was goal differential. Tampa Bay's plus-7 goal margin narrowly edged out the Toros’ plus-6, and the Rowdies advanced. Ringo Cantillo was named MVP of the Region, edging out Miami's Nico Bodonczy by one vote.[11]

Regional standings

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 2 0 15 8 +7 4
2 Miami Toros 2 2 0 18 12 +6 4
3 Baltimore Comets 2 0 2 14 19 -5 0
4 Washington Diplomats 2 0 2 6 14 -8 0

Championship tournament

Tampa Bay was paired up with the New York Cosmos in the semifinals, while the other semifinal had San Jose clashing with the Dallas Tornado. Led by Doug Wark’s record six-goal performance, the Rowdies jumped out to an early 3–0 lead, and never looked back, as they dispatched the Cosmos, 13–5, to advance to the final on Sunday.[12]

On March 16, 1975, the Tampa Bay faced a heavily favored San Jose Earthquakes team in the Rowdies first of what would be many championship finals, against. With the score 6–1 at the end of the first period, and 8,618 fans behind them, San Jose showed exactly why they were tabbed to win the tournament. From there the home team cruised to an 8–5 victory. In addition to the Rowdies’ runner-up performance, Doug Wark was named to the All-Tournament squad and was the second leading scorer in the tournament.[13]

Bracket

Semifinals Championship Final
      
R4 San Jose Earthquakes 8
R1 Dallas Tornado 5
R4 San Jose Earthquakes 8
R3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5
R3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 13
R2 New York Cosmos 5

Championship standings

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD
1 San Jose Earthquakes 4 4 0 37 17 +20
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 3 1 33 21 +11
3 Dallas Tornado 4 2 2 14 12 +2
4 New York Cosmos 4 1 3 18 27 -9
5 Miami Toros 2 2 0 18 12 +6

Match reports

February 14, 1975 Regional #1Tampa Bay Rowdies7–2Washington DiplomatsSt. Petersburg, Florida
8:30 PM EST Engerth  10:38'
Engerth  14:55'
Wark  23:30'
Wark  29:33'
Cantillo  36:17'
Cantillo  39:15'
Connell  43:15' (Garber)
Report on p. 5-C DeLeon  23:45'
Diane  35:25'
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 4,437
February 16, 1975 Regional #2Tampa Bay Rowdies8–6Baltimore CometsSt. Petersburg, Florida
8:30 PM EST Quraishi  12:17'26:38'39:12'
Papadakis  14:51'24:49'
Cantillo  40:43'40:46'
Wark  41:59'
Report Scurti  1:24'
Kazmierski  6:12',  31:29'
Wit  12:54'14:28'25:28'
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 4,032
March 14, 1975 SemifinalTampa Bay Rowdies13–5New York CosmosDaly City, California
7:00 PM PDT Cantillo  2:31' (Boyle)
Wark  4:13' (Pringle)
Wark  6:34' (Quraishi)
Wark  13:50'
Wark  14:34' (Hartze)
Lezak  17:22'
Hartze  22:03'
Hartze  22:42' (Cantillo)
Wark  33:03' (Lima)
Hartze  35:34'
Lezak  35:55' (Cantillo)
Lezak  39:35' (Hartze)
Wark  59:35' (Connell)
Report A
Report B
Lamas  10:46' (Mărdărescu)
Mărdărescu  12:07'
Lamas  27:08' (Parades)
Lamas  44:06' (Roth)
Correa  49:36'
Stadium: Cow Palace
Attendance: 9,113
Referee: John Davies
March 16, 1975 FinalSan Jose Earthquakes8–5Tampa Bay RowdiesDaly City, California
9:00 PM PDT Roboostoff  7:10'
Child  9:25' (Gavric)
Roboostoff  14:36' (Child)
Child  16:22' (Welch)
Roboostoff  18:38' (Moore)
Welch  19:38' (Child)
Zaczynski  50:50' (Child)
Child  52:56'
Report A (p. 2C)
Report B
Engerth  9:36' (Lima)
Hartze  25:14' (Quraishi)
Lezak  33:35'
Wark  50:55' (Hartze)
Quraishi  54:56' (Boyle)
Stadium: Cow Palace
Attendance: 8,618
Referee: Henry Landuer

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Review articles: 29

Statistics

Scoring

GP = Games Played, G = Goals (worth 2 points), A = Assists (worth 1 point), Pts = Points

Player GP G A Pts
Doug Wark 4 10 0 20
Ringo Cantillo 4 5 2 12
Bernard Hartze 3 4 3 11
Farrukh Quraishi 4 4 2 10
Zygmunt Lezak 2 4 0 8
Eddie Engerth 3 3 0 6
Nick Papadakis 3 2 0 4
Mike Connell 3 1 1 3
John Boyle 4 0 2 2
Lima 2 0 2 2
Alex Pringle 4 0 1 1
Randy Garber 1 0 1 1
Javier Alvarez - 0 0 0
Bob Isaacson - 0 0 0

Goalkeeping

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; W = Wins; L = Losses

Player GP Min GA GAA W L
Mike Hewitt 4 210 21 5.25 3 1
Bob Stetler 0 0 0 0 0 0

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Statistics articles: 8

Player movement

Since Tampa Bay was a newly formed club, the entire roster was new.

In

No. Pos. Player Transferred From Fee/Notes Date Source
3 DF Alex Pringle Clyde F.C. No details available December 1974 [14][15]
1 GK Mike Hewitt Dundee F.C. Contract purchased from Dundee December 1974 [14][15]
7 MF Bernard Hartze Cape Town Spurs No details available December 17, 1974 [15][16]
2 DF Farrukh Quraishi Oneonta State 1st overall pick of NASL college draft January 18, 1975 [17]
10 FW Eddie Engerth Philadelphia amateur team Former Hartwick College player January 20, 1975 [18]
6 DF Mike Connell Rangers Johannesburg No details available January 20, 1975 [18]
11 DF Doug Wark Rochester Lancers Purchased from Rochester January 27, 1975 [19]
4 DF John Boyle Orient Obtained release after 5-month pursuit February 6, 1975 [20]
9 MF Nick Papadakis none Free agent February 9, 1975 [21]
8 MF Randy Garber Penn State 2nd round of college draft February 9, 1975 [21]
12 FW Bob Isaacson Hartwick College 3rd round of college draft February 9, 1975 [21]
13 DF John Bluem Hartwick College 4th round of college draft February 9, 1975 [21]
12 FW Javier Alvarez St. Petersburg Kickers Free transfer March 11, 1975 [22]
15 FW Eddie Firmani none Added as an emergency player March 11, 1975 [22]
1 GK Bob Stetler East Stroudsburg State No contract, to keep amateur status January 1975 [23]

Out

none

Loan In

No. Pos. Player Loaned From Details Start Source
5 MF Ringo Cantillo Cincinnati Comets Indoor season loan February 9, 1975 [21]
9 MF Lima Club Deportivo Oro Indoor loan with option for transfer March 11, 1975 [22]
13 MF Zygmunt Lezak Polonia NY Indoor loan with option for transfer March 11, 1975 [22]

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Player movement articles: 23

See also

References

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