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1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies season

Tampa Bay Rowdies
1975 season
President George W. Strawbridge, Jr.
Manager Eddie Firmani
StadiumTampa Stadium
NASLDivision: 1st
Playoffs: Champions
U.S. Open CupDid not enter
Top goalscorerLeague:
Derek Smethurst (18 goals)

All:
Derek Smethurst (21 goals)
Highest home attendance22,710
(Aug. 16 vs. Miami)
Lowest home attendance5,281
(May 28 vs. Denver)
Average home league attendance12,064

The 1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies season was the first season of the club's existence.

Kit

During the outdoor campaign occasionally a random Rowdies player could be seen wearing the collarless jersey[1] used by all players during the 1975 indoor season earlier in the year, but by season's end the full-collar style that would become so familiar in all of Tampa Bay's later NASL campaigns eventually took over.[2] The striping sequence on the sleeves was also different. Tampa Bay would not wear a cuff-style collar again until the 1986–87 American Indoor Soccer Association season.[3]

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies season articles: 2

Club

Roster

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Paul Hammond  England
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 Defender Malcolm Linton  England
6 Defender Mike Connell  South Africa
7 Midfielder Bernard Hartze  South Africa
8 Midfielder Randy Garber  United States
9 Forward Clyde Best  Bermuda
10 Forward Stewart Scullion  Scotland
11 Forward Doug Wark  Scotland
12 Forward Derek Smethurst  South Africa
13 Defender Stewart Jump  England
14 Forward John Sissons  England
15 Midfielder Mark Lindsay  England
16 Defender John Bluem  United States
17 Forward Eddie Austin  United States
18 Defender Arsène Auguste  Haiti
18 Midfielder Eddie Firmani  Italy

Management and technical staff

Honors

The Rowdies received eight individual honors following the 1975 NASL season.

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies season Club articles: 8

Review

The 1975 North American Soccer League season was the Tampa Bay Rowdies first outdoors. The expansion Rowdies had only recently completed a successful debut in the 1975 indoor tournament, by finishing as runners-up. With Eddie Firmani as coach and John Boyle as team captain, they opened outdoor play by splitting a pair of preseason friendlies versus the San Antonio Thunder.

Tampa Bay's first regular season match was played at Tampa Stadium against the Rochester Lancers before 12,133 paying customers (and another 3,000-plus, who were there for free). Their first ever goal was scored by Derek Smethurst in the opening half. The first goal conceded by the Rowdies occurred at the 27:59 mark when Tommy Ord put one past Tampa Bay goalie Mike Hewitt. The game remained tied 1–1 at the end of 90 minutes. At 3:45 of golden goal overtime, second-half substitute, Alex Pringle, recorded the teams' first ever game-winning goal. The game also saw Firmani (age 41) insert himself into the lineup with about one minute remaining in regulation. This was because several players had been delayed in Europe, causing the Tampa Bay roster to be a bit thin for the match.[4]

The Rowdies success carried on as they went on to record winning streaks of six and seven games during the regular season. Tampa Bay finished the year tied with the Portland Timbers for the best record in the league with a mark of 16–6. The winning ways continued into the playoffs as they did not concede a single goal in any round. They defeated Toronto Metros-Croatia, 1–0, in the quarterfinals. That was followed by a 3–0 dismantling of 1974 league runners-up, and Florida Derby rival, Miami Toros in the semifinal, which sent them into the Soccer Bowl.

The Soccer Bowl '75 championship match featured the two teams with the best records in the NASL, the Rowdies and Portland. Coincidentally both squads were also expansion teams. Behind a stingy defense and a pair of second half goals by Arsène Auguste and Clyde Best, Tampa Bay came away the victors, 2–0. Defender Stewart Jump was named man of the match. This would be the Rowdies only outdoor NASL championship.

1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies season Review articles: 17

Competitions

Friendlies

February 8, 1975 1South Florida Bulls1–3Tampa Bay RowdiesTampa, Florida
12:00 P.M. Report Hartze , Stadium: USF Soccer Stadium
April 11, 1975 2Tampa Bay Rowdies2–1San Antonio ThunderTarpon Springs, Florida
7:30 P.M. Boyle  65'
Smethurst  75'
Report p. 3-C Marotte  89:30' Stadium: Tarpon Springs High School
April 13, 1975 3Tampa Bay Rowdies1–3San Antonio ThunderWinter Park, Florida
1:30 P.M. Forteis  40:32' (o.g.) Report p. 3-C Wolf  9:16' (pen.)
Hylkema  16:35'
Didi  76:10'
Stadium: Sandspur Field
Attendance: 2,000
May 19, 1975 4Hartwick/Oneonta All-Stars1–2Tampa Bay RowdiesOneonta, New York
Napolitano Report Wark  (Lindsay)
Smethurst  (Lindsay)
Stadium: Oneonta State Field
Attendance: 1,000 (est)
December 21, 1975 5USSF All-Stars' Coaches0–1Tampa Bay RowdiesOrlando, Florida
Report Garber  (Mausser) Stadium: Tangerine Bowl
Attendance: 250 (est)

NASL regular season

Division standings

Pos Eastern Division GP W L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 22 16 6 46 27 +19 135 NASL Playoffs
2 Miami Toros 22 14 8 47 30 +17 123
3 Washington Diplomats 22 12 10 42 47 −5 112
4 Philadelphia Atoms 22 10 12 33 42 −9 90
5 Baltimore Comets 22 9 13 34 52 −18 87

Overall League Placing

Pos Club Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 Portland Timbers 22 16 6 43 27 +16 138
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 22 16 6 46 27 +19 135
3 Seattle Sounders 22 15 7 42 28 +14 129
4 Miami Toros 22 14 8 47 30 +17 123
5 Boston Minutemen 22 13 9 41 29 +12 116

Results summaries

Results by round

Match reports

April 26, 1975 1Tampa Bay Rowdies2–1(OT)Rochester LancersTampa, Florida
Smethurst  13:51' (Sissons)
Pringle  93:45'  (Boyle)
Report Ord  27:59' (Jijon) Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 12,133
May 3, 1975 2Tampa Bay Rowdies1–0New York CosmosTampa, Florida
Scullion  7:46' Report Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 8,378
May 9, 1975 3Washington Diplomats3–0Tampa Bay RowdiesWashington, D.C.
Ingram  6:17' (Pillinger)
Horton  16:17' (DeLeon)
Horton  18:52' (Barry)
Report Stadium: Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Attendance: 10,340
May 14, 1975 4Tampa Bay Rowdies3–1Boston MinutemenTampa, Florida
Smethurst  28:55' (Jump)
Best  71:49' (Sissons)
Best  74:44' (Scullion)
Report Wooler  81:28' Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 6,117
Referee: Don DeSalvador
May 17, 1975 5Connecticut Bicentennials1–3Tampa Bay RowdiesNew Haven, Connecticut
Travljanin  78' (H. McCully) Report Smethurst  30'[5]
Boyle  53' (Smethurst)
Best  82' (Quraishi)
Stadium: Yale Bowl
Attendance: 3,410
May 21, 1975 6Baltimore Comets1–2Tampa Bay RowdiesBaltimore, Maryland
Henderson  5:36' (Aqui) Report Boyle  53:56' (Smethurst)
Smethurst  81:15' (Sissons)
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,648
May 28, 1975 7Tampa Bay Rowdies3–2Denver DynamosTampa, Florida
Scullion  3:35' (Sissons)
Ntsoelengoe[6]  42:32' (o.g.)
Scullion  60:21' (Best)
Report Dawes  17:31' (Flater)
Flater  22:28' (Dawes)
Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 5,281
Referee: Larry King
May 31, 1975 8San Antonio Thunder0–4Tampa Bay RowdiesSan Antonio, Texas
Report Smethurst  20:22' (Scullion)
Best  65:55' (Wark)
Garber  70:34'
Hartze  74:58' (Austin)
Stadium: Alamo Stadium
Attendance: 4,619
Referee: Robert Evans
June 6, 1975 9Miami Toros0–1Tampa Bay RowdiesMiami, Florida
Report Smethurst  56:14' (Boyle) Stadium: Miami Orange Bowl
Attendance: 14,259
June 11, 1975 10Tampa Bay Rowdies0–2Miami TorosTampa, Florida
Report David  49:11' (Archibald)
Jordan  79:36' (David)
Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 18,654
Referee: Gino D'Ippolito
June 13, 1975 11Philadelphia Atoms1–2Tampa Bay RowdiesPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
McLaughlin  74:45' (pen.) Report on p. 1-C Best  45:55' (Scullion)
Scullion  84:41'
Stadium: Veterans Stadium
Attendance: 5,819
June 20, 1975 12Dallas Tornado0–0
(4–2 p)
Tampa Bay RowdiesIrving, Texas
Report Stadium: Texas Stadium
Attendance: 4,179
Penalties
Ley
Gore
Moore
Chadwick
Smethurst
Garber
Connell
Boyle
June 21, 1975 13St. Louis Stars1–1
(3–5 p)
Tampa Bay RowdiesSt. Louis, Missouri
Geimer  11:41' (Burnett) Report Smethurst  41:33' (Connell) Stadium: Francis Field
Attendance: 7,731
Penalties
Burnett
Hawley
Matteson
Trost
Smethurst
Pringle
Jump
Connell
Scullion
June 28, 1975 14Tampa Bay Rowdies6–1Baltimore CometsTampa, Florida
Sissons  8:45' (Lindsay)
Scullion  13:25' (Sissons)
Sissons  34:40' (Scullion)
Smethurst  71:50' (Sissons)
Sissons  78:53' (Hartze)
Scullion  79:20' (Best)
Report Henderson  26:59' Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 8,610
July 12, 1975 15Tampa Bay Rowdies4–0Baltimore CometsTampa, Florida
Sissons  (Scullion)
Smethurst  (Boyle)
Smethurst  84:38'
Lindsay  89:20' (Smethurst)
Report Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 13,400
July 19, 1975 16Tampa Bay Rowdies2–1Philadelphia AtomsTampa, Florida
Smethurst  3:33' (Best)
Smethurst  17:26' (Scullion)
Report Bahr  16:32' Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 10,103
July 23, 1975 17Tampa Bay Rowdies5–1Miami TorosTampa, Florida
Best  19:12' (Sissons)
Sissons  57:40' (Scullion)
Connell  66:50'
Smethurst  72:57'
Smethurst  87:35' (Lindsay)
Report David  89:57' Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 11,415
July 26, 1975 18Tampa Bay Rowdies3–1Washington DiplomatsTampa, Florida
Scullion  36:25'
Smethurst  72:51' (Best)
Boyle  85:45'
Report Barry  56:36' (Ingram) Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 11,153
July 29, 1975 19Philadelphia Atoms0–1(OT)Tampa Bay RowdiesPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Report Smethurst  90:56' Stadium: Veterans Stadium
Attendance: 4,517
August 2, 1975 20Washington Diplomats3–1Tampa Bay RowdiesWashington, D.C.
Horton  21:23' (Ingram)
Ingram  27:58' (Barry)
Horton  40:13' (Darrell)
Report Smethurst  5:35' Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 2,415
August 6, 1975 21Tampa Bay Rowdies0–3Chicago StingTampa, Florida
Report Hill  11:54' (Griffiths)
Hill  37:59'
Allen  88:00' (May)
Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 12,761
August 9, 1975 22Toronto Metros-Croatia3–1Tampa Bay RowdiesToronto, Ontario
Vieri  10:30'
Ferreira  69:30' (Polak)
Polak  77:15' (Coyne)
Report Smethurst  11:30' (Best) Stadium: Varsity Stadium
Attendance: 8,248

NASL Playoffs

Bracket

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Soccer Bowl '75
         
W1 Portland Timbers 2
W2 Seattle Sounders 1
W1 Portland Timbers 1
C1 St. Louis Stars 0
C1 St. Louis Stars 1(5)
W3 Los Angeles Aztecs 1(4)
W1 Portland Timbers 0
E1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
E2 Miami Toros 2
N1 Boston Minutemen 1
E2 Miami Toros 0
E1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3
N2 Toronto Metros-Croatia 0
E1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1

Match reports

August 13, 1975 QuarterfinalsTampa Bay Rowdies1–0Toronto Metros-CroatiaTampa, Florida
Best  49:42' (Lindsay) Report Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 16,111
August 16, 1975 SemifinalsTampa Bay Rowdies3–0Miami TorosTampa, Florida
Scullion  54:33' (Best)
Smethurst  66:58' (Sissons)
Boyle  88:40' (Sissons)
Report Stadium: Tampa Stadium
Attendance: 22,710
August 24, 1975 Soccer Bowl '75Tampa Bay Rowdies2–0Portland TimbersSan Jose, California
Auguste  66:00' (Smethurst)
Best  87:40'
Report Stadium: Spartan Stadium
Attendance: 17,009

Statistics

Player movement

References

  1. ^ http://www.nasljerseys.com/images/Rowdies/Rowdies_75_Home_Qarashi,_Eddie_Engerth,_Dips.jpg
  2. ^ http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_axffduAi2BA/SXeH69KY77I/AAAAAAAAB2A/G-nKzp_t5sI/s1600-h/Derek+Smethurst,+Doug+Wark+vs+Cosmos+1975.JPG
  3. ^ http://www.nasljerseys.com/images/2015/Rowdies_86-87_Road_Team.jpg
  4. ^ Austin, Jim (April 28, 1975). "Fans Rally For Rowdies". Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  5. ^ "Boyle Selected Rowdie of Week". St. Petersburg Times. May 20, 1975. p. 7-C. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  6. ^ Austin, Jim (May 29, 1975). "Tampa Rains On Denver". Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved 2016-04-27.