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1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season

Tampa Bay Rowdies
1979–80 indoor season
Owner George Strawbridge, Jr.
General Manager Chas Serednesky, Jr
Manager Gordon Jago
StadiumBayfront Center
NASLDivision: 2nd
Playoffs: Champions
Top goalscorerLeague:
Petar Baralić (21 goals)

All:
Petar Baralić (23 goals)
Highest home attendance6,243
(Feb. 1 vs. Tea Men)
Lowest home attendance5,262
(Dec. 15 vs. Chiefs)
Average home league attendance5,910

The 1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season was the sixth indoor season of the club's existence.

1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Intro articles: 2

Overview

The 1979–80 indoor season was the Tampa Bay Rowdies' sixth season of existence, and their sixth season of indoor play. As in previous years, all home games were played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.[1] It was the first fully sanctioned indoor season in the North American Soccer League’s history[2] and Tampa Bay lost only once at home.[3] The Rowdies finished second in the Eastern Division, and qualified for the playoffs with an 8–4 record. They won five of six matches in the playoffs en route to winning the Eastern Division crown, the NASL indoor championship, and a 13–5 overall finish.[4] Yugoslavian, Petar Baralić led the club with 21 goals in the regular season, and 23 across all competitions.[5]

Playoffs

The Rowdies completely dismantled Detroit in the first round with a 12–1 victory.[6] In the Eastern Division championship series they swept top-seeded Atlanta, 7–3 and 6–5.[7][8] In the Championship finals Memphis took the first game, by a count of 5–4.[9] Tampa Bay stormed back on the return leg, 10–4, to set up a tiebreaker. Peter Anderson scored the only goal of the deciding mini-game to give the NASL indoor title to the Rowdies.[10] South African, Steve Wegerle led the team in the postseason with 11 goals.[11] While presenting the championship trophy to Rowdies captain Jan van der Veen, NASL commissioner Phil Woosnam said, “It was only fitting, because Tampa Bay was instrumental in the development of indoor soccer.”[12]

1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Overview articles: 10

Club

Roster

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Winston DuBose  United States
2 Goalkeeper Željko Bilecki  Canada
3 Defender John Gorman  Scotland
4 Defender Arsène Auguste  Haiti
5 Midfielder Jan van der Veen (capt.)  Netherlands
6 Defender Mike Connell  South Africa
7 Forward Steve Wegerle  South Africa
8 Midfielder Wes McLeod  Canada
9 Forward Peter Anderson  England
12 Midfielder Perry Van der Beck  United States
13 Forward Doug Wark  Scotland
14 Defender Peter Chandler  United States
15 Midfielder Petar Baralić  Yugoslavia
15 Defender Timothy Collins*  Ireland
16 Defender Farrukh Quraishi  England
18 Defender Sandje Ivanchukov  United States
19 Midfielder Tommy Maurer  United States
20 Forward Óscar Fabbiani  Chile
21 Forward Keith Peacock  England
22 Goalkeeper Kevin Clinton  United States

*trialist player

Management and technical staff

Honors

1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Club articles: 6

Regular season

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind 1st Place, % = Winning Percentage, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Avg Att = Average Home Attendance

Eastern Division W L GB % GF GA Avg Att
Atlanta Chiefs 10 2 .833 70 46 5,069
Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 4 2 .667 75 64 5,910
Detroit Express 7 5 3 .583 70 69 3,937
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3 9 7 .250 58 65 1,724
New England Tea Men 2 10 8 .167 52 81 3,249

Results

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
November 27, 1979 Fort Lauderdale Strikers A 4–6 2,834 Anderson (2), Baralic (2), Van der Veen (2)
December 3, 1979 Atlanta Chiefs A 5–4(OT) 6,144 Baralic (2), McLeod (2)
December 7, 1979 Detroit Express H 11–7 5,910 Van der Veen (4), Wark (3), Auguste, Gorman, Baralic, McLeod
December 15, 1979 Atlanta Chiefs H 6–2 5,262 Baralic (2), Wark, McLeod, Anderson, Quriashi
December 22, 1979 New England Tea Men H 5–4 5,675 Baralic (2), Anderson, Gorman, Connell
December 28, 1979 New England Tea Men A 6–8 3,310 Baralic (2), Wegerle (2), McLeod, Wark, Van der Veen, Anderson
January 2, 1980 Atlanta Chiefs A 3–2 5,425 McLeod (2)
January 12, 1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers H 6–5 6,243 Baralic (2), McLeod (2), Anderson, Gorman
January 22, 1980 Detroit Express A 5–4(OT) 3,787 Fabbiani, Baralic, Wark, Anderson
February 1, 1980 New England Tea Men H 7–6(OT) 6,223 McLeod (3), Baralic (3), Connell
February 6, 1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers A 8–10 1,468 Fabbiani (4), Wegerle (2), Auguste, McLeod, Van der Beck, Baralic
February 10, 1980 Detroit Express H 6–9 6,145 Baralic (3), Fabbiani, Van der Beck, Wegerle

1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Regular season articles: 3

Playoffs

Bracket

First Round
Single game
Division Finals
Best-of-3
Championship Series
Best-of-3
E1 Atlanta Chiefs 3 5 -
E2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 12 x x E2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 6(OT) -
E3 Detroit Express 1 x x E2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 10 1
W1 Memphis Rogues 5 4 0
W1 Memphis Rogues 3 4(OT) 1
W2 Minnesota Kicks 3 x x W2 Minnesota Kicks 6 3 0
W3 Tulsa Roughnecks 2 x x

Results

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
February 19, 1980 Detroit Express H 12–1 4,880 Fabbiani (3), Wegerle (3), McLeod (2), Connell, Baralic, Gorman, Anderson
February 23, 1980 Atlanta Chiefs H 7–3 5,545 Wegerle (4), Fabbiani (2), Gorman
February 25, 1980 Atlanta Chiefs A 5–6(OT) 6,141 McLeod (2), Wegerle (2), Baralic, Quraishi
February 29, 1980 Memphis Rogues (Finals) A 5–4 9,081 Fabbiani (2), Wegerle, Van der Beck
March 2, 1980 Memphis Rogues (Finals) H 10–4 5,545 Van der Beck (2), Connell (2), Fabbiani (2), Anderson (2), Wegerle, McLeod
March 2, 1980 Memphis Rogues (Finals) H 1–0 (Mini-game) Anderson

Playoff scoring

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

Player GP G A Pts
Steve Wegerle 6 11 7 29
Óscar Fabbiani 6 9 9 27
Wes McLeod 6 5 6 16
Peter Anderson 6 4 3 11
Perry Van der Beck 6 3 4 10
Petar Baralić 6 2 5 9
John Gorman 6 2 4 8
Mike Connell 6 3 1 7
Farrukh Quraishi 6 1 1 3
Sandje Ivanchukov 6 0 2 2

1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Playoffs articles: 9

Statistics

Season scoring

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

Player GP G A Pts Pen
Petar Baralić 12 21 10 51 2
Wes McLeod 12 13 12 38 2
Peter Anderson 11 7 11 25 1
Jan van der Veen 8 7 7 21 4
Óscar Fabbiani 4 6 7 19 1
Steve Wegerle 11 5 6 16 2
Doug Wark 8 6 2 14 0
John Gorman 12 3 5 11 2
Mike Connell 11 2 6 10 6
Perry Van der Beck 9 2 2 6 6
Farrukh Quraishi 12 1 4 6 8
Arsène Auguste 12 2 1 5 4
Sandje Ivanchukov 12 0 2 2 0
Željko Bilecki 12 0 2 2 2
Tommy Maurer 6 0 0 0 0
Timothy Collins 5 0 0 0 0
Winston DuBose 1 0 0 0 0
Kevin Clinton 1 0 0 0 0

Season goalkeeping

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

Player GP Min Svs GA GAA W L
Željko Bilecki 12 683 173 54 4.74 8 4
Kevin Clinton 1 30 13 6 12.00 0 0
Winston DuBose 1 15 1 1 4.00 0 0

1979–80 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Statistics articles: 6

Player movement

See also

References

  1. ^ "Indoor Returning, Officially This Time". Evening Independent. September 28, 1979. p. 4-C. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Scheiber, Dave (November 27, 1979). "Rowdies-Strikers indoors". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Scheiber, Dave (February 11, 1980). "Detroit tops Rowdies in a wild one". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Brockman, John (February 26, 1980). "Rowdies Indoor Champions". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 1-C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Brockman, John (February 11, 1980). "Express Roughs Up Rowdies In Season Finale". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 1-C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Beard, Randy (February 20, 1980). "Rowdies Took Sermon To Heart". Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Curtis, Jim (February 24, 1980). "Rowdies Boot Chiefs 7-3". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 1-C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Beard, Randy (February 26, 1980). "Rowdies Didn't Slip". Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Scheiber, Dave (March 1, 1980). "Rowdies fall 5–4, must win Sunday". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Scheiber, Dave (March 3, 1980). "Rowdies slam to No. 1". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  11. ^ Beard, Randy (March 3, 1980). "Rowdies are No. 1". Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "Anderson's goal gives Rowdies Title". Lakeland Ledger. March 3, 1980. p. 1D. Retrieved June 28, 2017.

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