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This article is about the original Tampa Bay Rowdies. For the current team, see Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies were an American professional soccer team based in Tampa, Florida, that competed in the original North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1975 to 1984. They enjoyed broad popular support in the Tampa Bay area until the NASL folded in 1984, after which the team played in various minor indoor and outdoor leagues before finally folding on January 31, 1994. The Rowdies played nearly all of their outdoor home games at Tampa Stadium and nearly all of their indoor games at the Bayfront Center Arena in nearby St. Petersburg, Florida. Although San Diego played indoors until 1996, the Rowdies were the last surviving NASL franchise that played outdoor soccer on a regular basis.

Tampa Bay Rowdies
Full nameTampa Bay Rowdies
Nickname(s)Rowdies
FoundedJune 19, 1974
DissolvedJanuary 31, 1994; 28 years ago (January 31, 1994)
StadiumOutdoor:
Tampa Stadium (71,000)
USF Soccer Stadium (4,000)
Indoor:
Bayfront Center (6,410)
Expo Hall (9,200)
Lakeland Civic Center (8,178)
OwnerGeorge W. Strawbridge, Jr. (1974–1983)
Stella Thayer, Bob Blanchard & Dick Corbett (1983–1986)
Cornelia Corbett (1986–1994)
ChairmanBeau Rogers, IV
Chas Serednesky, Jr
CoachEddie Firmani (1975–1977)
John Boyle (1977)
Gordon Jago (1978–1982)
Al Miller (1982–83)
Rodney Marsh (1984)
LeagueNorth American Soccer League (1975–1984)
American Indoor Soccer Association (1986–1987)
American Soccer League (1988–1989)
American Professional Soccer League (1990–1993)

Contents

On June 19, 1974 George Strawbridge and Beau Rogers, IV purchased an expansion franchise in North American Soccer League for the sum of $25,000 and by July 24 they named Eddie Firmani their coach. In October 1974, Alex Pringle becomes the first player to sign with the team. On November 21, 1974, the Tampa Bay Professional Soccer Club announced that they would henceforth be known as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies played ten seasons at Tampa Stadium and won their only Soccer Bowl championship in their 1975 inaugural season, defeating the Portland Timbers 2–0 on August 24. The Rowdies also finished as runners-up in 1978 and 1979. The team showcased international stars such as midfielder, and team captain Rodney Marsh (England), 1979 league scoring leader Óscar Fabbiani (Chile), swift and forward Steve Wegerle (South Africa), rock-solid defenseman Arsene Auguste (Haiti), 1976 NASL goal scoring champion Derek Smethurst (South Africa), who was also the franchise's all-time leading goal scorer with 57 tallies in 65 games, as well as forward Clyde Best (Bermuda). Coached along the way by Firmani, John Boyle, Gordon Jago, Al Miller, and Marsh after his retirement, their catch phrase and marketing slogan was "The Rowdies arrrre...a kick in the grass!"

While no NASL team ever captured a treble, in 1975–76 Tampa Bay came the closest by winning the three different NASL titles available at the time (Soccer Bowl '75, 1976 Indoor Title, 1976 Regular Season title) in succession within twelve months. On and off the pitch, the Rowdies would prove to be one of the league's most recognizable brands. At one three-year point in their history, the team regularly drew crowds of well over 25,000 a night. In 1979 three different matches were attended by over 40,000 people, and the following year two more surpassed the 50,000 mark. The Rowdies had long-standing rivalries with both the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and the New York Cosmos.

Following the 1981 season the Dallas Tornado merged with Tampa Bay. At the time, Dallas principals Lamar Hunt and Bill McNutt retained a minority stake in the Rowdies. Two years later after the 1983 season, Strawbidge, Hunt and McNutt sold the team outright to local investors Stella Thayer, Bob Blanchard and Dick Corbett.

Year-by-year

Year Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs Leading Goal Scorers Avg Attend.
1975 16–6 1st, Eastern Division NASL Champions (3-0) Derek Smethurst-18, Stewart Scullion-7 10,728
1976 18–6 1st, Eastern Division, Atlantic Conference Atlantic Conf. Championship (1-1) Derek Smethurst-20, Rodney Marsh-11, Stewart Scullion-10 16,452
1977 14–12 3rd, Eastern Division, Atlantic Conference Divisional Playoffs (0-1) Derek Smethurst-19, Rodney Marsh-8, David Robb-8 19,491
1978 18–12 1st, Eastern Division, American Conference Runners-up (4-3) Rodney Marsh-18, David Robb-16, Steve Wegerle-7 18,123
1979 19–11 1st, Eastern Division, American Conference Runners-up (6-2) Óscar Fabbiani-25, Rodney Marsh-11, Petar Baralić-9 27,650
1980 19–13 1st, Eastern Division, American Conference American Conf. Semifinals (3-2) Oscar Fabbiani-13, Neill Roberts-10, Steve Wegerle-9 28,345
1981 15–17 4th, Southern Division Quarterfinals (3-2) Frank Worthington-11, Luís Fernando-9, David Moss-9 22,299
1982 12–20 3rd, Southern Division Did Not Qualify Luís Fernando-16, Tatu-7 22,532
1983 7–23 3rd, Southern Division Did Not Qualify Tatu-12, Manny Rojas-8 18,507
1984 9–15 4th, Eastern Division Did Not Qualify Roy Wegerle-9, Neill Roberts-9, Wes McLeod-7 10,932

Home Attendance Records

Year Attendance Opponent
1980 56,389 California
1980 54,247 New York
1981 48,355 San Diego
1979 45,888 Rochester
1977 45,288 Cosmos
1976 42,611 New York
1978 41,888 Cosmos
1977 41,680 Zenit Leningrad
1979 41,102 Ft. Lauderdale
1979 40,701 New York
1980 40,368 Ft. Lauderdale
1982 40,098 Jacksonville
1979 38,766 San Diego*
1978 37,249 Ft. Lauderdale*

*playoff game

NASL Indoor Soccer

In the winter of 1975, the NASL ran a two-tiered, 16 team indoor tournament with four regional winners meeting in a "final-four" style championship. The Rowdies defeated the New York Cosmos 13–5 in the semi-final, before losing 8–5 to the host San Jose Earthquakes in the finals on March 16 at the Cow Palace. The Rowdies again reached the final-four in 1976, but that year were the host team. This time Tampa Bay would not be denied, as they followed up a 6–2 semi-final win over Dallas with a 6–4 finals triumph over the Rochester Lancers on March 27 in the Bayfront Center. Over the next few years, the Rowdies (and a handful of other NASL teams) played indoor friendlies and invitationals as preparation for the start of the outdoor season. The NASL did not sanction a full indoor season until 1979–80, when the Rowdies won the championship by defeating the Memphis Rogues 2 games to 1. The 1980–81 campaign marked the first time Tampa Bay had ever missed the playoffs, indoor or outdoor. In the 1981–82 season they lost the finals to the San Diego Sockers 2 games to 0. Once again the NASL chose not to sanction a full indoor season in 1982–83, but (in addition to a few friendlies) Tampa Bay and three other teams participated in the Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer. The Rowdies finished second in the round-robin stage and subsequently went on to defeat Montreal for the championship in a double overtime thriller at the Montreal Forum; 5–4. The final NASL indoor season took place in 1983–84 and the Rowdies finished last out of the seven teams. Due to scheduling issues that season, the Rowdies played five games at the Bayfront Center, eight at the State Fairgrounds' Expo Hall in Tampa, and three in the Lakeland Civic Center. Tampa Bay regularly drew home crowds of over five thousand "fannies" to the Bayfront Center, despite the arena's limited seating capacity and relatively remote location.

Indoor Year Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs Leading Goal Scorers Avg Attend.
1975 3–1 1st, Region 3 (2–0) Runners-up (1–1) Doug Wark-10, Cantillo-5, Hartze-4 4,235
1976 5–0 1st, Eastern Region (2–0) NASL Champions (2–0) Clyde Best-11, Scullion-6, Smethurst-4, Marsh-4 5,458
1977 1–1 (friendlies only) none Derek Smethurst-5, Marsh-4, S. Wegerle-3 5,685
1978 6–2 (friendlies only) none Smethurst-14, Fink-10 Marsh-9, McLeod-8 5,901
1979 3–2 2nd, Budweiser Invitational (2–0) Invitational Runners-up Mirandinha-5, S. Wegerle-5, Marsh-4 6,181
1979–80 8–4 2nd, Eastern Division NASL Champions (5–1) Peter Baralić-21, McLeod-13, P. Anderson-7 5,712
1980–81 9–9 2nd, Eastern Division Did not qualify Óscar Fabbiani-31, S. Wegerle-25, McLeod-21 5,175
1981–82 11–7 2nd, Cent. Division, American Conf. Runners-up (4–4) Tatu-21, Zequinha-19, McLeod-15, Pesa-15 5,372
1983 10–2 2nd, in Grand Prix preliminaries (4–2) Grand Prix Champions (2–0) Hugo Pérez-12, Tatu-12, Karpun-11, McLeod-8 4,771
1983–84 9–23 7th Did not qualify Tatu-49, Peter Roe-22, Van der Beck-18 2,334

Indoor Home Attendance Records

Year Attendance Opponent
1978 6,410 Washington
1978 6,410 Minnesota
1978 6,399 Dallas
1978 6,384 Tulsa
1977 6,354 Zenit Leningrad
1979 6,342 Fort Lauderdale
1979 6,338 Tulsa
1982 6,325 San Diego*
1980 6,243 Fort Lauderdale
1980 6,200 New England
1980 6,145 Detroit
1980 6,141 Atlanta*
1979 6,040 Dynamo Moscow
1979 6,002 Houston

*playoff game

Players, coaches, and honors – NASL era

Honors

NASL Championships (1)

NASL Indoor Championships (3)

Regular Season Premiership (1)

  • 1976 (18–6 -154 points)
  • runner-up: 1975

Division Titles (6)

  • 1975 Eastern Division
  • 1976 Eastern Division, Atlantic Conference
  • 1978 Eastern Division, American Conference
  • 1979 Eastern Division, American Conference
  • 1980 Eastern Division, American Conference
  • 1979–80 Eastern Division Playoffs (indoor)

Conference Titles (3)

  • 1978 American Conference
  • 1979 American Conference
  • 1981–82 Atlantic Conference (indoor)

Regional Titles (2)

  • 1975 Indoor Region 3
  • 1976 Indoor East Region

League Scoring Champion

League Goal Scoring Champion

Indoor Grand Prix Assists Leader

Finals MVP

Regionals MVP

Coach of the Year

Rookie of the Year

North American Player of the Year

FIFA World Cup players


NASL All-time Leaders

All-Star First Team Selections

All-Star Second Team Selections

All-Star Honorable Mentions

Indoor All-Stars

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame members

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame members

Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame members

Other National Halls of Fame

Head coaches

Coach Tenure League Cup^ Indoor Indoor Cup^ Totals*
Eddie Firmani 1977–1984 41–15 3–1 4–0 3–1 51–17
Lenny Glover (interim) 1977 0–1 0–1
John Boyle 1977 7–8 0–1 7–9
Gordon Jago 1978–1982 81–56 17–9 28–20 11–5 137–90
Kevin Keelan (interim) 1982 0–1 0–1
Al Miller 1982–1983 9–30 0–0 4–2 2–0 15–32
Rodney Marsh 1983–1984 9–15 9–23 18–38

*Excludes friendlies. ^Cup includes playoff games and mini-games.

Team captains

Captain Outdoor seasons Indoor seasons
John Boyle 1975 1975
Derek Smethurst - 1976
Rodney Marsh 1976, 1978, 1979 1978, 1979
Tommy Smith 1976 -
Alex Pringle - 1977
Lenny Glover 1977 -
Jan van der Veen 1978, 1981 1979–80, 1980–81
Mike Connell 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 1981–82, 1983–84
Wes McLeod - *1983

*due to Connell injury

Most appearances in club history

*Excludes friendlies and indoor matches. ^Includes playoff games.

Player Total Apps* League Cup^ Tenure Leagues
Mike Connell 277 252 25 1975, 1977–1984 NASL
Wes McLeod 211 188 23 1977–1984 NASL
Steve Wegerle 210 188 22 1977–1981, 1984, 1988–1990 NASL, ASL, APSL
Perry Van der Beck 190 171 19 1978–1982, 1984, 1989–1993 NASL, ASL, APSL
Winston DuBose 165 147 18 1977–1982, 1988–1991 NASL, ASL, APSL
Refik Kozić 134 125 9 1980–1984 NASL
John Gorman 128 111 17 1979–1982 NASL
Rodney Marsh 110 94 16 1976–1979 NASL
Derek Backman 100 90 10 1988–1993 ASL, APSL
Jan van der Veen 94 84 10 1979–1981, 1983 NASL

Retired numbers

In a ceremony held before the final home game of the 1989 regular season, Steve Wegerle became the first Tampa Bay Rowdies player to have his number retired by the team. That night he assisted on all three Rowdies' goals in a 3–0 victory over arch-rival Fort Lauderdale. He went on to appear in several home matches during the 1990 season as well.

While Mike Connell's and Perry Van der Beck's numbers have since been retired by the current franchise, Wegerle's #7 continues to be reissued each season.

No. Player Position Nation Tenure Date Retired Ref
6 Mike Connell Defender South Africa 1975–1984 10 August 2013
7 Steve Wegerle Forward South Africa 1977–1981, 1984, 1988–1990 22 July 1989
12 Perry Van der Beck Midfielder United States 1978–82, 1984, 1991–93 1 October 2010
Notes
  1. Number reissued by the current Rowdies franchise, which did not acknowledge the retirement.

Club culture

As part of a name-the-team contest, on November 21, 1974, the franchise announced that the name Tampa Bay Rowdies had been selected. Out of nearly 12,500 entries it was Clearwater attorney, Bill Wilhelm's suggestion that won. That suggestion earned Wilhelm a vacation to Acapulco for his efforts, along with a lifetime pass to all home games. The Rowdies' fans were known as "Fannies". Advertisements for the club declared that "Soccer is a kick in the grass" and encouraged their supporters to "Get up, get out, and get Rowdy!" and to "make a fanny of yourself!". The calls were answered by fans who threw confetti, drank beer, chanted during games, and generally "let the guys know we're behind them." One memorable fan named Bob Rogers won a "Rowdiest Fan" contest by donning a giant soccer head and throwing himself into the Tampa Stadium goal. The club gave "Soccer Head" complimentary tickets to future games so that he could continue his antics for the crowd, even bringing him along when the Rowdies played in Soccer Bowl '79.

While anyone who supported the club could call themselves a Fanny, members of the official Rowdies Fan Club particularly claimed the moniker as their own. The fan club held regular meetings and social events and published a newsletter.

The "Wowdies" were the Rowdies' cheerleaders. The team also had a pep band known as the "Loudies" that sat in the south endzone and attended local pep rallies.

The NASL folded in 1984, but the Rowdies continued to play for several more years. Tampa Stadium continued to be used as their home ground for outdoor games except during the 1991 and 1992 seasons in the APSL. Those two years were spent at the USF Soccer Stadium, before returning to Tampa Stadium in 1993 for the team's final season in existence.

Independent: 1985–1987

With Rodney Marsh staying on as coach (through 1987), the Rowdies operated as an independent team for two years before joining the American Indoor Soccer Association for one season (1986–87). Cornelia Corbett, Dick Corbett's wife and a businesswoman in her own right, became sole owner of the team in 1986. As a footnote, in 2011 the University of South Florida opened the new Corbett Soccer Stadium for their NCAA Division I men's and women's teams, after the Corbetts had made a $1.5 million donation to the project. The stadium features several display cases that highlight the history of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Since 2005, the USF Bulls and the crosstown rival University of Tampa Spartans men's squads have competed annually for the preseason Rowdies Cup, which celebrates the city's rich soccer history. To date the NCAA Division II Spartans have only captured the trophy once, back in 2012.

1985 Outdoor

As an independent club, the Rowdies played only one match in 1985. It was against the U.S. Men's team on the Fourth of July in front of 30,038 fans.

1986 Outdoor

In the summer of 1986 the Rowdies staged a four-game series at Tampa Stadium called the Coca-Cola Classic International Soccer Series, which culminated with a Fourth of July match, and also included a post-game fireworks display and laser light show. Since Tampa Bay had only a handful of players under contract at the time, their roster was composed mostly of guest players from Queens Park Rangers F.C. The only NASL-era Rowdies on this roster were Roy Wegerle, Steve Wegerle, Dave Power, and the head coach, Rodney Marsh. Four former Rowdies played in the final game of this series for the opposing NASL All-Stars. These included Mike Connell, Winston DuBose, Wes McLeod and Tatu.

They also played a pair of friendlies against the newly established Orlando Lions on February 22 and July 2 at Lake Brantley High School, using their regular players. Tampa Bay won the matches by scores of 1–0 and 2–1(SO) respectively.

1987 Outdoor

In 1987 Tampa Bay played twice against the Orlando Lions, on May 16 at the Florida Citrus Bowl, and then again on May 23 at Pepin-Rood Stadium. The Rowdies lost the first encounter, 2–0, with the teams tying, 2–2, in the return leg.

1985–87 Outdoor results

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goal Scorers Ref.
July 4, 1985 USMNT Tampa Stadium 1–2 30,038 Hoddle
February 22, 1986 @Orlando Lions Lake Brantley High School 0–1 4,200 G. Wegerle
June 7, 1986 Glentoran F.C. Tampa Stadium 1–0 6,900 Chivers
June 14, 1986 Dundee F.C. Tampa Stadium 2–1(SO, 4–3) 2,787 R Wegerle
June 21, 1986 Canada U-20 Tampa Stadium 0–1 4,010
July 2, 1986 @Orlando Lions Lake Brantley High School 1–2(SO, 2–3) White
July 4, 1986 NASL All-Stars Tampa Stadium 3–4(SO, 5–6) 29,755 R Wegerle, James, Loram
May 16, 1987 @Orlando Lions Florida Citrus Bowl 2–0 2,060
May 23, 1987 Orlando Lions Pepin-Rood Stadium 2–2 Marsh, Astigarraga

AISA: 1986–1987

The Rowdies played one season of indoor soccer in the American Indoor Soccer Association, once again using the Bayfront Center as their home. After a strong start they finished third in their division and eventually lost in the first round of the playoffs. Steve Wegerle was selected as a starter in the AISA All-Star game and scored the game's first goal. Arnie Mausser, Rubén Astigarraga, and Glenn Ervine also made the Southern Division team. Ervine added a goal in the fourth quarter. Tim Walters was a late All-Star addition, because Astigarraga was unable play in the match.

Year-by-year

Year League Games Won Lost GF GA Regular Season Playoffs Attendance (21 games)
1986–87 AISA 42 21 21 170 172 3rd, Southern Quarterfinals 43,015 (avg. 2,048)

1986–1987 roster


ASL/APSL: 1988–1993

In the summer of 1988, the Rowdies joined the third incarnation of the American Soccer League. They would stay in this league and its successor (the APSL) until the team folded after the 1993 season. During this six year stretch they achieved moderate success, winning one division title and making the playoffs four times. In 1992 they finished as runners-up to Colorado in the regular season, in the Professional Cup final, and in the APSL final as well.

Year-by-year

Year League Won Lost Points Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
1988 ASL 10 10 30 3rd, Southern Did not qualify Did not enter
1989 ASL 12 8 35 1st, Southern Semifinals Did not enter
1990 APSL 10 10 29 2nd, ASL South ASL Semifinals Did not enter
1991 APSL 8 13 69 3rd, American Did not qualify Did not enter
1992 APSL 10 6 87 2nd Runners-up Did not enter
1993 APSL 12 12 118 3rd Semifinals Did not enter

Players, coaches, and honors – post-NASL era

Honors – post-NASL

Championships

Division Titles

Leading Scorer

Top Goalkeeper

Assists Leader

Coach of the Year

FIFA World Cup players


First Team All Star

Second Team All Star

Honorable Mention

AISA All-Star Game selections

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame members

Other National Halls of Fame

Coaches – post-NASL

Team captains – post-NASL

Tampa Bay Mutiny: 1996–2001

Main article: Tampa Bay Mutiny

Due in large part to the Rowdies' historical success on and off the pitch, in 1994 MLS selected the Tampa Bay Mutiny as one of its original ten teams. The Mutiny won the first ever Supporters' Shield and qualified for the playoffs in four of their six seasons. Several former Rowdies, including Perry Van der Beck, Farrukh Quraishi, Roy Wegerle and Steve Trittschuh among others, were involved with the Mutiny as players, coaches, or front office staff. They also played for three seasons on the Rowdies' home pitch, Tampa Stadium. While the Mutiny have no connection to either Rowdies franchise, the team often paid tribute to the former Rowdies by wearing jerseys of their colors, and even wearing the logo of both the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Rowdies on the same shirt.

MLS initially operated the team with the hope of selling to a private local owner. That became difficult after Malcolm Glazer bought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League in 1995 and demanded that the community build a new stadium. Raymond James Stadium was completed in 1998 and Tampa Stadium was demolished soon thereafter, forcing the Mutiny to move to the new facility.

The Bucs' lease agreement in their new home allowed them to keep most non-ticket revenues from all events at the facility, including Mutiny matches, severely damaging the financial viability of the soccer club. As financial losses mounted (up to $2 million a year), MLS desperately courted Glazer to buy the Mutiny. Glazer declined, so the league opted to fold the Mutiny, along with other Florida-based MLS team of that era, the Miami Fusion, in early 2002.

New Rowdies: 2010–present

Main article: Tampa Bay Rowdies

In 2008, it was announced that a new incarnation of the Tampa Bay Rowdies would play in a new second division NASL. They wore striped green and gold kits similar to the old Rowdies, and a star reflecting the 1975 championship. After several changes to the league, Tampa Bay finally kicked off in the summer of 2010, but they took the pitch as "FC Tampa Bay" due to a licensing dispute over the Rowdies name and trademarks. Beginning in 2012, the team reached an agreement to officially use the Rowdies name along with logos and other intellectual property of the original team, and won Soccer Bowl 2012.

To date, the new Rowdies have honored both Mike Connell's and Perry Van der Beck's significant contribution to soccer, both on and off the field in the community at large, by retiring their jerseys. The Rowdies won the 2012 NASL Championship. As of 2017 they are currently members of the second division, United Soccer League, and have announced their intention to gain entry into MLS's next wave of expansion.

Rowdies Cup

Main article: Rowdies Cup

The South Florida Bulls annually face their crosstown rivals, the Tampa Spartans, in an NCAA men's preseason soccer match which celebrates the Tampa Bay Area's rich soccer history. In addition to holding the Rowdies Cup trophy for the next 12 months, the winning side also get to hoist the actual Soccer Bowl trophy that was won originally by the Rowdies in 1975. The trophy is currently housed at Corbett Soccer Stadium on the USF campus. Formerly called the Mayor's Cup from 1979 until 2005, as of the 2019 edition, USF holds a 24–10–3 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1972.

Tampa Bay Terror & Florida Tropics SC

Indoor soccer by the Rowdies had officially ended when the team played in the American Indoor Soccer Association for one season (1986–87). For two seasons, another Tampa Bay area team played in the same league, from 1995-1997, called the Tampa Bay Terror; however, the team did not last more than two seasons, despite having some members of the Rowdies on the roster. It was not until 2016 that a stable indoor soccer team played in the region. Another unrelated indoor soccer team called the Florida Tropics SC have played in the Major Arena Soccer League since 2016. The team eventually began outdoor competition, also competing in the developmental United Premier Soccer League. Despite being unrelated to the Rowdies, these two teams succeed the Tampa Bay region in indoor soccer since the original Rowdies had folded.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies 1975 1993 Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Tampa Bay Rowdies 1975 93 This article is about the original Tampa Bay Rowdies For the current team see Tampa Bay Rowdies The Tampa Bay Rowdies were an American professional soccer team based in Tampa Florida that competed in the original North American Soccer League NASL from 1975 to 1984 They enjoyed broad popular support in the Tampa Bay area until the NASL folded in 1984 after which the team played in various minor indoor and outdoor leagues before finally folding on January 31 1994 2 The Rowdies played nearly all 3 of their outdoor home games at Tampa Stadium and nearly all 4 of their indoor games at the Bayfront Center Arena in nearby St Petersburg Florida Although San Diego played indoors until 1996 the Rowdies were the last surviving NASL franchise that played outdoor soccer on a regular basis Tampa Bay RowdiesFull nameTampa Bay RowdiesNickname s RowdiesFoundedJune 19 1974DissolvedJanuary 31 1994 28 years ago January 31 1994 StadiumOutdoor Tampa Stadium 71 000 USF Soccer Stadium 4 000 Indoor Bayfront Center 6 410 Expo Hall 9 200 1 Lakeland Civic Center 8 178 OwnerGeorge W Strawbridge Jr 1974 1983 Stella Thayer Bob Blanchard amp Dick Corbett 1983 1986 Cornelia Corbett 1986 1994 ChairmanBeau Rogers IV Chas Serednesky JrCoachEddie Firmani 1975 1977 John Boyle 1977 Gordon Jago 1978 1982 Al Miller 1982 83 Rodney Marsh 1984 LeagueNorth American Soccer League 1975 1984 American Indoor Soccer Association 1986 1987 American Soccer League 1988 1989 American Professional Soccer League 1990 1993 Home colorsAway colors Contents 1 NASL 1975 1984 1 1 Year by year 1 1 1 Home Attendance Records 1 1 2 NASL Indoor Soccer 1 1 3 Indoor Home Attendance Records 1 2 Players coaches and honors NASL era 1 2 1 Honors 1 2 2 Head coaches 1 2 3 Team captains 1 2 4 Most appearances in club history 1 2 5 Retired numbers 1 3 Club culture 2 Post NASL 1985 1993 2 1 Independent 1985 1987 2 1 1 1985 Outdoor 2 1 2 1986 Outdoor 2 1 3 1987 Outdoor 2 1 4 1985 87 Outdoor results 2 2 AISA 1986 1987 2 2 1 Year by year 2 2 2 1986 1987 roster 2 3 ASL APSL 1988 1993 2 3 1 Year by year 2 4 Players coaches and honors post NASL era 2 4 1 Honors post NASL 2 4 2 Coaches post NASL 2 4 3 Team captains post NASL 3 Legacy 3 1 Tampa Bay Mutiny 1996 2001 3 2 New Rowdies 2010 present 3 3 Rowdies Cup 3 4 Tampa Bay Terror amp Florida Tropics SC 4 References 5 External linksNASL 1975 1984 EditOn June 19 1974 5 George Strawbridge and Beau Rogers IV purchased an expansion franchise in North American Soccer League for the sum of 25 000 and by July 24 they named Eddie Firmani their coach 6 In October 1974 Alex Pringle becomes the first player to sign with the team On November 21 1974 the Tampa Bay Professional Soccer Club 7 announced that they would henceforth be known as the Tampa Bay Rowdies The Rowdies played ten seasons at Tampa Stadium and won their only Soccer Bowl championship in their 1975 inaugural season defeating the Portland Timbers 2 0 on August 24 The Rowdies also finished as runners up in 1978 and 1979 The team showcased international stars such as midfielder and team captain Rodney Marsh England 1979 league scoring leader oscar Fabbiani Chile swift and forward Steve Wegerle South Africa rock solid defenseman Arsene Auguste Haiti 1976 NASL goal scoring champion Derek Smethurst South Africa who was also the franchise s all time leading goal scorer with 57 tallies in 65 games as well as forward Clyde Best Bermuda Coached along the way by Firmani John Boyle Gordon Jago Al Miller and Marsh after his retirement their catch phrase and marketing slogan was The Rowdies arrrre a kick in the grass While no NASL team ever captured a treble in 1975 76 Tampa Bay came the closest by winning the three different NASL titles available at the time Soccer Bowl 75 1976 Indoor Title 1976 Regular Season title in succession within twelve months On and off the pitch the Rowdies would prove to be one of the league s most recognizable brands At one three year point in their history the team regularly drew crowds of well over 25 000 a night In 1979 three different matches were attended by over 40 000 people and the following year two more surpassed the 50 000 mark The Rowdies had long standing rivalries with both the Ft Lauderdale Strikers and the New York Cosmos Main article Fort Lauderdale Tampa Bay rivalry Following the 1981 season the Dallas Tornado merged with Tampa Bay At the time Dallas principals Lamar Hunt and Bill McNutt retained a minority stake in the Rowdies 8 9 Two years later after the 1983 season Strawbidge Hunt and McNutt sold the team outright to local investors Stella Thayer Bob Blanchard and Dick Corbett 10 Year by year Edit Year Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs Leading Goal Scorers 11 Avg Attend 1975 16 6 1st Eastern Division NASL Champions 3 0 Derek Smethurst 18 Stewart Scullion 7 10 7281976 18 6 1st Eastern Division Atlantic Conference Atlantic Conf Championship 1 1 Derek Smethurst 20 Rodney Marsh 11 Stewart Scullion 10 16 4521977 14 12 3rd Eastern Division Atlantic Conference Divisional Playoffs 0 1 Derek Smethurst 19 Rodney Marsh 8 David Robb 8 19 4911978 18 12 1st Eastern Division American Conference Runners up 4 3 Rodney Marsh 18 David Robb 16 Steve Wegerle 7 18 1231979 19 11 1st Eastern Division American Conference Runners up 6 2 oscar Fabbiani 25 Rodney Marsh 11 Petar Baralic 9 27 6501980 19 13 1st Eastern Division American Conference American Conf Semifinals 3 2 Oscar Fabbiani 13 Neill Roberts 10 12 Steve Wegerle 9 28 3451981 15 17 4th Southern Division Quarterfinals 3 2 Frank Worthington 11 Luis Fernando 9 David Moss 9 22 2991982 12 20 3rd Southern Division Did Not Qualify Luis Fernando 16 Tatu 7 22 5321983 7 23 3rd Southern Division Did Not Qualify Tatu 12 Manny Rojas 8 18 5071984 9 15 4th Eastern Division Did Not Qualify Roy Wegerle 9 Neill Roberts 9 Wes McLeod 7 10 932Home Attendance Records Edit Year Attendance 13 Opponent1980 56 389 California1980 54 247 New York1981 48 355 San Diego1979 45 888 Rochester1977 45 288 Cosmos1976 42 611 New York1978 41 888 Cosmos1977 41 680 Zenit Leningrad1979 41 102 Ft Lauderdale1979 40 701 New York1980 40 368 Ft Lauderdale1982 40 098 Jacksonville1979 38 766 San Diego 1978 37 249 Ft Lauderdale playoff gameNASL Indoor Soccer Edit In the winter of 1975 the NASL ran a two tiered 16 team indoor tournament with four regional winners meeting in a final four style championship The Rowdies defeated the New York Cosmos 13 5 in the semi final before losing 8 5 to the host San Jose Earthquakes in the finals on March 16 at the Cow Palace The Rowdies again reached the final four in 1976 but that year were the host team This time Tampa Bay would not be denied as they followed up a 6 2 semi final win over Dallas with a 6 4 finals triumph over the Rochester Lancers on March 27 in the Bayfront Center Over the next few years the Rowdies and a handful of other NASL teams played indoor friendlies and invitationals 14 as preparation for the start of the outdoor season 15 The NASL did not sanction a full indoor season until 1979 80 when the Rowdies won the championship by defeating the Memphis Rogues 2 games to 1 The 1980 81 campaign marked the first time Tampa Bay had ever missed the playoffs indoor or outdoor In the 1981 82 season they lost the finals to the San Diego Sockers 2 games to 0 Once again the NASL chose not to sanction a full indoor season in 1982 83 but in addition to a few friendlies Tampa Bay and three other teams participated in the Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer 16 The Rowdies finished second in the round robin stage and subsequently went on to defeat Montreal for the championship in a double overtime thriller at the Montreal Forum 5 4 17 The final NASL indoor season took place in 1983 84 and the Rowdies finished last out of the seven teams Due to scheduling issues that season the Rowdies played five games at the Bayfront Center eight at the State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa and three in the Lakeland Civic Center 4 Tampa Bay regularly drew home crowds of over five thousand fannies to the Bayfront Center despite the arena s limited seating capacity and relatively remote location 18 Indoor Year Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs Leading Goal Scorers 11 Avg Attend 1975 3 1 1st Region 3 2 0 Runners up 1 1 Doug Wark 10 Cantillo 5 Hartze 4 4 2351976 5 0 1st Eastern Region 2 0 NASL Champions 2 0 Clyde Best 11 Scullion 6 Smethurst 4 Marsh 4 5 4581977 1 1 friendlies only none Derek Smethurst 5 Marsh 4 S Wegerle 3 19 20 5 6851978 6 2 friendlies only none Smethurst 14 Fink 10 Marsh 9 McLeod 8 21 22 5 9011979 3 2 2nd Budweiser Invitational 14 2 0 Invitational Runners up Mirandinha 5 S Wegerle 5 Marsh 4 23 24 25 26 27 6 1811979 80 8 4 2nd Eastern Division NASL Champions 5 1 Peter Baralic 21 McLeod 13 P Anderson 7 5 7121980 81 9 9 2nd Eastern Division Did not qualify oscar Fabbiani 31 S Wegerle 25 McLeod 21 5 1751981 82 11 7 2nd Cent Division American Conf Runners up 4 4 Tatu 21 Zequinha 19 McLeod 15 Pesa 15 5 3721983 28 10 2 2nd in Grand Prix preliminaries 4 2 Grand Prix Champions 2 0 Hugo Perez 12 Tatu 12 Karpun 11 McLeod 8 29 4 7711983 84 9 23 7th Did not qualify Tatu 49 Peter Roe 22 Van der Beck 18 2 334Indoor Home Attendance Records Edit Year Attendance 13 Opponent1978 6 410 Washington 30 1978 6 410 Minnesota1978 6 399 Dallas1978 6 384 Tulsa1977 6 354 Zenit Leningrad1979 6 342 Fort Lauderdale1979 6 338 Tulsa1982 6 325 San Diego 1980 6 243 Fort Lauderdale1980 6 200 New England1980 6 145 Detroit1980 6 141 Atlanta 1979 6 040 Dynamo Moscow1979 6 002 Houston playoff gamePlayers coaches and honors NASL era Edit Honors Edit NASL Championships 1 1975 runner up 1978 1979 NASL Indoor Championships 3 1976 1979 80 1983 1 runner up 1975 1979 1981 82 Regular Season Premiership 1 1976 18 6 154 points runner up 1975 Division Titles 6 1975 Eastern Division 1976 Eastern Division Atlantic Conference 1978 Eastern Division American Conference 1979 Eastern Division American Conference 1980 Eastern Division American Conference 1979 80 Eastern Division Playoffs indoor Conference Titles 3 1978 American Conference 1979 American Conference 1981 82 Atlantic Conference indoor Regional Titles 2 1975 Indoor Region 3 1976 Indoor East Region League Scoring Champion 1979 oscar Fabbiani 25 goals 8 assists 58 points League Goal Scoring Champion 1976 Derek Smethurst 20 goals Indoor Grand Prix Assists Leader 1983 Wes McLeod 13 assists 28 Finals MVP 1975 Stewart Jump 1976 Clyde Best indoor 1979 80 indoor Regionals MVP 1975 Ringo Cantillo indoor 1976 Stewart Scullion indoor Coach of the Year 1976 Eddie Firmani Rookie of the Year 1982 Pedro DeBrito 1983 Gregg Thompson 1984 Roy Wegerle North American Player of the Year 1976 Arnie Mausser 31 32 FIFA World Cup players Adrian Alston 1974 Carlos Babington 1974 Clodoaldo 1970 Antonio Lima dos Santos 1966 Mirandinha 1974 Terry Moore 1986 did not play Eduardo Bonvallet 1982 Manny Rojas 1982 Arsene Auguste 1974 Hugo Perez 1994 Roy Wegerle 1994 1998 NASL All time Leaders Consecutive regular season starts Mike Connell 179 33 Career games by a US born player Arnie Mausser 224 All Star First Team Selections 1975 Farrukh Quraishi 1976 Rodney Marsh Arnie Mausser Tommy Smith 1977 Derek Smethurst 1978 Rodney Marsh 1979 Mike Connell 1980 Mike Connell 1981 John Gorman 1982 Peter Nogly All Star Second Team Selections 1975 John Boyle Stewart Jump Stewart Scullion 1976 Stewart Jump Stewart Scullion Derek Smethurst 1977 Arsene Auguste Rodney Marsh Steve Wegerle 1978 Arsene Auguste Steve Wegerle 1979 oscar Fabbiani John Gorman 1980 Steve Wegerle All Star Honorable Mentions 1975 Clyde Best John Sissons Derek Smethurst 1979 Rodney Marsh Steve Wegerle 1980 John Gorman 1982 Mike Connell 1983 Gregg Thompson 1984 Gregg Thompson Indoor All Stars 15 1975 Doug Wark All Tournament Team 1976 Clyde Best 34 All Tournament Team 1976 Derek Smethurst All Tournament Team 1976 Stewart Scullion All Tournament Team 1976 Arsene Auguste All Eastern Regional Team 35 1976 Rodney Marsh All Eastern Regional Team 1976 Stewart Scullion All Eastern Regional Team 1980 81 Steve Wegerle All East Team 36 1981 82 Tatu Atlantic 37 1981 82 Mike Connell Atlantic 1981 82 Jurgen Stars Atlantic 1981 82 John Gorman 2nd team 38 1983 84 Frantz Mathieu reserve 39 1983 84 Mike Connell reserve U S Soccer Hall of Fame members 1992 Lamar Hunt 1995 Al Miller 2003 Arnie Mausser 2008 Hugo Perez 2015 Glenn Myernick 40 Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame members 2004 Bob Bolitho 2005 Wes McLeod 2005 Terry Moore 2008 Jack Brand Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame members 2012 Tatu 2013 Gordon Jago Other National Halls of Fame 2000 Adrian Alston Australia Head coaches Edit Coach Tenure League Cup Indoor Indoor Cup Totals Eddie Firmani 1977 1984 41 15 3 1 4 0 3 1 51 17 Lenny Glover interim 1977 0 1 0 1 John Boyle 1977 7 8 0 1 7 9 Gordon Jago 1978 1982 81 56 17 9 28 20 11 5 137 90 Kevin Keelan interim 1982 0 1 0 1 Al Miller 1982 1983 9 30 0 0 4 2 2 0 15 32 Rodney Marsh 1983 1984 9 15 9 23 18 38 Excludes friendlies Cup includes playoff games and mini games 41 42 Team captains Edit Captain Outdoor seasons Indoor seasons John Boyle 1975 1975 Derek Smethurst 1976 Rodney Marsh 1976 1978 1979 1978 1979 Tommy Smith 1976 Alex Pringle 1977 Lenny Glover 1977 Jan van der Veen 1978 1981 1979 80 1980 81 Mike Connell 1981 1982 1983 1984 1981 82 1983 84 Wes McLeod 1983 due to Connell injuryMost appearances in club history Edit Excludes friendlies and indoor matches Includes playoff games 41 42 Player Total Apps League Cup Tenure Leagues Mike Connell 277 252 25 1975 1977 1984 NASL Wes McLeod 211 188 23 1977 1984 NASL Steve Wegerle 210 188 22 1977 1981 1984 1988 1990 NASL ASL APSL Perry Van der Beck 190 171 19 1978 1982 1984 1989 1993 NASL ASL APSL Winston DuBose 165 147 18 1977 1982 1988 1991 NASL ASL APSL Refik Kozic 134 125 9 1980 1984 NASL John Gorman 128 111 17 1979 1982 NASL Rodney Marsh 110 94 16 1976 1979 NASL Derek Backman 100 90 10 1988 1993 ASL APSL Jan van der Veen 94 84 10 1979 1981 1983 NASLRetired numbers Edit Main article List of retired numbers in association football In a ceremony held before the final home game of the 1989 regular season Steve Wegerle became the first Tampa Bay Rowdies player to have his number retired by the team 43 That night he assisted on all three Rowdies goals in a 3 0 victory over arch rival Fort Lauderdale 44 He went on to appear in several home matches during the 1990 season as well 45 While Mike Connell s and Perry Van der Beck s numbers have since been retired by the current franchise Wegerle s 7 continues to be reissued each season 46 No Player Position Nation Tenure Date Retired Ref6 Mike Connell Defender South Africa 1975 1984 10 August 2013 47 7 Steve Wegerle note 1 Forward South Africa 1977 1981 1984 1988 1990 22 July 1989 48 12 Perry Van der Beck Midfielder United States 1978 82 1984 1991 93 1 October 2010 46 49 Notes Number reissued by the current Rowdies franchise which did not acknowledge the retirement Club culture Edit As part of a name the team contest on November 21 1974 the franchise announced that the name Tampa Bay Rowdies had been selected Out of nearly 12 500 entries it was Clearwater attorney Bill Wilhelm s suggestion that won That suggestion earned Wilhelm a vacation to Acapulco for his efforts along with a lifetime pass to all home games 7 50 The Rowdies fans were known as Fannies Advertisements for the club declared that Soccer is a kick in the grass and encouraged their supporters to Get up get out and get Rowdy and to make a fanny of yourself The calls were answered by fans who threw confetti drank beer chanted during games and generally let the guys know we re behind them 51 One memorable fan named Bob Rogers won a Rowdiest Fan contest by donning a giant soccer head and throwing himself into the Tampa Stadium goal The club gave Soccer Head complimentary tickets to future games so that he could continue his antics for the crowd even bringing him along when the Rowdies played in Soccer Bowl 79 52 While anyone who supported the club could call themselves a Fanny members of the official Rowdies Fan Club particularly claimed the moniker as their own The fan club held regular meetings and social events and published a newsletter 51 The Wowdies were the Rowdies cheerleaders The team also had a pep band known as the Loudies that sat in the south endzone and attended local pep rallies 53 54 Post NASL 1985 1993 EditThe NASL folded in 1984 but the Rowdies continued to play for several more years Tampa Stadium continued to be used as their home ground for outdoor games except during the 1991 and 1992 seasons in the APSL Those two years were spent at the USF Soccer Stadium 3 55 before returning to Tampa Stadium in 1993 for the team s final season in existence Independent 1985 1987 Edit With Rodney Marsh staying on as coach through 1987 the Rowdies operated as an independent team for two years before joining the American Indoor Soccer Association for one season 1986 87 Cornelia Corbett Dick Corbett s wife and a businesswoman in her own right became sole owner of the team in 1986 As a footnote in 2011 the University of South Florida opened the new Corbett Soccer Stadium for their NCAA Division I men s and women s teams after the Corbetts had made a 1 5 million donation to the project 56 The stadium features several display cases that highlight the history of the Tampa Bay Rowdies Since 2005 the USF Bulls and the crosstown rival University of Tampa Spartans men s squads have competed annually for the preseason Rowdies Cup which celebrates the city s rich soccer history To date the NCAA Division II Spartans have only captured the trophy once back in 2012 57 1985 Outdoor Edit As an independent club the Rowdies played only one match in 1985 It was against the U S Men s team on the Fourth of July in front of 30 038 fans 1986 Outdoor Edit In the summer of 1986 the Rowdies staged a four game series at Tampa Stadium called the Coca Cola Classic International Soccer Series which culminated with a Fourth of July match and also included a post game fireworks display and laser light show Since Tampa Bay had only a handful of players under contract at the time their roster was composed mostly of guest players from Queens Park Rangers F C 58 59 The only NASL era Rowdies on this roster were Roy Wegerle Steve Wegerle Dave Power and the head coach Rodney Marsh Four former Rowdies played in the final game of this series for the opposing NASL All Stars These included Mike Connell Winston DuBose Wes McLeod and Tatu 60 They also played a pair of friendlies against the newly established Orlando Lions on February 22 and July 2 at Lake Brantley High School using their regular players Tampa Bay won the matches by scores of 1 0 and 2 1 SO respectively 61 62 1987 Outdoor Edit In 1987 Tampa Bay played twice against the Orlando Lions on May 16 at the Florida Citrus Bowl and then again on May 23 at Pepin Rood Stadium The Rowdies lost the first encounter 2 0 with the teams tying 2 2 in the return leg 63 64 1985 87 Outdoor results Edit Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goal Scorers Ref July 4 1985 USMNT Tampa Stadium 1 2 30 038 Hoddle 65 February 22 1986 Orlando Lions Lake Brantley High School 0 1 4 200 G Wegerle 66 June 7 1986 Glentoran F C Tampa Stadium 1 0 6 900 Chivers 67 June 14 1986 Dundee F C Tampa Stadium 2 1 SO 4 3 2 787 R Wegerle 68 69 June 21 1986 Canada U 20 Tampa Stadium 0 1 4 010 70 July 2 1986 Orlando Lions Lake Brantley High School 1 2 SO 2 3 White 71 July 4 1986 NASL All Stars Tampa Stadium 3 4 SO 5 6 29 755 R Wegerle James Loram 72 May 16 1987 Orlando Lions Florida Citrus Bowl 2 0 2 060 63 May 23 1987 Orlando Lions Pepin Rood Stadium 2 2 Marsh Astigarraga 64 73 AISA 1986 1987 Edit The Rowdies played one season of indoor soccer in the American Indoor Soccer Association once again using the Bayfront Center as their home After a strong start they finished third in their division and eventually lost in the first round of the playoffs Steve Wegerle was selected as a starter in the AISA All Star game and scored the game s first goal Arnie Mausser Ruben Astigarraga and Glenn Ervine also made the Southern Division team Ervine added a goal in the fourth quarter Tim Walters was a late All Star addition because Astigarraga was unable play in the match 74 75 Year by year Edit Year League Games Won Lost GF GA Regular Season Playoffs Attendance 21 games 1986 87 AISA 76 42 21 21 170 172 3rd Southern Quarterfinals 43 015 avg 2 048 1986 1987 roster Edit 77 78 79 80 1 Arnie Mausser 35 Apps 0 Goals 2 Arsene Auguste 3 David Dodge 4 Dave Power 5 Steve Savage 5 Wim Suurbier player asst coach 6 Peter Roe 6 Mike Balson 7 Steve Wegerle 35 Apps 26 Goals 8 Rodney Marsh player head coach 9 Jay White 10 Ruben Astigarraga 10 Derek Sanderson 11 Duncan MacEwan 12 Tony Frankovich 12 Derek Smethurst 13 Tim Walters 14 Geoff Wegerle 15 Mark Lindsay 16 Karim Murabet 17 Paul Roe 18 Nathan Sacks 19 Nick Mangione 20 Soloman Hilton 21 Tim Borer 22 Mike Fall 23 Glenn Ervine Rui Farias ASL APSL 1988 1993 Edit In the summer of 1988 the Rowdies joined the third incarnation of the American Soccer League They would stay in this league and its successor the APSL until the team folded after the 1993 season During this six year stretch they achieved moderate success winning one division title and making the playoffs four times In 1992 they finished as runners up to Colorado in the regular season in the Professional Cup final and in the APSL final as well 81 Year by year Edit Year League Won Lost Points Regular Season Playoffs U S Open Cup1988 ASL 10 10 30 3rd Southern Did not qualify Did not enter1989 ASL 12 8 35 1st Southern Semifinals Did not enter1990 APSL 10 10 29 2nd ASL South ASL Semifinals Did not enter1991 APSL 8 13 69 3rd American Did not qualify Did not enter1992 APSL 10 6 87 2nd Runners up Did not enter1993 APSL 12 12 118 3rd Semifinals Did not enterPlayers coaches and honors post NASL era Edit Honors post NASL Edit Championships 1992 ASPL runner up 1992 Professional Cup runner up Division Titles 1989 ASL Southern Division Leading Scorer 1992 Jean Harbor 13 g 4 a Top Goalkeeper 1988 Winston DuBose 0 75 gaa Assists Leader 1992 Kevin Sloan 6 a Coach of the Year 1992 Ricky Hill 1993 Ken Fogarty FIFA World Cup players Arsene Auguste 1974 Wim Suurbier 1974 1978 Steve Trittschuh 1990 Peter Vermes 1990 First Team All Star 1988 Winston DuBose Steve Wegerle 82 83 1989 Winston DuBose Steve Trittschuh Steve Wegerle 84 1990 David Byrne 1992 Bill Andracki Steve Trittschuh Ricky Hill Kevin Sloan Jean Harbor 1993 Steve Trittschuh Second Team All Star 1986 87 Arnie Mausser 85 1991 Marcelo Carrera 1993 Paul Dougherty Pierre Morice Honorable Mention 1986 87 Steve Wegerle AISA All Star Game selections 1986 87 Steve Wegerle starter 1986 87 Arnie Mausser reserve 1986 87 Glenn Ervine reserve 1986 87 Ruben Astigarraga injured 1986 87 Tim Walters reserve U S Soccer Hall of Fame members 2013 Peter Vermes Other National Halls of Fame 2016 Mark Lawrenson England Coaches post NASL Edit Rodney Marsh 1984 1987 Wim Suurbier 1986 87 Ken Fogarty 1989 1992 Steve Wegerle 1991 1992 Ricky Hill 1992 Ken Fogarty 1993Team captains post NASL Edit Dave Power 1986 1989 Derek Backman 1990 David Byrne 1991 Ricky Hill 1992 Terry Rowe 1993Legacy EditTampa Bay Mutiny 1996 2001 Edit Main article Tampa Bay Mutiny Due in large part to the Rowdies historical success on and off the pitch in 1994 MLS selected the Tampa Bay Mutiny as one of its original ten teams The Mutiny won the first ever Supporters Shield and qualified for the playoffs in four of their six seasons Several former Rowdies including Perry Van der Beck Farrukh Quraishi Roy Wegerle and Steve Trittschuh among others were involved with the Mutiny as players coaches or front office staff They also played for three seasons on the Rowdies home pitch Tampa Stadium While the Mutiny have no connection to either Rowdies franchise the team often paid tribute to the former Rowdies by wearing jerseys of their colors and even wearing the logo of both the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Rowdies on the same shirt 86 MLS initially operated the team with the hope of selling to a private local owner 87 That became difficult after Malcolm Glazer bought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League in 1995 and demanded that the community build a new stadium Raymond James Stadium was completed in 1998 and Tampa Stadium was demolished soon thereafter forcing the Mutiny to move to the new facility The Bucs lease agreement in their new home allowed them to keep most non ticket revenues from all events at the facility including Mutiny matches severely damaging the financial viability of the soccer club 88 89 As financial losses mounted up to 2 million a year MLS desperately courted Glazer to buy the Mutiny Glazer declined so the league opted to fold the Mutiny along with other Florida based MLS team of that era the Miami Fusion in early 2002 90 91 New Rowdies 2010 present Edit Main article Tampa Bay Rowdies In 2008 it was announced that a new incarnation of the Tampa Bay Rowdies would play in a new second division NASL They wore striped green and gold kits similar to the old Rowdies and a star reflecting the 1975 championship After several changes to the league Tampa Bay finally kicked off in the summer of 2010 but they took the pitch as FC Tampa Bay due to a licensing dispute over the Rowdies name and trademarks 92 93 Beginning in 2012 the team reached an agreement to officially use the Rowdies name along with logos and other intellectual property of the original team and won Soccer Bowl 2012 To date the new Rowdies have honored both Mike Connell s and Perry Van der Beck s significant contribution to soccer both on and off the field in the community at large by retiring their jerseys The Rowdies won the 2012 NASL Championship As of 2017 they are currently members of the second division United Soccer League and have announced their intention to gain entry into MLS s next wave of expansion Rowdies Cup Edit Main article Rowdies Cup The South Florida Bulls annually face their crosstown rivals the Tampa Spartans in an NCAA men s preseason soccer match which celebrates the Tampa Bay Area s rich soccer history In addition to holding the Rowdies Cup trophy for the next 12 months the winning side also get to hoist the actual Soccer Bowl trophy that was won originally by the Rowdies in 1975 The trophy is currently housed at Corbett Soccer Stadium on the USF campus Formerly called the Mayor s Cup from 1979 until 2005 as of the 2019 edition USF holds a 24 10 3 edge in the all time series which dates back to 1972 94 95 96 97 Tampa Bay Terror amp Florida Tropics SC Edit Indoor soccer by the Rowdies had officially ended when the team played in the American Indoor Soccer Association for one season 1986 87 For two seasons another Tampa Bay area team played in the same league from 1995 1997 called the Tampa Bay Terror however the team did not last more than two seasons despite having some members of the Rowdies on the roster It was not until 2016 that a stable indoor soccer team played in the region Another unrelated indoor soccer team called the Florida Tropics SC have played in the Major Arena Soccer League since 2016 The team eventually began outdoor competition also competing in the developmental United Premier Soccer League Despite being unrelated to the Rowdies these two teams succeed the Tampa Bay region in indoor soccer since the original Rowdies had folded References Edit Bunch Ken November 8 1983 Arena possible site for Rowdies Milwaukee Sentinel pp 1 2 Retrieved 2016 03 25 Rowdies decide to fold sales falls through St Petersburg Times 1 February 1994 p 1C Retrieved 24 August 2015 a b Strikers Look Bad But Still Sneak By Rowdies 1 0 Archived from the original on 2014 02 23 a b The Evening Independent Google News Archive Search The 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