It is official! The Tampa Bay Rowdies are back!

Discussion in 'Tampa Bay Rowdies' started by speedcake, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Titanole

    Titanole Member

    Nashville SC
    United States
    Feb 15, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Club:
    Nashville Metros
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The Strikers are back. The Rowdies have their name back. All is right with the world.
     
  2. MuzzaFC

    MuzzaFC Member

    Nov 6, 2011
    Bring back the Roughnecks!
     
  3. SoccerPrime

    SoccerPrime Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Been out of town but heard the news and wanted to say congrats.

    Glad the name is back, glad we didn't rename the forum. ;)

    Happy days.
     
  4. Soccer Budgie

    Soccer Budgie Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    Tampa, Florida
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    :cool:
    Right on!
     
  5. 2011 Fireman

    2011 Fireman Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Clearwater
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here is hoping that we keep the sweet collars too!
     
  6. XaviusX

    XaviusX Member

    Mar 21, 2001
    Tampa, Florida
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Depends on the current kit designs by LOTTO. I wouldn't hold my breath though.
     
  7. speedcake

    speedcake Member

    Dec 2, 1999
    Tampa
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    yeah unfortunately it seems that LOTTO is pretty limited in what they can do, what with being cheap crap and all :D . I hope they get a new kit producer asap.
     
  8. XaviusX

    XaviusX Member

    Mar 21, 2001
    Tampa, Florida
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    BTW, I saw this today on the net and wanted to share it since it made me feel so grateful for having this team back! It's from the St. Pete Times in 1993:

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    Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it!....Let's NEVER go back to this!
     
  9. jquintero10

    jquintero10 Member

    May 19, 2010
    Club:
    Atletico Nacional
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
    for how long do we have a contract with LOTTO it would be nice to see the Rowdies wear some NIKE.
     
  10. Titanole

    Titanole Member

    Nashville SC
    United States
    Feb 15, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Club:
    Nashville Metros
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hear, hear! (or is it here, here? I never can figure that out.) We need to support our local clubs to ensure they don't fold or move.

    I never want to see a headline like this again either. It was not a happy Hanukkah in 1983.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. XaviusX

    XaviusX Member

    Mar 21, 2001
    Tampa, Florida
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As long as we still have our traditional Green & Gold hoops on the sleeves, it's all good!
     
  12. WhiteStar Warriors

    Mar 25, 2007
    St.Pete/Krakow
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  13. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I decided to look that up since any year was obscured in that picture, and I believe that was July 4, 1988, according to the A-League Archives. The Rowdies won 1-0 on an early 5' goal by Derek Backman.

    On the strength of that promotion they drew 18,000. They typically drew 3-5k in 1988. Orlando finished 2-1 against Tampa Bay in the Tang Cup that year, including a PSO on April 22 after 1-1 regulation draw. Both were 4-5 in the overall Tang Cup; the Strikers were 8-1, only dropping an opening PSO to Miami.
     
  14. speedcake

    speedcake Member

    Dec 2, 1999
    Tampa
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is there a link for those attendance numbers? Very interesting if a "rivalry" game between Tampa and Orlando draw far more than a typical game in that era.
     
  15. WhiteStar Warriors

    Mar 25, 2007
    St.Pete/Krakow
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's right altough it was a July 4th game impressive:

    http://a-leaguearchive.tripod.com/1988/statsasl88.htm#NJ
     
  16. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Orlando drew above 1k in its first iteration. I didn't know they existed until a few years ago, and even at 8 I was pretty knowledgable about the local goings-on, so the promotion was likely non-existent, and without the benefit of your history. But I think they drew better for Rowdies and Strikers games.

    Miami typically averaged 300. LOL
     
  17. DynamoEAR

    DynamoEAR Member+

    May 30, 2011
    HOU/ATL
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    that ain't funny bro.:eek::(
     
  18. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Considering the Miami partisans who refuse to support the Strikers and insist on their own team... Yes it is. The proof is in the pudding. They can keep their international friendlies. Club soccer belongs in Fort Lauderdale. :D
     
  19. mcwater2k9

    mcwater2k9 Member

    Dec 12, 2009
    South Korea
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Quick question...do the Rowdies have an actual crest or shield or do they just use the word mark as their logo? I'm not very internet savvy but from what I found, it looks like the original incarnation of the team had the word mark integrated into a soccer ball or some cartoonish figure to form a crest. Just curious.
     
  20. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    Yes, that was Ralph. Not all teams back in the day had "crests" as we know them today (you could consider the Cosmos' circular logo a badge, given where it resided on their shirts, I guess, ditto with some others like the Aztecs ). In the 1970s, the team name usually was prominently displayed in the shirt (there were no sponsors on the fronts in those days on these shores).

    But the fronts of the Rowdies' shirts in their original incarnation had the wordmark you see today (sans the star).

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    The Ralph logo was used on merchandise and publications, but wasn't (to my knowledge) ever worn on a uniform. The wordmark (sometimes with, sometimes without a soccer ball) was also used similarly, sometimes with "Tampa Bay" above it, sometimes without.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And the new team has had two badges in its brief existence, but we figure they'll be phased out (if they haven't been already, we haven't seen the shirts yet):

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  22. mcwater2k9

    mcwater2k9 Member

    Dec 12, 2009
    South Korea
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Thanks for the info Ken...didn't realize that cartoon man was Ralph. Always wondered where the the Supporters Group "Ralph's Mob" got their name from.
     
  23. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You know what? That's not even the original Ralph. :)
     
  24. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    I don't know if this one was the "original Ralph" or a prototype or just something they had drawn up for the cover of the 1977 media guide, but the Ralph we know and love today didn't make an appearance on anything I have until 1978. And I don't know how much the cartoon above was ever used.
     
  25. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That's probably his cousin. Though he does look a wee bit like John Gorman.
     

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