Philadelphia Fury

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In February 2014 it was announced[1] that the Philadelphia Fury would be competing in the inaugural season of the professional American Soccer League (ASL) after being purchased by former MLS Assistant Coach and ASL CEO, Matt Driver. The Fury continue to sport the colours of the original team and will play out of the Washington Township area in New Jersey.

Philadelphia Fury
Full name Philadelphia Fury
Nickname(s) Fury
Founded 1978
Stadium Washington Township High School
Ground Capacity 4,000
League American Soccer League (2014)

History (1978-80)[edit]

The original Philadelphia Fury was a soccer team based in Philadelphia that played in the North American Soccer League from 1978 to 1980. Among the club's investors were rock musicians Rick Wakeman, Peter Frampton and Paul Simon. The team played at Veterans Stadium.

The Fury returned NASL soccer to Philadelphia for the first time since the Philadelphia Atoms folded in 1976. Although never posting a winning season, they did make the playoffs in two of their three seasons. Attendance declined with each season and after a poor year on the pitch and at the gate in 1980, the club was sold and moved to become the Montreal Manic.

Notable Philadelphia Fury players included Johnny Giles, Alan Ball and Peter Osgood, all of whom starred in England before joining the club; although Osgood was a major disappointment (1 goal in 23 matches), Giles was a solid performer, and Ball was a star (and served as player-coach in 1978 after the dismissal of manager Richard Dinnis).

Other star performers for the Fury included all-league defender John Dempsey, Pat Fidelia, David Robb, Frank Worthington and Bob Rigby.


Year Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs Avg. Attend.
1978 12-18 4th, Eastern Division, American Conference First Round 8,280
1979 10-20 3rd, Eastern Division, American Conference American Conference Semifinals 5,626
1980 10-22 4th, Eastern Division, American Conference Did Not Qualify 4,465


NASL championships

  • none

Division titles

  • none

All-star selections

Defender of the year

US Soccer Hall of Fame members

Head coaches[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Fury joins the ASL". Philadelphia Fury. 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea Legend Dempsey Still A Star". This Is Local London. 2001-09-26.

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