1975 Vancouver Whitecaps season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1975 season
Chairman Herb Capozzi[1]
Manager Jim Easton
NASL Division: 4th
Overall: 9th
NASL Playoffs Did not qualify
Highest home attendance 10,007 vs Chicago Sting April 18, 1975[2]
Lowest home attendance 4,528 vs Denver Dynamos July 31, 1975[3]
Average home league attendance 7,579[4]
Home colours
Away colours

The 1975 Vancouver Whitecaps season was the second season of the Whitecaps, and their second season in the North American Soccer League and the top flight of Canadian soccer.

This was manager Jim Easton’s last season with the club and the club showed improvement over their inaugural season. The season started brightly with five wins including those over Seattle and Toronto at home. The rest of the season had mixed results, but the Whitecaps well and truly fell out of playoff contention by losing seven of their last ten games. Barring the 3-0 loss away to the Seattle Sounders on July 19, 1975, the games were close one goal losses. In the last two games of the season, the Whitecaps trounced Denver and San Jose 6-0 and 4-0. The Whitecaps finished at 0.500 with eleven wins and losses at fourth in the Pacific Division. Local resident Glen Johnston led the Whitecaps with eight goals and seven assists while Sam Lenarduzzi and Bruce Wilson played all 22 games. Sergio Zanatta and Barrie Mitchell also had strong seasons on the score sheet.[5][6][7]

The Whitecaps also played a friendly match against the New York Cosmos and the newly signed Pele on July 7, 1975 with 26,495 in attendance.

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

The 1975 squad[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Peter Greco
1 Canada GK Greg Weber
2 Canada DF Neil Ellett
3 Canada DF Bruce Wilson
4 Scotland DF Gerry Heaney
5 Canada DF Robert Lenarduzzi
6 Canada DF Silvano Lenarduzzi
7 England DF Les Wilson
8 Canada FW Glen Johnson
9 Canada FW Brian Budd
No. Position Player
10 Italy FW Sergio Zanatta
11 Canada MF Brian Gant
12 Canada DF Bruce Twamley
14 Canada FW Gary Thompson
15 Canada MF Darryl Samson
16 Canada FW Bruce Miller
17 Scotland DF Charlie Palmer
18 Scotland MF William Stevenson
19 Scotland MF Barrie Mitchell
Netherlands MF Robert Alberts
England DF Peter Short

Team management[edit]

Jim Easton was Vancouver Whitecaps manager in 1975 and saw good success during his tenure with a small budget and local players.

Results[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Ground H H H A A H A A A H A H H A A A H A A H H H
Result W W W W W L L W L W L W L L L L W L L L W W

Last updated: January 28, 2014.
Source: [1]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

Mid-season friendlies[edit]

See also[edit]

History of Vancouver Whitecaps FC

References[edit]