1997 Frankfurt Galaxy season

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1997 Frankfurt Galaxy season
Head coach Ernie Stautner
General manager Chris Heyne
Home field Waldstadion
Results
Record 4–6
Division place 5th
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1997 Frankfurt Galaxy season was the fifth season for the franchise in the World League of American Football (WLAF). The team was led by head coach Ernie Stautner in his third year, and played its home games at Waldstadion in Frankfurt, Germany. They finished the regular season in fifth place with a record of four wins and six losses.

Offseason[edit]

World League draft[edit]

1997 Frankfurt Galaxy World League draft selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice
1 5 Joe Garten C Colorado
2 11 Ashley Sheppard LB Clemson
3 14 Beno Bryant RB Washington
4 23 Shawn Banks LB Texas Tech
5 26 Tommy Johnson CB Alabama
6 35 Travis Hannah WR USC
7 38 Jamie Coleman CB Appalachian State
8 47 Darren Reese G Ohio
9 50 Warner Smith G Arizona
10 59 Thomas McLemore TE Southern
11 62 Steve Keim G North Carolina State
12 71 Tuineau Alipate LB Washington State
13 74 Vince Marrow TE Toledo
14 83 Rogerick Green CB Kansas State
15 86 Vernon Turner RB Carson–Newman
16 95 Bruce Walker DT UCLA
17 98 John Morton WR Western Michigan
18 107 David Webb LB USC
19 110 Ronald Cherry T McNeese State
20 119 Jeff Rodgers DE Texas A&M–Kingsville
21 121 Dennis Allen S Texas A&M
22 127 Eddie Blake G Auburn
23 128 Mike Middleton CB Indiana
24 131 Richard DeFelice K North Texas

[1]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1997 Frankfurt Galaxy staff
Front office
  • General Manager – Chris Heyne
  • Deputy General Manager – Tilman Engel

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers – John Payne
  • Running Backs – Eric Carter
  • Offensive Line – Rod Humenuik
  • National Coach/Offensive Line Assistant – Alessandro Cinelli
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line – Ray Woodard
  • Linebackers – John Paul Young
  • Defensive Backs – Gary DeLoach


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Roster[edit]

1997 Frankfurt Galaxy roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

National players
  • 94 Raphael Graetz LB Germany
  • 11 Jörg Heckenbach WR Germany
  • 86 Werner Hippler TE Germany
  •  9 Ralf Kleinmann K Germany
  • 99 Frank Messmer DE Germany
  • 26 Volker Schenk DB Germany
  • 24 Ingo Seibert RB Germany


Rookies in italics

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Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff [n 1] Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Sunday, April 13 3:00 p.m. at London Monarchs L 7–14 0–1 Stamford Bridge 10,718
2 Saturday, April 19 7:00 p.m. Amsterdam Admirals W 19–10 1–1 Waldstadion 31,729
3 Saturday, April 26 7:30 p.m. at Barcelona Dragons W 17–10 2–1 Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc 13,102
4 Saturday, May 3 7:00 p.m. Scottish Claymores L 3–9 2–2 Waldstadion 32,690
5 Saturday, May 10 7:00 p.m. at Rhein Fire L 7–10 2–3 Rheinstadion 32,140
6 Saturday, May 17 7:00 p.m. Rhein Fire L 20–21 2–4 Waldstadion 39,182
7 Saturday, May 24 7:00 p.m. London Monarchs W 31–7 3–4 Waldstadion 30,723
8 Sunday, June 1 3:00 p.m. at Scottish Claymores L 7–24 3–5 Murrayfield Stadium 11,618
9 Saturday, June 7 7:00 p.m. Barcelona Dragons W 29–17 4–5 Waldstadion 40,743
10 Saturday, June 14 7:00 p.m. at Amsterdam Admirals L 7–20 4–6 Amsterdam ArenA 19,486

[3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

Standings[edit]

World League of American Football
Team W L T PCT PF PA Home Road STK
Rhein Fire 7 3 0 .700 206 146 3–2 4–1 W3
Barcelona Dragons 5 5 0 .500 236 209 2–3 3–2 W1
Scottish Claymores 5 5 0 .500 134 154 2–3 3–2 L2
Amsterdam Admirals 5 5 0 .500 156 160 4–1 1–4 W1
Frankfurt Galaxy 4 6 0 .400 147 142 3–2 1–4 L1
London Monarchs 4 6 0 .400 116 184 2–3 2–3 L1

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Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at London Monarchs[edit]

Week One: Frankfurt Galaxy at London Monarchs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Frankfurt 7 0 0 0 7
London 0 6 6 2 14

at Stamford Bridge, London, England

  • Date: Sunday, April 13
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. BST
  • Game attendance: 10,718
  • Referee: Bill Carollo
  • [4]

Week 2: vs Amsterdam Admirals[edit]

Week Two: Amsterdam Admirals at Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Amsterdam 0 3 7 0 10
Frankfurt 10 3 3 3 19

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, April 19
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 31,729
  • Referee: Mike Pereira
  • [5]

Week 3: at Barcelona Dragons[edit]

Week Three: Frankfurt Galaxy at Barcelona Dragons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Frankfurt 0 3 3 11 17
Barcelona 7 0 0 3 10

at Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

  • Date: Saturday, April 26
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 13,102
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • [6]

Week 4: vs Scottish Claymores[edit]

Week Four: Scottish Claymores at Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Scotland 3 0 0 6 9
Frankfurt 0 3 0 0 3

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, May 3
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 32,690
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • [7]

Week 5: at Rhein Fire[edit]

Week Five: Frankfurt Galaxy at Rhein Fire – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Frankfurt 0 7 0 0 7
Rhein 0 0 7 3 10

at Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, May 10
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 32,140
  • Referee: Phil Luckett
  • [8]

Week 6: vs Rhein Fire[edit]

Week Six: Rhein Fire at Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 0 14 0 7 21
Frankfurt 3 7 7 3 20

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, May 17
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 39,182
  • [9]

Week 7: vs London Monarchs[edit]

Week Seven: London Monarchs at Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
London 0 7 0 0 7
Frankfurt 6 11 0 14 31

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, May 24
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 30,723
  • [10]

Week 8: at Scottish Claymores[edit]

Week Eight: Frankfurt Galaxy at Scottish Claymores – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Frankfurt 0 0 0 7 7
Scotland 0 3 14 7 24

at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Date: Sunday, June 1
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. BST
  • Game attendance: 11,618
  • [11]

Week 9: vs Barcelona Dragons[edit]

Week Nine: Barcelona Dragons at Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Barcelona 10 0 0 7 17
Frankfurt 0 21 2 6 29

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, June 7
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 40,743
  • [12]

Week 10: at Amsterdam Admirals[edit]

Week Ten: Frankfurt Galaxy at Amsterdam Admirals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Frankfurt 0 7 0 0 7
Amsterdam 0 7 13 0 20

at Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Date: Saturday, June 14
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 19,486
  • [13]

Awards[edit]

After the completion of the regular season, the All-World League team was selected by members of the media.[14] Overall, Frankfurt had eight players selected.[14] The selections were:

  • Shawn Banks, linebacker
  • Hillary Butler, linebacker
  • Johnny Dixon, safety
  • Cecil Doggette, cornerback
  • Jack Kellogg, cornerback
  • Ralf Kleinmann, placekicker
  • Frank Messmer, defensive national player
  • Bobby Phillips, running back

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All times local to where the game was played.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 World League draft". WorldLeague.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 1997. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b 1997 Frankfurt Galaxy Media Guide. 
  3. ^ a b "1997 Season in Review". The Official 1998 NFL Europe League Fact Book. pp. 218–222. 
  4. ^ a b Halling, Nick (April 14, 1997). "Monarchs make winning start". The Independent. London, England. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Associated Press (April 19, 1997). "Galaxy 19, Admirals 10". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Associated Press (April 26, 1997). "Last minute touchdown gives Galaxy 10–17 victory over Dragons". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Associated Press (May 3, 1997). "Claymores 9, Galaxy 3". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Associated Press (May 10, 1997). "Fire 10, Galaxy 7". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Associated Press (May 17, 1997). "Fire 21, Galaxy 20". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Associated Press (May 24, 1997). "Galaxy 31, Monarchs 7". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Associated Press (June 1, 1997). "Claymores 24, Galaxy 7". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Associated Press (June 7, 1997). "Galaxy 29, Dragons 17". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Associated Press (June 14, 1997). "Admirals 20, Galaxy 7". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "1997 All-World League team". WorldLeague.com. June 20, 1997. Archived from the original on July 9, 1997. Retrieved June 30, 2013.