Oakland Clippers

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Oakland Clippers
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Full nameOakland Clippers
Founded1966
DissolvedJune 4, 1969[1]
GroundOakland–Alameda County Coliseum,
Oakland, California
Capacity47,416
ChairmanJoseph O'Neill & H.T. Hilliard
LeagueNPSL (1967)
NASL (1968)

The Oakland Clippers were a soccer team based out of Oakland, California that played in the non-FIFA sanctioned National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Their home field was Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

Overview[edit]

The Clippers brought the first-ever national professional championship in any sport to the City of Oakland. In 1967 they won the Western Division and overall regular season titles. They went on to win the NPSL Final over the Baltimore Bays and the Commission's Cup over the St. Louis Stars.[2] Following the 1967 season, the team joined the newly formed North American Soccer League (NASL), the result of the merger between the NPSL and the United Soccer Association (USA).

In 1968 the Clippers had an identical record to the Western Division Champion San Diego Toros and a higher goal-differential, but the Toros had more league points. Oakland finished in second place in the division and therefore failed to qualify for the playoffs. The unique points system denied them the chance to defend their post-season title in the merged league.

From September 1968 to June 1969 the Oakland Clippers, now playing as the California Clippers, played an independent schedule against top foreign club teams while waiting for the North American Soccer League to become reconstituted. The club folded following the 1968 NASL season.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League W L T Pts Reg. Season Playoffs Cup
1967 NPSL 19 8 5 185 1st, Western Division Won Championship Won Commissioners Cup
1968 NASL 18 8 6 185 2nd, Pacific Division Did not qualify Did not enter

Honors[edit]

Team Roster[edit]

1967 Roster[3][edit]

Player Position Birth Date Height Weight Hometown
Baesso, Mario D September 5, 1945 5'7 -- São Paulo, Brazil
Bena, Stevan D August 23, 1935 5'11" 170 Serbia
Conde, Leonel G 1937 6'2" 174 Uruguay
Constancia, Jose F March 19, 1945 -- -- Willemstad, Curaçao
Čop, Milan M, D October 5, 1941 5'10" 168 Slavonski Brod, Croatia
Crawford, Roel M -- -- -- --
Davidović, Dimitri D, M May 21, 1944 5'10" 160 Aleksandrovac, Serbia
Djukic, Dragan M March 29, 1939 6'1" 160 Belgrade, Serbia
Gavrić, Momčilo D August 4, 1938 5'10" 170 Sinj, Croatia
Hoftvedt, Trond M May 30, 1941 5'10" 166 Oslo, Norway
Lievano, George F -- -- -- San Salvador, El Salvador
Lukić, Ilija F December 12, 1942 5'9" 150 Serbia
Lunnis, Roy D November 4, 1939 -- -- London, England
Marin, Edgar F, M March 22, 1943 5'5" 135 San Jose, Costa Rica
Milosevic, Sele F April 4, 1940 6'0" 167 Šabac, Serbia
Mitić, Ilija M, F July 19, 1940 5'10" 160 Belgrade, Serbia
Quiros, William F, M October 10, 1941 5'5" 143 Alajuela, Costa Rica
Rowan, Barry F April 24, 1942 5'9" 163 Willesden, England
Saccone, Ademar F, M October 11, 1934 5'10" 160 Montevideo, Uruguay
Scott, Melvyn M September 26, 1939 -- -- Claygate, England
Stojanović, Mirko G July 11, 1939 6'0" 190 Zagreb, Croatia
Wiestal, Kay-Arne F -- 5'10" 165 Sweden
Zuniga, Jose F -- -- -- Costa Rica

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oakland Clippers Friendlies". NASLJerseys.com.
  2. ^ Meyers, Jeff (September 19, 1967). "Clippers Down Stars, Win Cup". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 5C. Retrieved October 16, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "1967 Oakland Clippers Roster". JustSportsStats.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.