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]

PlayerPositionBirth DateHeightWeightHometown
Baesso, MarioDSeptember 5, 19455'7 --Sao Paolo, Brazil
Bena, StevanDAugust 23, 19355'11"170Serbia
Conde, LeonelG 19376'2"174Uruguay
Constancia, JoseFMarch 19, 1945 -- --Willemstad, Curaçao
Čop, MilanM, DOctober 5, 19415'10"168Slavonski Brod, Croatia
Crawford, RoelM---- -- --
Davidović, DimitriD, MMay 21, 19445'10"160Aleksandrovac, Serbia
Djukic, DraganMMarch 29, 19396'1"160Belgrade, Serbia
Gavrić, MomčiloDAugust 4, 19385'10"170Sinj, Croatia
Hoftvedt, TrondMMay 30, 19415'10"166Oslo, Norway
Lievano, GeorgeF -- -- --San Salvador, El Salvador
Lukić, IlijaFDecember 12, 19425'9"150Serbia
Lunnis, RoyDNovember 4, 1939 -- --London, England
Marin, EdgarF, MMarch 22, 19435'5"135San Jose, Costa Rica
Milosevic, SeleFApril 4, 19406'0"167Šabac, Serbia
Mitić, IlijaM, FJuly 19, 19405'10"160Belgrade, Serbia
Quiros, WilliamF, MOctober 10, 19415'5"143Alajuela, Costa Rica
Rowan, BarryFApril 24, 19425'9"163Willesden, England
Saccone, AdemarF, MOctober 11, 19345'10"160Montevideo, Uruguay
Scott, MelvynMSeptember 26, 1939 -- --Claygate, England
Stojanović, MirkoGJuly 11, 19396'0"190Zagreb, Croatia
Wiestal, Kay-ArneF --5'10"165Sweden
Zuniga, JoseF -- -- --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.