Oakland Stompers

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Oakland Stompers
Oakland stompers logo.png
Full nameOakland Stompers
Nickname(s)Stompers
Founded1978
Dissolved1978; 41 years ago (1978)
GroundOakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Capacity50,000
ChairmanMilan Mandarić
LeagueNASL

The Oakland Stompers were a soccer team in the North American Soccer League (NASL) which played the 1978 season in the NASL. The Stompers played in the Western Division of the American Conference and finished the year with a 12-18 record. This placed them in third place out of the four teams in their conference, and out of playoff contention.

Team history[edit]

At the end of the 1977 NASL season, Silicon Valley businessman (and former owner of the San Jose Earthquakes) Milan Mandarić bought the Connecticut Bicentennials and relocated them to Oakland. The club, renamed the Stompers, moved into Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, previously home of the NASL's Oakland Clippers in 1967-68.

The club drew 32,104 in their home opener against cross-bay rival San Jose in April (at the time, the largest crowd ever to see a pro league soccer match in California), but could only break 20,000 once more, against the Cosmos in July. Most of their crowds were in the 8,000-to-10,000 range, and they averaged only 11,929 on the season. (The Coliseum was a lonely place in the summer of '78: the Stompers' co-tenants, baseball's Oakland Athletics, attracted just 7,218 fans per home date.) The crowds were insufficient to pay the bills, so at the end of the 1978 season, the team was sold and moved to Edmonton, Alberta where the team was renamed the Edmonton Drillers.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League W L T Pts Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attend.
1978 NASL 12 18 103 3rd, American Conference, Western Division Did Not Qualify 11,929

Roster[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Shep Messing
2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Joe Raduka
3 England DF Alec Lindsay
4 Germany DF Volker Fass
4 England DF John Rowlands
5 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Blagoje Paunović
6 Germany MF Peter Enders
6 Canada DF Bruce Twamley
7 South Africa FW Geoff Wegerle
8 Nigeria MF Andy Atuegbu
9 Israel FW Ehud Ben-Tovim
9 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Miro Djordjevic
9 United States FW Mike Flater
10 Germany MF Karl-Heinz Mrosko
No. Position Player
11 United States FW Mark Liveric
12 England FW Andy McCulloch
13 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FW Bogdan Turudija
14 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Alex Lesh
15 United States DF Lee Atack
16 United States FW Tony Graham
17 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Mike Dokich
17 Poland DF Franciszek Smuda
18 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FW Božidar Ban
19 United States GK Gene DuChateau
20 United States FW Archie Roboostoff
21 Israel MF Shmuel Rosenthal
22 United States FW Johnny Moore

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