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1977 AFA Timeline

May 16, 1977
It is reported that an existing San Antonio amateur league football team named the San Antonio Charros is trying to create a new minor league football league named the American Football Association.

Harry Lander, the Charros head coach, and Roger Gill, the Charros general manager, claim to have investors lined up.

Lander and Gill are in discussions with potential teams to be based in Tulsa, El Paso, Wichita Falls, and other cities. The two men had been organizing a new league named the Texas Professional Football League, but it is not known why the name has been changed.

The new league will be based on the World Football League's 'Hemmeter Plan', which was put in place in the league's second season to ensure teams started the season with proper funding. While that plan did not save the WFL from ultimately folding during the season, Gill believes it will be good for the AFA. "The WFL did not go under because the Hemmeter Plan was bad. The Hemmeter Plan was good but it was not enforced properly. For instance, we (the WFL's San Antonio Wings) were supposed to be able to exist three years on just $600,000. We ended up spending $2 million and were still trying to borrow more money when it ended."

May 25, 1977
It is announced that the Charros will join five other clubs from Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, Oklahoma City, and Wichita Falls to establish the American Football Association.

Incredibly, the league is giving itself less than a month before the first exhibition games will be played. Besides holding tryouts, each team will be scrambling to find venues available for rent on such short notice.

After playing two exhibition games, each team will play twelve regular season games beginning on July 2nd.

The Charros head coach, Harry Lander, will also be the league's president.

Rosters will be limited to 40 players, and plans are to pay the players 1% of each game's gate receipts. 

Rules will be a combination of college and professional. Two point conversions are allowed and field goals will be worth 3 points (from 1 to 39 yards), 4 points (from 40 to 49 yards), and 5 points (beyond 50 yards).

League headquarters will be located in San Antonio.

June 1977

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July 3, 1977
AFA president Harry Lander says the league has forced the Fort Worth Stars out. "They have not secured a stadium, have not paid the league dues, and have not secured medical insurance - they are not quality enough for this league."

August 24, 1977
The Houston Seagulls fold due to financial difficulties.

Jim Chambers, founder of the proposed Southern Football League, claims the Seagulls will be members of his league when it starts up in October.

September 3, 1977
The San Antonio Charros are undefeated in regular season play and are named champions of the American Football Association for 1977.

Game Results
 
Austin Texans logo     Austin Texans logo
     
Owner:     Roger Gill
Head coaches:   Jim Davis (games 1-5)
Jerry Bettis (games 6-8)
Stadium:   Pflugerville High School (4,500)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/18/1977     Houston Seagulls 3,200 W 25-0
06/25/1977   Wichita Falls Steelers 3,000 W 14-12
  Regular Season
07/02/1977   at Houston Seagulls --- W 32-12
07/09/1977   Oklahoma Warriors 4,000 W 31-28
07/23/1977   Wichita Falls Steelers 3,000 W 17-12
07/30/1977   San Antonio Charros 5,000 L 18-11
08/06/1977   Houston Seagulls 2,300 W 34-6
08/13/1977   at Oklahoma Warriors   --- L 23-2
08/27/1977   at Wichita Falls Steelers --- L 26-7
09/03/1977   at San Antonio Charros --- L 52-34
  Final Season Results: 4-4
 
 
Fort Worth Stars
     
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   Billy Sadler
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/18/1977     at Wichita Falls Steelers --- L 41-0
06/25/1977   at Oklahoma Warriors   --- L 58-0
  Regular Season
07/02/1977   at San Antonio Charros --- L 77-0
The Fort Worth Stars are forced out of the league
 
 
Houston Seagulls
     
Owners:     Bill Blan and Curtis Barnes
Head coach:   Curtis Barnes
Stadium:   St. Pius Stadium (5,500)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/18/1977     at Austin Texans --- L 25-0
06/25/1977   at San Antonio Charros --- L 50-0
  Regular Season
07/02/1977   Austin Texans 2,300 L 32-12
07/16/1977   ??? Wichita Falls Steelers   ??? L 21-8
07/23/1977   at San Antonio Charros --- L 43-6
07/30/1977   Oklahoma Warriors   ??? L 53-6
08/06/1977   at Austin Texans --- L 34-6
The Houston Seagulls fold
 
 
Oklahoma City Warriors logo     Oklahoma City Warriors logo
     
Owner:     Brooks Mosier
Head coach:   Brooks Mosier
Stadium:   Capitol Hill Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/18/1977     at San Antonio Charros --- W 28-24
06/25/1977   Fort Worth Stars 1,700 W 58-0
  Regular Season
07/02/1977   at Wichita Falls Steelers   --- W 38-6
07/09/1977   at Austin Texans --- L 31-28
07/16/1977   San Antonio Charros 962 L 26-21
07/30/1977   at Houston Seagulls --- W 53-6
08/06/1977   Wichita Falls Steelers 1,200 W 29-0
08/13/1977   Austin Texans 2,000 W 23-2
08/20/1977   at San Antonio Charros --- L 48-0
  Final Season Results: 4-3
 
 
San Antonio Charros logo     San Antonio Charros logo
     
Owner:     Harry Lander
Head coach:   Harry Lander
Stadiums:   Harlandale Memorial Stadium
* South San Antonio High Stadium
** Alamo Stadium
*** Northside Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/18/1977     Oklahoma Warriors 500 L 28-24
06/25/1977   Houston Seagulls 1,000 W 50-0
  Regular Season
07/02/1977   Fort Worth Stars 1,500 W 77-0
07/09/1977   Wichita Falls Steelers 1,000 W 37-0
07/16/1977   at Oklahoma Warriors --- W 26-21
07/23/1977   Houston Seagulls * ??? W 43-6
07/30/1977   at Austin Texans --- W 18-11
08/13/1977   at Wichita Falls Steelers --- W 26-9
08/20/1977   Oklahoma Warriors **   ??? W 48-0
09/03/1977   Austin Texans *** 1,200 W 52-34
  Final Season Results: 8-0
1977 American Football Association champions
 
 
Wichita Falls Steelers
     
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   Mike Wyatt
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/18/1977     Fort Worth Stars ??? W 41-0
06/25/1977   at Austin Texans --- L 14-12
  Regular Season
07/02/1977   Oklahoma Warriors ??? L 38-6
07/09/1977   at San Antonio Charros --- L 37-0
07/16/1977   ??? Houston Seagulls ??? W 21-8
07/23/1977   at Austin Texans --- L 17-12
08/06/1977   at Oklahoma Warriors   --- L 29-0
08/13/1977   San Antonio Charros ??? L 26-9
08/27/1977   Austin Texans ??? W 26-7
  Final Season Results: 2-5

   
Photographs and Articles
 
  Preseason
 
Photograph
6/18/1977
Houston Seagulls at Austin Texans

Austin: James Nunn (??)
 
Photograph
6/18/1977
Houston Seagulls at Austin Texans

Austin: Scooter Monzingo (12)
Houston: John Luna (77)
 
Photograph
6/18/1977
Houston Seagulls at Austin Texans

Austin: Ray Mack (78), David Terrazas (75)
 
Photograph
6/18/1977
Houston Seagulls at Austin Texans

Austin: John Holmes (29), Richard Black (44)
 
Photograph
06/25/1977
Wichita Falls Steelers at Austin Texans

Austin: James Nunn (32)
 
Photograph
06/25/1977
Fort Worth Stars at Oklahoma Warriors

Fort Worth: Ricky Kelly (??)
Oklahoma: Mike Jones (12)
 
  Regular Season
 
Article
San Antonio Express-News
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/09/1977
Oklahoma Warriors at Austin Texans

Austin: Larry Carter (82)

Oklahoma: Archie White (30)
 
Photograph
07/09/1977
Oklahoma Warriors at Austin Texans

Austin: Richard Black (44)

Oklahoma: James Thatcher (88)
 
Photograph
07/09/1977
Oklahoma Warriors at Austin Texans

Oklahoma: Mike Jones (12)
Austin: Ray Washington (78)
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/09/1977
Wichita Falls Steelers at San Antonio Charros

San Antonio: Buddy Tomasi (21)
 
Article
San Antonio Express-News
 
Article
San Antonio Express-News
 
Photograph
07/23/1977
Houston Seagulls at San Antonio Charros

San Antonio: David Wehmeyer (35)
 
Article
San Antonio Express-News
 
Photograph
07/23/1977
Wichita Falls Steelers at Austin Texans

Austin: Leonard Brantley (??)
 
Photograph
07/23/1977
Wichita Falls Steelers at Austin Texans

Austin: Thurman Benford (80), Paul Rich (??)
Wichita Falls: Danny Waggoner (41)
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/30/1977
San Antonio Charros at Austin Texans

Austin: David Terrazas (75), Duane Foster (??), Jim Dreyer (??)
San Antonio: Joe Gross (9)
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Photograph
08/06/1977
Houston Seagulls at Austin Texans

Austin: Al Maves (24), John Holmes (29), Ray Mack (78), Cornell Reese (55)
Houston: Mickey Kuhn (??)
 
Photograph
08/06/1977
Houston Seagulls at Austin Texans

Austin: David Terrazas (75)
Houston: Claude Reed (11)
 
Photograph
08/06/1977
Houston Seagulls at Austin Texans

Austin: Ray Mack (78), David Terrazas (75)
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
08/20/1977
Oklahoma Warriors at San Antonio Charros

Oklahoma: Johnny Eastep
 
Article
San Antonio Express-News
 
Article
San Antonio Express-News
 
Photograph
09/03/1977
Austin Texans at San Antonio Charros

San Antonio: David Wehmeyer (??)
 
Article
 
Article
San Antonio Express-News
 
 
Programs
   
Program  
07/16/1977
San Antonio Charros at Oklahoma Warriors

program courtesy of Mike McCarthy
 
   
   
Tickets
 
Ticket
07/30/1977
San Antonio Charros at Austin Texans
 
 
Miscellaneous 
 
Article
 
Photograph
San Antonio Charros
 
Photograph
Austin Texans
 
Photograph
Oklahoma Warriors
 
 
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