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1980 AFA Timeline
 
May 1980
The league opens play with no designated commissioner this year. Instead, the league will be run by an eight member board made up from a representative from each team. Tiebreakers will be determined by the AFA's president, Bob Williams, who is also head coach of the Jacksonville Firebirds.
 
American Football Association logo 1980                      
American Football Association                    
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  Austin Texans logo   Carolina Chargers logo   Fort Worth Wranglers logo   Jacksonville Firebirds   Kentucky Trackers logo  
  Austin Texans   Carolina Chargers   Fort Worth Wranglers   Jacksonville Firebirds   Kentucky Trackers  
                     
  San Antonio Charros logo   Shreveport Steamer logo   West Virginia Rockets logo          
  San Antonio Charros   Shreveport Steamer   West Virginia Rockets
Champion
         
                     

1980
  American Football Association  
Western
Division
Eastern
Division
  Austin Texans   Carolina Chargers
  Fort Worth Wranglers     Jacksonville Firebirds
  San Antonio Charros   Kentucky Trackers
  Shreveport Steamer   West Virginia Rockets  

July 2, 1980
A group of six Louisville businessmen headed by Dyke Rawles have purchased the Kentucky Trackers from John Waits. Rawles said Waits "basically just signed over the franchise" to his group to get out from under the $75,000 debt the team had accumulated.

July 28, 1980
In a league meeting in Atlanta, the American Football Association announces they have revoked the Kentucky Trackers franchise. The league had considered asking each of the other Eastern Division teams to give the Trackers $10,000 per week to keep the franchise going.

AFA chairman Bob Williams said the Trackers had broken "virtually every rule in the book." The Trackers had allowed at least two players to participate under aliases, had failed to pay a $10,000 league fine for breaking other rules, and allowed players to participate that still had college eligibility remaining.

Also, the Trackers were operating under a phantom ownership where owner John W. Waits had turned the team over to Dyke Rawles at some point but the transfer papers had never made it to the league office.

The Trackers' remaining four games will be replacements with semi-pro teams from the Atlantic Coast League and the Dixie League. Those games will not count in AFA standings.

Game Results
 
Austin Texans logo     Austin Texans logo
Owner:     Lowell Libermann
Head coach:   Jim Davis
Stadium:   Nelson Field
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     at Shreveport Steamer --- L 33-18
06/07/1980   Fort Worth Wranglers 2,000 W 10-6
06/14/1980   at Carolina Chargers --- L 39-14
06/21/1980   at San Antonio Charros --- L 3-0
06/28/1980   at Shreveport Steamer --- W 27-23
07/05/1980   at Fort Worth Wranglers   --- W 31-13
07/12/1980   San Antonio Charros 4,500 L 56-33
07/19/1980   Shreveport Steamer 2,100 L 21-16
07/26/1980   Fort Worth Wranglers 1,000 W 29-14
08/02/1980   at San Antonio Charros --- L 35-14
  Final Season Results: 4-6
 
 
Carolina Chargers logo     Carolina Chargers logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   George Sauer, Jr.
Stadium:   Memorial Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/24/1980     at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 26-21
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     at West Virginia Rockets --- L 44-38
06/07/1980   Jacksonville Firebirds ??? W 34-24
06/14/1980   Austin Texans ??? W 39-14
06/21/1980   at Kentucky Trackers --- W 38-24
06/28/1980   West Virginia Rockets ??? W 26-22
07/05/1980   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- W 21-14
07/12/1980   Kentucky Trackers 5,000 W 41-21
07/19/1980   Jacksonville Firebirds ??? W 30-13
07/26/1980   at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 27-16
08/02/1980   Triple Cities Jets
    Atlantic Football Conference  
4,810 W 42-15
08/09/1980   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 19-18
08/16/1980   West Virginia Rockets ??? W 10-9
08/23/1980   James Island Hawks
    Atlantic Football League
2,000 W 59-7
  Regular Season Results: 8-3
  First Round Playoffs
08/30/1980   San Antonio Charros 4,500 W 36-20
  American Bowl
09/07/1980   at West Virginia Rockets --- L 42-18
  Post Season Results: 1-1
  Final Season Results: 9-4
 
 
Fort Worth Wranglers logo
Fort Worth Wranglers
Owners:     Tony Martin and Pat Noonan
Head coach:   John Holland
Stadium:   Elk Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     at San Antonio Charros --- L 32-6
06/07/1980   at Austin Texans --- L 10-6
06/14/1980   at Jacksonville Firebirds   --- L 56-6
06/21/1980   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 28-18
06/28/1980   San Antonio Charros ??? L 19-6
07/05/1980   Austin Texans ??? L 31-13
07/12/1980   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 56-0
07/19/1980   at San Antonio Charros --- L 29-7
07/26/1980   at Austin Texans --- L 29-14
08/02/1980   Shreveport Steamer ??? L 20-9
  Final Season Results: 0-10
 
 
Jacksonville Firebirds     Jacksonville Firebirds logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach: Bob Williams
Stadium:   Gator Bowl (71,000)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/24/1980     Carolina Chargers ??? W 26-21
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     Kentucky Trackers 8,000 W 21-20
06/07/1980   at Carolina Chargers --- L 34-24
06/14/1980   Fort Worth Wranglers 5,000 W 56-6
06/21/1980   at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 39-10
06/28/1980   Kentucky Trackers 1,500 W 49-29
07/05/1980   Carolina Chargers ??? L 21-14
07/12/1980   West Virginia Rockets ??? W 28-17
07/19/1980   at Carolina Chargers --- L 30-13
07/26/1980   Kentucky Trackers ??? W 45-6
08/02/1980   at West Virginia Rockets --- L 16-7
08/09/1980   Carolina Chargers ??? W 19-18
08/16/1980   Mobile Generals
    Dixie Football League
??? W 66-6
08/23/1980   West Virginia Rockets ??? W 19-7
  Final Season Results: 7-5
 
 
Kentucky Trackers logo     Kentucky Trackers logo
Owner:     John Waits
Head coaches:   Harry Lander (games 1-6)
Billy Mitchell (games 7-9)
Stadiums:   Fairgrounds Stadium (36,000)
* Ballard High School
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/24/1980     at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 35-14
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 21-20
06/07/1980   West Virginia Rockets
    Postponed due to tornado warnings  
    and does not count
600 PPD Losing
13-3
in 3rd
06/14/1980   Shreveport Steamer 300 L 14-7
06/21/1980   Carolina Chargers * 350 L 38-24
06/28/1980   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 49-29
07/05/1980   at West Virginia Rockets --- L 26-6
07/12/1980   at Carolina Chargers --- L 41-21
07/19/1980   West Virginia Rockets 200 L 29-20
07/26/1980   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 45-6
The Kentucky Trackers are forced out of the league
 
 
San Antonio Charros logo     San Antonio Charros logo
Owners:     B. J. "Red" McCombs, Tommy Turner, Sr., and Jim Dement
Head coach:   George Pasterchick
Stadium:   Alamo Stadium (24,000)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     at Fort Worth Wranglers 4,500 W 32-6
06/07/1980   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 31-20
06/14/1980   at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 43-0
06/21/1980   Austin Texans 2,000 W 3-0
06/28/1980   at Fort Worth Wranglers --- W 19-6
07/05/1980   Shreveport Steamer 1,000 L 19-14
07/12/1980   at Austin Texans --- W 56-33
07/19/1980   Fort Worth Wranglers ??? W 29-7
07/26/1980   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 20-16
08/02/1980   Austin Texans ??? W 35-14
  Regular Season Results: 6-4
  First Round Playoffs
08/30/1980   at Carolina Chargers --- L 36-20
  Post Season Results: 0-1
  Final Season Results: 6-5
 
 
Shreveport Steamer logo     Shreveport Steamer logo
Owner:     Ed Powell
Head coach:   Jim Williams
Stadium:   State Fair Stadium (52,000)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     Austin Texans 5,023 W 33-18
06/07/1980   San Antonio Charros ??? W 31-20
06/14/1980   at Kentucky Trackers --- W 14-7
06/21/1980   Fort Worth Wranglers ??? W 28-18
06/28/1980   Austin Texans ??? L 27-23
07/05/1980   at San Antonio Charros --- W 19-14
07/12/1980   Fort Worth Wranglers 2,000 W 56-0
07/19/1980   at Austin Texans --- W 21-16
07/26/1980   San Antonio Charros 2,500 W 20-16
08/02/1980   at Fort Worth Wranglers   --- W 20-9
  Regular Season Results: 9-1
  First Round Playoffs
08/30/1980   West Virginia Rockets ??? L 21-17
  Post Season Results: 0-1
  Final Season Results: 9-2
 
 
West Virginia Rockets logo     West Virginia Rockets logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   Perry Moss
Stadium:   Laidley Field (21,000)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/24/1980     Kentucky Trackers 7,600 W 35-14
  Regular Season
  05/31/1980     Carolina Chargers 8,100 W 44-38
06/07/1980   at Kentucky Trackers
    Postponed due to tornado warnings  
    and does not count
---  PPD Losing
13-3
in 3rd
06/14/1980   San Antonio Charros ??? W 43-0
06/21/1980   Jacksonville Firebirds ??? W 39-10
06/28/1980   at Carolina Chargers --- L 26-22
07/05/1980   Kentucky Trackers 5,500 W 26-6
07/12/1980   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 28-17
07/19/1980   at Kentucky Trackers --- W 29-20
07/26/1980   Carolina Chargers ??? W 27-16
08/02/1980   Jacksonville Firebirds ??? W 16-7
08/09/1980   Baltimore Eagles
    Atlantic Coast League
??? W 27-19
08/16/1980   at Carolina Chargers --- L 10-9
08/23/1980   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 19-7
  Regular Season Results: 7-4
  First Round Playoffs
08/30/1980   at Shreveport Steamer --- W 21-17
  American Bowl
09/07/1980   Carolina Chargers 14,000 W 42-18
  Post Season Results: 2-0
  Final Season Results: 9-4
1980 American Football Association champions

 
Photographs and Articles
 
Regular Season
 
Photograph
05/31/1980
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Larry Hearon (30), Gerald Saveie (83), Sam Coaxum (61), Derrick Battle (42)
 
Photograph
05/31/1980
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Ardis McCann (55)
 
Photograph
05/31/1980
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Arry Moody (35)
 
Photograph
05/31/1980
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: James Mosley (??)
 
Article     Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Photograph
05/31/1980
Carolina Chargers at West Virginia Rockets

West Virginia: Carl Clemens (73), Mike Horton (22),
Larry Mayer (18)
 
Photograph
05/31/1980
Carolina Chargers at West Virginia Rockets

West Virginia:
Buddy White (86)
 
Article
The Charlotte News
 
Photograph
06/07/1980
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: James Mosley (11), Arry Moody (35)
 
Photograph
06/07/1980
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Ken Smith (12)
San Antonio: Ron Pierson (74), Willie Jernigan (88)
 
Photograph
06/07/1980
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Arry Moody (35)
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
06/07/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Kentucky Trackers

Kentucky: Walter Hines (??)
West Virginia: Leon Jenkins (??)
Game did not complete because of tornado warnings
 
Photograph
06/07/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Kentucky Trackers

Kentucky: Ron Colter (??), Lawrence Ray Carr (??)
West Virginia: Larry McGee (48)
Game did not complete because of tornado warnings
 
Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Photograph
06/07/1980
Jacksonville Firebirds at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (15)
 
Photograph
06/07/1980
Jacksonville Firebirds at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Terry Bellamy (??), Joe Crosby (52), Tony Byrum (??)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Photograph
06/14/1980
Austin Texans at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (15)
 
Photograph
06/14/1980
Austin Texans at Carolina Chargers

Austin: Ben Dial (??)
 
Photograph
06/14/1980
Austin Texans at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Bo Darden (??)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Article
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Article     Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Photograph
06/21/1980
Fort Worth at Shreveport Steamer
 
Photograph
06/21/1980
Fort Worth at Shreveport Steamer
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph]
06/28/1980
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Austin: Mike Washington (??)
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
06/28/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

West Virginia: Larry McGee
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Article
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Article
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
07/12/1980
San Antonio Charros at Austin Texans

Austin: Mike Washington (15)
 
Article     Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/12/1980
Fort Worth Wranglers at Shreveport Steamer
 
Photograph
07/12/1980
Fort Worth Wranglers at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Vernon Wells (18)
Fort Worth: Randy Baldwin (35)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
07/12/1980
Carolina Chargers at Kentucky Trackers

Carolina: Glenn Holland (??)
 
Photograph
07/12/1980
Carolina Chargers at Kentucky Trackers

Carolina: Harold Rudolph (45)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
07/19/1980
Shreveport Steamer at Austin Texans

Shreveport: Walter Chapman (69)
 
Article     Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/19/1980
Jacksonville Firebirds at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Carlos Stroman (83)
Jacksonville: Vernon James (35), Marty Hammock (31)
 
Photograph
07/19/1980
Jacksonville Firebirds at Carolina Chargers

Jacksonville: Cleo House (33)
Carolina: Tony Suber (86)
 
Article     Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
07/19/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Kentucky Trackers

Kentucky: Chris Hill (??)
 
Photograph
07/19/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Kentucky Trackers

Kentucky: Buddy White (??)
 
Photograph
07/19/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Kentucky Trackers

Kentucky: Chris Hill (??)
West Virginia: Leon Jenkins (??)
 
Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Article
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Article     Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/26/1980
Carolina Chargers at West Virginia Rockets

Carolina: Tony Byrum (??)
West Virginia: Buddy White (86)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
07/26/1980
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Clarence Odum (??)
San Antonio: Dudley Keller (20), Tally Neal (50)
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Article
The Louisville Courier-Journal
 
Article     Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
08/02/1980 - EXHIBITION
Atlantic Football Conference's Triple Cities Jets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (15)
 
Photograph
08/02/1980 - EXHIBITION
Atlantic Football Conference's Triple Cities Jets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (15)
 
Photograph
08/02/1980 - EXHIBITION
Atlantic Football Conference's Triple Cities Jets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (??)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
08/09/1980 - EXHIBITION
Atlantic Coast League's Baltimore Eagles at West Virginia Rockets

West Virginia: David Riley (33)
 
Photograph
08/09/1980 - EXHIBITION
Atlantic Coast League's Baltimore Eagles at West Virginia Rockets

West Virginia: Larry Mayer (18)
courtesy of Jeff Creamer
 
Photograph
08/09/1980 - EXHIBITION
Atlantic Coast League's Baltimore Eagles at West Virginia Rockets

West Virginia: Larry Mayer (18)
courtesy of Jeff Creamer
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
08/16/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Alan Overton (35)
West Virginia: Bart Batten (1)
 
Photograph
08/16/1980
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (15), Doug Banks (32)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
08/02/1980 - EXHIBITION
Atlantic Football League's James Island Hawks at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Jerome Simmons (??)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Playoffs
 
Photograph
08/30/1980 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
West Virginia Rockets at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Ken Smith (12)
 
Photograph
08/30/1980 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
West Virginia Rockets at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Rod Foppe (14)
West Virginia: Mike Siganos (24)
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
08/30/1980 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
San Antonio Charros at Carolina Chargers
 
ArticleArticle
The Charlotte Observer
 
American Bowl
 
Photograph
09/07/1980 - AMERICAN BOWL
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (15)
West Virginia: Calvin Parker (??)
 
Article     Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
 
Schedules
 
Schedule Schedule
Jacksonville Firebirds West Virginia Rockets
 
 
Tickets
 
ticket
06/07/1980
Jacksonville Firebirds at Carolina Chargers
 
 
Programs
 
Program Program
06/07/1980
Jacksonville Firebirds at Carolina Chargers
06/14/1980
San Antonio Charros at West Virginia Rockets
   
Program Program
08/16/1980
EXHIBITION
Mobile Generals (Dixie League) at Jacksonville Firebirds
1980 DATE UNKNOWN
Opponent unknown at San Antonio Charros
courtesy of Jeff Creamer
   
Program  
09/07/1980
AMERICAN BOWL
Carolina Chargers at West Virginia Rockets
 
 
 
Miscellaneous
 
Article
 
Miscellaneous
Jacksonville Firebirds Flyer
 
Photograph
Fort Worth Wranglers cheerleaders
 
Photograph
San Antonio Charros cheerleaders
 
Photograph
Shreveport Steamer cheerleaders
 
Miscellaneous
 
Virginia Rockets car tag
West Virginia Rockets car tag
 
 
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