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1981 AFA Timeline
 
February 9, 1981
     Photograph
  League commissioner
Billy Kilmer
   
At a press conference, Billy Kilmer is introduced as commissioner of the American Football Association.

Kilmer will be the league's first full-time commissioner.

Having played quarterback in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers, and the New Orleans Saints, Kilmer is best known as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

Kilmer retired from football in 1978.

May 20, 1981
At an owner's meeting, the AFA is forced to cancel the tentative contract the league had with a national independent network, Mizlou.

The network had assured the AFA they could put together a package of weekly national telecasts. The league wasn't depending on the money from the deal, expected to average only $35,000 per team, but for the national exposure.

However, Mizlou found it difficult to attract sponsors and stations. In fact, the network still had no major sponsor and only 21 stations willing to commit to showing games.

A Mizlou game-of-the-month and playoff coverage is still a possibility, however.

Kilmer remains optimistic for the league's future on the small screen. "Television remains a big possibility. The doors aren't closed yet and I'm working on cable deals and other things."

May 1981
American Football Association logo 1981                      
American Football Association                    
xx   xx   xx   xx   xx   xx
  Austin Texans logo   Carolina Chargers logo   Chicago Fire logo   Jacksonville Firebirds   Orlando Americans logo  
  Austin Texans   Carolina Chargers   Chicago Fire   Jacksonville Firebirds   Orlando Americans  
                     
  San Antonio Charros logo   Shreveport Steamer logo   Texas Wranglers logo   Virginia Hunters logo   West Virginia Rockets logo  
  San Antonio Charros   Shreveport Steamer   Texas Wranglers   Virginia Hunters   West Virginia Rockets
Champion
 
                     

1981
  American Football Association  
Western
Division
Eastern
Division
  Austin Texans   Carolina Chargers
  Chicago Fire   Jacksonville Firebirds
  San Antonio Charros   Orlando Americans
  Shreveport Steamer   Virginia Hunters
  Texas Wranglers   West Virginia Rockets

June 13, 1981
Five key players of the Carolina Chargers have quit before the team departed for their game in Chicago. The players are Ed Thomas, Reid Squires, Dennis Matthews, Sam Cook, and Roger Harris.

Head coach Mike Faulkiner was surprised by their decision. "They never said anything about a problem with me. And I certainly don't have any hard feeling toward them. They weren't making any money, we were 0-2, and they had to make that 15-hour bus ride. This did draw us (the remaining team members) closer together. This is the kind of thing that could tear a team apart."

June 17, 1981
The Carolina Charger players issue an ultimatum to the city of Charlotte... if 8,000 or more paying fans don't attend this week's game they will quit the team, forcing the league to fold the franchise.

Their dissatisfaction lies with their pay, and want the team's ownership to guarantee a small salary that doesn't depend on the number of fans in the stands.

June 18, 1981
The Carolina Chargers head coach, Mike Faulkiner, resigns during evening practice. "I'm not running from anything. The frustration just got too great for me. I worry about how this will hurt my career. The NFL will look at me and see that I was a first year head coach and the team folded. They'll wonder if I can hold it together."

June 23, 1981
In a unanimous vote, Carolina Chargers players decide to suspend play for the remainder of this season.

Last week, the players issued an ultimatum to the fans in Charlotte... if 8,000 fans don't attend the next home game, the players would walk. Not even half that number of fans showed up for the game on Saturday, which then prompted the voting. Players claim they have made only $65 to this point in the season.

Regarding the team's management, reportedly the Chargers owe the IRS $10,000.

June 24, 1981
AFA commissioner Billy Kilmer meets with the Chargers players, staff, and management to iron out their issues.

Kilmer announces that the Chargers will play on Saturday in Shreveport.

June 26, 1981
A member of the Orlando Americans admits he impersonated former Georgia All-American guard Randy Johnson to make the team.

When he joined the team, it was obvious to everyone that his skills had deteriorated and that he was out of shape. A member of the staff noted, "nobody can go that far downhill that fast." The fake Johnson never cracked the starting lineup before being discovered.

The real Randy Johnson, a 3-year veteran of the NFL says he may sue the imposter.

June 27, 1981
After meeting with Kilmer, the Carolina Chargers players vote again to walk out on the team. This vote was so heated that many players had to be restrained from fighting each other.
 
Photograph 
 
Kilmer made it official when he announced, "Carolina is out of the AFA. They have no team. Completely, absolutely dead. As long as I stay as commissioner, there will never be a team in Charlotte again."

Since the next game was so close, the league gave Shreveport a forfeiture win in the standings.

July 4, 1981
AFA commissioner Billy Kilmer says he has been in negotiations with organizers of the proposed International Football League to merge the two leagues. "We have been talking to them for a long while. We are having an (AFA) owners meeting Monday. They (the IFL) are coming in with their people, and we will try to find an agreeable formula. Basically, they agree with our concept."

Kilmer gave no timetable for the merge.

July 8, 1981
At an owner's meeting in Dallas, the AFA decides not to merge with the International Football League.

The main concern is team budgets. The IFL plans to allow each team a $1 to $2 million budget, while existing AFA teams have budget between $200,000 to $400,000.

July 15, 1981
League officials decide that all games played against the Carolina Chargers will be counted as "no contest". The forfeit the league had given to Shreveport was removed.

Additionally, any individual player statistics from those games would be counted in determining league leaders, which could help players that had incentive clauses written into their contracts.

July 29, 1981
Shreveport Steamer players are unhappy with owner Ed Powell's decision to drop the team's eight player taxi squad. Cutting the taxi squad will save Powell $2,400 over the remaining three games. Team members vote to continue playing, but Powell said the final decision is his to make, "The damage has already been done and is too severe. I think the decision to continue this season is now up to me. I was very disappointed that some of the players saw fit to bring the issue into the press last night."

July 31, 1981
Powell said he will try to sell the Steamers franchise. "The ball club was for sale last year. The only thing that kept me from selling was nobody would buy it."

Powell said he lost $75,000 last year and has already lost $100,000 this season, with three games yet to play.

August 4, 1981
Ed Powell, owner of the Shreveport Steamer, announces that he will be folding the franchise immediately, which means the Steamer will not be playing their final two games.

Powell said the players have been playing with a lack of effort and were upset that he would stop paying the taxi squad players. This, in spite of Powell going against league rules of paying his players a set amount each week instead of the 1% they were supposed to be earning.

"Because of weeks of dissention among players about the coaches and me, I've come to the conclusion, especially after Saturday's game, that the players are not able to concentrate and give their best," Powell said.

August 14, 1981
Austin Texans owner Lowell Libermann announces to the media that tomorrow's game against the Texas Wranglers has been cancelled and that he is folding the Texans immediately.

"The problems associated with the total league's activities has made further participation for this season without merit" with Libermann referring to the player payments other teams have made in spite of league rules.

August 16, 1981
Billy Kilmer announces that he has resigned as commissioner of the AFA. Kilmer will be co-commissioner with current AFA president Roger Gill until the American Bowl. At that point, Gill will become the league's commissioner.

Game Results
 
Austin Texans logo     Austin Texans logo
Owner:     Lowell Libermann
Head coach:   Randy Johnson
Stadium:   Nelson Field
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 41-13
06/06/1981   Chicago Fire 4,000 L 27-15
06/13/1981   at San Antonio Charros --- L 42-22
06/20/1981   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 53-21
06/27/1981   San Antonio Charros 1,500 L 19-18
07/04/1981   at Texas Wranglers --- W 20-7
07/11/1981   Shreveport Steamer 1,500 L 38-33
07/18/1981   West Virginia Rockets 1,500 L 17-12
07/25/1981   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 30-6
08/03/1981   at Chicago Fire --- L 55-25
08/15/1981   Texas Wranglers --- L Forfeit
The Austin Texans fold
 
 
Carolina Chargers logo     Carolina Chargers logo
Owner:     Earl Todd
Head coaches:   Mike Faulkiner (games 1-3)
Gerald Hasty (game 4)
Stadium:   Memorial Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/16/1981     Jacksonville Firebirds 4,031 L 25-22
05/22/1981   Virginia Hunters 2,116 W 14-10
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     at Jacksonville Firebirds   --- L 19-13
06/06/1981   West Virginia Rockets 3,121 L 20-10
06/13/1981   at Chicago Fire --- W 28-23
06/20/1981   San Antonio Charros 3,071 W 51-39
The Carolina Chargers fold
 
 
Chicago Fire logo     Chicago Fire logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   Jim Morel
Stadium:   Soldier Field
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/23/1981     at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 12-7
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     at Shreveport Steamer --- L 23-20
06/06/1981   at Austin Texans --- W 27-15
06/13/1981   Carolina Chargers 6,425 L * 28-23
06/20/1981   at Virginia Hunters --- W 27-25
06/27/1981   Texas Wranglers 5,530 W 23-7
07/04/1981   Shreveport Steamer 6,900 W 24-15
07/13/1981   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 26-23
07/18/1981   at Texas Wranglers --- L 21-14
07/25/1981   San Antonio Charros 8,500 W 24-15
08/03/1981   Austin Texans 8,000 W 55-25
08/10/1981   Jacksonville Firebirds 6,000 W 13-12
08/15/1981   at San Antonio Charros --- W 38-14
  Regular Season Results: 8-3 (8-4 on the field)
  First Round Playoffs
08/23/1981   Jacksonville Firebirds 5,000 W 24-17
  American Bowl
08/30/1981   at West Virginia Rockets --- L 29-21
  Post Season Results: 1-1
  Final Season Results: 9-4 (9-5 on the field)
* Game does not count due to Carolina franchise folding.
 
 
Jacksonville Firebirds     Jacksonville Firebirds logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   Corky Rodgers
Stadium:   Gator Bowl
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/16/1981     at Carolina Chargers --- W 25-22
05/24/1981   Orlando Americans ??? W 27-7
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     Carolina Chargers ??? W * 19-13
06/06/1981   at Orlando Americans --- L 36-17
06/13/1981   at Virginia Hunters --- L 16-14
06/20/1981   Austin Texans --- W 53-21
06/28/1981   Virginia Hunters ??? W 34-23
07/04/1981   at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 30-9
07/13/1981   Chicago Fire ??? W 26-23
07/26/1981   Orlando Americans 7,000 W 20-14
08/01/1981   West Virginia Rockets ??? W 20-7
08/10/1981   at Chicago Fire --- L 13-12
08/15/1981   at Shreveport Steamer --- L Forfeit
  08/15/1981     Marietta Thunderbolts
    Georgia Professional Football Association  
??? W 68-0
  Regular Season Results: 5-5 (6-5 on the field)
  First Round Playoffs
08/23/1981   at Chicago Fire --- L 24-17
  Post Season Results: 0-1
  Final Season Results: 5-6 (6-6 on the field)
* Game does not count due to Carolina franchise folding.
 
 
Orlando Americans logo
Owner:     Abe Fletcher
Head coach:   Bob Williams
Stadium:   Tangerine Bowl
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/24/1981     at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 27-7
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     at Virginia Hunters --- L 30-27
06/06/1981   Jacksonville Firebirds 7,835 W 36-17
06/13/1981   at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 31-13
06/20/1981   Shreveport Steamer 4,784 W 33-13
06/27/1981   West Virginia Rockets 6,600 L 21-20
07/03/1981   at San Antonio Charros --- L 24-17
07/18/1981   Virginia Hunters 4,100 L (OT) 15-9
07/26/1981   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 20-14
08/01/1981   San Antonio Charros 2,500 L 26-23
08/08/1981   Texas Wranglers 1,100 W 32-3
  Final Season Results: 3-7
 
 
San Antonio Charros logo     San Antonio Charros logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   George Pasterchick
Stadium:   Harlandale Memorial Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     at Texas Wranglers --- L 27-7
06/06/1981   Shreveport Steamer 3,500 W 37-15
06/13/1981   Austin Texans 1,500 W 42-22
06/20/1981   at Carolina Chargers --- L * 51-39
06/27/1981   at Austin Texans --- W 19-18
07/03/1981   Orlando Americans 2,500 W 24-17
07/11/1981   Texas Wranglers ??? W 41-20
07/18/1981   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 7-3
07/25/1981   at Chicago Fire --- L 24-15
08/01/1981   at Orlando Americans --- W 26-23
08/08/1981   at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 41-9
  08/15/1981     Chicago Fire ??? L 38-14
  Regular Season Results: 6-5 (6-6 on the field)
  First Round Playoffs
08/23/1981   at West Virginia Rockets --- L 41-12
  Post Season Results: 0-1
  Final Season Results: 6-6 (6-7 on the field)
* Game does not count due to Carolina franchise folding.
 
 
Shreveport Steamer logo     Shreveport Steamer logo
Owner:     Ed Powell
Head coach:   Jim Williams
Stadium:   State Fair Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     Chicago Fire 4,425 W 23-20
06/06/1981   at San Antonio Charros   --- L 37-15
06/13/1981   Texas Wranglers 5,100 W 24-6
06/20/1981   at Orlando Americans --- L 33-13
07/04/1981   at Chicago Fire --- L 24-15
07/11/1981   at Austin Texans --- W 38-33
07/18/1981   San Antonio Charros 3,000 W 7-3
07/25/1981   Austin Texans 4,000 W 30-6
08/01/1981   at Texas Wranglers --- L 15-3
08/08/1981   Virginia Hunters --- L Forfeit
08/15/1981   Jacksonville Firebirds --- L Forfeit
The Shreveport Steamer fold
 
 
Texas Wranglers logo
Owner:     Pat Noonan, then Horace Ardinger
Head coaches:   Walter Johnson (games 1-6)
Tommy Hudspeth (games 7-10)
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     San Antonio Charros 2,795 W 27-7
06/06/1981   Virginia Hunters ??? W 23-20
06/13/1981   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 24-6
06/20/1981   at West Virginia Rockets   --- L 30-9
06/27/1981   at Chicago Fire --- L 23-7
07/04/1981   Austin Texans 500 L 20-7
07/11/1981   at San Antonio Charros --- L 41-20
07/18/1981   Chicago Fire 4,112 W 21-14
07/25/1981   at Virginia Hunters --- L 23-9
08/01/1981   Shreveport Steamer ??? W 15-3
08/08/1981   at Orlando Americans --- L 32-3
08/15/1981   at Austin Texans --- W Forfeit
  Final Season Results: 5-7
 
 
Virginia Hunters logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   Eddie Joyce
Stadium:   Victory Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/16/1981     at West Virginia Rockets   ??? L 44-31
05/22/1981   at Carolina Chargers --- L 14-10
  Regular Season
  05/30/1981     Orlando Americans 7,500 W 30-27
06/06/1981   at Texas Wranglers --- L 23-20
06/13/1981   Jacksonville Firebirds ??? W 16-14
06/20/1981   Chicago Fire ??? L 27-25
06/28/1981   at Jacksonville Firebirds --- L 34-23
07/11/1981   West Virginia Rockets ??? L 37-21
07/18/1981   at Orlando Americans --- W (OT) 15-9
07/25/1981   Texas Wranglers ??? W 23-9
08/08/1981   at Shreveport Steamer --- W Forfeit
08/15/1981   at West Virginia Rockets --- L 30-8
  Final Season Results: 5-5
 
 
West Virginia Rockets logo     West Virginia Rockets logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   Lonnie Warwick
Stadium:   Laidley Field (21,000)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/16/1981     Virginia Hunters ??? W 44-31
05/23/1981   Chicago Fire ??? W 12-7
  Regular Season
05/30/1981   Austin Texans ??? W 41-13
06/06/1981   at Carolina Chargers --- W * 20-10
06/13/1981   Orlando Americans 5,000 W 31-13
06/20/1981   Texas Wranglers 11,037 W 30-9
06/27/1981   at Orlando Americans --- W 21-20
07/04/1981   Jacksonville Firebirds ??? W 30-9
07/11/1981   at Virginia Hunters --- W 37-21
07/18/1981   at Austin Texans --- W 17-12
08/01/1981   at Jacksonville Firebirds   --- 20-7
08/08/1981   San Antonio Charros ??? W 41-9
08/15/1981   Virginia Hunters ??? W 30-8
  Regular Season Results: 9-1 (10-1 on the field)
  First Round Playoffs
08/23/1981   San Antonio Charros ??? W 41-12
  American Bowl
08/30/1981   Chicago Fire ??? W 29-21
  Post Season Results: 2-0
  Final Season Results: 11-1 (12-1 on the field)
1981 American Football Association champions
* Game does not count due to Carolina franchise folding.

 
Photographs and Articles
 
Preseason
 
Photograph
05/16/1981 - PRESEASON
Jacksonville Firebirds at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Dave Fritz (73), Randy Bolton (22)
 
Photograph
05/22/1981 - PRESEASON
Virginia Hunters at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Ellsworth Turner (15)
Virginia: Edward Jackson (88)
 
Photograph
05/23/1981 - PRESEASON
Chicago Fire at West Virginia Rockets
 
Regular Season
 
Photograph
05/30/1981
Orlando Americans at Virginia Hunters

Orlando: Randy Walker (??)
 
Photograph
05/30/1981
Orlando Americans at Virginia Hunters

Orlando: Jerry Golsteyn (12)
 
Article
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Photograph
05/30/1981
Chicago Fire at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Ardis McCann (59), Curley White (51), Ron Johnson (89)
Chicago: Bill Marek (26)
 
Photograph
05/30/1981
Chicago Fire at Shreveport Steamer
 
Article
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
05/30/1981
Austin Texans at West Virginia Rockets
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
05/30/1981
San Antonio Charros at Texas Wranglers

Texas: Kevin Johnson (88)
 
Article     Article
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Photograph
06/06/1981
Chicago Fire at Austin Texans

Austin: Don Walker (20)
Chicago: John Flott (60)
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
06/06/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Wayne Foster (81)
West Virginia: Tim Johnson (26), Curtis Walls (28)
 
Photograph
06/06/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

West Virginia: Rayfield Wright (93)
Carolina: Chris Cobb (32)
 
Photograph
06/06/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

West Virginia: James Coleman (84), Larry McGee (48), Greg Fairchild (75)
 
Photograph
06/06/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Carolina Chargers

Carolina: Dexter Feaster (80)
West Virginia: Rich Fenton (44)
 
Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Article
The Tampa Tribune
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
06/13/1981
Carolina Chargers at Chicago Fire

Chicago: David Smilo (32)
 
Article     Article
The Charlotte Observer
 
Photograph
06/13/1981
Texas Wranglers at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Eddie Bishop (43)
Texas: Maurice Mitchell (??)
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Journal
 
Article
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph 
06/27/1981
San Antonio Charros at Austin Texans

Austin: Kim Watts (33)
 
Article     Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
Photograph
06/27/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Orlando Americans

Orlando: Earl Inmon (??)
West Virginia: Joey Smith (18)
 
Photograph
06/27/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Orlando Americans

Orlando: Rick Valerio (??)
West Virginia: Mike Horton (??)
 
Photograph
06/27/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Orlando Americans

Orlando: Rick Valerio (??)
West Virginia: Mike Horton (??)
 
Article     Article
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Article
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/04/1981
Shreveport Steamer at Chicago Fire

Chicago: ??? (26)
Shreveport: ??? (47), ??? (59)
 
Photograph
07/04/1981
Shreveport Steamer at Chicago Fire

Chicago: Steve Fuller (31)
 
Photograph
07/04/1981
Shreveport Steamer at Chicago Fire

Chicago: Steve Fuller (31)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph 
07/11/1981
Shreveport Steamer at Austin Texans

Austin: Mike Washington (10)
Shreveport: Ardis McCann (??)
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
Photograph
07/18/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Austin Texans
West Virginia: John Sturdivant (81), Jerome Tate (88), Curtis Walls (28)
 Austin: Larry Carter (81)
 
Photograph
07/18/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Austin Texans
West Virginia:
Mark Brown (53)
 
Photograph
07/18/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Austin Texans
West Virginia: Mark Brown (53), Earl Monroe (50)
Austin: Art Shambliss (76)
 
Photograph 
07/18/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Austin Texans

Austin: Ken Sessions (??)
West Virginia: Jerome Tate (88)
 
Article
The Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/18/1981
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Gator Cherry (35)
 
Photograph 
07/18/1981
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer
 
Photograph
07/18/1981
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Clint Longley (19)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph 
07/18/1981
Virginia Hunters at Orlando Americans

Virginia: Don Jones (42)
 
Article
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
Photograph 
07/25/1981
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Gator Cherry (31), Rich Suchanuk (83)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
07/25/1981
San Antonio Charros at Chicago Fire

Chicago: Billy Marek (??)
 
Photograph 
07/25/1981
San Antonio Charros at Chicago Fire

San Antonio: Phil Hahn (77)
Chicago: Billy Marek (26)
 
Photograph 
07/25/1981
San Antonio Charros at Chicago Fire

San Antonio: Mark Cahill (12)
Chicago: Dave Novosel (41)
 
Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
Photograph 
08/01/1981
San Antonio Charros at Orlando Americans

San Antonio: Mark Cahill (12)
Orlando: Anthony Clay (??)
 
Article     Article
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article     Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
Article
The Tampa Tribune
 
Article     Article
The Chicago Tribune
Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
Playoffs
 
Photograph
08/23/1981 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Jacksonville Firebirds at Chicago Fire

Jacksonville: ??? Faulk (61)
 
Photograph
08/23/1981 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Jacksonville Firebirds at Chicago Fire
 
Photograph
08/23/1981 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Jacksonville Firebirds at Chicago Fire

Chicago: Eric Rouse (82)
 
Article     Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
American Bowl
 
Photograph
08/30/1981 - AMERICAN BOWL
Chicago Fire at West Virginia Rockets

West Virginia: Dwaine Ball (32), Carl Clements (73)
Chicago: Karl Butts (32)
 
Article     Article
The Chicago Tribune
 
 
Schedules  
   
Schedule Schedule
Jacksonville Firebirds Chicago Fire
   
Schedule  
Orlando Americans
courtesy of Richard Paulk
 
   
   
Tickets  
   
Ticket Ticket
06/06/1981
Shreveport Steamer at San Antonio Charros
06/28/1981
Virginia Hunters at Jacksonville Firebirds
   
Ticket Ticket
07/04/1981
Shreveport Steamer at Chicago Fire
07/11/1981
Orlando Americans at Carolina Chargers
courtesy of Jon Maloney
   
Ticket  
Carolina Chargers
Season ticket book
courtesy of Jon Maloney
 
   
   
Programs
 
Program Program
05/30/1981
Austin Texans at West Virginia Rockets
05/30/1981
Carolina Chargers at Jacksonville Firebirds
   
Program Program
06/13/1981
Orlando Americans at West Virginia Rockets
06/13/1981
Carolina Chargers at Chicago Fire
(ticket attached to cover)
   
Program Program
06/20/1981
Texas Wranglers at West Virginia Rockets
06/27/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Orlando Americans
   
Program Program
06/27/1981
Texas Wranglers at Chicago Fire
07/11/1981
Texas Wranglers at San Antonio Charros
   
Program Program
07/18/1981
West Virginia Rockets at Austin Texans
courtesy of Jeff Creamer
07/25/1981
San Antonio Charros at Chicago Fire
   
Program Program
07/26/1981
Orlando Americans at Jacksonville Firebirds
08/03/1981
Austin Texans at Chicago Fire
   
Program Program
08/08/1981
Texas Wranglers at Orlando Americans
courtesy of Richard Paulk
08/10/1981
Jacksonville Firebirds at Chicago Fire
courtesy of Richard Paulk
   
Program  
08/15/1981
Virginia Hunters at West Virginia Rockets
 
   
   
Miscellaneous  
   
Pennant
Chicago Fire pennant
 
Pennant
Orlando Americans pennant
 
Photograph
Orlando Americans helmet
used by Gary Anderson
 
Miscellaneous
Orlando Americans cartoon
The Orlando Sentinel
 
Miscellaneous
Chicago Fire sideline pass
 
Miscellaneous
American Football Association newsletter
 
Miscellaneous
"The Carolina Charger" Newsletter
Volume 1 Number 3
05/22/1981
courtesy of Jeff Creamer
 
Photograph
Chicago Fire
 
 
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