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1983 AFA Timeline

May 1983
American Football Association logo 1983                      
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  Baton Rouge Red Wings logo   Canton Bulldogs logo   NEED
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  Dallas Wranglers logo  
  Baton Rouge Red Wings   Canton Bulldogs   Carolina Storm   Charleston Rockets   Dallas Wranglers  
                     
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  Oklahoma City Drillers logo   NEED
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  San Antonio Bulls logo   Shreveport Americans logo  
  Houston Mustangs   Oklahoma City Drillers   Pittsburgh Colts   San Antonio Bulls   Shreveport Americans  
                     

1983
  American Football Association  
West
Division
East
Division
  Baton Rouge Red Wings     Canton Bulldogs
  Dallas Wranglers   Carolina Storm
  Houston Mustangs   Charleston Rockets  
  Oklahoma City Drillers   Pittsburgh Colts
  San Antonio Bulls  
  Shreveport Americans  

June 5, 1983
After having to cancel the home game against Baton Rouge, AFA commissioner Roger Gill announces that the Oklahoma City Drillers are in a financial crisis. "Oklahoma will be a road team. Unless the majority of owners decide otherwise. They will play to meet commitments of road games but they'll be ineligible for the title. I've left it to the individual teams on an individual basis if they want Oklahoma to play."

July 1, 1983
After playing four games, the Charleston Rockets announce they are folding.

July 10, 1983
Published reports state that the Canton Bulldogs withdrew from the AFA earlier in the week. They want to focus their attention on moving to the International Football League.

July 11, 1983
The United States Football League's commissioner, Chet Simmons, announces that San Antonio will get an expansion team in 1984. San Antonio Bulls owner Clinton Manges is the major financial piece of the new team's ownership group. Manges says the Bulls will complete their final season in the AFA before they become the USFL team.

July 12, 1983
The Dallas Wranglers fold due to financial losses.

Game Results
 
Baton Rouge Red Wings logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/28/1983     Shreveport Americans 100 L 66-0
06/04/1983   at Oklahoma City Drillers   --- W Forfeit
06/11/1983   Houston Mustangs ??? W 23-13
06/18/1983   San Antonio Bulls ??? L 55-0
07/02/1983   at Shreveport Americans --- L 78-0
  Final Season Results: 2-3
 
 
Canton Bulldogs logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/21/1983     at Charleston Rockets --- W 16-0
  Regular Season
05/28/1983   Charleston Rockets 1,500 W 11-0
06/04/1983   at Pittsburgh Colts --- W 27-21
06/11/1983   Gary Golden Bears
    Northern States Football League  
1,000 W 27-6
06/18/1983   Carolina Storm ??? L 35-7
06/25/1983   Pittsburgh Colts ??? W 16-13
The Canton Bulldogs withdraw from league
 
 
Carolina Storm
Owner:     Tom Maddox, Jr.
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/28/1983     Pittsburgh Colts ??? W 58-6
06/06/1983   at Charleston Rockets   --- W 33-30
06/11/1983   ??? Dallas Wranglers ??? W 52-0
06/18/1983   at Canton Bulldogs --- W 35-7
06/25/1983   Shreveport Americans ??? W 55-0
07/02/1983   at Dallas Wranglers --- ??? ???
07/09/1983   Pittsburgh Colts ??? ??? ???
  Regular Season Results: ??-??
  American Bowl
07/23/1983   San Antonio Bulls ??? W 39-0
  Post Season Results: 1-0
  Final Season Results: ??-??
1983 American Football Association champions
 
 
Charleston Rockets
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/14/1983     Youngstown Hardhats  
    ???
??? ??? ???
05/21/1983   Canton Bulldogs ??? L 16-0
  Regular Season
05/28/1983   at Canton Bulldogs --- L 11-0
06/06/1983   Carolina Storm ??? L 33-30
06/11/1983   Pittsburgh Colts ??? W 58-0
06/18/1983   at Pittsburgh Colts --- L 37-20
The Charleston Rockets fold
 
 
Dallas Wranglers logo
Dallas Wranglers
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/28/1983     ??? Houston Mustangs ??? W 20-12
06/04/1983   San Antonio Bulls ??? L 14-10
06/11/1983   ??? Carolina Storm ??? L 52-0
06/18/1983   at Shreveport Americans   --- L 14-10
06/28/1983   Houston Mustangs ??? W 51-0
07/02/1983   Carolina Storm ??? ??? ???
07/09/1983   at San Antonio Bulls --- L 45-27
The Dallas Wranglers fold
 
 
Houston Mustangs
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/28/1983     ??? Dallas Wranglers ??? L 20-12
06/04/1983   at Shreveport Americans --- L 54-14
06/11/1983   at Baton Rouge Red Wings   --- L 23-13
06/25/1983   at Dallas Wranglers --- L 51-0
  Final Season Results: 0-4
 
 
Oklahoma City Drillers logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/28/1983     ??? San Antonio Bulls ??? L 76-0
06/04/1983   Baton Rouge Red Wings   ??? L Forfeit
The Oklahoma City Drillers fold
 
 
Pittsburgh Colts
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  05/28/1983     at Carolina Storm --- L 58-6
06/04/1983   Canton Bulldogs 170 L 27-21
06/11/1983   at Charleston Rockets   --- L 58-0
06/18/1983   Charleston Rockets ??? W 37-20
06/25/1983   at Canton Bulldogs --- L 16-13
07/02/1983   ??? ??? ??? ???
07/09/1983   at Carolina Storm --- ??? ???
  Final Season Results: ??-??
 
 
San Antonio Bulls logo
San Antonio Bulls
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/14/1983   at Shreveport Americans --- W 14-13
  Regular Season
  05/28/1983   ??? Oklahoma City Drillers ??? W 76-0
06/04/1983 at Dallas Wranglers --- W 14-10
06/11/1983 Shreveport Americans ??? W 28-6
06/18/1983 at Baton Rouge Red Wings --- W 55-0
07/09/1983 Dallas Wranglers ??? W 45-27
07/16/1983 at Shreveport Americans --- L 19-6
  Regular Season Results: 5-1
  American Bowl
07/23/1983   at Carolina Storm --- L 39-0
  Post Season Results: 0-1
  Final Season Results: 5-2
 
 
Shreveport Americans logo     Shreveport Americans logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   ???
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  05/14/1983   San Antonio Bulls 986 L 14-13
05/21/1983 Florida Statesmen
National Football Association
500 W 41-13
  Regular Season
05/28/1983 at Baton Rouge Red Wings --- W 66-0
06/04/1983 Houston Mustangs 1,300 W 54-14
06/11/1983 at San Antonio Bulls --- L 28-6
06/18/1983 Dallas Wranglers 1,400 W 14-10
06/25/1983 at Carolina Storm --- L 55-0
07/02/1983 Baton Rouge Red Wings 300 W 78-0
07/16/1983 San Antonio Bulls ??? W 19-6
  Final Season Results: 5-2

Photographs and Articles
 
Preseason
 
Regular Season
 
Photograph
06/04/1983
Houston Mustangs at Shreveport Americans

Shreveport: Clarence Odum (24)
 
Photograph
06/18/1983
Dallas Wranglers at Shreveport Americans
 
Photograph
06/18/1983
Dallas Wranglers at Shreveport Americans
 
Photograph
06/25/1983
Shreveport Americans at Carolina Storm
 
Photograph
07/02/1983
Baton Rouge Red Wings at Shreveport Americans

Baton Rouge: William Variste (41)
Shreveport: Ron Johnson (56)
 
Photograph
07/09/1983
Dallas Wranglers at San Antonio Bulls

San Antonio: Johnny Martinez (65), Henry Bush (44)
 
Photograph
07/09/1983
Dallas Wranglers at San Antonio Bulls

San Antonio: Johnny Martinez (65)
 
Photograph
07/16/1983
San Antonio Bulls at Shreveport Americans

San Antonio: George Franklin (44)
 
Photograph
courtesy of Reid Squires
07/23/1983 - AMERICAN BOWL
San Antonio Bulls at Carolina Storm

Carolina: Reid Squires (66), Ed Thomas (72), Joe Crosby (52)
 
 
Schedules
 
Schedule Schedule
Charleston Rockets Racine Gladiators
courtesy of Richard Paulk
 
 
Tickets
 
 
Programs
   
Program Program
06/11/1983
Pittsburgh Colts at Charleston Rockets
07/23/1983
AMERICAN BOWL VII
S
an Antonio Bulls at Carolina Storm
 
 
Miscellaneous
 
Photograph
Carolina Storm
 
Photograph
Charleston Rockets
 
Photograph
Carolina Storm
 
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Carolina Storm
Reid Squires (66)
 
Photograph
Shreveport Americans cheerleaders
 
 
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