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  1. BringBackTheBlizzard

    Valour FC - Launch / 2019 Pre-Season

    In the context of the CSL and Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke they usually were. They weren't in the context of the NASL and Varsity or Exhibition Stadium in the early 1980s. I started using that username in March 2005 on Bigsoccer. The Blizzard were effectively subsequently brought back in the shape of TFC in 2007 after MLS expansion to Toronto was announced in October 2005 at the end of the whole saga over whether the National Soccer Stadium for the 2007 U-20 World Cup would be built.
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    CSL (any and all info/memories)

    The home opener had a crowd of 3563 and was lost 3-0 to the Blizzard. Paul Peschisolido scored a hatrick. From what I remember there were about 20-30 younger visiting fans who made the trip who chanted some songs. The present day generation didn't invent organized fan groups.
  3. BringBackTheBlizzard

    Valour FC - Launch / 2019 Pre-Season

    Here's a blast from the past courtesy of the June 1990 edition of Mehrdad Masoudi's fanzine The International Soccer News. The Winnipeg Fury's game against the Victoria Vistas in the 1990 season had an official attendance of 10,175 probably thanks to a supermarket promotion as they had some success with those: Hopefully the Valour will be able to surpass that.
  4. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL inaugural match - #1 attended match for 2019?

    Looks like it was: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Hudson Don't remember him as a Brickmen player either, but he's arguably higher profile now than he was back then. Justin Fashanu would have been the bigger name at the time when he arrived in 1989. Always wonder what would have happened with the CSL if the Blizzard had been able to sign Zico as they tried to at one point. Edinho was good, but didn't have anything like the same star power.
  5. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL inaugural match - #1 attended match for 2019?

    City would have struggled in WOSL premier. Not even close to having London's best players at the time. Harry Gauss had no money to pay players and that's a problem when a league is claiming to be pro. CanPL does seem to be walking the walk on being fully pro even if budgets are a lot lower than initially expected judging by who is being signed. It will be interesting to see if they can make it fly. Other than excluding MLS affiliates, they seem to be making sensible decisions for the most part.
  6. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL inaugural match - #1 attended match for 2019?

    First German-Canadians and then London City (one of my cousins played for them) under Marcus Gauss at the German club from around 72 to 83 and then London Marconi, who won it I think around 1987 but dropped out not long after. City started up again under Harry Gauss in 1990 the same year the Lasers entered the CSL, but the NSL was a bit of a joke at that point beyond Italia and Croatia. City carried on through the CNSL and CPSL years.
  7. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL inaugural match - #1 attended match for 2019?

    Inex Canada was exhibitions only. After that I think during the 1985 season (?) the Blizzard purchased the Dynamo Latino franchise in the NSL and played as the Toronto Blizzard in that league in 1986 prior to joining the CSL in 1987.
  8. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL inaugural match - #1 attended match for 2019?

    From a game they played against the North York Rockets, which from what I remember after almost 30 years was definitely not worth the trip by Greyhound bus from London, Ont. I think #4 Gregor Young has posted on here in the past and runs the TTP BC soccer forum. You are also missing the 1991 Kitchener Kickers logo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchener_Kickers
  9. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL new teams speculation

    Australia's second tier is regionalized and it's first tier hasn't worked well in smaller sub 1 million markets as the budgets involved are too high. The other three have much larger populations and many more large cities available to support fully pro teams. We'll be doing very well to sustain one national air travel tier. The pro/rel talk is probably more about marketing than anything else.
  10. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL inaugural match - #1 attended match for 2019?

    That was brought home to me a few days back when I checked out the CMNT roster for Canada vs Scotland at Varsity Stadium in Toronto in 1992 in a program I still have from the game. In the absence of a league like MLS, most of the roster were CSL players, while now people talk about whether any CanPL players will get called up at all. The league has a bit of an identity crisis on the D1 angle in other words and a lot hinges upon how the fanbase reacts to the quality of soccer that can be provided, which will be a lot clearer a year from now when teams will have a clear picture on season ticket renewal rates and how many repeat customers they were getting as the season progressed on single game ticket sales. Hopefully it works, and there's always USL available for the franchises that can make a go of it, if it doesn't, so overall things are unlikely to get worse than they are now no matter what happens.
  11. BringBackTheBlizzard

    Valour FC - Launch / 2019 Pre-Season

    They won't be able to stick to 28 weekend scheduling dates for regular season games because of only having seven teams and one having a bye each time. Think they need 33 scheduling dates at a minimum for league games. They also have to cater for 10 CL and 10 Voyageurs cup dates. That makes taking international breaks unlikely given how few callups there are likely to be and means that a significant number of weeknight games for each team is pretty much inevitable.
  12. BringBackTheBlizzard

    St. John's CPL

    They were prime candidates for team #8 at launch, if it wasn't going to be Ottawa, precisely because there was a known interested group and the stadium is there. There were people on here saying CanPL officials had visited last summer while the team #8 saga was unfolding. Fast forward six months and David Clanachan recently mentioned there being two frontrunners on expansion among the eighteen markets they had been in contact with. If Laval is a given on that, is St John's likely to be the other being referred to rather than Saskatoon or Ottawa? That snippet of info suggests they have probably slipped out of contention at least for now along with K/W.
  13. BringBackTheBlizzard

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    An interview with Chakib Hocine en francais was just posted on Reddit:
  14. BringBackTheBlizzard

    Valour FC - Launch / 2019 Pre-Season

    Guess it depends on the formation the Valour have in mind whether dm could sensibly be described like that. Here's an old highlight reel youtube clip from back in 2011:
  15. BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL TV Contract

    It's probably simply meant as a joke about how he would say Gasporrrooooottooooooo after a goal like he used to do with Mobeeeleeooooooooooo and Berduuuusscooooooooo twenty-five to thirty years ago.
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