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During the tour we will also be able to check on the exact spot from where we shall be leaving our ‘Lunar Fixture’ in the near future - of course I refer to the NASA Space Centre at Cape Canaveral and our intention to be one of the first two Teams to play on the moon. We have played Dynamo Kiev from one side of the Earth, we now play Tampa Bay Rowdies from the other - the only other way to now go is ‘UP’!! Incidentally the opposition for this Match has yet to be finalised but no matter who they are, it is sure to be ‘one short pass for Man - but a long free kick for mankind.

Blatter is thirty years too late with his idea of football amongst the stars. It’s been done. Just read the quote above, they are the visionary words of former Hull City chairman Don Robinson included in his programme notes for his club’s friendly game against Tampa Bay Rowdies back in 1984. More on this game at the two links below ..

Footysphere: Hull City v Tampa Bay Rowdies 1984 Anglo American Cup 

Spirit of Mirko: Hull City v Tampa Bay Rowdies 1984

Hull City v Tampa Bay Rowdies 1984 Anglo American Cup

Hull City v Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA) 1984

Beautiful programme from a rather mysterious match. I can’t find any information about this Anglo American Cup game, which according to the programme is the ‘first of it’s kind ever to be held’, nor the return fixture that was played on 13th June 1984. Even a search over at the American Soccer History Archives draws a blank. I’m gonna make it my business to find out the results from these two games so that the winners of this showpiece event may have the recognition they truly deserve.

Flicking through the programme, the then Hull City chairman Don Robinson pens a rather strange passage in his welcome notes. Looking ahead to his team’s visit to Florida he takes a flight of fancy and writes,

"During the tour we will also be able to check on the exact spot from where we shall be leaving our ‘Lunar Fixture’ in the near future - of course I refer to the NASA Space Centre at Cape Canaveral and our intention to be one of the first two Teams to play on the moon. We have played Dynamo Kiev from one side of the Earth, we now play Tampa Bay Rowdies from the other - the only other way to now go is ‘UP’!! Incidentally the opposition for this Match has yet to be finalised but no matter who they are, it is sure to be ‘one short pass for Man - but a long free kick for mankind."

Fantastic stuff I’m sure you’ll agree. So when Galactik Football becomes a reality we can spend a moment in quiet thought remembering Don Robinson and his vision of soccer amongst the stars.

More on this game including a great video at Spirit of Mirko


Birmingham City v Tampa Bay Rowdies 1980
Here’s another programme cover from the Rowdies Tour of England in 1980. This time it’s the Birmingham City matchday magazine getting all razzamatazz and rowdy. Same couldn’t be said for the game itself, it ended in a 0-0 stalemate, no sudden death shoot-out allowed!

Birmingham City v Tampa Bay Rowdies 1980

Here’s another programme cover from the Rowdies Tour of England in 1980. This time it’s the Birmingham City matchday magazine getting all razzamatazz and rowdy. Same couldn’t be said for the game itself, it ended in a 0-0 stalemate, no sudden death shoot-out allowed!

Tampa Bay Rowdies UK Tour 1980

Nottingham Forest v Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA) 1980

Tampa Bay Rowdies toured the UK as the NASL American Conference Eastern Division Champions in the Autumn of 1980. This programme is from the final fixture of the tour against the reigning European Champions Nottingham Forest. These are the games they played, Rowdies score first.

  • 28/09/80 Luton Town 1-0
  • 01/10/80 Birmingham City 0-0
  • 06/10/80 Linfield (Northern Ireland) 1-3
  • 08/10/80 St Mirren (Scotland) 2-4
  • 11/10/80 Hereford United 1-1
  • 13/10/80 Nottingham Forest 1-7