Have Your Say : This Day in 1981

FireStingDoug chips in with this episode of "Have Your Say" featuring another look at the 30th Anniversary of the Chicago Sting's 1981 NASL championship season........
 
After a 1-0 win against the Tulsa Roughnecks at Comiskey Park the Sting travelled north of the border to face the Montreal Manic on April 28th.  The Manic had previously been relocated and renamed after coming into the league as the Philadelphia Fury and their new home proved to be a difficult place to play for the Sting. 
 
The Sting never won a game in Montreal and dropped this one 2-1.  Charlie Fajkus scored the only Chicago goal.  However, the team looked to be coming to life in this game and only a great performance by Manic goalkeeper Bob Rigby prevented the Sting from earning a result.
 
Synthetic turf has come a long way since then, the playing surface in Montreal's Olympic stadium was awful for baseball and it was even worse for soccer.

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  • Ahhh, Le Manic. I remember they got some big crowds up there. I think Frantz Mathieu finished his outdoor career there. He may have come back to Der Shting for some indoor seansons.

  • In May of 1982 , the Sting traded Mathieu to Montreal for Gordon Hill ( This was Hill's second tour of duty here.
    Mathieu made his return to the Sting in time for the opening of the 1984 Soccer Bowl season , he then went onto play indoor for the Sting until he was went to Baltimore in 1986 , believe it or not Mathieu returned to the Sting for a third time and that was for the 1896-87 indoor season which was the first of only 2 seasons the team played in Rosemont.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    The Montreal Olympique frpm the old NASL look like the Chicago Fire uniform

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Olympique

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    New All In podcast with Gabriel Ferrari.......

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/04/all-gabriel-ferrari

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    Baggio Husidic looking like a member of a barbershop quartet......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc37uB_py94&

  • Former Sting Gordon Hill was the number 2 star of the game. He and Willy Roy supposed had words prior to the game. The two were teammates on the Sting in 1975. Roy scouted Hill prior to the '81 season but all Gordie did at practice "was stand around with his arms crossed" ... a comment Hill didn't care for.

    Looking back, it seems that Willy Roy and/or Lee Stern were always feuding with somebody. The morning of the Montreal game, Stern told the press that he was 50/50 that GK Phil Parkes was gone and that the team would have no trouble replacing him. That night, Parkes was in goal for the Sting.

  • In reply to Lewis26:

    The Sting did sour on Phil Parkes after he looked very bad in a shootout in the 1908 playoffs against San Diego at Comiskey, Parkes was great at shootouts but for some reason he was frozen to the line and he let all 3 shots in , he then started the indoor opener and let 5 goals in in the first few minutes and the team was never happy with him from that point on.
    Good stuff Ehartig

  • In reply to Lewis26:

    Oh, we stole Montreal's colors for the Fire, the same way the Crew stole the Sting colors. Wow, we steal too.

  • In reply to ChrisConnolly:

    Montreal Manic's base color was blue

  • In reply to ChrisConnolly:

    The Manic's big moment of their outdoor career was in the 1983 playoffs when they upset and eliminated the Cosmos in a shootout in Montreal.

  • In reply to ChrisConnolly:

    The Wichita Wings have been reborn , they will play in the MISL next year.
    All these teams are bringing classic names back like the Wings , Timbers , Whitecaps , Sounders and we get a stupid name for the Chicago indoor team like the Riot, I think the Sting name can be had.

  • In reply to ChrisConnolly:

    Timbers, Whitecaps, Sounders ... time for the Rapids to re-brand themselves as the Colorado Caribous and bring back what likely is the ugliest uniform of all-time - with the fringe across the front.

  • In reply to ChrisConnolly:

    Very sad story in todays Trib........

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-african-soccer-player-killed-020110428,0,3813703.story

  • In reply to ChrisConnolly:

    Logan Pause is out on Saturday. Paladin to start in his place.......

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/04/fires-pause-gibbs-miss-colorado-match

  • In reply to cesba:

    oh wow,that will be interesting. So Baggio and Paladini? 70 min +/- this season between the two? That kind of worries me. I'd love to be pleasantly surprised, though.

    Wasn't someone on here calling to see Paladini instead of Pappa? We'll see what he can do!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Funny how injuries let CDLC tinker more with the line-up which he still hasn't figured out completely.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Interesting indeed. Their dead ball play should be better with Paladini on the pitch. The Husidic/Paladini pairing will be an improvement offensively over Pause/Videira if that is the central combination DLC goes with. The defensive match up against Larentowicz/Mastroeni/Cummings will be key.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Some movement from central mid without Logan Pause. The Fire were 2-0-1 without Logan Pause in the lineup. IMO, the offense looks better without Logan in the lineup. I assume Segares will be the captain for tomorrow's game.

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