Calgary Boomers

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Calgary Boomers
Calgary boomers logo.png
Full nameCalgary Boomers
StadiumMcMahon Stadium
Stampede Corral (indoor)
ChairmanNelson Skalbania
ManagerAl Miller
LeagueNorth American Soccer League

The Calgary Boomers were a Canadian soccer team that competed in the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 1980–81 Indoor and 1981 outdoor seasons. The team was based in Calgary and played their home games at Stampede Corral during the indoor season and McMahon Stadium for outdoor matches. Originally founded as the Memphis Rogues, the team relocated to Calgary when it was purchased by Nelson Skalbania after the 1980 season. After loses of over $2 million during its operations, the team was placed into receivership and its assets sold.


Founded as the Memphis Rogues in 1978, the team was purchased for $1.2 million by Nelson Skalbania, during the 1980 North American Soccer League season with the intention of moving the team to Calgary, as Skalbania did the Atlanta Flames which he purchased five months previously.[1][2] The team debuted in the 1980–81 NASL Indoor season finishing its initial campaign with a record of 10 win and 8 losses with an average attendance of 4,672 and only missing out of a playoff berth base on goals scored.[3] The Boomers finished the 1981 outdoor in second place in Northwest Division with 17 wins and 15 loses and a season average attendance of 10,501.[3] The number 8 seed in the playoffs, the Boomers lost to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in best of three games first round 3–1 on 23 August and 2–0 on 26 August.[4][5]

At a press conference on 16 September 1981, owner Nelson Skalbania announced that unless the team could sell 6,500 indoor season tickets and a local ownership group found to purchase the team, the organization would cease operations the following Monday.[6] The next day, the league announced the Boomers were one of five teams that failed to post the required $150,000 bond to participate in the 1981–82 NASL Indoor season.[7] The following week, it was reported that GM Rudi Schiffer had delivered the $150,000 performance bond nine days after the deadline while attending the NASL meetings in Toronto[8] and that a group of local businessmen had conditionally purchased the team in an effort to keep it Calgary.[9] A few days later on 28 September 1981, it was announced that the Boomers would merge with the Edmonton Drillers with Skalbania selling his interest in the team to Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington.[10][11] The following day, however, the team which recorded loses over $2 million, was placed into receivership, the deal fell through and the Boomer players were released to other team via a dispersal draft.[12][13][14] Skalbania was later order by the Supreme Court of British Columbia to pay Memphis Rogues owner Avron Fogelman the $1.1 million balance of the team's original purchase price, having only paid the initial $125,000 down payment.[2][15]



Year League W L Pts Regular Season Playoffs
1980-81 NASL Indoor 10 8 3rd, Northern Division Did not qualify
1981 NASL 17 15 151 2nd, Northwest Division Lost 1st Round (Ft. Lauderdale)


All-Star Second Team Selections

Indoor All-Star Selections

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame


  1. ^ "Rouges Wallop Hurricanes 6-1". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 24 August 1980. p. 6c. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b Konotopetz, Gyle (6 October 1981). "Boomer Saga Continues". The Calgary Herald. p. A16. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b "North American Soccer League". Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Whitecaps thumped by Rowdies". The Montreal Gazette. 24 August 1981. p. 15. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  5. ^ Thuma, Cindy (27 August 1981). "Bye-Bye, Boomers". Boca Raton New. p. B1. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  6. ^ Rauw, Murray (17 September 1981). "Calgary too expensive for Skalbania". The Calgary Herald. p. C15. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Five NASL teams out". The Leader-Post. 17 September 1981. p. B4. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  8. ^ Konotopetz, Gyle (25 September 1981). "Boomer's day of judgement arrives". The Calgary Herald. p. B11.
  9. ^ Rauw, Murray (21 September 1981). "Boomer sale has cautious elements". The Calgary Herald. p. C1. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Bommer to merge with Drillers". The Montreal Gazette. 28 September 1981. p. 41. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Mergers Reported". New York Times. 28 September 1981. p. C6. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  12. ^ Rauw, Murry (30 September 1981). "A padlock slapped on a coffin". The Calgary Herald. p. D1. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  13. ^ Francis, Diane; Parrish, Wayne (12 May 1982). "Nelson Skalbania". The Leader-Post. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  14. ^ Beamish, Mike (20 May 1982). "Skalbania's full Nelson has slipped". The Vancouver Sun. p. 6. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Skalbania Loses Court Battle". Youngstown Vindicator. 3 March 1982. p. 24. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  16. ^ Scheiber, Dave (16 April 1982). "Rowdies have found new mover and shaker". St. Petersburg Times. p. 9C. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  17. ^ Henderson, Jim (April 21, 1981). "For Keith Bailey, The Long Wait Is Finally Over". The Tampa Tribune. p. 5-C. Retrieved January 6, 2021.

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