1978

1978

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Diplomats Once Planned a Stadium of Their Own

A long forgotten piece of Washington soccer lore is the fact that the team once seriously toyed with the idea of their own suburban stadium. Already playing in Fairfax, Virginia, and inspired by the posh ambiance of the Capital Centre, which had opened two years earlier, the team looked to upgrade
the facilities at W.T. Woodson High School, aka Fairfax Stadium. On April 13, 1976, a press conference was held announcing the project which featured an architectural vision of the new complex. John Carbray, who was hired as General Manager at the end of the 1976 season and made many major upgrades to the teams image and facilities, arranged for the team to permanently move to RFK Stadium in the spring of 1977, thus putting an end to the idea of a pitch in suburbia.


From left, John Kerr, Tom McConville and Dennis Viollet review plans for new stadium.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Never a Dull Moment

Doug Dugan http://washingtondiplomats.blogspot.com/2014/04/from-inside-1980-pre-season.html shares more of his memories of the 1980 Diplomats. In addition to the matches, practices were equally exciting.


“The Dips practice field was located next to the DC jail. One day we were practicing and a bunch of alarms started going off. All of the sudden we see two guys come hauling butt past the field (which was fenced off thank god) heading down toward the (Anacostia) river, which was nearby. The whole place was surrounded by police and a helicopter. The police told Gordon (Coach Gordon Bradley) there was an escape, and we were to stay within the field until they gave us the all clear.   A few minutes later they were putting a soaking wet prisoner into a vehicle. They apparently got his buddy on the other side of the river.”

A view of the Dips practice field, located near RFK Stadium. Note the housing projects in the background. Doug Dugan is at far right.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stylin'

The perks of being a professional athlete are as old as the ancient Olympics. Gladiators had their pick of Roman nympho groupies. The Bambino scored as many times off the field as he did on. Not to be left out, the Diplomats had first rate accommodations in the barbershop during the late 70s. Note Eric Martin as he sits comfortably, white wine in hand. The only thing missing is the Roman Nympho.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fan Appreciation Day, 1979




Grateful thanks to E. Yohe