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    Monday, July 14, 1975

    “Bolts to begin off season processes” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    The players arrived at training facility Monday afternoon. “Seventeen games…..It’s been a long season. I look forward to some time off,” said Wayne Clark when he addressed the press. “I would have liked to play that eighteenth game. It just did not work in our favor yesterday.” The players will spend the next few days gathering and organizing personal belongings before heading out for an extended vacation. When asked if he would watch the WFC Championship game, Clark declared, “Of course I will. It’s going to be a fantastic game.” Meanwhile, General Manager James Harland and Director of Player Personnel Lorne Altizer met Monday evening to discuss the pending contract negotiations of several key players, including Mike McCaffrey, John Carroll, Wayne Clark and Nate Allen. Some tough decisions have to be made before the August 12th contract negotiation deadline. In addition, Harland and Altizer will meet with the coaching staff and Chief Scout Nicholas McKenzie on August 19th to examine potential draft prospects and a specific draft day strategy.

    Front Office Report - “Two Coach’s hired Monday Afternoon” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The Nashville Rebels front office introduced Billy Ray Barnes as their new Head Coach. Barnes arrives in Nashville from Washington where he was the Defensive Coordinator from 1974-75.

    The Arizona Wranglers have hired Ray Dawson as their new Quarterbacks/Associate Head Coach.

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    A quick glance into the Western Football Conference Championship Game history

    "Indianapolis leads WFC with three titles in six seasons" – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    1970 – Oakland Invaders 0 @ Indianapolis Renegades 24; Indianapolis, Hoosier Stadium
    1971 – Philadelphia Stars 10 @ Indianapolis Renegades 31; Indianapolis, Hoosier Stadium
    1972 – Toronto Argonauts 16 @ Oakland Invaders 23; Oakland, Alameda County Coliseum
    1973 – San Diego Chargers 10 @ Toronto Argonauts 27; Toronto, Rogers Centre
    1974 – Indianapolis Renegades 27 @ Boston Breakers 21 (OT); Foxborough, Schaefer Stadium
    1975 – Oakland Invaders @ Pittsburgh Maulers; Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Stadium; July 20, 1975

    *The Toronto Argonauts played in WFC East until an NAFL realignment in 1974 moved the Argonauts
    to the EFC Central

    A quick glance into the Eastern Football Conference Championship Game history

    "The Riders top the EFC with four title game appearances"- Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribnue

    1970 – San Antonio Riders 29 @ British Columbia Lions 34; Vancouver, BC Place
    1971 – St. Louis Cardinals 7 @ San Antonio Riders 31; San Antonio, Alamo Dome
    1972 – British Columbia Lions 23 @ Oklahoma City Outlaws 10; Oklahoma City, Memorial Stadium
    1973 – Oklahoma City Outlaws 10 @ San Antonio Riders 26; San Antonio, Alamo Dome
    1974 – San Antonio Riders 21 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17; St. Louis, Busch Stadium
    1975 – Toronto Argonauts @ Fort Worth Mavericks; Fort Worth, Tarrant County Stadium July 20, 1975

    *The Oklahoma City Outlaws played in EFC West until an NAFL realignment in 1974 moved the Outlaws
    to the WFC West

    Tuesday, July 15, 1975

    “Stampeders hire Gotta” – The Calgary Herald

    Calgary Stampeders General Manager Ryan Szymanski introduced Jack Gotta as the organizations new lead man Tuesday afternoon. Jack Gotta joins the Stamps’ from Winnipeg where he was the Bombers Defensive Coordinator from 1971 through 1975. “I will bring back winning to Calgary” Jack stated while addressing the press. “Being a Head Coach in this league brings a new set of challenges that I believe I am ready for. I would like to thank Ryan Szymanski and the Calgary ownership for entrusting me with this clubs future.” Jack’s first order of business, according to reliable sources, is finding a new Offensive Coordinator.
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    Sunday, July 20, 1975
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    WFC Championship game: Oakland Invaders @ Pittsburgh Maulers
    Location: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Attendance: 62, 812
    Game MVP: WR Clifford Branch Jr.

    “Stabler and Branch propel Oakland into the sixth Battle for the Silver Cup” – Oakland Tribune

    The WFC Title game saw the Oakland Invaders down the Pittsburgh Maulers 24-7 to claim their second conference championship. “Three Rivers Stadium was so loud. I could not believe the enthusiasm of those fans. I still can’t believe we’re champs. I cannot stop smiling,” commented Invaders Linebacker David Altizer after the game. Stabler and the Invaders built up an early 14-0 lead with touchdown passes to Clarence Davis and Gordon Banks. Kicker Bob Thomas added 3 more near the end of the half to establish a commanding 17-0 halftime lead. PIttsburgh’s only score came late in the fourth when Joe Gilliam found Curtis Swann open for a 15 yard touchdown pass. “Well we made a heck of a run. We came up one game short. I am proud of our guys and the season they had,” remarked the losing Coach Charlie Sumner after the game.
    Top performers
    OAKLAND
    QB Kenneth Stabler 18-23, 327 yards, 2 TD
    RB Clarence Davis 18 carries 54 yards; 4 receptions, 39 yards, 1 TD
    WR Clifford Branch Jr. 6 receptions, 173 yards
    LB David Altizer 13 tackles, 3 sacks
    S Lee Grayson 7 tackles
    PITTSBURGH
    QB Joe Gilliam 15-31, 184 yards, 1 TD; 3 carries, 22 yards
    WR Curtis Swann 8 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD
    DE James Hayden 8 tackles
    DT Allen Greenwood 6 tackles
    LB Bob Strickland 8 tackles

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    EFC Championship game: Toronto Argonauts @ Fort Worth Mavericks
    Location: Tarrant County Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
    Attendance: 66,270
    Game MVP: RB Joe Madden

    “MAVS punch ticket to LA – EFC CHAMPS” – Fort Worth Star Telegram

    Leo Cahill and his field general, Joe Ferguson, were stopped 13 points short of the EFC title Sunday as the Mavs of Fort Worth held on to a 27-14 victory at Tarrant County Stadium. Cahill’s offense opened the game with a 11 play, 77 yard drive to pay dirt with 9:16 left in the first. Daniel Fouts and Joe Madden then guided the Mavericks to 17 unanswered points, an 18 yard field goal by George Hunt, 18 yard touchdown pass from Fouts to wide out Johnny Rodgers, and a 2 yard pass to Joe Madden. Jacksonville took a 17-7 lead with 1:47 left in the first half. And 1:47 was all the Argonauts needed to score. Ferguson found Tight End Paul Costa for a 20 yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds left in the second quarter to pull within three, 17-14. In the second half both defensive units took over and it became an epic struggle. The only score in the third was a 28 yard George Hunt field goal with 9:29 left in the quarter. The Final score of the evening came when Daniel Fouts took it in himself from 3 yards outs. It turned out to be just enough.“That was some of the hardest hitting I have seen all season long,” commented Mike Kolen after the game. “Well we came up short today. My congratulations to the Fort Worth organization, they played a heck of game and will represent the EFC well in Los Angeles in two weeks,” stated Coach Coahill after the game.
    Top performers
    FORT WORTH
    QB Daniel Fouts 14-26, 145 yards, 2 TD; 3 carries, 13 yards, 1 TD
    RB Joe Madden 12 carries, 98 yards; 4 receptions, 40 yards, 1 TD
    WR Lee Stallworth 4 receptions, 45 yards
    DE Ed jones 5 tackles, 1 sack
    DT Art Thoms 5 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Mike Kolen 8 tackles, 1 sack
    TORONTO
    QB Joe Ferguson 21-41-2, 274 yards, 2 TD; 3 carries, 16 yards
    TE Paul Costa 5 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD
    WR Bob Chandler 5 receptions, 84 yards, 1 TD
    WR Haven Moses 5 receptions, 77 yards
    DE Al Cowlings 7 tackles
    LB Mike Stratton 12 tackles
    S Anthony Greene 5 tackles, 1 sack

    “Battle for the Silver Cup is set” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    (14-5) Oakland Invaders vs. (14-4) Fort Worth Mavericks; August 3, 1975; Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
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    1975 San Diego Chargers Team Statistics (12-4 regular season; 0-1 playoffs; 12-5 overall)

    Quarterbacks
    Wayne Clark 244-431-15, 3,700 yards, 24 TD, 89.0 QBR; 21 carries, 75 yards
    Ed Baker 3-6-1. 27 yards

    RB/FB
    Sam McPherson 283 carries, 1,240 yards. 11 TD; 16 receptions, 132 yards, 2 TD
    Mike Montgomery 186 carries 797 yards, 4 TD; 56 receptions, 720 yards, 6 TD
    Don Calhoun 28 carries. 115 yards

    WR/TE
    Jim Krieg 53 receptions, 944 yards, 4 TD
    Bob Klein 45 receptions, 525 yards
    Gary Garrison 28 receptions, 514 yards, 4 TD
    David Smith 26 receptions, 480 yards, 7 TD
    Art Strozier 12 receptions, 172 yards
    Ray Rhodes 9 receptions, 164 yards
    Steve Odom 2 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD

    Defense (Top 10)
    Mike McCaffrey 91 tackles, 2 FF, 3 PD, 1 INT
    John Carroll 86 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 PD, 1 INT, 1 FR
    David Wright 76 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 PD, 1 INT, 1 FR
    Tom Williams 61 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 PD,
    Nate Allen 55 tackles, 1 FF, 8 PD, 1 INT
    Jerry Patton 48 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 PD
    Louie Kelcher 46 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, 3 PD
    Gary Johnson 44 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 FF, 2 PD, 2 FR
    Joe Beauchamp 43 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, 7 PD, 2 INT
    Levi Johnson 38 tackles, 1 sack, 9 PD, 3 INT, 1 FR

    Kicker
    James Feller 48 PAT, 25 Field Goals, 78.2% FGA, Long 59 yards, 123 points

    Punter
    Dennis Partee 59 punts, 2,616 yards, 44.3 Avg., Long 63 yards

    Kick returns
    Steve Odom 28 KR, 533 yards, 19.0 avg
    David Smith 15 KR, 227 yards, 15.1 avg

    Punt Returns
    Al Young 36 PR, 201 yards, 5.6 avg
    David Smith 17 PR, 88 yards, 5.2 avg

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    Monday, July 28, 1975

    “Mavericks and Invaders arrive in Los Angeles” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Coach Gene Stallings and The Fort Worth Mavericks arrived at LAX at about 11:45 Monday morning. “We have a busy week leading up to the big game. We have to be at the stadium this evening for our team photo and interview sessions.” Coach Ollie Spencer and the Oakland Invaders arrived in the City of Stars shortly after 12:45. “This is going to an interesting week and it all starts this evening.”

    This week’s media schedule leading up to Thursday evening.
    Monday, July 28
    5:10-7:10pm Forth Worth Mavericks team photo and interview session with all players and coaches
    7:30-9:30pm Oakland Invaders team photo and interview session with all players and coaches

    Tuesday, July 29
    10:00-11:50am Media availability with Gene Stallings and 12 players including Daniel Fouts and Joe Madden
    12:00-1:50pm Media availability with Ollie Spencer and 12 players including Kenneth Stabler and Clifford Branch Jr.

    Wednesday, July 30
    10:00-11:15am Media availability with Gene Stallings, assistant coaches and players
    12:00-1:15pm Media availability with Ollie Spencer, assistant coaches and players

    Thursday, July 31
    9:00-11:15am Media availability with Gene Stallings, assistant coaches and 12 players including Mike Kolen and Ed Jones
    12:00-2:15pm Media availability with Ollie Spencer assistant coaches and 12 players including David Altizer and John Tatum

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    Thursday, July 31, 1975

    “Bolts lose three assistants in one week” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    In a strange turn of events Thursday afternoon, General Manager James Harland announced the departure of three assistant coaches. Defensive Backs Coach Willie Wood has accepted a position with Philadelphia Stars organization. There he will join Dick Stanfel’s coaching staff as the new Defensive Coordinator. Wood leaves sunny southern California after three seasons. Alva Tabor Jr., Bolts Special Teams Coach through the ’74 and ’75 seasons, has taken the vacant Assistant Director-Pro Scouting position with the Cleveland Gladiators. In addition, WR/TE Coach John David Crow announced that he is retiring from the game to pursue other interests. “All three excelled as coaches and we wish them well in their future endeavors,” said Harland when he addressed the press. Though the news may have been overshadowed by the events of the ‘Battle for the Silver Cup” throughout the rest of the county, it was big news in San Diego. “Now, in addition to the August 12th free agent deadline, we have to shop for some new personnel. We have some options and names of some available coaches that may fit Coach Coryell’s system. But no decisions will be made until after Sunday’s big game,” continued Harland. Coach Coryell could not be reached for any comment as he is away visiting family in Washington and will not return to his home is La Mesa, California until after the NAFL Championship game.

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    Sunday, August 3, 1975
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    Silver Cup 6: Oakland Invaders vs. Fort Worth Mavericks
    Location/time: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, 3:15 PST
    Attendance: 88,441
    Weather: Sunny, 81 Degrees
    Halftime show: Disney presents "It's A Small World" with the Los Angeles Unified All-City Band
    Network: NBC
    Announcers: Curt Gowdy and Don Meredith
    Game MVP: TE Herwitt Dixon

    “Mavs reign supreme – Dixon crowned MVP” – Fort Worth Star Telegram

    “Stabler and the Invaders fall short of NAFL Title” – Oakland Tribune

    Danie Foutsl and the Fort Worth Mavericks became champions of the NAFL Sunday evening as they defeated the Oakland Invaders 27-21. After a scoreless first quarter, Fort Worth struck gold with a field goal with 9:58 left in the second followed by 10 yard touchdown strike from Fouts to Tight End Herwitt Dixon at the 1:07 mark. Forth Worth took a 10-0 lead into half time. Oakland and their field general, Kenneth Stabler, countered to start the third with a 12 play, 71 yard drive that culminated in a 9 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Clifford Branch Jr. Not to be outdone, Mavs lead man Daniel Fouts engineered a 13 play 77 yard drive that was capped off with an Odell Lawson 1 yard plunge. The fourth quarter began with the Mavs in command 17-7. The Invaders next possession ended in disaster when Mavs cornerback Roger Williams stepped in front of a pass intended for Gordon Banks and raced 37 yards to the end zone. The Mavs sideline erupted as George Hunt added the extra point and increased the lead to 24-7 with 13:06 left in regulation. Head Coach Ollie Spencer, Stabler, and the Invaders were not ready to throw in the towel just yet. They put together a strong drive which ended with an 11 yard pass from Stabler to Branch. After a quick three and out by the Mavericks, the Invaders struck again at the 5:20 mark when Stabler hooked up with Clarence Davis for a 64 yard touchdown pass. In a seven minute span Oakland managed to climb with three points and silenced the Mavericks sidelines.Unfortunately for the Invaders it would be their last score of the game. Fort Worth’s Fred Dean and Mike Kolen took control and held Oakland scoreless the rest of the way. Mavericks Kicker George Hunt added a 43 yard field goal near the end of the fourth to secure the victory.

    Plays from scrimmage: Oakland 62 (22 First Downs); Fort Worth 51 (17 First Downs)
    Rushing: Oakland 22 for 100 yards (4.5 avg); Fort Worth 29 for 116 yards (4.0 avg)
    Pass plays: Oakland 25 for 41 (61%), 3 TD, 2 INT; 11 for 22 (50%), 1 TD
    Passing: Oakland 338 yards (8.2 per play); Fort Worth 189 yards (8.6 per play)
    Sacked: No sacks
    Turnovers: Oakland 2
    Penalties: Oakland 8 penalties for 40 yards; Fort Worth 5 penalties for 27 yards
    Punts: Oakland 4 punts for 174 yards (43.5 avg); Fort Worth 4 punts for 168 yards (42 avg)
    Third Down: Oakland 4 for 12 (33%); Fort Worth 2 for 9 (22 %)
    Red Zone: Oakland 2 for 4 (0 FG, 2 TD); Fort Worth 2 for 2 (0 FG, 2 TD
    Time of Possession: Oakland 30:26; Fort Worth 29:34

    Game information
    Second Quarter
    FW – FG George Hunt 50 yards; 3-0 FW
    FW – TD Herwitt Dixon 10 yard pass from Daniel Fouts (George Hunt kick) 10-0 FW
    Third Quarter
    OAK – TD Clifford Branch Jr. 9 yard pass from Kenneth Stabler (BobThomas kick) 10-7 FW
    FW – TD Odell Lawson 1 yard run (George Hunt kick) 17-7 FW
    Fourth Quarter
    FW – TD Roger Williams interceptions 37 yards (George Hunt kick) 24-7 FW
    OAK – TD Clifford Branch Jr. 11 yard pass from Kenneth Stabler (Bob Thomas kick) 24-14 FW
    OAK – TD Clarence Davis 64 yard pass from Kenneth Stabler (Bob Thomas kick) 24-21 FW
    FW – FG George Hunt 43 yards; 27-21 FW

    Top Performers
    FORT WORTH
    QB Daniel Fouts 11-22, 189 yards, 1 TD; 1 carry, 3 yards
    RB Joe Madden 13 carries, 65 yards; 2 receptions, 30 yards
    FB Odell Lawson 15 carries, 48 yards. 1 TD; 1 reception, 8 yards
    TE Herwitt Dixon 6 receptions, 89 yards, 1 TD
    DE Fred Dean 6 tackles
    LB Mike Kolen 9 tackles
    CB Roger Williams 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD
    OAKLAND
    QB Kenneth Stabler 25-41-2, 338 yards, 3 TD
    RB Clarence Davis 8 carries, 35 yards; 4 receptions, 86 yards, 1 TD
    FB Marvin Hubbard 12 carries, 61 yards; 4 receptions, 43 yards,
    WR Clifford Branch Jr. 3 receptions, 30 yards, 2 TD
    WR Warren Wells 7 receptions, 89 yards
    LB David Altizer 9 tackles
    LB Bill Budness 7 tackles
    S George Atkinson 5 tackles

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    NAFL All-Pro Game: EFC vs. WFC
    Location: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington
    Attendance: 63,214
    Network: ABC
    Announcers: Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell
    Game MVP: CB Bobby Howard (Birmingham)
    EFC 24 (Head Coach: Leo Cahill, Toronto Argonauts)
    WFC 14 (Head Coach: Charlie Sumner, Pittsburgh Maulers)

    “Birmingham’s Bobby Howard steals the show in Seattle” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    With the EFC leading 17-14 in the final period, game MVP Bobby Howard of Birmingham intercepted a pass by San Diego’s Wayne Clark in the end zone. Less than three minutes later, Howard again intercepted Clark, returning it to the WFC’s 27 yard line to set up the game clinching touchdown.

    Game information
    First Quarter
    EFC – TD Charles Foreman 3 yard run (Bruce Gossett kick) 7-0 EFC
    EFC – FG Bruce Gossett 31 yards; 10-0 EFC
    Second Quarter
    WFC – TD Delvin Williams 15 yard run (Bob Thomas kick) 10-7 EFC
    EFC – TD Barry Pearson 12 yard pass from Charlie Richards (Bruce Gossett kick) 17-7 EFC
    WFC – TD Sam McPherson 1 yard run (Bob Thomas kick) 17-14 EFC
    Fourth Quarter
    EFC – TD Larry Brunson 27 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Bruce Gossett kick) 24-14 EFC

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    Well....I attempted to get the San Diego Chargers to the "SILVER CUP" but ran into the Oakland Invaders in the divisional round. The 12-4 record was my most successful to date (over 2,000 yards rushing!!!!) and I actually won the division. Thanks to those that followed my 1975 adventure.....I will be upgrading my system to the 2020 Football Mogul....so see you then.....thanks again.....One of these days I will get my Bolts...to the BIG GAME.... long live the "SAN DIEGO" Chargers...…..

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    So I completed update to 2020 FM.....I am now considering starting a season in 1951......relocating a team to San Diego and playing that season and see how I do......still mulling over the idea.....thanks

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    Oakland has ruined San Diego's day (in football) for many many years.

    theoretically Allen could move the Raiders to SD. probly a better market than Vegas.

    NFL like musical chairs with 32 teams and 30+ cities. right now 30 cities wi NY and LA having two teams each and San Diego, Oakland and St Louis none. only a matter of time before they get someobody's team and the circus continues.

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    I know it's almost depressing for a old 1970's early 80's football fan like myself...to envision a league with no OAKLAND Raiders...and SAN DIEGO Chargers....growing up with the AFC west......those were the best games ever (some heartbreaking ones for Chargers nation.....I mean....Dan Fouts…..Kenny "The Snake" Stabler…….John Jefferson.....Cliff Branch……. and the list goes on; good times and great football

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    Re: NAFL: "Bolts charge ahead in '75"

    I live on the East Coast and they would always air the AFC West games at 4 o'clock. got to see a lot of that division. really fun group with memorable teams and rivalries. I like how they'd 'rotate' good and bad, no team dominating (like the Cheatriots in the AFC East last twenty years).

    no the NFL is not the same without 'San Diego - Oakland'.

    the old AFC East was fun back when the Colts were in it.

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