Calgary Kickers/Strikers

(1987-89)

The Calgary Kickers existed before the CSL and would join in its inaugural year. That same year they would win the league, beating the 86ers in the semis and Hamilton Steelers in the finals. After a poor second season (1988) Kickers folded and the Strikers arose in the 1989 season. Unfortunately success would evade them again in that season and they folded after losing the semis to rivals Edmonton. Notable players included the likes of John Catlif, Nick Gilbert, David Norman and Sven Habermann.

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1987

In their inaugural season Calgary then known as the Calgary Kickers, topped their division with 27 points (even beating out Hamilton in the east who had 26 points).  Calgary would skip to the semi finals where they would face and defeat Vancouver 4-3. Calgary would face and defeat Hamilton in the first CSL play offs ever, winning 2-1.

That season their initial jerseys were made by Brazilian company Penalty after a few games they switched to Umbro for the rest of the season. Penalty home jerserys were blue with white and red trim on the neck and arms. Metro Ford would be adorned over the breast. The Umbro home kits would be black and blue stripped jerseys, away was white chest with red arms.  

1986 Tournament organized by Calgary Kicker owners the Knipschilds
1986 Tournament organized by Calgary Kicker owners the Knipschilds

The team would be built from invitees that came to play within the tournament. Note the similarity of the jerseys in the flyer to the preseason jerseys.

1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson

Worn in a preseason game vs visiting Sheffield Wednesday

1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson

Worn in a preseason game vs visiting Sheffield Wednesday

1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson

Worn in a preseason game vs visiting Sheffield Wednesday

1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson

Worn in a preseason game vs visiting Sheffield Wednesday

1987 Calgary Kickers vs Sheffield Wednesday Preseason Friendly (Courtesy of Simon Hodgson)
1987 Calgary Kickers vs Sheffield Wednesday Preseason Friendly (Courtesy of Simon Hodgson)
1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson

These were worn in the preseason and in some of the first games, as told to me by Sven Habermann. The kickers then switched to Umbro for the rest of the season. Although they are marked as a Taurus jersey, they were made by Brazilian company Penalty.

1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn by #14 Lindsay Henderson

These were worn in the preseason and in some of the first games, as told to me by Sven Habermann. The kickers then switched to Umbro for the rest of the season. Although they are marked as a Taurus jersey, they were made by Brazilian company Penalty.

1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #4 Matchworn Simon Hodgson (courtesy of Simon Hodgson)
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #4 Matchworn Simon Hodgson (courtesy of Simon Hodgson)

1987 Calgary Kickers Home #4 Matchworn Simon Hodgson (courtesy of Simon Hodgson)

1987 Calgary Kickers Home #4 Matchworn Simon Hodgson (courtesy of Simon Hodgson)
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #4 Matchworn Simon Hodgson (courtesy of Simon Hodgson)

1987 Calgary Kickers Home #4 Matchworn Simon Hodgson (courtesy of Simon Hodgson)

1987 Calgary Kickers - CSL Champions
1987 Calgary Kickers - CSL Champions
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Sweatshirt Gameworn by Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Sweatshirt Gameworn by Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers CSL Champions Training Sweatshirt Gameworn by Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers CSL Champions Training Sweatshirt Gameworn by Nick Gilbert
1987 Kickers Away
1987 Calgary Kickers Home

1987 Calgary Kickers Home

Kickers 87 Away Team
1987 Calgary Kickers Home

1987 Calgary Kickers Home

Kickers 87 Away Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Nick Gilbert

1987 Calgary Kickers Nick Gilbert

Kickers 87 Away John Catliff v 86ers 8/26/87
1987 Calgary Kickers John Catliff v Vancouver 86ers 8/26/87

1987 Calgary Kickers John Catliff v Vancouver 86ers 8/26/87

Calgary Kickers 1987 (c/o Peter Mackie)
Calgary Kickers 1987 (c/o Peter Mackie)

Calgary Kickers 1987 (c/o Peter Mackie)

1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
1987 CSL MVP Nick Gilbert (c/o Nick Gilbert)
1987 CSL MVP Nick Gilbert (c/o Nick Gilbert)
1987 CSL Golden Boot Nick Gilbert (C/o Nick Gilbert)
1987 CSL Golden Boot Nick Gilbert (C/o Nick Gilbert)
 

1988

Calgarys second season as the kickers was not as successful. They only won 6 out of 28 games, placing them in 3rd out of 4 slots. They lost to Winnipeg 2-1 in the quarter finals. 

That season Umbro made their jersey. Unfortunately at this time i do not have nay information as to what color the home jersey was, the away was black and blue checkers.

1988 Kickers Away Jersey
1988 Calgary Kickers Home

1988 Calgary Kickers Home

1988 Kickers Away Joe Waters v Brickmen
1988 Calgary Kickers Home Joe Waters v Edmonton Brickmen

1988 Calgary Kickers Home Joe Waters v Edmonton Brickmen

1988 Kickers Away Drew Stanley v Fury 7/1/1988
7/1/1988 Calgary Kickers Home Drew Stanley v Winnipeg Fury

7/1/1988 Calgary Kickers Home Drew Stanley v Winnipeg Fury

July 3 Calgary Kickers Roster away to North York Rockets
July 3 Calgary Kickers Roster away to North York Rockets

July 3 Calgary Kickers Roster away to North York Rockets

Aug 28 1988 Calgary Kickers v North York Rockets Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)
Aug 28 1988 Calgary Kickers v North York Rockets Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)

Aug 28 1988 Calgary Kickers v North York Rockets Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)

1988 Seattle Storm v Calgary Kickers (c/o Rich Paschette)
1988 Seattle Storm v Calgary Kickers (c/o Rich Paschette)

1988 Seattle Storm v Calgary Kickers (c/o Rich Paschette)

 

1989

Calgary Kickers folded before the season started and a new community based team the Calgary Strikers was created. They would place 3/5 in the Western Division, to face rivals Edmonton in the quarter finals. Edmonton would beat Calgary 3-1 over two legs. It would be Calgarys final year in the league. 

Calgary's jerseys were made by Umbro, home was white with Strikers across the chest. Away was a black and blue checker board with a metro ford sponsor. 

1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
1989 Calgary Strikers (c/o Nick Gilbert)
1989 Calgary Strikers (c/o Nick Gilbert)
Strikers 89 Head Jim Loughlin
1989 Calgary Strikers Jim Loughlin

1989 Calgary Strikers Jim Loughlin

Strikers 89 Head Drew Stanley
1989 Calgary Strikers Drew Stanley

1989 Calgary Strikers Drew Stanley

1989 Strikers Home Nick Gilbert v Fury 7-2-89
1989 Calgary Strikers Nick Gilbert v Fury 7-2-89

1989 Calgary Strikers Nick Gilbert v Fury 7-2-89

Strikers 89 Head John Louro
1989 Calgary Strikers John Louro

1989 Calgary Strikers John Louro

Strikers 89 Head Maurice Morgan
1989 Calgary Strikers Maurice Morgan

1989 Calgary Strikers Maurice Morgan

Strikers 89 Head Dan Penner
1989 Calgary Strikers Dan Penner

1989 Calgary Strikers Dan Penner

Strikers 89 Head Doug Holloway
1989 Calgary Strikers Doug Holloway

1989 Calgary Strikers Doug Holloway

Strikers 89 Head Jim Buchan
1989 Calgary Strikers Jim Buchan

1989 Calgary Strikers Jim Buchan

Strikers 89 Head Andy Smith
1989 Calgary Strikers Andy Smith

1989 Calgary Strikers Andy Smith

Strikers 89 Head Len Cantello
1989 Calgary Strikers Len Cantello

1989 Calgary Strikers Len Cantello

Strikers 89 Head Harry Hackl
1989 Calgary Strikers Harry Hackl

1989 Calgary Strikers Harry Hackl

Strikers 89 Head Ernesto Solano
1989 Calgary Strikers Ernesto Solano

1989 Calgary Strikers Ernesto Solano

Strikers 89 Head Gary Kern
1989 Calgary Strikers Gary Kern

1989 Calgary Strikers Gary Kern

Strikers 89 Head Derek Ballendine
1989 Calgary Strikers Derek Ballendine

1989 Calgary Strikers Derek Ballendine

Strikers 89 Head David Morgan
1989 Calgary Strikers David Morgan

1989 Calgary Strikers David Morgan

Strikers 89 Away Derek Ballendine
1989 Calgary Strikers Away Derek Ballendine

1989 Calgary Strikers Away Derek Ballendine

Strikers 89 Home Andy Smith v Fury
1989 Calgary Strikers Andy Smith v Winnipeg Fury

1989 Calgary Strikers Andy Smith v Winnipeg Fury

Strikers 89 Head Nick Gilbert
1989 Calgary Strikers Nick Gilbert

1989 Calgary Strikers Nick Gilbert

Aug 20 1989 North York Rockets vs Calgary Strikers Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)
Aug 20 1989 North York Rockets vs Calgary Strikers Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)

Aug 20 1989 North York Rockets vs Calgary Strikers Rosters (c/o Robin Glover)