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.

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page 1 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
page 1 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
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page 2 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
page 2 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
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page 3 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
page 3 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
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page 4 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
page 4 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
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page 6 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
page 6 of Calgary Kickers Pro soccer Tournament Booklet (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1987 Calgary Kickers hats (c/o Kenneth Price)
1987 Calgary Kickers hats (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1987 Calgary Kickers Training Sweatshirt Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Sweatshirt Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1987 Calgary Kickers CSL Champs Sweater Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1987 Calgary Kickers CSL Champs Sweater Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1987 Calgary Kickers Sweater Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1987 Calgary Kickers Sweater Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1987 Calgary Kickers Training Jacket Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Jacket Gameworn by Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel

Produced by CCM

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1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel

Produced by CCM

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1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel

Produced by CCM

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1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel

made by Pacesetter of Calgary

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1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers Training Top Gameworn by Chris Daniel

made by Pacesetter of Calgary

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1987 Calgary Kickers Jersey Gameworn by Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers Jersey Gameworn by Chris Daniel

Notable difference was that there were no numbers or sponsors on the trainer vs the gameworn jerseys. Otherwise design was the same.

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1987 Calgary Kickers Jersey Gameworn by Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers Jersey Gameworn by Chris Daniel

Notable difference was that there were no numbers or sponsors on the trainer vs the gameworn jerseys. Otherwise design was the same.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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1987 Calgary Kickers vs Sheffield Wednesday Preseason Friendly (Courtesy of Simon Hodgson)
1987 Calgary Kickers vs Sheffield Wednesday Preseason Friendly (Courtesy of Simon Hodgson)
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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.

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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.

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1987 Calgary Kickers trainer gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers trainer gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
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1987 Calgary Kickers trainer gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
1987 Calgary Kickers trainer gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
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1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
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1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Home #10 Gameworn Nick Gilbert
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1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
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1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
1987 Calgary Kickers Away #8 Lindsay Henderson
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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)

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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)

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1987 Calgary Kickers - CSL Champions
1987 Calgary Kickers - CSL Champions
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1987? Calgary Kickers training? jersey #6 Dave Norman?
1987? Calgary Kickers training? jersey #6 Dave Norman?

No Idea what season this is from. Interesting it has the CSA logo on it. Speculating on season due to the fact that Kickers were only around for two seasons. Dave Norman wore #6 both seasons.

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1987? Calgary Kickers training? jersey #6 Dave Norman?
1987? Calgary Kickers training? jersey #6 Dave Norman?

No Idea what season this is from. Interesting it has the CSA logo on it. Speculating on season due to the fact that Kickers were only around for two seasons. Dave Norman wore #6 both seasons.

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1987? Calgary Kickers training? jersey #6 Dave Norman?
1987? Calgary Kickers training? jersey #6 Dave Norman?

No Idea what season this is from. Interesting it has the CSA logo on it. Speculating on season due to the fact that Kickers were only around for two seasons. Dave Norman wore #6 both seasons.

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

1987 Calgary Kickers Home

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Kickers 87 Away Team
1987 Calgary Kickers Home

1987 Calgary Kickers Home

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Kickers 87 Away Nick Gilbert
1987 Calgary Kickers Nick Gilbert

1987 Calgary Kickers Nick Gilbert

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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

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

Calgary Kickers 1987 (c/o Peter Mackie)

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1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
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1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
1987 Calgary Kickers vs Edmonton Brickmen pamphlet (c/o Rui Viana)
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1987 CSL MVP Nick Gilbert (c/o Nick Gilbert)
1987 CSL MVP Nick Gilbert (c/o Nick Gilbert)
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1987 CSL Golden Boot Nick Gilbert (C/o Nick Gilbert)
1987 CSL Golden Boot Nick Gilbert (C/o Nick Gilbert)
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City of Calgary Award (c/o
City of Calgary Award (c/o
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1986 Calgary Kickers Reserves (c/o Kenneth Price)
1986 Calgary Kickers Reserves (c/o Kenneth Price)

In 1986 the Calgary Kickers was created with a First team and a Reserve Squad. The Teams played some exhibitions games in the West against Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver (BC Imports). In the picture, I am the second from the left on the back row (between Scotty McGeach and Jim Armstrong, but due to an error my name is missed. There are ten players in the back row but only nine names) My name does appear in the Reserve Squad list in the program.

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1986 Calgary Kickers Reserves (c/o Kenneth Price)
1986 Calgary Kickers Reserves (c/o Kenneth Price)

In 1986 the Calgary Kickers was created with a First team and a Reserve Squad. The Teams played some exhibitions games in the West against Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver (BC Imports). In the picture, I am the second from the left on the back row (between Scotty McGeach and Jim Armstrong, but due to an error my name is missed. There are ten players in the back row but only nine names) My name does appear in the Reserve Squad list in the program.

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1986 Calgary Kickers Reserves (c/o Kenneth Price)
1986 Calgary Kickers Reserves (c/o Kenneth Price)

In 1986 the Calgary Kickers was created with a First team and a Reserve Squad. The Teams played some exhibitions games in the West against Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver (BC Imports). In the picture, I am the second from the left on the back row (between Scotty McGeach and Jim Armstrong, but due to an error my name is missed. There are ten players in the back row but only nine names) My name does appear in the Reserve Squad list in the program.

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1987 Calgary Kickers Newspaper clippings (c/o Kenneth Price)
1987 Calgary Kickers Newspaper clippings (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1987 Calgary Kickers Newspaper clippings (c/o Kenneth Price)
1987 Calgary Kickers Newspaper clippings (c/o Kenneth Price)
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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.

Home was black and blue checkers, away was a mint green with a diamond pattern across it. 

1988 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
1988 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
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1988 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
1988 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
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1988 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
1988 Calgary Kickers Home gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
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1988 Kickers Away Jersey
1988 Calgary Kickers Home

1988 Calgary Kickers Home

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1988 C1988 Calgary Kickers Away gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Danielalgary Kickers Away gameworn
1988 C1988 Calgary Kickers Away gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Danielalgary Kickers Away gameworn
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1988 Calgary Kickers Away gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
1988 Calgary Kickers Away gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
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1988 Calgary Kickers Away gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
1988 Calgary Kickers Away gameworn and signed by #18 Chris Daniel
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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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 silver with a black collar.  Tracksuits were made by local brand Typhoon.

1989 Calgary Strikers Program 1 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 1 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 2 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 2 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 3 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 3 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 4 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 4 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 5 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 5 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 6 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 6 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 7 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 7 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 8 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 8 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 9 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 9 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 10 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 10 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Program 11 (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Program 11 (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Home Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Home Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Away Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Away Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Away Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Away Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Tracksuit Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Tracksuit Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Tracksuit Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Tracksuit Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Track Jacket Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Track Jacket Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Track Jacket Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Track Jacket Gameworn #19 Kenneth Price (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
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1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
1989 Calgary Strikers gameworn Training Sweatshirt #4 Gregor Young
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1989 Calgary Strikers hat (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers hat (c/o Kenneth Price)
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Strikers 89 Away Derek Ballendine
1989 Calgary Strikers Away Derek Ballendine

1989 Calgary Strikers Away Derek Ballendine

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

1989 Calgary Strikers Andy Smith v Winnipeg Fury

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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)

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1989 Calgary Strikers Fosters Man of the match Mug (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Fosters Man of the match Mug (c/o Kenneth Price)
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1989 Calgary Strikers Frisbee (c/o Kenneth Price)
1989 Calgary Strikers Frisbee (c/o Kenneth Price)
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