Edmonton Brickmen (1987-90)
Initially part of the Western Soccer Alliance in 1985, the Edmonton Brickmen would join the CSL in 1987. Named after financial backers The Brick Warehouse and owned by Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, Edmonton would play out of John Ducey Park and Clarke Stadium. Ross Ongaro would coach and play for them, while Mel Kowalchuck would serve as president of the club.
Players fielded for the Brick Men included the likes of Ray Hudson, Norm Odinga, Justin Fashanu, Ross Ongaro, Nick Gilbert, Niall Thompson, Craig Forrest, Paul Dolan and Drew Ferguson. Unfortunately their best result came in 1989 when they made it to the semi finals only to face the ever dominant 86ers.
Edmonton placed 3/4 in their division. They would lose to the 86ers in the quarter finals, 2-1
That season their jersey was labeled as Umbro and made by Taurus.
Home was yellow, away was Black with a yellow sash. The training jersey was labeled as Umbro and made by Brazilian company Penalty.
Terrible season for Edmonton, they only won 4 games out of 28 meaning they missed the play offs.
That season Umbro made the shirts. Home was red, Away was white with cross hatching.
The Brickmen would bounce back this season, primarily due to the scoring prowess of Justin Fashanu who put 17 in the back of the net. Edmonton would place 2nd in their division, then face Vancouver in the semi finals. Vancouver would beat them 9-3 over two legs.
That season their jersey was made by Umbro, home was white and away was red.
Unfortunately Edmonton would fall back into old habits and place last in their division, missing out on the play offs yet again. It would sadly be Edmontons last season.
That season their jersey was made by Umbro, home was white, away was red.