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STYLO MATCHMAKERS LEGEND: FOOTBALL BOOTS WORN BY SUNDERLAND AFC

SUNDERLAND – A LOOK THROUGH THE YEARS WEARING STYLO MATCHMAKERS

In the 1973 season, Sunderland AFC, led by their charismatic manager Bob Stokoe, had a dream run in the FA Cup. The team was determined to bring the trophy back to the city after a long wait of almost 50 years. They had a strong squad and a great team spirit, but what really set them apart was their choice of footwear.

Sunderland had a secret weapon, they wore the world-famous British Stylo Matchmakers football boots, the same boots worn by legends such as Pele, George Best, and Kevin Keegan. The boots were known for their superior quality, durability and comfort, and were considered the best in the market.

The players were initially skeptical about wearing the boots, but they decided to give them a try during their training sessions. To their surprise, the boots felt incredibly comfortable and provided great traction on the field. The team continued to wear the boots during their matches, and as the tournament progressed, they found that the boots seemed to give them an extra edge on the field. The winning goal was scored by Ian Porterfield in the 73rd minute. This was a historic victory for Sunderland as they were the first team in the 20th century to win the FA Cup while outside of the top tier of English football. The team was captained by Bobby Kerr, who played in the midfield. Other key players of this team were goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery, defenders Gary Rowell, Dick Malone and Ian Porterfield, midfielders Bobby Kerr, Len Ashurst, and Billy Hughes, and forwards Vic Halom, Billy Bingham and Ian Porterfield.

In the final, Sunderland faced off against Leeds United, who also wore the Stylo Matchmakers boots. It was a closely contested match, but Sunderland emerged victorious with a 1-0 victory. After the final whistle, the Sunderland players lifted the trophy and celebrated their triumph. As they lifted the trophy, the cameras zoomed in on their feet, revealing the Stylo Matchmakers boots that they had worn throughout the tournament.

The 1973 FA Cup victory was a historic moment for Sunderland, and their fans, but it was also a turning point for the world-famous British brand Stylo Matchmakers. The brand’s association with the winning team helped them to establish themselves as a major player in the football boot industry. The players continued to wear the boots for many years, and the brand became synonymous with their success.

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Aztecs

The Los Angeles Aztecs was an American professional soccer team based in Los Angeles, California , from 1974 to 1981. The Aztecs competed in the North Ame, fromue (NASL) from 1974 to 1981 as well as the 1975 NASL Indoor tournament, the 1979–80 and 1980–81 NASL Indoor seasons, and won the NASL Championship in 1974. During their eight years of existence, European football legends George Best, Johan Cruyff and a whole host of international players played for the team, total football pioneer Rinus Michels moved to the United States where he coached the L.A Aztecs and English singer Elton John was also a part-owner.

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Sting

The Chicago Sting (1974–1988) was an American professional soccer team representing Chicago. The Sting played in the North American Soccer League from 1975 to 1984 and in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the 1982–83 season and again from 1984 to 1988. They were North American Soccer League champions in 1981 and 1984, one of only two NASL teams (the New York Cosmos) to win the championship twice. The Sting were founded in 1974 by Lee Stern of Chicago and competed in the NASL for the first time in the 1975 season. A few years after founding the Sting, Stern brought Willy Roy on as head coach. Roy coached the Sting for the remainder of their outdoor existence. The team was named in reference to the popular 1973 film, The Sting, whose action was set in Chicago of the 1930s. The club played at various venues. The outdoor team spread their home games at Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, and Comiskey Park. In 1976 the indoor squad called the International Amphitheatre home, before subsequently using Chicago Stadium and the Rosemont Horizon (now the Allstate Arena).

Diplomats

The Washington Diplomats first came into being when in 1974 when the North American Soccer League (NASL) granted a franchise to a Washington, D.C. based business group. The team played all their home games at RFK Stadium in 1974, but in 1975 and 1976 they played most of their games at W.T. Woodson High School in Northern Virginia, including all of their 1976 games. They played indoor home matches at the neighboring D.C. Armory. The Diplomats qualified for the playoffs and increased average game attendance in each of their last three years of existence. Additionally, in their final year, the Diplomats were able to sign the future European Player of the Century Johan Cruyff. To the club experienced a spike in average attendance, nearing 20,000 fans a game by the 1980 season.

Atoms

The Philadelphia Atoms were an American soccer team based out of Philadelphia that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL). They played from 1973 at Veterans Stadium (1973–75) and Franklin Field (1976). The club’s colors were blue and white. The Atoms were founded by Philadelphia construction mogul Thomas McCloskey in 1973 at the urging of Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Tornado owner Lamar Hunt. Playing a largely American line-up, they won the NASL title in their first year of existence by defeating Hunt’s Dallas club 2–0. After this championship match, Philadelphia goalkeeper and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania native Bob Rigby became the first soccer player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Express

The Detroit Express was a professional soccer team based in suburban Detroit that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1978. Its home field was the Pontiac Silverdome. The Express were co-owned by Jimmy Hill, Roger Faulkner, Sonny VanArnem, and Gary Lemmen. The club made a splash by signing England forward Trevor Francis; he missed the first third of the season (arriving only after the European season ended in May), but still led the team with 22 goals and ten assists in 19 games.Francis scored five times as the Express slaughtered the San Jose Earthquakes, 10–0, which as of 2021 is still the widest margin of victory in an American major pro soccer match (NASL or MLS). The Express also won the American Soccer League title in 1982.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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