On Saturday the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers renew one of the oldest and most intense regional rivalries in American pro soccer. Here are some video clips from over the past 39 years (the sides first met in 1977) to wet your appetite for the matchup. The more recent videos are in HD but for the earlier ones please be tolerant of the quality from the VHS and Beta days!
1979 Indoor match between the clubs from West Palm Beach
1980 ABC Sports Broadcast of Fort Lauderdale -Tampa Bay
2011 September- The Rowdies won this matchup in St Petersburg but would lose the following week in the NASL Playoffs while Fort Lauderdale advanced all the way to the NASL Championship Series before falling to Minnesota – the same side that eliminated Tampa Bay in Round One.
2012 NASL on the Fourth Video featuring the eventual league champion Tampa Bay Rowdies beating Fort Lauderdale. (HD)
Tim Robbie Strikers General Manager from 1977 to 1983 and President from 2011 to 2012 and again from 2014 to 2015 discusses the rivalry. (HD)
2013 win for the Rowdies in Fort Lauderdale (HD)
World Soccer Talk Documentary on the Tampa Bay Rowdies Tradition (HD)
Fort Lauderdale goes to St Petersburg and rallies from two goals back to win season series. Fort Lauderdale would advance to the final game of the NASL Championship in 2014.
Rivalry promotion from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last season (HD)
2015 Strikers win in St Pete in the middle of the July storms that flooded the Tampa Bay area (HD)
Fort Lauderdale won the series in 2015 following this win at Lockhart Stadium en route to another appearance for the Strikers in “The Championship.” (HD)
Disclaimer: TFS Editor-in-chief Kartik Krishnaiyer serves a Media Relations Consultant for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers