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Players were not paid but were reimbursed for expenses and had the option to "profit share".  The budget in 1966 was $20,000.

 

  Eugene Bombers (1966-1967)

*Pennant from the collection of Scott Lowell

Years of Operation: 1966-1967

 

Overall Record:  13-9

 

First Game: Sep 10, 1966 vs Victoria Steelers

 

First Win: Sep 10, 1966 vs Victoria Steelers

 

Final Game: Nov 19, 1967 vs Victoria Steelers

 

League Affiliation:  

Pacific Football League (1966)

Continental Football League (1967)

 

Team Headquarters: Eugene, Oregon

President:  Peter Murphy Jr.

 

Dir. Player Personnel: Doug Post

 

Coaches: Jack Crabtree, Jack Morris, Clark Cubbage

 

Home Field(s): Bethel Park

 

1966 Schedule/Results (7-2):

 

Honors

 

All-League

Jim Killman, G (1967 Pacific All-Star)

Len Frketich, P (1967 Pacific All-Star)

Bill Ford, FL (1967 Pacific All-Star)

Skip Diaz, T (1967 Pacific All-Star)

Jack O'Billovich, LB (1967 Pacific All-Star)

Tim Casey, LB (1967 Pacific All-Star)

 

 

Len Frketich (San Francisco 49ers/BC Lions) played end and punter.

 

Tom Roach, seeing that he wasn't going to get a shot to supplant Steve Clark with the Portland Thunderbirds in the eyes of Coach Hughes, signed a contract with the Bombers and the same day booted a 36-yd FG and PAT in an 18-12 OT win over Edmonds.

 

Dick Winn piled up 201 yds (Pacific Football League record) and 3 TD's in a 1966 pre-Halloween win over Edmonds.

 

The Bombers chose not to host the 1966 playoffs due to financial concerns of paying the traveling team and not having enough left over to pay the players their fee.  Crowds had dipped along with November temperatures to a point where the team was losing money each week. 

 

In December of '66 the Continental Football League asked that Peter Murphy to put his team in the East Coast league in an effort to establish a western division.  Increased revenues would be required even though the leagues' best attendance (5200 per game) was higher than some existing CFL teams.  Airfare and player salaries would be increased in the CFL.

 

The Bombers featured a quartet of Quarterbacks in the Aug 19 game including 3 ex-pros: Paul Brothers (BC Lions), Mike Brundage (Pittsburg Steelers), Terry Durham (Chicago Bears).  1966 starter Roger Daniels would be hard pressed to hold his position.

 

In May of 1968 a news report in the Eugene Register reported that the Bombers would take the '68 season off because of a lack of a suitable stadium.

 

Sep 10 - Victoria Steelers 42-12
Sep 18 - Portland Thunderbirds 20-14
Sep 25 - Edmonds Warriors 18-12 OT
Oct 2 - Seattle Ramblers 23-31
Oct 16 - Victoria Steelers 23-6
Oct 23 @ Seattle Ramblers 7-30
Oct 30 - Edmonds Warriors 46-24
Nov 6 - Tacoma Tyees 45-26
Nov 13 @ Portland Thunderbirds 26-9
Nov 20 - Orange County Rhinos L FFT
   
1967 Schedule/Results (6-7):  
Aug 19 @ Seattle Rangers (at Roseburg) 7-19
Aug 26 @ Sacramento Buccaneers 20-26
Sep 3 - San Jose Apaches 20-40
Sep 9 - Orange County Ramblers 14-37
Sep 17 @ Seattle Rangers 14-35
Sep 24 @ Victoria Steelers 26-17
Oct 1- Orange County Ramblers 21-17
Oct 7 @ Victoria Steelers 40-6
Oct 15 - San Jose Apaches 21-23
Oct 22 @ San Jose Apaches 14-7
Oct 29 @ Seattle Rangers 21-13
Nov 5 - Orange County Ramblers 7-24
Nov 19 @ Victoria Steelers 20-7
   

 

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