Boston Rovers

Boston Shamrock Rovers (also known as Boston Rovers) were an American soccer team that competed in the United Soccer Association league in 1967. The team was based in Lynn, Massachusetts and played their home games at the Manning Bowl. The USA league was made up of rosters from club teams from Europe and South America. The Boston Rovers were made up of the roster from League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers, plus some guests. Together with Cleveland Stokers, Detroit Cougars, New York Skyliners, Toronto City and Washington Whips, Rovers competed in the Eastern Division. These teams were Stoke City, Glentoran, C.A. Cerro, Hibernian and Aberdeen respectively.

Boston Shamrock Rovers
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Full nameBoston Shamrock Rovers
(Year of foundation)
StadiumManning Bowl,
Lynn, Massachusetts
OwnerWeston Adams
ManagerLiam Tuohy
LeagueUnited Soccer Association
1967United Soccer Association, Eastern Division, 6th


Boston Shamrock Rovers finished bottom of the Eastern Division (and last in points in the entire league) and did not qualify for the play-off stages. Prior to the 1968 season the United Soccer Association merged with the National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League. The merged league decided not to have two-team cities and, as such, the incoming Boston Beacons from the NPSL would be Boston's NASL franchise. Initial plans were that the Rovers would relocate to a new city (possible cities included Cleveland and Montreal) but those plans were never realized and the Boston USA franchise disbanded prior to the 1968 season.

Colors and badgeEdit

While the Boston Shamrock Rovers' home kits were all white, their road jerseys were the same green and white hoops as the Shamrock Rovers home kits.


Boston Shamrock Rovers played their home matches at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts which is about 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Boston.


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IRL Pat Dunne
2 DF   IRL Sean Core
3 DF   IRL Ronnie Nolan
4 DF   IRL Mick Kearin
5 DF   IRL Davey Pugh
6 DF   SCO Dougie Wood
7 MF   IRL Frank O'Neill
8 MF   IRL Billy Dixon
No. Pos. Nation Player
9 FW   IRL Bobby Gilbert
10 FW   IRL Mick Leech
11 MF   IRL Tommy Kinsella
12 DF   IRL Paddy Mulligan
13 GK   IRL Mick Smyth
14 DF   IRL Tommy Kelly
15 FW   USA Carlos Metidieri
17 MF   IRL Liam Tuohy


Season Regular season Play-offs Top scorer
League Div G W T L F A Pts % Pos Attend. Name Gls Pts
1967 USA E 12 2 3 7 12 26 7 .292 6th 4,171 Frank O'Neill 3 10


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  • The Hoops by Paul Doolan and Robert Goggins (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)