The Jacksonville Express were a professional American football team based in Jacksonville, Florida which competed in the World Football League (WFL) in 1975. There were preceded in 1974 by the WFL's Jacksonville Sharks, though the two teams had separate ownership and identities. The Express folded when the league ceased operations during the 1975 season.
|Based in||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Home field||Gator Bowl Stadium|
|Head coach||Charlie Tate|
|Owner(s)||Earl Knabb, Bill DeCarlis|
|League||World Football League|
|Colours||Black, red and gold|
The Jacksonville Sharks were a professional American football team based in Jacksonville, Florida which competed in the 1974 WFL season. The Sharks folded during that season due to financial difficulties. The WFL returned to Jacksonville the following season with the Jacksonville Express. While head coach Charlie Tate and a few players returned from the Sharks, the Express had new owners (local businessman Earl Knabb along with several minor partners) and a mostly new front office staff. The team's biggest player acquisitions were quarterback George Mira, who had been co-MVP of the 1974 WFL championship game with Birmingham and had been a college All-American with the in-state Miami Hurricanes, and Tommy Reamon, who had led the WFL in rushing in 1974 with the Florida Blazers.[dead link]
The new ownership group sought to be much more frugal than the free-spending Sharks had been. One notable example of this was that while the Sharks' headquarters had been located in a large suite atop a skyscraper in downtown Jacksonville, the offices of the Express were located in a mall in the basement of a hotel. Accordingly, the franchise was able to meet its financial obligations throughout its short existence. However, the WFL had lost their television contract right before the 1975 season, putting the entire league in serious financial difficulty. The Express had compiled a 6-5 record when the WFL folded in October 1975, 11 games into a planned 20-game schedule.
Schedule and resultsEdit
|1||Sunday||August 2, 1975||at Memphis Grizzlies||L 26–27||25,166|
|2||Sunday||August 16, 1975||Birmingham Vulcans||W 22–11||16,049|
|3||Sunday||August 23, 1975||San Antonio Wings||W 26–19||16,133|
|4||Sunday||August 30, 1975||Charlotte Hornets||L 14–33||16,428|
|5||Saturday||September 6, 1975||at Shreveport Steamer||W 22–15||13,638|
|6||Sunday||September 14, 1975||at Hawaiians||L 15–33||18,479|
|7||Saturday||September 20, 1975||Philadelphia Bell||W 16–10||10,296|
|8||Saturday||September 27, 1975||Birmingham Vulcans||W 26–18||10,881|
|9||Saturday||October 4, 1975||Portland Thunder||W 32–29||8,119|
|10||Sunday||October 12, 1975||at Charlotte Hornets||L 15–22||7,750|
|11||Sunday||October 19, 1975||at Portland Thunder||L 13–30||8,713|
- "1975 World Football League Results". Retrieved 2015-11-11.