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The 1991 Birmingham Fire season was the inaugural season for the team in the World League of American Football.


1991 Birmingham Fire season
Head Coach Chan Gailey
General Manager Rick Nichols
Home Field Legion Field
Results
Record 5-5
Place 1st North American West
Playoff Finish lost in semi-finals (Dragons)
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1992

First GamesEdit

The first game at Legion Field featured an attendance of over 53,000. The Fire lost to Montreal 20-5. Their second game, a 17-10 win against Sacramento, only drew 16,000. The game featured a 99 yard interception return for a touchdown, by free safety John Miller. The Fire got off to a 1-4 start, but clinched the North American West Division with a 5-5 record. They would lose in the playoffs to the Barcelona Dragons 10-3.

Five players were named to the All-WLAF Team:

  • John Brantley, LB, 1st Team
  • John Miller, FS, 1st Team
  • Darrell Phillips, NT, 2nd Team
  • John Holland, CB, 2nd Team
  • Kirk Maggio, P, 2nd Team

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, March 23 7:00 p.m. Montreal Machine L 5–20 0–1 Legion Field 52,942
2 Saturday, March 30 7:00 p.m. Sacramento Surge W 17–10 1–1 Legion Field 16,432
3 Monday, April 8 8:00 p.m. at Montreal Machine L 10–23 1–2 Olympic Stadium 27,766
4 Monday, April 15 7:00 p.m. London Monarchs L 0–27 1–3 Legion Field 18,512
5 Sunday, April 21 7:00 p.m. at Orlando Thunder W 31–6 2–3 Florida Citrus Bowl 21,249
6 Monday, April 29 7:00 p.m. San Antonio Riders W 16–12 3–3 Legion Field 8,114
7 Saturday, May 4 8:00 p.m. at Barcelona Dragons L 6–11 3–4 Montjuic Stadium 31,490
8 Sunday, May 12 7:00 p.m. at Frankfurt Galaxy L 3–10 3–5 Waldstadion 28,127
9 Monday, May 20 8:00 p.m. New York/New Jersey Knights W 24–14 4–5 Legion Field 31,211
10 Saturday, May 25 3:00 p.m. at Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks W 28–7 5–5 Carter–Finley Stadium 16,335
Postseason
Semifinal Sunday, June 1 7:00 p.m. Barcelona Dragons L 3–10 5–6 Legion Field 37,590

StaffEdit

1991 Birmingham Fire staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Running Backs – Michael O'Toole
  • Wide Receivers – Steve Marks
  • Offensive Line – Joe D'Alessandris
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Line – Pete Hurt
  • Linebackers – Gene Smith
  • Defensive Secondary – Stanley King

RosterEdit

1991 Birmingham Fire roster

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 41 Kenny Bell
  • 31 Elroy Harris

Wide Receivers

  • 80 Willie Bouyer
  • 83 Stacey Mobley

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

  • 62 Darrell Phillips NT

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

  • 45 James Henry CB
  • 21 John Holland CB
  • 24 Arthur Hunter SS
  • 44 John Miller FS

Special Teams

  •  8 Kirk Maggio P
Operation Discovery


Rookies in italics

ReferencesEdit

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