The 1992 Birmingham Fire season was the 2nd & final season for the team in the World League of American Football.

1992 Birmingham Fire season
Head Coach Chan Gailey
General Manager Rick Nichols
Home Field Legion Field
Record 7-2-1
Place 1st North American West
Playoff Finish lost in semi-finals (Thunder)
Previous season Next season
1991 -

1992 seasonEdit

General Manager Michael Huyghue left to join the league's front office and was replaced by Rick Nichols. As for the team, the season started out the same way as the previous year. A loss to Sacramento on the road, followed by winning 4 of the next 6 games. Including a first ever road win in Europe, against the Frankfurt Galaxy. While in London, the Monarchs and Fire played to the only tie in league history. Birmingham finished up in second place in the division, but would once again lose in the playoffs, this time to Orlando.

John Brantley and John Miller repeated as All-WLAF members.

After the World Bowl, the league ceased operations in North America, and resurfaced years later as NFL Europe.


Week 1: Sacramento Surge 20, Birmingham 6

Week 2: Birmingham 17, San Antonio Riders 10

Week 3: Birmingham 17, Frankfurt Galaxy 7

Week 4: Birmingham 17, London Monarchs 17 (OT)

Week 5: Birmingham 28, Sacramento Surge 14

Week 6: San Antonio Riders 17, Birmingham 14

Week 7: Birmingham 19, Barcelona Dragons 17

Week 8: Birmingham 23, Montreal Machine 16 (OT)

Week 9: Birmingham 24, Orlando Thunder 23

Week 10: Birmingham 27, Ohio Glory 24

Semifinals: Orlando Thunder 45, Birmingham 7


1992 Birmingham Fire staff

Front Office

  • Owner/President – Gavin Maloof
  • Vice President/General Manager – Rick Nichols
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Chan Gailey
  • Player Personnel Coordinator – Joe Baker

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach – Chan Gailey

Offensive Coaches

  • Running Backs – Michael O'Toole
  • Tight Ends/Special Teams – Joel Williams
  • Offensive Line – Joe D'Alessandris

Defensive Coaches

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

Support Staff

  • Head Athletic Trainer – Mike Roberts
  • Equipment Manager – Doug West

Life after the WLAFEdit

Chan Gailey became the head coach at Samford University. When he left to re-enter the NFL, he was replaced by Fire offensive line coach Pete Hurt. Gailey went on to become the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech, and the Buffalo Bills.

Gavin Maloof would join his brother in becoming owners of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

In 1995, the Fire nickname was resurrected in Düsseldorf, Germany as the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe.

Michael Huyghue worked in the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars. As of November 2009, he is the Commissioner of the United Football League.

Trivia Edit

  • Birmingham only had 3 players from the state of Alabama on the team. Kicker Wyn Lyle from Auburn, on the 1991 team. Auburn's Craig Ogletree and Alabama's Phillip Doyle on the 92 team.
  • The Fire went through four General Managers in its two year history.
  • Wayne Rogers, who acted in the hit television series M*A*S*H, was rumored as a potential owner.


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