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What is/Who Are Flight 19?

Flight 19 is an independent supporters group based in Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, FL, exclusively supporting our local professional club team, the one and only Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The group was conceived in 2010, to stir up support in the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County area, in anticipation of the return of the legendary Strikers and North American Soccer League in 2011.  We pride ourselves on being one of the hardest working and most creative supporters groups in the NASL(and beyond).

Our club motto is “DEFEND THE FORT!” which represents our commitment to creating a great atmosphere at Strikers games, making Lockhart Stadium a place that opposing teams will hate visiting, as well as honoring and representing the community in and around Fort Lauderdale.

Our mission is to rally passionate support in the community for our beloved Strikers. On gamedays we will all work together to provide an electric atmosphere at the stadium and provide a home field advantage for the Strikers that is second to none. Through singing, chanting, tifo displays, waving flags, and banging drums for the full 90 minutes, we will strive to help our boys get the win each and every game.

What’s Up With The Name?

The group is named in honor of the flight of 5 TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that took off from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale(now Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) in December of 1945, disappearing in perhaps the most famous incident associated with the Bermuda Triangle. Our crest is based on the roundel insignia found on WWII era US Military Aircraft, the classic NASL style soccer ball and the triangular shape of, you guessed it, the Bermuda Triangle. The story of Flight 19 is a part of the history of Fort Lauderdale, and considering the long time home of the Strikers, Lockhart Stadium, is situated on land that was once part of an airport built to train WWII Naval pilots, and is still under the flight path of FTL Executive Airport, we feel it is a fitting name to represent our efforts to honor Fort Lauderdale and our rich history.

Do I Need To Sing?

Short answer, no. Long answer, we strongly encourage everyone who stands with us to join in with our chants and songs. If singing is not your thing, you can always play drums or wave a flag to show your passion for the Strikers and help make our section a force to be reckoned with. Click on the Songs page for a full list of our songs and chants, so you can be prepared to rock Lockhart on gamedays!

Do I Have To Be From Fort Lauderdale To Join?

Absolutely not! While the core of our membership is from Broward County, we have members from all over South Florida and even across the USA! We welcome everyone who believes in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Be you from Fort Lauderdale, London, Tokyo or anywhere in between, if you stand for the Red & Gold, you’re welcome to stand with us!

Are Kids Welcome?

Absolutely, though it is important to note that a supporters section is not always the best place for children. We try to keep things as family friendly as possible, but some colorful language will be heard and alcohol will be present. It’s certainly nothing worse than what you’d see at an NFL game or Heat-Knicks clash, but it’s up to you to decide whether to bring the kids into the section.

Does Flight 19 Travel To Away Games?

You bet! For starters we will be at EVERY game played in Tampa Bay vs. the hated Rowdies, and usually one of the games in Atlanta. So at a minimum we’ll be making 3 trips per season. But with the US Open Cup and NASL postseason being unknowns, it could be more. We’ve had an absolute blast on all our trips so far, and we expect future trips to be no less awesome. As the dates get closer we’ll announce travel details if you wish to tag along as part of the group.

 


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10 Comments

    1. stefan says:

      Hello Strikers fans and supporters,
      I like the idea of your club supporting soccer and especially The Strikers. Also the history and the slogan “Defend the Fort” is great. Get people and families together. The kids are the future soccer game visitors with Daddy and later with their friends and fans. Please soften your strategy a little bit. Negative words like “hate visiting us”, “insulting the other team” and “rivalry” should be replaced by positive words expressing our strength. Negative power is not how most families like to raise their children and it might be the tiny difference why visiting a baseball game or another sports team instead of a Strikers game.
      Please feel free to contact me to receive any support ideas to grow the interest in the Strikers.
      Kind regards, Stefan Ehrenberg

      • Derek says:

        Hi Stefan, we appreciate the interest. We understand the concerns a family might have with the general rowdiness of supporters groups(that’s why they stick us on the end behind the goals haha). The passion for our club and the occasional jab tossed at another team(such as our great rivalry with Tampa Bay) is all in good fun. We certainly don’t want to turn anyone off. In fact the exact opposite is the case, we want to help create an atmosphere at games that makes the experience great for everyone.

        But that being said, supporters groups do not always mix with the family crowd. We do our best to keep things family-friendly but every so often an obscene word or gesture might come from the supporters section. Nature of the beast I’m afraid. But we’re tame compared to some of the things I’ve seen at Dolphins-Jets games haha. The unbridled passion for club and city is a big part of what makes soccer such a wonderful sport.

        Anyway, glad you support the team. Hope to see you in 2012!

        Cheers

        • nick stephan says:

          I would say Derek, you can never control everyone in a group and sometimes a little Kaos does the soccer soul good!

          Also Nice Job on the *MASSIVE* Banner you guys rocked last game!

          • Derek says:

            Thanks!

            Yeah you can never keep everybody in line, every once and awhile issues will arise, but you always have to try to keep order. Controlled chaos is what we’re looking for haha. We can’t do our job and make noise for the team if they throw us out for doing something stupid.

    2. Awesome Motivators! Wishing you all the best, it was great to meet you all at the Museum. Keep up the great work! With regards, Allan, John and volunteers at NASFL Museum.

    3. Ooops forgot to leave a link for the post on our Blog, let us know if we can add something else, all the best!
      Here is the link: http://www.nasflmuseum.com/1/post/2013/03/flight-19-club.html

    4. Evo says:

      Hey Flight 19,

      Firstly, Absolutely great site!, Secondly I am absolutely blown away by what seem’s to be some amazing support for a non MLS team.

      Although I’m I don’t live in the States (I live in England), I am fortunate enough to have family in Miami and therefore see it as my duty to follow anything Miami based, Being a huge football fan (Sorry It’s not soccer here) I naturally have to follow someone while I’m in the States, With the Strikers being the closet It would be a huge honor if Flight 19 could accept me into your ranks. Although I wouldn’t be able to to make many matches (Possibility of one/two a year) I would however follow from a far. I have already looked into buying a Jersey and joint anything social media based.

      So again, If it’s all right by you guy’s I’m ready to Defend The Fort!

      Hopefully speak/meet some of you in the not so distant future.

      Dan W (Aka Evo)

      • Derek says:

        Thanks for the kind words Evo! We try to always preach and practice that you don’t need MLS to love your team and have a great time.

        We’d be more than happy to welcome you into the fold! Hopefully you can make it over and take in a game or two with us this season! There will surely be good times waiting for you at the stadium.

        Cheers!

        • Evo says:

          Great!

          I’m over in August for my wedding, I see you (We) have a home match against Minnesota on August 10th, I shall do my utmost to make that! Until then I shall be as vocal as possible via here, Facebook and Twitter!

          Evo

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