Formed in 1978 as part of NASL expansion, the New England Tea Men had dual inspiration for their unique nickname. First, they were of course a reference to the Boston Tea Party, but they were also owned by Lipton Tea.
Their first season of 1978 went well, considering the team was hastily put together. They won 19 of 30 games and found a diamond in the rough when they took Charlton’s Mike Flanagan on loan, who would win league MVP honors. However, the team’s fortunes wouldn’t be the same as they had stadium troubles and weren’t able to get Flanagan back. They would miss the playoffs in 1979 and finish dead last in the NASL’s 1979 indoor season. They team would relocate to Jacksonville in 1980, becoming the Jacksonville Tea Men.