Archive for May, 2015

Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Scandinavia

Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Scandinavia

May 29, 2015

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In 1919, Bethlehem Steel became the first US club to embark on an overseas tour.

The Kensington Blue Bells in 1950-51. Oliver is in the second row, first on the right. Photo courtesy of Len Oliver.

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 3: Moving up through the amateur ranks

May 28, 2015

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Philadelphia-born National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver describes moving up the Philadelphia amateur soccer ranks in the 1940s and 1950s, playing in international friendlies, and trying out for the US Olympic team.

O.N.T. FC, the company team sponsored by Clark Thread Company, 1885: courtesy of the Kearny Public Library

Loose threads

May 27, 2015

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Tom McCabe on ONT Football Club, American soccer’s first dynasty, the American Football Association, the sports first governing body in the US.

The Holyoke Falcos around 1921. The photo was likely taken at the club’s Berkshire Street ground. You can almost see what looks to be the grandstand in the upper left of the image. Image: © Laurel O’Donnell 1995 – 2006;

The search for the Falcos

May 26, 2015

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The Holyoke Falcos were one of the founding members of the American Soccer League in 1921, although they dropped out after just a single season. In many ways the search for information on the Falcos reveals some of the challenges involved in researching the history of American soccer.

The first meeting of the Cleveland Soccer Football Club took place at the Colonial Hotel, which is known mainly because it was one of the first indoor shopping malls in the country.

A timeline of early soccer in Cleveland: “Socker’s” roots spread (1905-1906)

May 22, 2015

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Part 2 of Craig Tower’s timeline of early Cleveland soccer history.

Photo courtesy of http://fynasl.tumblr.com/image/14172508923

The Cosmos-Whitecaps classic of 1979

May 21, 2015

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Roger Allaway on the second leg of the 1979 championship semifinal between New York Cosmos and Vancouver Whitecaps, considered by many to be the best game in the history of the original NASL.

A timeline of early soccer in Cleveland: Beginnings (1889-1905)

A timeline of early soccer in Cleveland: Beginnings (1889-1905)

May 20, 2015

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Craig Tower presents a timeline if soccer’s beginnings in Cleveland.

Q&A with Len Oliver: Youth and junior soccer with Lighthouse Boys Club

Q&A with Len Oliver: Youth and junior soccer with Lighthouse Boys Club

May 19, 2015

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Our series of Q&A’s with US Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver continues.

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 2: Youth & Junior League soccer with the Lighthouse Boys Club

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 2: Youth & Junior League soccer with the Lighthouse Boys Club

May 18, 2015

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Part two of a six part series in which National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver recalls growing up playing soccer in 1940s and 1950s Philadelphia continue with his time playing for the Lighthouse Boys Club.

Evolution of a kit: Bethlehem Steel FC

Evolution of a kit: Bethlehem Steel FC

May 15, 2015

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Between 1912 and 1930, Bethlehem Steel FC played in at least 11 different jersey designs.