Articles by: Ed Farnsworth

Players from HMS Icarus and Honlolulu's England club. Pacific Commercial Advertiser, April 13, 1901.

Sailor lads, jolly tars, and rovers of the briny deep: International ship-crew soccer matches in the US, 1890-1905, part 3

June 20, 2022

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Hawaii, Oakland, Oregon, Portland, San Francisco, Texas:

Ed Farnsworth’s review of matches between US clubs and British ship crew teams between 1890 and 1905 concludes with a look at games in Oregon, California, Hawaii, and Texas

Sailor lads, jolly tars, and rovers of the briny deep: International ship-crew soccer matches in the US, 1890-1905, part 2

Sailor lads, jolly tars, and rovers of the briny deep: International ship-crew soccer matches in the US, 1890-1905, part 2

June 17, 2022

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Fall River, International matches, Massachusetts, Pawtucket, Rhode Island:

Ed Farnsworth’s review of matches between US clubs and British ship crew teams between 1890 and 1905 continues with a look at games played in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Sailor lads, jolly tars, and rovers of the briny deep: International ship-crew soccer matches in the US, 1890-1905, part 1

Sailor lads, jolly tars, and rovers of the briny deep: International ship-crew soccer matches in the US, 1890-1905, part 1

June 16, 2022

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AAPF, AFA, ALPF, International matches, Kearny, New Jersey, New York, Newark:

Ed Farnsworth’s review of matches between US clubs and British ship crew teams between 1890 and 1905 begins with a look at matches played in New York and Northern New Jersey.

The rise and fall: Fall River and Pawtucket soccer, 1883-1896

The rise and fall: Fall River and Pawtucket soccer, 1883-1896

February 1, 2022

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Boston, Fall River, Massachusetts, Pawtucket, Rhode Island:

In the decade after the founding of the Fall River’s East End team, Fall River and Pawtucket rose to be perhaps the preeminent center of soccer in the United States. Then, over the course of three seasons, organized soccer in the cities collapsed. Ed Farnsworth looks at the rise and fall.

The Philadelphia Old Timers Association leadership in 1949-50 and 1950-51.

The origin of the National Soccer Hall of Fame

May 6, 2021

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NSHOF, Philadelphia, USSF:

Ed Farnsworth looks at how a reunion of old teammates in Philadelphia led to the formation of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Behind the footage: BSFC plays AIK and a select Swedish Provinces team in 1919

Behind the footage: BSFC plays AIK and a select Swedish Provinces team in 1919

September 24, 2020

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International Tours, Pennsylvania:

Ed Farnsworth looks at the first and third matches of Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Sweden and Denmark.

Undated press photo of Elmer A. Schroeder. From the author's collection.

The life — and murder — of the first American-born president of U.S. Soccer

September 16, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Profiles, USSF:

Elmer Schroeder was elected as the first native-born president of US Soccer in 1932. Two decades later he was murdered.

Behind the footage: The opening game of the USMNT’s 1916 Scandinavian tour

Behind the footage: The opening game of the USMNT’s 1916 Scandinavian tour

September 4, 2020

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International Tours, USMNT:

Ed Farnsworth looks at the opening match of the United States Football Association’s first international tour, which was in Stockholm against a club side, Tigrarna Fotbollkubben.

The grounds of the Belmont Cricket Club in 1895. Image courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Philly’s first international club friendly

May 20, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

A friendly between a local cricket club and a touring English cricket club in 1901 helped spur soccer’s resurgence in Philadelphia after the depression that followed the Panic of 1893.

Professional soccer "For the Championship of America." Fall River Daily Herald, November 2, 1894.

After the collapse: ALPF vs. ALPF in Baltimore and Fall River, 1894-96

April 27, 2020

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AAPF, AFA, ALPF, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Newark, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

Following the collapse of the ALPF after only 16 games over two weeks, four former ALPF sides met in seven additional matches, including a series of three games in Fall River for the “championship of America.” Former Boston and Brooklyn ALPF professionals continued in Fall River after that.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 5: Local college-based football after the 1863 Laws of the Game

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 5: Local college-based football after the 1863 Laws of the Game

April 16, 2020

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College Soccer, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

The series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia continues with a look at the development of university- and college-based football in the 1870s.

England vs Scotland, 1872. Note how the goal is constructed — and the scrum of players in front of it.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 4: The first account of soccer-style football after codification?

April 10, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

The series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia continues with a look at football in Philadelphia in the years immediately after the 1863 FA code.

Philadelphia Inquirer, October 7, 1918, page 14

Philadelphia Soccer and the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic

March 18, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

A look at soccer in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.