Bustard (no. 5) with West Hudson AA, Spalding’s Official Soccer Foot Ball Guide, 1916-17.

Reading your own obituary: Samuel Bustard, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, and the evolution of New York Metro Area soccer

June 19, 2020


ASL, NAFL, New Jersey, New York, Newark:

Kurt Rausch’s examination of the career of Samuel Bustard — who was widely, and wrongly, reported dead during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic — illuminates soccer in the New York Metro Area in the 1910s and 1920s.

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.

Live From Acapulco, It’s Tabare Ramos!

Live From Acapulco, It’s Tabare Ramos!

June 4, 2015


New Jersey, Newark, Profiles, USMNT:

Tab Ramos is presently coaching the US at the U-20 World Cup. In 1982, it took a private jet and helicopter to get him to a New Jersey high school championship playoff game.

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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AFA, New Jersey, Newark:

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

The game that never ends

The game that never ends

May 14, 2015


Kearny, New Jersey, Newark:

Tom McCabe on the importance of pickup soccer games.