Written by David Litterer
The NAFBL expanded to 8 teams this season, adding Brooklyn Wilburforce, Jersey F. C. and Brooklyn F. C. This somewhat ameliorated the loss of last year's champion, East Clark A. A. Jersey and Brooklyn both made an immediate impact, finishing second and third respectively, but West Hudson continued their winning ways, taking the championship in a close race. Newark F. C. withdrew part of the way through the season to be replaced by Bronx United who withdrew after the season was over.
Final NAFBL League Standings, 1909-10 Before the season, Paterson Wilberforce, Jersey F.C. and Brooklyn F.C. were added. GP W L T Pts West Hudson A.A. 10 10 0 0 20 Jersey F.C. 13 9 4 0 18 Brooklyn F.C. 10 5 4 1 11 Kearny Scots 12 4 6 2 10 Paterson True Blues 10 4 6 0 8 Newark F.C. 10 3 5 2 8 Paterson Rangers 10 2 6 2 6 Paterson Wilberforce 7 0 6 1 1
The Eastern Soccer League was organized in the fall of 1909, comprising several major teams from the New England, New Jersey and Philadelphia areas. The League was envisioned as a method of furthering the growth of soccer by selecting 1 or 2 of the best teams from the cities in which soccer was most popular, and have them play a home and home series against each club, primarily on Sundays and holidays, in order to ensure a higher attendance. The president of this short-lived league was Robert Morrison of the American Football Association and vice president was Andrew M. Brown of the Thistle Club of Philadelphia. Fall River Rovers and Howard & Bullough were two of the premier teams in the New England League. West Hudson and Newark F. C. were active members of the National Association Football league, arguably one of the two top leagues currently running. Philadelphia Hibernian was a perennial powershouse in the Philadelphia leagues, and Philadelphia Thistle was also one of their more successful members. The league got off to a good start, but was plagued with scheduling problems and bad weather, and nearly half of the scheduled games did not take place. The league planned to regroup for 1910, but ultimately folded their tent.
Final ESL I League Standings, 1909-10 Fall River Rovers 7 4 0 3 23 8 11 Howard & Bullough 5 3 1 1 8 9 7 West Hudsons 5 2 2 1 5 5 5 Philadelphia Hibernians 5 1 1 3 7 8 5 Philadelphia Thistles 5 1 3 1 6 12 3 Newark F.C. 5 0 4 1 7 17 1
St. Leo's won their third consecutive league title, in a close race with St. Teresa. The four clubs in this league were widely considered the fastest teams among the many playing in St. louis. Blue Bells finished close behind St. Teresa making for an exciting 3-way race through most of the seaspn. Only Innisfails had a tough time of it, managing a mere 3 wins for the season. Attendance was good, totalling over 40,000 for the season. The St. Teresa Juniors won the Amateur League title and the city championship, while St. Teresa's SLSL club went on to win the Midwest Championship, defeating the Nationals of Cincinnati 10-1.
Final SLSL League Standings, 1910-1911 Before the season, Blue Bells and Innisfails were added. GP W L T GF GA Pts St.Leo's 15 6 1 8 23 14 20 St.Teresa 15 6 4 5 25 18 17 Blue Bells 16 6 5 5 19 17 15 Innisfails 15 3 10 2 10 28 8 Champion: St. Leo's After the season, St. Teresa withdrew. St. Louis Amateur League: St. Teresa Juniors St. Louis Association Foot Ball League: Keen Kutters (8-1-1-23-6-17) Hibernian League: Immaculate Conception (4-1-2-6-1-10) Carondelet League: SS. Mary & Joseph. Murray Cup (City championship): St. Teresa Juniors defeated Keen Kutters 4-2.
The largest crowd ever to witness a soccer game in Chicago came to watch the All-Chicago combine play the touring Pilgrims of England on October 24, 1909 before 6,000 fans. Although the Chigoans lost 3-0, the event was an inspiration whose effects trickled over into the 1909-10 season. Eight teams were in the Chicago Association Foot Ball League this year, and the newcomers, the Hibernians, proved their worth by winning the Spalding Cup with an impressive 10-2-2 record facilitated by a slashing and aggressive game. Their first loss came after they had clinched the title. The Peel Cup (Illinois state championship) was won by Hyde Park Blues who defeated Coal city 3-0 in a brilliantly contested match.
Final AFLC League standings, 1909-10 GP W L T Pts Hibernians 14 10 2 2 22 Pullman 14 8 4 2 18 Hyde Park Blues 14 6 5 3 15 Harvey 14 6 5 3 15 Woodlawns 14 6 6 2 14 McDuffs 14 4 7 3 11 Campbell Rovers 14 4 8 2 10 Hyde Park Albions 14 3 10 1 7 Spalding Cup: Hibernians Peel Cup: Hyde Park Blues
There was no US National Team during this era.
A record 29 teams entered the American Federation Cup tournament this year. There were some great performances as well as some surprises, with Howard & Bullough losing in the first round, and Philadelphia Thistle forfeiting after they refused to travel to Fall River for a second round match. In the third round, the Kearney Scots upset the highly favored West Hudsons, who had been favored to win the cup. It was close though, 1-0, but Kearney's goalkeeper, Eskin played a masterful game. Fall River Rovers defeated Jersey A. C., True Blues defeated Paterson Wilburforce and Tacony FC of Philadelphia defeated the Paterson Rangers.
In the semifinals, it took a two-leg series for the Kearney Scots to eliminate the True Blues, the first match ending in a draw. Meanwhile, in another upset, Tacony FC, the champions of the Pennsylvania State League, defeated the Rovers 2-1 to earn their ticket to the final. The final was played on April 23 at West Hudson Athletic Field, after a weeks delay due to rain. Over 7,000 spectators showed up to enjoy a "stirring battle". Tacony had the upper hand in the first half, scoring within ten minutes. They took their lead through halftime, but Kearney evened the score off a penalty kick. Kearney had many chances to pull ahead, but their best efforts were frustrated by the bungling of their forward line. As the minutes wound down, Tacony was awarded a penalty kick which they sent home for the score, giving them the American Cup with a 2-1 victory.
There were no tours by international teams this year.
The Intercollegiate Association Football League began its annual series of all-American teams this year.
Intercollegiate Association Football League champion: Columbia
College All Americans: G - C. B. Spencer, Columbia RF - Fenn, Pennsylvania LF - Cushing, Harvard RH - Semple, Columbia CH - Crockett, Pennsylvania LH - Young, Haverford OR - Leland, Harvard IR - Gay, Yale CF - G. J. Dwyer, Columbia IL - C. E. Dwyer, Columbia OL - Zoller, Columbia
Last update: October 15, 2006
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