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All-American Association Football League: 1908-1909 Eastern and Mid-American Regional Division Results

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1907-1908 Regional Division Results

 

 

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Two squads from New Jersey - Old Nassau 1869 and Kearny Caledonians earned their way to the Penultimate Division.  The Princeton alumni-backed squad ran away with the title, while Kearny had to duel Fall River Spindles for the second spot.


Newcomers Scranton Electric City and Carnelian FC struggled and ended up at the bottom.  Fortunately for them, there was no demotion to the Sectional Divisions.

 

 

 

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It was a tight race for the top two spots in the Mid-American Division.  Indianapolis came down from the Penultimate after a 1 year stay, and almost earned their way back.  They finished 2 points behind in third place.  A season-ending loss squelched their hopes.  A win would have tied them with Milwaukee Cream City, and Circle City's better goal would have seen them through.


Newcomers St. Louis All-Saints and Waukesha Town 1866 finished at the bottom, but not too far off the pace of the rest of the league.

 

 

 

 

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Once again, the longtime rivals of Alameda Vampires and Oakland Hornets battled it out for supremacy in the West.  This time, the Hornets finished ahead of the defending champion Vampires.


New squads Seattle Black Diamonds and San Francisco Barbary Pirates had tough seasons, finishing in 7th and 8th place.
 

 

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The Milwaukee Brewmasters were the only one of the top four seeds to advance out of the first round.

 

The biggest upset was by the Green Bay Papermillers over the Boston Shipwrights.  The Papermillers kept on winning after that, topping the Louisvile Racehorses, the New York Fomorians, and the other Cinderella team of the tourney, the Richmond Railers.

 

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1907-1908 American Football Association Cup Final

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The final had a derby atmosphere as the two Dairy State contestants squared off.  In fact, some newspapers referred to it as the "Dairy Derby."  The Blatz Platz was packed for the event.  A special train ran from Green Bay to bring Papermiller fans to the game.  

 

The match started slowly, but it was clear the Brewmasters were in control.  Willi Franz opened the scoring for the Brewmasters, heading in a corner from Sean Hy.  Irvin Day put another on the board after outrunning the Green Bay defense on a Pat O’Dea long pass.  Green Bay pulled one back in the 49th minute when Willy Randolph wove his way through the Brewmaster back line.  Milwaukee answered quickly two minutes later from a Richie Zerbel free kick.  However, Irvin Day put the game out of reach with a powerful first-time volley off of a cleared ball in the 55th.  Chris Page brought the Papermillers within two after a combination with Curtis Howe in the 62nd.  After that, the Pat O’Dea defense shut the Papermillers down, and the Brewmasters claimed their second AFA Cup.

 
In doing so, the Milwaukee Brewmasters completed a double, the first time since the 1901 Baltimore Chimney Swifts, in winning both the Ultimate Division and American Football Association Cup.
 

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Sectional League Results

 

The two new teams that will play in the Mid-American Regional Division next year are Des Moines Mönche and Gem City of Dayton, OH.

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The two new teams that will play in the Eastern Regional Division are Ilium FC of Troy, NY, and Noviport FC of New Haven, Connecticut.

 

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1907 Columbia Challenge

 

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With the Milwaukee Brewmasters having claimed both the Ultimate Division and the AFA Cup, the AFA decided to allow the Cup runner-up to take the fourth spot in the Columbia Challenge.  The Penultimate Division winners Washington Insiders joined the two Badger State clubs on a trip out to the Western Regional Division champion Oakland Hornets.

 

The locals fell to the Brewmasters 4:1.  Washington edged out Green Bay in a 1:0 shutout, ending the Papermakers' hopes for a rematch of their AFA final with the Brewmasters.

 

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Green Bay won in the consolation game over Oakland.  While the Hornets took an early lead, Joel Price answered for Green Bay shortly before halftime.  A 52' goal by Royce Koch put the Papermakers in the lead for good.

 

The Brewmasters were hard-pressed to come up with a victory over the Washington.  All the scoring came over a seven minute period late in the first half.  The scoreless second ghalf meant that the Brewmasters captured the first Triple Crown - the Ultimate Division, the American Football Association Cup, and the Columbia Challenge.  Later that summer, they would play in the Football World Championship.

 

 

 

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1907-1908 Football World Championship

 

The AAAFL Champion Milwaukee Brewmasters traveled to Madrid, Spain, to take part in the Football World Championship. 

 

After posting a scoreless tie against Quick Den Haag of the Netherlands, the Brewmasters clobbered Roubaix of France 3:0.  This set up a climactic final group game agasint Manchester United of England.  Milwaukee could not find its rhythm and lost to the English champions, 4:0. 

 

The host team, Madrid FC, triumphed in the final.

 

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1907 Derbies

 

A new derby was instituted in New York by the Order of Scottish Clans.  The New York Formorians and the New York Chieftains will play for the Silver Shilleleagh.  This year's winners are shown with their crest.

 

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I just find it remarkable that every team here actually has a logo on their shirt. In England, this wasn’t a common practice until well into the 1960s/70s.

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On 12/29/2018 at 8:49 AM, BigRed618 said:

I just find it remarkable that every team here actually has a logo on their shirt. In England, this wasn’t a common practice until well into the 1960s/70s.

 

At that time, a fair number of American teams had a stylized letter on their shirt.

 

Since this is Sports Logo site, I figured I'd better create logos.  😉

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The Baltimore Bannerets no longer can simply be called “the other team in Baltimore.”  In the 1908-1909 season, they achieved the same level of success that the Baltimore Chimney Swifts had on 3 previous occasions – AAAFL Ultimate Division champions.  The Bannerets jockeyed for first position over the fall portion of the season with the Privateers and defending champion Brewmasters.  They climbed to the top during Week 13 and remained there for the spring season.  While the Brewmasters faded, the Chimney Swifts moved up to challenge the Bannerets, but the younger club kept a healthy lead in the table, finishing 3 points ahead.

 

The newly promoted Cincinnati Scarlets had a decent season, finishing in the middle of the table.  The other promoted squad, the Washington Insiders, managed to finish 2 points ahead of relegation.  The bottom of the table saw the Detroit Longtails and Brooklyn Bridegrooms (again) finish in the relegation zone.

 

Two members of the Bannerets made the Top 11 Squad – Forward Gavin Fitzgerald and Goalkeeper Jack Dennis.  The Boston Shipwrights placed five, despite their 5th place finish.  One of them, Vance French, tallied the most points for the year and also won the Golden Ball.

 

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In the Penultimate Division, the Cleveland Longlegs ended a 4 season sojourn by taking the top spot to secure promotion to the Ultimate Division.  The big surprise was that Milwakee Cream City FC was able to nab the second spot.  The other team from Milwaukee ended up tied with the recently demoted Boston Gaelics at 36 points, but Cream City had a 7 goal better goal difference.  The other recent demotion, inaugural squad Chicago West Side Kicks, finished tied with their Windy City Brothers of the Southsiders at 35 points.

 

The other three new squads – Columbus Arches, Old Nassau 1869, and Kearny Caledonians – finished well enough to remain in the Penultimate.  Pawtucket Millwheels and Louisville Racehorses finished at the bottom of the table.

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Will the Premier Division expand to more teams since the Penultimate Division is getting larger and more teams are joining the second division than leaving it?

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23 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

Will the Premier Division expand to more teams since the Penultimate Division is getting larger and more teams are joining the second division than leaving it?

 

The Ultimate Division will eventually expand to 20 teams.  The Regional Divisions will fill to 20 first, and then the Penultimate will go to 20.

 

 

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In the Eastern Regional Division, Fall River Spindles and Philadelphia United Cricket Clubs earned promotion for next season.  Union Newark was one point shy.  Recently demoted New York Chieftains finished in 5th while the Paterson True Blues finished poorly in 12th.  The two promotions to the division – Noviport FC and Ilium FC – ended up well off the pace at the bottom of the table.

 

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In the Mid-American Regional Division, the season’s end saw Indianapolis Circle City claim the title.  Thomas Cahill’s new club, the St. Louis All-Saints, continued his prophesied climb by taking the second promotion spot.   Newcomer Dayton Gem City wallowed at the bottom of the table, while newly promoted Des Moines Mönche came ever-so-close to earning another promotion, when the Monks ended up even on points by two goals behind on goal difference.

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