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All-American Association Football League: 1909-1910 Western Regional Division Results

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In the Western Regional, two new squads joined the division – Spokane Lilac FC and Tacoma Olympians.  The newcomers had a rough go of it in their first regional season, finishing at the bottom two spots.  At the top, Alameda Vampires claimed their second regional title and the right to host the Columbia Challenge Tournament.

 

 

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In the American Football Association Cup, the Milwaukee Brewmasters continued their efforts to win a third straight title, advancing to the semifinal round after defeating Philadelphia United Cricket Clubs 3-1 at the Blatz Platz.  The Washington Insiders also advanced, knocking off the Ultimate Division champion Baltimore Bannerets.   The Boston Shipwrights hope to add a Cup to their collection of three Ultimate Division banners.  Baltimore Chimney Swifts were the last semi-final team.  After the close finish to their crosstown rivals for the Ultimate Division, they would like nothing better to claim the Cup.

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The Brewmasters’ hopes of claiming a third straight AFA Cup were squashed by the Baltimore Chimney Swifts in 2-0 defeat. In the other semi-final, the Shipwrights got off to a quick start, scoring in the first minute, and then Boston added to the lead in the 18th with a goal by Loch.  The Insiders of Washington were undaunted, pulling the game into a tie with goals in the 25th and 35th minutes.  A cracker of goal by Jay Frost in the 59th proved the gamewinner.

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In the AFA Cup final, the Insiders delighted their fans at Boundary Field and reversed their role in the semi-final by leaping out to an early lead, with goals from Gompers and Morris in the 11th and 13th minutes, respectively.  They were not able to hold the lead for long, though.  The Chimney Swifts responded with goals from Ray (26’) and Edwards (29’) to knot the score before halftime.  Soon after the break, Morris was sent off with a second yellow card.  Baltimore immediately dialed up the pressure and took the lead on an Alexander Hobart header off of a corner kick in the 50th minute.  After that, the Chimney Swifts locked down any attack the undermanned Insiders would bring.  On the rare occasion that Washington got the ball to the Chimney Swifts’ half, the McKay brothers were relentless in winning the ball back.  With the final whistle, the Chimney Swifts had claimed the American Football Association Cup, their first since 1901. 

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The Baltimore Bannerets met with limited success at the Football World Championship in Glasgow.  The squad defeated Newcastle United 3-1 (England), drew 3-3 with Sparta (Netherlands), and lost 0-1 to eventual group winner Helvétique Marseille (France).  Their 3 points put them third in the group.  In the final, the other group winner, Phönix Karlsruhe (Germany) claimed the honors of best football club in the world with a 3-1 victory.  Plans were announced to expand the Championship next year.  The favorites to join are Hungary, Belgium, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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For the Columbia Challenge Tournament, expectations were high that it would feature an all-Baltimore final, with the Bannerets being Ultimate Division champions and the Chimney Swifts the holder of the AFA Cup.  Rounding out the field were the Penultimate Division vice-champions, Milwaukee Cream City FC, and the host Alameda Vampires.  The Penultimate Division champions, the Cleveland Longlegs, refused to travel to California because their “thrifty” owners felt the expenses were too exorbitant.

 

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The Bannerets did their part by downing the Vampires 2:1.  The Chimney Swifts fell behind against Cream City by giving up a goal in the 12th minute.  They answered with goals in the 23rd and 29th to go ahead for good.

 

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The final proved to be a classic matchup between the two archrivals from Baltimore.  Meyer opened the scoring for the Bannerets in the 11th but Hobart answered in the 16th for the Chimney Swifts.   The Bannerets regained the lead on a penalty kick by Burke in the 23rd, but Blevins and Hobart scored in quick succession to put the Chimney Swifts ahead at the halftime break.  The lead did not last long into the second half when Meyer scored again, this time off of a corner kick.  Bailey added to the lead in the 60th after some fancy combination play with Burke.  Alexander sealed the victory on a penalty kick, which also saw Swifts’ defender being sent off.  Down 2 goals and a man, the Chimney Swifts offered no further danger to the Bannerets.  With the victory, the Bannerets claimed their second title of the year along with the Star Spangled Cup (for winning the season series with Chimney Swifts) and unquestionable bragging rights in Baltimore.

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The four teams promoted to the Regional Divisions were Rock Island Freebooters, Ann Arbor AA, Lokomotiv Reading, and Nova Brittania.

 

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Excluding Maryland, Kentucky and Virginia, will the Southern states have their own league as they do not currently have one? Will Maryland and Virginia eventually share a sectional division together (with possibly Delaware and Washington D.C.) as a feeder to the Eastern Regional Division?

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16 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

Excluding Maryland, Kentucky and Virginia, will the Southern states have their own league as they do not currently have one? Will Maryland and Virginia eventually share a sectional division together (with possibly Delaware and Washington D.C.) as a feeder to the Eastern Regional Division?

 

There eventually will be a Southern Regional Division and its associated Sectional Divisions.  I have a few Southern teams created, but not enough to fill things out yet.  I'm still dbating when to introduce them.  In the real world, it is still a long, long time off for association football to make its mark in the South.

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The Nova Britannia Football Club of New Britain, Connecticut, was promoted to the Eastern Regional Division for the 1909-1910 season.

 

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The 1909-1910 season in the Ultimate Division was a tight race, but our beloved Boston Shipwrights emerged triumphant in the All-American Association Football League.  The Milwaukee Brewmasters led the Shipwrights by 1 point after Week 18.  In Week 19, the Brewmasters went up 2 points after the Cleveland Longlegs defeated Boston.  In Week 20, the Shipwrights closed the gap to a single point.  In the final weekend of the season, the Brewmasters were trounced by the giant-killing Longlegs while the Shipwrights salvaged a tie with the Washington Insiders.  Both squads finished with identical records and 28 points.  Sporting a +18 goal difference, the Shipwrights claimed the title over the Brewmasters’ +10.   The Shipwrights now have captured 4 titles, the most of all AAAFL clubs.


The defending champion Baltimore Bannerets had a poor season, finished in 9th place, 1 point above relegation.  Cleveland Forest ended a 3-year stay in the Ultimate by finishing last.  Philadelphia Libbies, a founding team, was relegated for the first time.  They were nipped by the Cincinnati Scarlets on goal difference.


For the in-season derbies, the Star-Spangled Cup went to Chimney Swifts over the Bannerets, the Longlegs retained the Sixth City Cup over Forest (7:7), and the Carnation Cup went to the Scarlets over the Longlegs (7:4).  The only bright note of the Libbies’ season was that they took the Quaker Cup over the Privateers (6:3).
 

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The Boston Gaelics ran away with the Penultimate title, finishing 6 points ahead of the field with a whopping +22 goal difference.  It ended a two year stay in the second division.  Mound City edged out the Detroit Longtails for the second promotion spot.  An inaugural team as the St. Louis Mounds, Mound City will return to the Ultimate Division for the first time in 4 years.  Three of the four promotions from last season – Fall River, Indianapolis, and St. Louis All-Saints – will return to the Regional Divisions; the other one, Philadelphia United CC, finished in a promising 6th place.

 

Disaster almost struck another inaugural squad, the Broooklyn Bridegrooms.  After being demoted for a second time last season, the Bridegrooms finished only a single point from relegation.

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In the Eastern Regional Division, the New York Chieftains and Paterson True Blues punched their tickets for a return to the Penultimate Division.  Both clubs had spent two years in the Eastern.  Pawtucket Millwheels did not make much of a run at returning to the Penultimate.  Neither of the new clubs - Lokomotiv Reading or Nova Britannia - had particularly strong seasons.

 

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In the Mid-American Regional Division, Detroit United Albions and Akron Vulcanites secured the top two spots and promotion to the Penultimate Division.  Louisville Racehorses will have a to spend another year in the Mid-American Division after having been relegated from the Penultimate.  The new clubs had mixed results - Ann Arbor AA finished i the middle of the pack in 9th place, while the Rock Island Freebooters finished second-to-last.

 

In the interest of filling out the Regional Divisions, no teams were demoted. Once each division reaches 20 teams, relegation will begin.

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