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Vol. 2: Clifton Heights Orange & Black

During the early 1920s the suburban communities located just to the southwest of Philadelphia were a hot-bed of club football.  Towns such as Colwyn, Darby and Norwood were home to strong teams that engaged in an annual battle for the mythical championship of Delaware County.  Perhaps the most successful team from this area was the Orange & Black of the Clifton Heights Athletic Association.  Under the stewardship of manager Jimmy Gallagher, the Orange & Black consistently fielded strong teams that drew the attention of competitive clubs from across the broader region.  In addition to local rivals, Gallagher's boys routinely played teams from Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware.  On occasion the Orange & Black even entertained the NFL's Frankford Yellow Jackets and Pottsville Maroons.  In 1926 Clifton Heights joined the newly formed Eastern League of Professional Football.  Due to financial difficulties, however, soon dropped out of that circuit and returned to the more lucrative independent ranks to finish out the season.

Below is a collection of digitized newspaper clippings reporting on the Clifton Heights Orange & Black during the period 1921-27.  Simply click on an individual image to view a full sized version of that article.


1921  (5-2-2, incomplete)
Daily Republican
Phoenixville, PA
10/8/1921
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/10/1921
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/31/1921
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/22/1921
1921-10-07_Phoenixville_Daily_Republican.jpg (354507 bytes) 1921-10-10_Phila_Record.jpg (67621 bytes) 1921-10-31_Public_Ledger.jpg (71714 bytes) 1921-11-22_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (222457 bytes)

1922  (9-1-1)
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/2/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/9/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/16/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/23/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/30/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/6/1922
1922-10-02_Public_Ledger.jpg (215115 bytes) 1922-10-09_Public_Ledger.jpg (146657 bytes) 1922-10-16_Public_Ledger.jpg (133710 bytes) 1922-10-23_Public_Ledger.jpg (53079 bytes) 1922-10-30_Public_Ledger.jpg (81232 bytes) 1922-11-06_Public_Ledger.jpg (85727 bytes)
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/13/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/20/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/27/1922
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/4/1922
1922-11-13_Public_Ledger.jpg (114660 bytes) 1922-11-20_Public_Ledger.jpg (74564 bytes) 1922-11-27_Public_Ledger.jpg (79389 bytes) 1922-12-04_Public_Ledger.jpg (37906 bytes)

1923  (6-3-3)
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/1/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/1/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/8/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/15/1923
Evening Bulletin
Philadelphia, PA
10/22/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/22/1923
1923-10-01_Phila_Record.jpg (51831 bytes) 1923-10-01_Public_Ledger.jpg (71588 bytes) 1923-10-08_Public_Ledger.jpg (49215 bytes) 1923-10-15_Public_Ledger.jpg (50754 bytes) 1923-10-22_Evening_Bulletin.jpg (153772 bytes) 1923-10-22_Public_Ledger.jpg (58348 bytes)
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/29/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/5/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/12/1923
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
11/19/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/19/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/26/1923
1923-10-29_Public_Ledger.jpg (31205 bytes) 1923-11-05_Public_Ledger.jpg (54157 bytes) 1923-11-12_Public_Ledger.jpg (53701 bytes) 1923-11-19_Phila_Record.jpg (55697 bytes) 1923-11-19_Public_Ledger.jpg (55198 bytes) 1923-11-26_Public_Ledger.jpg (53706 bytes)
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/7/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/7/1923
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/10/1923
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
12/17/1923
pic_Mt_Airy_vs_Clifton_Heights_1923.jpg (145039 bytes) 1923-12-17_Public_Ledger.jpg (86335 bytes) 1923-12-10_Public_Ledger.jpg (88549 bytes) 1923-12-17_Phila_Record.jpg (48268 bytes)

1924  (3-1-0, incomplete)
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/11/1924
1924-10-11_Public_Ledger.jpg (79444 bytes)

1925  (6-2-3)
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
9/28/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/2/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/5/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/8/1925
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/12/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/17/1925
1925-09-28_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (80137 bytes) 1925-10-02_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (80981 bytes) 1925-10-05_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (14457 bytes) 1925-10-08_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (96337 bytes) 1925-10-12_Phila_Record.jpg (66261 bytes) 1925-10-17_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (34119 bytes)
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/19/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/24/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/2/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/13/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/19/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/20/1925
1925-10-19_Phila_Record.jpg (42559 bytes) 1925-10-24_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (17540 bytes) 1925-11-02_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (24378 bytes) 1925-11-13_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (80352 bytes) 1925-11-19_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (85698 bytes) 1925-11-20_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (38036 bytes)
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/26/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/2/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/4/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/7/1925
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/14/1925
1925-11-26_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (88780 bytes) 1925-12-02_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (72054 bytes) 1925-12-04_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (95502 bytes) 1925-12-07_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (76541 bytes) 1925-12-14_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (45283 bytes)

1926  (1-1-1, Eastern League; 4-3-2, overall)
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
9/27/1926
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
9/27/1926
Bethlehem Globe Times
Bethlehem, PA
10/4/1926
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/4/1926
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/11/1926
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/14/1926
1926-09-27_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (56316 bytes) 1926-09-27_Public_Ledger.jpg (145749 bytes) 1926-10-04_Bethlehem_Globe_Times.jpg (109235 bytes) 1926-10-04_Phila_Record.jpg (108321 bytes) 1926-10-11_Philadelphia_Record.jpg (93060 bytes) 1926-10-14_Philadelphia_Record.jpg (107913 bytes)
Bethlehem Globe Times
Bethlehem, PA
10/15/1926
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
11/22/1926
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/29/1926
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/3/1926
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/18/1926
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, PA
12/19/1926
1926-10-15_Bethlehem_Globe_Times.jpg (38320 bytes) 1926-11-22_Phila_Record.jpg (105211 bytes) 1926-11-29_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (67773 bytes) 1926-12-03_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (105297 bytes) 1926-12-18_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (70750 bytes) 1926-12-19_Phila_Inquirer.jpg (39584 bytes)
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/20/1926
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/20/1926
1926-12-20a_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (32565 bytes) 1926-12-20b_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (33748 bytes)

1927  (9-2-0)
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, PA
9/26/1927
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
9/26/1927
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/3/1927
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, PA
10/17/1927
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/17/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/22/1927
1927-09-26_Phila_Inquirer.jpg (97890 bytes) 1927-09-26_Phila_Record.jpg (82545 bytes) 1927-10-03_Phila_Record.jpg (110186 bytes) 1927-10-17_Phila_Inquirer.jpg (167733 bytes) 1927-10-17_Phila_Record.jpg (105439 bytes) 1927-10-22_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (431384 bytes)
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/24/1927
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, PA
10/24/1927
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/24/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/26/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/27/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
10/28/1927
1927-10-24_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (513201 bytes) 1927-10-24_Phila_Inquirer.jpg (211084 bytes) 1927-10-24_Phila_Record.jpg (102209 bytes) 1927-10-26_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (158334 bytes) 1927-10-27_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (298589 bytes) 1927-10-28_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (280705 bytes)
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, PA
10/31/1927
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
10/31/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/3/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/5/1927
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, PA
11/7/1927
Philadelphia Record
Philadelphia, PA
11/7/1927
1927-10-31_Phila_Inquirer.jpg (111338 bytes) 1927-10-31_Phila_Record.jpg (113372 bytes) 1927-11-03_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (290573 bytes) 1927-11-05_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (393254 bytes) 1927-11-07_Phila_Inquirer.jpg (212832 bytes) 1927-11-07_Phila_Record.jpg (86478 bytes)
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/7/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/12/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/14/1927
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, PA
11/14/1927
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/14/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/17/1927
1927-11-07_Public_Ledger.jpg (88466 bytes) 1927-11-12_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (302308 bytes) 1927-11-14_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (326540 bytes) 1927-11-14_Phila_Inquirer.jpg (99686 bytes) 1927-11-14_Public_Ledger.jpg (83272 bytes) 1927-11-17_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (313556 bytes)
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/19/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/21/1927
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/21/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/23/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/25/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/26/1927
1927-11-19_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (303809 bytes) 1927-11-21_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (147634 bytes) 1927-11-21_Public_Ledger.jpg (142887 bytes) 1927-11-23_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (227927 bytes) 1927-11-25_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (259755 bytes) 1927-11-26_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (278387 bytes)
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
11/28/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/1/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/3/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/8/1927
Evening Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/10/1927
Public Ledger
Philadelphia, PA
12/12/1927
1927-11-28_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (233850 bytes) 1927-12-01_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (251427 bytes) 1927-12-03_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (547997 bytes) 1927-12-08_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (303142 bytes) 1927-12-10_Evening_Public_Ledger.jpg (296949 bytes) 1927-12-12_Public_Ledger.jpg (142528 bytes)

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