The Wheelmen
Bicycle Club Football
1892 & 1893

Pennsylvania
Railroad YMCA

1886 - 1905

Philadelphia FC
Philadelphia's First All
Professional  Football Team
1901

Phillies vs. Athletics
National Football League
1902

Corley CC
of Southwark
Inaugural Season
1910

US Army
Ambulance Corps

1917-1918

Conshohocken AC
Eastern Penna. Champions
1919

Union Club
of Phoenixville
US Pro Claimants
1920

Ships & Yards
Football Along the Delaware
1919

Holmesburg AC
Philadelphia City Champions
1919 & 1920

Union Quakers
Philadelphia City Champions
1921

Pottsville Maroons
Anthracite League
Champions
1924

Bethlehem Bears
Eastern League Claimants
1926

Frankford
Yellow Jackets

National Football League
Champions
1926

Philadelphia Quakers
American Football League
Champions
1926

Millville F & AC
Highs & Lows
1925

Frankford Legion
Independent Professional
Champions of Penna.
1931

The NFL's Forgotten
Thanksgiving Rivalry

Green Bay Packers
vs.
Frankford Yellow Jackets

Virtual
Scrapbook Library

News Article Index

Philadelphia's Pro
Football Stadiums

Pro Football &
Philly Sports Links

Site News & Updates

Sources &
Acknowledgements

Feedback

Site News & Updates

While the teams documented here at Ghosts of the Gridiron may not be making much new history, bits and pieces of their old history are constantly being uncovered.  As result, the pages on this website are updated rather frequently.  Some of these updates are obvious, such as the addition of a new page devoted to a specific team, but most, unfortunately, tend not to be so dramatic.  The addition of a newly uncovered cancelled game to a particular schedule, a new newspaper article, image or interesting fact usually goes completely unnoticed because until now there has been no effective means of communicating these changes.  Hopefully this page will allow visitors to quickly and easily identify recent changes to the site.


2013

Mar 22:

Added several (Philadelphia) Evening Public Ledger clippings from the week leading up to the 1921 season finale with the Canton Bulldogs to the Union Quakers scrapbook.

Mar 15:

Corrected a few typos and spelling errors–a risk one runs when self editing–on various pages.  Also corrected one glaring factual error on the Frankford Yellow Jackets page, namely that the team “played a few games at Franklin Field.”  Completely false.  I have no idea where that erroneous information came from.  Thank-you to visitor Andrew McKillop for pointing out my misstatement.

2012

Jul 17:

Added numerous new clippings from the (Philadelphia) Evening Public Ledger to the Union Quakers scrapbook.

Jul 14:

Added numerous new clippings from the (Philadelphia) Evening Public Ledger and Washington Times to the Holmesburg AC scrapbook.

May 1:

Added additional pictures of Frankford Stadium / Yellow Jacket Field to Philadelphia's Pro Football Stadiums page.

Mar 4:

Repaired or removed several broken links on the Frankford Yellow Jackets, Philadelphia Quakers, Phillies vs. Athletics, Pottsville Maroons, Union Quakers and US Army Ambulance Corps pages.

Feb 22:

Repaired or removed several broken links on the Links page.

2011

Oct 23:

Added several new player and play photo images to the US Army Ambulance Corps scrapbook.

2010

Sep 11:

Added several new clippings from the 1915 season and a 1922 line-up card to the Holmesburg AC scrapbook.

Mar 15:

Added several new clippings to the Coaldale Big Green scrapbook, including 10/26/1924 vs. Wilkes-Barre, 11/1/1924 vs. Millville and 11/2/1924 vs. Atlantic City.

Jan 11:

Added Vol. 10: National Football League of 1902 and Vol. 11: Holmesburg Athletic Club to Virtual Scrapbook Library page.  Also dded numerous clippings from the 1917, 1924 & 1927 seasons to the Coaldale Big Green scrapbook, from the 1927 season to the Clifton Heights Black & Orange scrapbook, and from 1923 season to the Melrose AC scrapbook.

2008

Dec 16:

Added Millville Football & Athletic Club page, chronicling the New Jersey team's 1925 season as well as its post-season exhibition tour of Florida.

Dec 13:

Added new pictures of the 1922 and 1923 "Curran Cup" Anthracite Region championship trophy to the Coaldale Big Green scrapbook.

Sep 14:

Added link to "Rock Island Independents," an excellent website dedicated to preserving the history & memory of the pioneering 1920's Rock Island Independents football club, to the Links page. Includes schedules & results, rosters and newspaper clippings.

Feb 22:

Added image of the 1922 and 1923 "Curran Cup" Anthracite Coal Region championship trophies to the Coaldale Big Green scrapbook.

Feb 16:

Added Vol. 7: US Army Ambulance Corps, Vol. 8: Thorpe's Cardinals, and Vol. 9: Westinghouse Live Wires to the  Virtual Scrapbook Library page.

2007

Nov 26:

Added link to "1926 Lady Yellowjackets: Flappers to Footballers" to the Links page. This excellent article explores the Lady Yellow Jackets, an exhibition football team composed entirely of women, that was sponsored by the Frankford Yellow Jackets during 1926. It also provides insights into the role of women in sports in general during the 1920's. PDF file format, Adobe Reader required.

Nov 03:

Unfortunately the Pro Football History Museum project went belly up, so Ghosts of the Gridiron has moved to a new URL.

Oct 01:

Added link to "Pine Village Football," a web page featuring a brief history of the famous pre-WWI team from rural Indiana, to the Links page.

Sep 26:

Added several new clippings to the Coaldale Big Green scrapbook, including 10/2/1921 vs. Chester, 11/5/1921 vs. Conshohocken and 11/11/1921 vs. Shenandoah.

Aug 11:

Added clippings reporting on the 11/28/1925 game against the Cleveland Bulldogs, 12/6/1925 game against Clifton Heights, and 12/20/1925 game against the Pottsville Maroons to the Melrose AC scrapbook.

Jun 08:

Added 1907-1914 season schedules to Union Club of Phoenixville page.

Apr 08:

Added Vol. 6: Philadelphia Quakers of 1926 to Virtual Scrapbook Library page.

Mar 24:

Added link to "Pro Football Archive" to the Links page. This excellent website provides season schedules and results for the NFL (1920-2006), AFL (1926), AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974-75) and USFL (1983-85), as well as for numerous independent teams playing between 1910 and 1919.

Mar 04:

Added numerous newspaper clippings to the Clifton Heights Black & Orange, Coaldale Big Green, Blue Tornadoes, and Melrose AC scrapbooks.

Feb 24:

Added Virtual Scrapbook Library page featuring collections of digitized newspaper articles and other items related to various local football clubs dating from the early part of the last century.

Feb 01:

Added link to "Coaldale Big Greens," a web page chronicling the great Coaldale (PA) football teams of the late 1910's and early 1920's, to the Links page.

2006

Oct 06:

Added 14-0 victory over Clifton Heights to Pottsville Maroons 1927 season schedule.

Oct 03:

Corrected errors on the Gilberton Catamounts and Shenandoah Red Jackets season schedules, and related errors on the Eastern League final standings as listed on the Bethlehem Bears page.

Sep 23:

Added link to a brief article on the Hammond Pros to the Links page.

Sep 09:

Added image of 1921 backfield stars Harry Fritz, Charlie McGuckin and Kidder Caskey to Holmesburg Athletic Club page.

Sep 05:

Added two new links, under the "Additional Info" heading, to the US Army Ambulance Corps page.

Sep 03:

Added link to "Decatur Staleys," to the Links page.

Aug 28:

Added link to both the Nesser Brothers and Goodyear Silents tribute pages to the Links page.

Aug 19:

Added link to "Western NY Committee of the PFRA," to the Links page.

Aug 16:

Added a 0-20 loss to Muhlenberg College to US Army Ambulance Corps' 1917 season schedule.

Aug 10:

Added link to "FBJUNK.COM," a website featuring a large database of statistical information for the NFL, AFL (1926), AAFC (1946-49) and AFL (1960-69), to the Links page.

Jul 31:

Added cancelled game 12/19 game vs. Clifton Heights to Pottsville Maroons 1926 schedule. Added cancelled December 19 game vs. Clifton Heights to Frankford Yellow Jackets 1926 schedule, along with a transcription of a newspaper report on the cancellation. 

Jun 25:

Added transcription of report on Frankford Yellow Jackets's December 11, 1926 victory over Providence.

Jun 01:

Added image featuring Joe Dusossoit, Clarence Beck and Stan Cofall to Union Quakers page.

May 22:

Added victories over US Marines, Roth AC and Allentown AA to Holmesburg AC's 1921 season schedule.  Also corrected date of victory over All-Philadelphia and added victory over Hobart FC to Frankford Yellow Jackets' 1921 season schedule.

May 20:

Added transcription of Washington Port report on the Holmesburg AC's 10-0 victory over the Washington Pros on October 23, 1921.

May 17:

Added link to "Penns Grove Clubs", a website with information and images of the Red Devils, a successful historical football team from Penns Grove (NJ), to the Links page.

Apr 28:

Added images, clipped from newspapers, of Frankford Yellow Jackets versus Akron Tigers in 1922 and 1923, and versus New Haven in 1923. These images are accessible through the respective Yellow Jackets season schedules.

Apr 26:

Added Bethlehem Bears page, detailing that club's description of the 1926 Eastern League season. This page also includes additional information regarding the Eastern League's inaugural season, including season schedules and results for member clubs.

Apr 06:

Added Corley Catholic Club page, including team photo and description of 1910 season.

Apr 01:

Added link to "History of Pro Football in Western New York" to Links page.

Mar 07:

Added transcriptions of three articles reporting on games by the 1926 Bethlehem Bears (vs. Shenandoah Red Jackets, Gilberton Catamounts and All-Lancaster) to News Article page.

Mar 04:

Added link to "Bolding Sports Research," a website documenting a wide variety of NFL related subjects, to the "History & Information" section of the Links page.

Feb 06:

Added new images of Pottsville Maroons' display, including their 1925 championship trophy, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. These images are accessible for viewing through the Pottsville Maroons page.

Jan 29:

Added Union Quakers page, including a detailed description of the team's 1921 season, along with background information on players and other historical information.

Jan 28:

Added Union Club page, including a detailed description of the Union Club of Phoenixville's successful 1920 season, along with background information on players and other historical information.

Jan 27:

Revised Philadelphia Quakers page to focus on the 1926 AFL championship team. Further updates of this page to follow in about a week.

2005

Oct 12:

Added link to "Boston Redskins," a page devoted to Bean-town's second attempt at an NFL franchise, to "Historical Football Teams" section of the Links page.

Sep 25:

Added 1922 and 1923 player rosters to "Outstanding Players" section of Frankford Yellow Jackets page.

Sep 24:

Added 35-0 victory over Riverside Big Green to Frankford Yellow Jackets 1921 season schedule.

Sep 20:

Added team and sideline photos of to Lady Yellow Jackets page (accessed by clicking image in "Entertaining fans..." section of Frankford Yellow Jackets page).

Sep 02:

Added a 14-0 victory over Amber Independents, and a 3-3 tie with the Atlantic City Roses to Philadelphia Quakers' 1926 season schedule.

Jul 16:

Added link to "Cincinnati Celts," a page devoted to the early Ohio team of the same name, to "Historical Football Teams" section of the Links page. Removed link to the now defunct Pro Football Encyclopedia from the "History & Information" section of the Links page.

Apr 10:

Added link to "Blind Mumbling," a site containing the assorted musings of noted football historian and author Bob Carroll, to "Other Sites of Interest" section of Links page.

Feb 21:

Added 1924 season schedule for Conshohocken Athletic Club.

Feb 14:

Added link to "FrankfordYellowJackets.com" to Frankford Yellow Jackets page and "Historical Football Teams" section of Links page.

Feb 08:

Added 1917 season schedule and image of manager Bob Crawford to Conshohocken Athletic Club page. Also added image of Pud Brewer, Tuffie Conn and Paul Hurm to US Army Ambulance Corps page.

Jan 19:

Added information on Conshohocken Athletic Club's 1914-16 season schedules.

Jan 09:

Expanded the Conshohocken Athletic Club page to include a detailed account of the team's 1919 season.

2004

Dec 24:

Added transcription of news report and line-ups for USAACS November 24, 1917 game against Camp Meade Officers.

Dec 22:

Added link to "Philadelphia-Eagles.net," a excellent Eagles fan site, to the Links page.

Dec 19:

Added transcriptions of news reports and line-ups for the following USAACS games: Penn State on September 29, 1917, and the League Island Marines, on October 27, 1917.

Dec 12:

Added US Army Ambulance Corps page.

Oct 16:

Corrected erroneous date on Conshohocken A. C's 1922 season schedule. Also added a link, to a web page devoted to the Great Lakes NTC Bluejackets, to "Historical Football Teams" section of the Links page.

Oct 02:

Added 14 to 0 victory over the Conshohocken A. C. to the Frankford Yellow Jackets' 1921 season schedule.

Oct 01:

Made the following changes to Holmesburg Athletic Club page: added 3 to 0 victory over Ewing A. A. of Philadelphia to 1921 schedule and amended result of Thanksgiving Day 1921 game with Union A. A. of Phoenixville from "?" to "cancelled".

Sep 17:

Added transcription of news report and line-ups for Pottsville Maroons' November 9, 1924 game against Atlantic City Roses.

Sep 15:

Added link to "Vintage Football Card Gallery" to the Links page.

Sep 05:

Added transcription of news report and line-ups for Frankford Yellow Jackets' November 13, 1926 game against Ernie Nevers' Duluth Eskimos. Also added link to The Pro Football Encyclopedia to the Links page.

Aug 11:

Added a link, to the LaBelle Community Football League website, to "Philly Football Teams" section of the Links page and another, to the Holmesburg Ramblers' homepage, to the Holmesburg Athletic Club page.

Aug 01:

Updated link, on Pottsville Maroons page, to press release from Pro Football Hall of Fame regarding Daniel F. Reeves Pioneer Award.

Jun 07:

Expanded the Holmesburg Athletic Club page to include a detailed account of the team's 1919 season.

May 30:

Added image of Temple Stadium to Stadiums page.

May 28:

Made the following updates to the Frankford Yellow Jackets page: expanded the "NFL title comes to Frankford..." portion of the page to provide a more detailed account of the 1926 season, and added images of the Yellow Jackets vs. Dayton Triangles game (1926) and of the north stands at Yellow Jacket Field (1926).

May 22:

Added two game images to the Philadelphia Quakers page -- one versus the Canton Bulldogs (1921) and another versus the New York Yankees (1926).

May 20:

Added Sources & Acknowledgements page.

May 11:

Added an image of George Kenneally's 1926 player contract to the Pottsville Maroons page. This image is linked to a separate page with a larger version of the images.

May 10:

Added two images to news article reporting on the 12/12/1925 Maroons-Notre Dame All-Stars game. These images originally appeared with this article in the 12/13/1925 edition of The Philadelphia Record.

May 04:

Added an image of the 1929  Boston Bulldogs team photo to the Pottsville Maroons page. This image is linked to a separate page with a larger version of the image.
 

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