Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day

 

 

A fighting football team
In the era of 1907 to 1910, Haddonfield supported an exceptionally fine town football team.  The coach was Frank “Cope” Somers, who had a wealth of good material to work with.

The Haddonfield young men who formed the nucleus of the team were the quarterback, Charlie Kugler, Jay Remmington, who was the fullback, and he did most of the kicking, Ed Catlett, Walt and Ben Bossert, Herb Scattergood, Chuck Allen, Wallace Super and Rollie and Choli Holloway.

A boy who came up from Hammonton who had a clubfoot kick a field goal 53 yards one afternoon and Jay Remmington in the same game booted one 52 yards.  Jay was a student at Drexel Institute and he always brought over from Philadelphia several of his classmates to play.

This Haddonfield Athletic Association football team played on Saturday afternoons on the field that then existed at the rear of the present YMCA building on Haddon avenue.  A small structure on one corner of the field served as dressing room for the visiting teams.

These teams came from Philadelphia, Camden and Maple Shade.  Good teams frequently came to play from the Navy ships stationed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

After a game, the visiting team would leave town by trolley car. One Saturday afternoon, while waiting for transportation, an argument began between visitors and the Haddonfield boys.  The fracas extended up to the main street but it all ended suddenly when on of the visitors was thrown through a plateglass window at Ben Fowler’s store on the corner of Ellis street and east Main street.  Boys will be boys.


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