1936 National Challenge Cup

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The 1936 National Challenge Cup was the annual open cup held by the United States Football Association now known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This edition featured the fifth of six consecutive final appearances for Alex McNab's team. The Shamrocks not participating in their local league that year were playing inter city matches with top competition primarily from Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit. One of their only losses during the season was to Heidelberg, eventual Western Final opponents of the Shamrocks. Early in the season Heidelberg took the first game of a three game set, the second match ended in a draw and McNab's men evened up the series by pulling out a victory in the third game. Both teams eventually made their way to the Western Final, Heidelberg led by the lone scorer for the USA at the 1934 World Cup Aldo Donelli. The Shamrocks with their World Cup veterans including William Lehman, Billy Gonsalves, Werner Nilsen, and Bert Patenaude overcame the Pennsylvanians with a 3-2 aggregate over two games. The final showcased still further US nationals. The Philadelphia German-Americans roster boasted a quartet of their own including Bill Fiedler, Al Harker, Peter Pietras, and Francis Ryan. After a two all draw in the first leg of the final in St. Louis, Philly took home the trophy by blanking the Shamrocks 3-0 in the second leg.

Eastern Division[edit]

First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
March 7 - New York            
 New York Americans  2
March 22 - New York
 Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic  3  
 St. Mary's Celtic  4
March 1 - Fall River
   Santo Christos  1  
 Liberal A.C.  0
March 29 - New York
 Santo Christo  2  
 St. Mary's Celtic  2
March 1,8,15 - New York
   Brookhattan  1  
 Brookhattan  9 a
March 22 - New York
 Brooklyn Hispano  8  
 Brookhattan  2
February 2 - New York
   German Hungarians  0  
 Hatikvoh  1
April 12, 19
 German Hungarians  2  
 St. Mary's Celtic  0-1
February 23/March 1 - Newark
   German-Americans  2-0
 Scots Americans  0-2
March 22 - Newark
 Trenton Highlanders  0-0  
 Scots Americans  2
February 2 - Newark
   Irish-Americans  0  
 Irish Americans  2
April 5 - Newark
 Newark Germans  1  
 Scots Americans  0
March 1 - Philadelphia
   German-Americans  1  
 German-Americans  5
March 15 - Philadelphia
 Budd AA  0  
 German-Americans  3
February 16 - Baltimore
   Baltimore Canton  2  
 Baltimore Canton  5
 Stonewall Democratic  3  

Western Division[edit]

First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
January 19/February 2 - St. Louis            
 Shamrocks  0-6
March 1 - St. Louis
 Hellrung & Grimm  0-1  
 Shamrocks  4
January 19 - Cleveland
   Slavia Bartunek  3  
 Slavia Bartunek  2
March 22 - St. Louis
 Highland Park Chryslers  1  
 Shamrocks  2
January 12 - St. Louis
   Marres  1  
 Marres  4
March 15 - St. Louis
 Burke's Undertakers  2  
 Marres  6
March 8 - Milwaukee
   Vienna IAC  3  
 Vienna IAC  5
March 29, April 5
 Bayern Schlitz  4  
 Shamrocks  1-2
February 23 - Chicago
   Heidelberg  1-1
 Sparta Garden City  6
March 1 - Chicago
 Ben Millers  0  
 Sparta Garden City  2
January 19 - Chicago
   Olympia  1  
 Olympia  3
March 22 - Chicago
 Maccabee  2  
 Sparta Garden City  1
February 2 - Pittsburgh
   Heidelberg  2  
 Heidelberg  4
February 23 - Pittsburgh
 Curry Silver Tops  0  
 Heidelberg  4
January 26 - Rochester
   Kodak Park  1  
 Rochester Celtics  0
 Kodak Park  4  

a) aggregate after three games

Final[edit]

First game[edit]

April 26, 1936
St. Louis Shamrocks (MO) 2–2 Philadelphia German-Americans (PA)
8' Werner Nilsen
68' Nilsen (Bert Patenaude)
10' Ray Richards
89' Fiedler (Regan)
Walsh Memorial Stadium; St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 3400
Referee: Mike Boylan

Second game[edit]

May 3, 1936
Philadelphia German-Americans (PA) 3–0 St. Louis Shamrocks (MO)
25' George Nemchik
34' George Nemchik
69' Ray Richards
Rifle Club Grounds; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 8000
Referee: Gordon

Source[edit]

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch