American Amateur Football Association Cup

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The American Amateur Football Association Cup was an American soccer competition open to amateur teams affiliated with the American Amateur Football Association (AAFA). It played only two years, 1912 and 1913 before being superseded by the National Challenge Cup, now known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

History[edit]

In an October 1911 meeting, the New York State Football Association created the American Amateur Football Association (AAFA) and tasked it with standardizing rules and procedures for U.S. soccer. In 1912, the AAFA initiated a national cup open to all amateur U.S. teams. Despite the national invitation, only twenty-four teams from the New York area entered.[1] The 1913 competition was no better, again all twenty-four teams hailed from the southern New England region. However, by that time, the AAFA was gaining a national membership and in April 1913, the AAFA was instrumental in forming the United States Football Association which became the U.S. governing body.[2] While the AAFA ran its cup that year, awarding the Dewar Trophy to the winner, that was the last year of competition. In 1914, the USFA began the National Challenge Cup. The Dewar Cup was also donated to the USFA which awarded it to the Challenge Cup victor.

Champions by year[edit]

Year Final Group Rank
Winner Runner-up
1912 Brooklyn Celtic Newark F.C.
1913 Yonkers F.C. Hollywood Inn F.C.

1912 Tournament[edit]

First Round[edit]

Byes[edit]

  • German AC
  • Brooklyn FC
  • Bronx United
  • Clan McKenzie
  • Greenpoint
  • Washington
  • Critchley

Games[edit]

  • Eureka 0-9 Brooklyn Celtics
  • Clan McDonalds 4-0 Baltimore Sons of St. George Jan 14
  • Sheffield 3-0 St.George (B) Jan 7
  • Cameron 1-1 Newark Feb 11
  • (replay) Newark 3-1 Cameron
  • Hollywood Inn 4-2 Columbia Oval Jan 14
  • Arcadia Thistle 1-1 Clan Gordon
  • (replay) Arcadia Thistle 2-1 Clan Gordon
  • Boys Club forfeit to St. George FC (A)
  • Yonkers 2-2 Anglo-Saxons
  • (replay) Yonkers 6-1 Anglo-Saxon
  • Clan McDuff 2-2 NY Celtics
  • (replay) NY Celtics 3-0 Clan McDuff
Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
February 25            
 Clan MacDonald  8
March 24/April 7 - Brooklyn
 Clan McKenzie  0  
 Clan MacDonald  1-1
February 25
   Brooklyn Celtic  1-2  
 Brooklyn Celtic  8
April 14 - Brooklyn
 Greenpoint  0  
 Brooklyn Celtic  5
   Critchley F.C.  0  
 Critchley F.C.  w/o
March 17
 Brooklyn F.C.    
 Critchley F.C.  2
February 25
   Sheffield A.F.C.  0  
 Sheffield A.F.C.  2
May 11 - Brooklyn
 Washington F.C.  1  
 Brooklyn Celtic  3
February 25
   Newark F.C.  0
 Newark F.C.  4
 St. George F.C.  2  
 Newark F.C.  w/o
   Bronx United    
 New York Celtic  0
April 14
 Bronx United  2  
 Newark F.C.  5
   Hollywood Inn  2  
 Yonkers F.C.  1-0
March 24
 Hollywood Inn  1-1  
 Hollywood Inn  8
March 3, 10
   Arcadia Thistle  1  
 Arcadia Thistle  1-6
 German F.C.  1-2  

Final[edit]

May 11, 1912
Brooklyn Celtic (NY) 3–0 Newark F.C. (NJ)
Campion
Campion
O'Halloran
Marquette Oval; Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: C. Creighton

Lineups:
Brooklyn- GK Gavin, DF J. Robertson, A. Robertson, MF Flanagan, O'Hare, Owens, FW McPherson, Campion, O'Halloran, King, McKenzie.
Newark- GK Dowie, DF W.Montgomery, James Leggatt, MF Broadbent, McNeil, Dunlop, FW Piell, Wregg, A. Montgomery, Aitken, John Leggatt.

1913 Tournament[edit]

First Round[edit]

The first round was played on October 27, 1912.

  • Yonkers 3-0 St. George United - Yonkers, NY
  • Hibernians 1-1 Holy Cross - Montgomery Park, Jersey City
  • (replay)Holy Cross 3-0 Hibernian - Park View Oval, Newark November 3
  • St. George 2-1 Clan Mackenzie - Marquette Oval, Brooklyn (protested)
  • (replay)St. George 1-0 Clan Mackenzie - Marquette Oval, Brooklyn November 17
  • Sheffield 3-0 Columbia Oval - Park View Oval, Newark
  • (replay)Sheffield 2-1 Columbia Oval - Van Cortlandt Park November 3
  • Brooklyn Celtic 1-0 Newark - Morris Park, Newark
  • Fulton 1-0 Eureka - Eureka Park, NY
  • Clan MacDonald 7-0 Bayonne Thistles - Bayonne, NJ
  • Cameron 2-1 Greenpoint Rovers - Hawthorne Oval, Brooklyn
  • Byes- Hollywood Inn(Yonkers), Critchley(Brooklyn), Washington, German, New York Celtic, Clan MacDuff, Anglo-Saxon, White Rose(Astoria).
Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
November 24 - Newark            
 Yonkers F.C.  6
January 5 - Yonkers
 Holy Cross F.C.  2  
 Yonkers F.C.  10
November 24 - Astoria
   Anglo-Saxon F.C.  2  
 Anglo-Saxon F.C.  5
March 9 - New York
 White Rose F.C.  1  
 Yonkers F.C.  4
November 24 - Brooklyn
   St. George F.C.  0  
 St. George F.C.  3
January 5, 12 - New York
 New York Celtic  2  
 St. George F.C.  3-5
November 24 - New York
   German F.C.  3-4  
 German F.C.  4
April 12 - New York
 Sheffield A.F.C.  2  
 Yonkers F.C.  3
November 24 - Brooklyn
   Hollywood Inn  0
 Hollywood Inn  1
January 5 - Yonkers
 Brooklyn Celtic  0  
 Hollywood Inn  3
November 24/Dec 1, 8 - New York
   Clan MacDuff  1  
 Clan MacDuff  6 a
March 23 - Brooklyn
 Fulton A.C.  4  
 Hollywood Inn  3
November 24 - Brooklyn
   Clan MacDonald  1  
 Clan MacDonald  4
January 5 - Brooklyn
 Washington F.C.  0  
 Clan MacDonald  2
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   Critchley F.C.  0  
 Critchley F.C.  
 Cameron F.C.    

a) aggregate after 3 games

Final[edit]

April 12, 1913
Yonkers F.C. (NY) 3–0 Hollywood Inn (NY)
25' Billy Waldron(Whitehouse)
65' Mike King(Kerr)
75' Mike King(Whitehouse)
(Report)
Lenox Oval;
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Mr. Williams (N.Y.S.L)

Lineups:
Yonkers- Raitt, Dearns, Stewart, Kerr(c), Hill, Dennison, Waldron, McQueen, Kydd, King, Whitehouse.
Hollywood Inn- McCormack, Taylor, Martin, Ewen, Gibb, Butler, McLeod, Campion, McNeill, Lawrie, Salmond.

See also[edit]

Main bibliography[edit]

Yonkers Daily News

References[edit]