Babcock and Wilcox (soccer)

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Babcock and Wilcox (also spelled Babcock & Wilcox) was a U.S. soccer team which had its origins as the Babcock and Wilcox company team of Bayonne, New Jersey. It spent five seasons in the National Association Football League and finished as runner up in the 1918 American Cup.

History[edit]

They were members of the New Jersey State Amateur Foot Ball League for the 1912-13 season. In 1914 they took part in the National Challenge Cup when Brooklyn Celtic eliminated them 5-0 in the second round.[1] In 1915, Babcock and Wilcox joined the professional National Association Football League. While it regularly went deep in cup competitions, it never finished higher than three in league play. After finishing at the bottom of the standings in the 1918-1919 season, the team withdrew from the NAFBL. After a year out of the league, Babcock and Wilcox returned for the 1920-1921 season. However, the NAFBL folded at the end of the season when several teams joined the newly established American Soccer League. Babcock and Wilcox continued to play in New Jersey leagues until at least 1932 when it won its fifth New Jersey State Cup.[2] In its early years, Andrew Brown, future president of the United States Football Association, worked for the Babcock and Wilcox company, helping to manage the team.[3]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Reg. Season American Cup National Challenge Cup
1913/14  ?  ?  ? Third round
1914/15  ?  ? Second round Fourth Round
1915/16 NAFBL 3rd Semifinals Third round
1916/17 NAFBL 3rd Semifinals First round
1917/18 NAFBL 6th Final First round
1918/19 NAFBL 6th Quarterfinal First round
1919/20  ?  ?  ? Final
1920/21 NAFBL 6th Fourth round First round

Honors[edit]

American Cup

  • Runner Up (1): 1918

New Jersey State Challenge Cup

  • Winner (5): 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1932

Notable players[edit]

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