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 roundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
March 7 - New York
New York Americans2
March 22 - New York
[[Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic]]3
St. Mary's Celtic4
March 1 - Fall River
Santo Christos1
Liberal A.C.0
March 29 - New York
Santo Christo2
St. Mary's Celtic2
March 1,8,15 - New York
Brookhattan9 a
March 22 - New York
Brooklyn Hispano8
February 2 - New York
German Hungarians0
April 12, 19
German Hungarians2
St. Mary's Celtic0-1
February 23/March 1 - Newark
Scots Americans0-2
March 22 - Newark
Trenton Highlanders0-0
Scots Americans2
February 2 - Newark
Irish Americans2
April 5 - Newark
Newark Germans1
Scots Americans0
March 1 - Philadelphia
March 15 - Philadelphia
Budd AA0
February 16 - Baltimore
Baltimore Canton2
Baltimore Canton5
Stonewall Democratic3

Western Division[edit]

First roundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
January 19/February 2 - St. Louis
March 1 - St. Louis
Hellrung & Grimm0-1
January 19 - Cleveland
Slavia Bartunek3
Slavia Bartunek2
March 22 - St. Louis
Highland Park Chryslers1
January 12 - St. Louis
March 15 - St. Louis
Burke's Undertakers2
March 8 - Milwaukee
Vienna IAC3
Vienna IAC5
March 29, April 5
Bayern Schlitz4
February 23 - Chicago
Sparta Garden City6
March 1 - Chicago
Ben Millers0
Sparta Garden City2
January 19 - Chicago
March 22 - Chicago
Sparta Garden City1
February 2 - Pittsburgh
February 23 - Pittsburgh
Curry Silver Tops0
January 26 - Rochester
Kodak Park1
Rochester Celtics0
Kodak Park4

a) aggregate after three games


First game[edit]

St. Louis Shamrocks (MO)2–2Philadelphia German-Americans (PA)
Nilsen Goal 8'68' (Patenaude) Richards Goal 10'
Fiedler Goal 89' (Regan)
Attendance: 3,400
Referee: Mike Boylan

Second game[edit]

Philadelphia German-Americans (PA)3–0St. Louis Shamrocks (MO)
Nemchik Goal 25'34'
Richards Goal 69'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Gordon


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