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
 
Brookhattan1
 
Brookhattan9 a
 
March 22 - New York
 
Brooklyn Hispano8
 
Brookhattan2
 
February 2 - New York
 
German Hungarians0
 
Hatikvoh1
 
April 12, 19
 
German Hungarians2
 
St. Mary's Celtic0-1
 
February 23/March 1 - Newark
 
German-Americans2-0
 
Scots Americans0-2
 
March 22 - Newark
 
Trenton Highlanders0-0
 
Scots Americans2
 
February 2 - Newark
 
Irish-Americans0
 
Irish Americans2
 
April 5 - Newark
 
Newark Germans1
 
Scots Americans0
 
March 1 - Philadelphia
 
German-Americans1
 
German-Americans5
 
March 15 - Philadelphia
 
Budd AA0
 
German-Americans3
 
February 16 - Baltimore
 
Baltimore Canton2
 
Baltimore Canton5
 
 
Stonewall Democratic3
 

Western Division[edit]

 
First roundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
January 19/February 2 - St. Louis
 
 
Shamrocks0-6
 
March 1 - St. Louis
 
Hellrung & Grimm0-1
 
Shamrocks4
 
January 19 - Cleveland
 
Slavia Bartunek3
 
Slavia Bartunek2
 
March 22 - St. Louis
 
Highland Park Chryslers1
 
Shamrocks2
 
January 12 - St. Louis
 
Marres1
 
Marres4
 
March 15 - St. Louis
 
Burke's Undertakers2
 
Marres6
 
March 8 - Milwaukee
 
Vienna IAC3
 
Vienna IAC5
 
March 29, April 5
 
Bayern Schlitz4
 
Shamrocks1-2
 
February 23 - Chicago
 
Heidelberg1-1
 
Sparta Garden City6
 
March 1 - Chicago
 
Ben Millers0
 
Sparta Garden City2
 
January 19 - Chicago
 
Olympia1
 
Olympia3
 
March 22 - Chicago
 
Maccabee2
 
Sparta Garden City1
 
February 2 - Pittsburgh
 
Heidelberg2
 
Heidelberg4
 
February 23 - Pittsburgh
 
Curry Silver Tops0
 
Heidelberg4
 
January 26 - Rochester
 
Kodak Park1
 
Rochester Celtics0
 
 
Kodak Park4
 

a) aggregate after three games

Final[edit]

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

Sources[edit]

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch