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 It played only two years, 1912 and 1913 before being superseded by the National Challenge Cup, now known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.


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]


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


  • 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 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
February 25
Clan MacDonald8
March 24/April 7 - Brooklyn
Clan McKenzie0
Clan MacDonald1-1
February 25
Brooklyn Celtic1-2
Brooklyn Celtic8
April 14 - Brooklyn
Brooklyn Celtic5
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 Celtic3
February 25
Newark F.C.0
Newark F.C.4
St. George F.C.2
Newark F.C.w/o
Bronx United
New York Celtic0
April 14
Bronx United2
Newark F.C.5
Hollywood Inn2
Yonkers F.C.1-0
March 24
Hollywood Inn1-1
Hollywood Inn8
March 3, 10
Arcadia Thistle1
Arcadia Thistle1-6
German F.C.1-2


Brooklyn Celtic (NY) 3–0 Newark F.C. (NJ)
Marquette Oval; Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: C. Creighton

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 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
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 Celtic2
St. George F.C.3-5
November 24 - New York City
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 Inn0
Hollywood Inn1
January 5 - Yonkers
Brooklyn Celtic0
Hollywood Inn3
November 24/Dec 1, 8 - New York
Clan MacDuff1
Clan MacDuff6 a
March 23 - Brooklyn
Fulton A.C.4
Hollywood Inn3
November 24 - Brooklyn
Clan MacDonald1
Clan MacDonald4
January 5 - Brooklyn
Washington F.C.0
Clan MacDonald2
Critchley F.C.0
Critchley F.C.
Cameron F.C.

a) aggregate after 3 games


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

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]

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