1913 American Cup

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The 1913 American Cup was the annual open cup held by the American Football Association. This marked the twelfth time a New Jersey team won the tournament and the third time for this year's winner the Paterson True Blues. It took three matches for them to overcome their final opponents Tacony of Philadelphia aka the 'Tacks'. Another notable encounter between New Jersey teams was a four game duel between Newark Caledonians and the Paterson Rangers in the second round. They battled to 0-0, 2-2, and 1-1 draws before the Caledonians surpassed the Rangers 1-0 in the fourth game. This edition was also the first time the final was played in Philadelphia.

American Cup Bracket[edit]

Second roundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
Jersey A.C.2
January 5 - Jersey City
Schenectady F.C.1
Jersey A.C.0
Nov 30, Dec 7
Tacony F.C.1
Tacony F.C.0-4
March 15 - Philadelphia
Philadelphia Thistles0-1
Tacony F.C.2
November 30
Philadelphia Hibernian1
Philadelphia Hibernian6
December 28 - Philadelphia
Philadelphia Hibernian4
Newark Caledonians0
Newark Caledonians4a
Apr 12,19,27 - Philadelphia
Paterson Rangers3
Tacony F.C.4b
Paterson True Blues5
Fall River Rovers4
Fall River
Howard & Bullough1
Fall River Rovers3
December 8 - Paterson/Harrison
West Hudson A.A.0
Wilberforce F.C.2-1
March 15 - Fall River
West Hudson A.A.2-4
Fall River Rovers0
Paterson True Blues3
Bridgeport F.C.3
Farr Alpaca F.C.0
Bridgeport F.C.0
Paterson True Blues2
Paterson True Blues4

a) aggregate after 4 games
b) aggregate after 3 games


Tacony F.C. (PA) 2–2 Paterson True Blues (NJ)
(Report) Neil Clarke
88' Jackie Neilson
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Alexander Burnside

First replay[edit]

Tacony F.C. (PA) 1–1 Paterson True Blues (NJ)
22' Kemp (Report) Neil Clarke 89’
Attendance: 3,300
Referee: Alexander Burnside

Second replay[edit]

Paterson True Blues (NJ) 2–1 Tacony F.C. (PA)
Alec Lowe
Jack Nielson (pk)
(Report) 11' Kemp
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Alexander Burnside

Paterson- Esplin, Wilson(c), Murray, Forfar, Clark, Hudson, Ford, Lowe, Lynch, Gradwell, Neilson.
Tacony- Ness, Small, McKelvey, Kennedy, Morrison(c), Richardson, Alexander, Kemp, Owens, Miller, Andrews.

See also[edit]