Fall River, Mass Soccer Heritage

Fall River, Mass  Soccer Heritage
1950 US World Cup Team. US 1 Great Britain 0 Front Row (from right to left) Ed (Wolfgang)Souza , John (Clarkie) Souza Ponta Delgada Soccer Club. Tiverton RI The 1950 U.S. World Cup team. Back row (L to R): Jack Lyons, Joe Maca, Charlie Colombo, Frank Borghi, Harry Keough, Walter Bahr, Bill Jeffrey. Front row (L to R): Frank Wallace, Ed McIlvenny, Gino Pariani, Joe Gaetjens, John "Clarkie" Souza, Ed Souza.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Here's a couple of links to some additional information that have surfaced recently


From the Sakonnet Historical ...

Box Rec provides an interesting history of events held at Marks Stadium also covers boxing at the Casino/Fall River

Boxing events at  Marks Stadium

DigiPlaaet has more on events at Marks Stadium

From Digi Planet

A great youtube video  from Zach Bigalke....

Cradle of Pro Soccer..Zach Bigalke.

A Providence Journal item from 2013

From the Providence Journal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some scraps re Marks Stadium.

Still looking for some photographs of Marks stadium.

At the time I first remembered it, it already had an auto racing paved surface around the perimeter of the soccer pitch.  

 Although used primarily for soccer, Mark’s also operated a semi-professional baseball team and the stadium’s design was decidedly baseball-friendly. This included an L-shaped stand which was placed behind one of the corner-flags.[1] The stadium also incorporated a small dirt track for auto racing up until the eary 1950s which somewhat reduced the size of the soccer pitch.

ed. On the West side of the stadium there was a covered grandstand.   in this photo below , although it features one of the race cars, you get a glimpse of the North corner of the grandstand.which backed up to Shove Street.   It was just a short jog from the St Michaels club up the street where the Pontas players would dress for the game, down to the stadium.  There was a grandstand behind the North Goal Post which was established for the baseball layout.  (3rd base side)  Can't remember if it was covered or not.  

Would appreciate any other photos.

The view from the grandstand looked across the side line East out to the  Bourne  mill which is often pictured in the background with its iconic chimney and clock tower.
Here's a great link to some video from the 1924 US Open with the Marksmen and Vesper Buick of St Louis.
Also, here's a great video from US Opens of your and around minute 10:00 some footage from Marks Stadium
Baseball was played here briefly too.

Friday, August 21, 2009

1930 World Cup (Fall River Participates)

Back Row: Left to Right: Bob Millar (Coach), Jimmy Gallagher, Alexander Wood, Jimmy Douglas, George Moorhouse, Ralph Tracy, Andy Auld, Jack Coll (Physician). Front Row: Left to Right: Jim Brown, Billy Gonsalves, Bert Patenaude, Tom Florie, Bart McGhee.
The 1930 World Cup United States soccer team qualified for the semifinals.

The United States team consisted of:

the goalkeeper Jimmy Douglas of the New York Nationals,

right back Alexander Wood of Detroit Holley Carburetor,

outside left Bart McGee (NY Nationals),

center back Raphael Tracey (St. Louis Ben Millers),

left halfback Andy Auld (Providence Gold Bugs),

inside left Tom Florie (the captain, New Bedford Whalers),

center forward Bert Patenaude (Fall River Marksmen),

inside right Billy Gonsalves (Fall River Marksmen),

outside right James Brown (NY Giants).

full back and wing forward George Moorehouse NewYork Giants.

wing half and wing forward Jimmy Gallagher for severaldifferent teams.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Let's get started, call for facts and information and sources

So much history, time to try and pull a lot of it together so that's the purpose of this site.
From watching the international touring teams take on the local pickups at the old Fall River stadium to watching Billy Gonsalves and John "Clarkie Sousa (below) play with the Pontas at the old Marks (Ponta Delgada ) stadium in Tiverton,

Many of these memories are dying off with our fathers and grandfathers,

You can help by pointing me to any relevant photos, writeups, good sources, etc. Thanks in advance! In the end, this will belong to all of us old fans of the Ponta's and Fall River Soccer, \