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Manchester Revolution

Started by Armorbeast, November 26, 2019, 11:32:54 pm

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Manchester Revolution

The Manchester Revolution began as a team called the Pottsville Eleven on the Independent circuit in Pennsylvania with players mostly coming from the local Yorkville Hose Company fire department. In 1922, the team would be sponsored by Harold Kingsbury, Irvin Heinz and Frank Schoeneman who then sold the team to local surgeon John G. "Doc" Striegel in 1924. Legend says that the team changed it's name to the Pottsville Maroons when Striegel ordered new uniforms from local sporting goods supplier Joe Zacko and was told the color didn't matter. Zacko sent maroon jerseys and that led to them becoming known as the Maroons.

Striegel then made the Maroons charter members of the Anthracite League in 1924 and won the league championship. When not playing or doing their day to day jobs, the players hung out at the fire department drinking Yuengling Beer, playing cards and tossing footballs in the street keeping them a close group of players unlike many of their opponents. This explained their success when they joined the NFL the following year in 1925 and claimed the league championship. However, a controversial decision by the NFL would strip them of the championship and damaged both the franchise and the league for years to come.

The rival Frankford Yellow Jackets wanted to play a game against a group of Notre Dame all-stars which only the team with the better record had a right to do. The Maroons gained a better record and agreed to play the all-stars which league commissioner Joe Carr warned them not to do when they had earned the right to do it. It was a decision that damaged both the league and the Maroons franchise because the Maroons had won the right to play this team following league rules but the Yellow Jackets were a more prominent franchise.

As a result of playing the game, the Maroons were suspended and the Chicago Cardinals were awarded the championship. The Cardinals, however, would not accept the championship until 1933 and the NFL never awarded it leaving many feeling the Maroons had been cheated out of the championship. The Maroons would be reinstated in 1926 in an effort to keep them from joining the new American Football League and a team called the Boston Bulldogs first enters the picture. Owned by Robert McKirby, the Bulldogs were a failed franchise who folded early and relocated to New Hampshire becoming the Manchester Bulldogs (fic) of the USA-AFL.

Meanwhile, the Pottsville Maroons were on a downward spiral ending in 1928 when Striegel sold the team to an ownership group that included George Kenneally who moved them to Massachusetts to become the new Boston Bulldogs. The stock market crash of 1929 ended the Bulldogs as an NFL franchise and they were purchased by Frank D. Yuengling. With no league to play in, the team became an Independent for two years before coming to terms with the USA-AFL and merging with the Manchester Bulldogs. This new franchise inherited a championship legacy and returned to its winning ways becoming USA-AFL champions in 1936.

The Manchester Bulldogs would play their games on the road and at neutral sites as a traveling team. The team had no home stadium of their own to play in and profited by playing in more profitable venues under the leagues profit sharing policies. With four teams in the USA-AFL called the Bulldogs, they played in what became known as the Bulldog Bowl and losing in the final game. This required they take a new identity becoming the Manchester Minutemen in 1975 and Manchester Revolution in 1976 to capitalize on the Bicentennial year. Plans for a new stadium (fic) representing the Manchester-Nashua metro area named after city founder Samuel Blodgett were finalized in 2006 and their first home game was held in 2009.


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New Hampshire Heartbreakers

Beginning in 1974 as Manchester United (fic) as a play on the UK's Manchester United F.C., the USA-WFL's franchise used a Bulldog mascot out of respect to their male counterparts. Continuing play as Manchester United, fans began calling them the Bulldogs when the mens team became known as the Manchester Revolution. As the Manchester United Bulldogs, the team played into the 1990's being successful on the field but never winning a championship. This changed in 1992 when they won three successive USA-WFL Championships before years of decline brought them to the verge of folding by 2000.

New owners took over that same year who changed the franchise name for similar reasons as their male counterparts. There were two teams in the USA-WFL called the Bulldogs and rather than play a special game to decide the matter, the new owners changed their franchise identity to the New Hampshire Heartbreakers.





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Song; Heartbreaker ~ Pat Benatar