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World Cup Fever: 1914

World Cup Fever: 1914

New York circa 1914. "Leitrim football (soccer) team." Or perhaps more accurately, Gaelic football. On this day it was the Leitrim Young Men's Society against Cavan. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

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Yer man in the back row

Yer man in the back row appears to be a belt and braces kind of boyo. Maybe he used the belt for carrying the first aid kit or some such.

Nice legs

Very interesting garter-stockings. Also, the guy's belt placement in the back row.


1914 was the year my grandpa came to New York City from County Leitrim. I wonder if he and my grandma (who had come from Leitrim the year before) knew any of these fellows and saw them play?

My other grandfather loved to head up to Gaelic Park to watch the boyos at football and hurling. But he was a Kerryman!

Flaps extended

I didn't realize that so many Leitrim boys had ears that stuck out. There's quite a bit of that in this photo!

The guy with the ball (the captain, I assume) looks a wee bit like Dean Martin.

Edit: I noticed RIGHT after I hit "post" that the guy's shirt says CAPTAIN on it. *blush*

I can't help myself

I love the garters with the shorts, but I also love the man in the suit on the right! What is with his belt?? It's a great photo tho!

Squinting does nobody any favors

Will the folks who so harshly critique the looks of the young women who appear on Shorpy be by to weigh in on these gentlemen? I'm betting against.

There will be no

socks falling down on this team, garters up mate.

Re: Not a soccer team

These fellows are in New York, not Ireland. So says the first two words of the caption. Which also notes that this is Gaelic football. Which, in the American terminology of the time, was lumped together with association football as "soccer."

[The Leitrim Young Men were all New Yorkers -- immigrants, or of Irish ancestry. - Dave]

Not a soccer team

It is highly unlikely that this is a soccer team. Even today Leitrim - the lowest populated county in Ireland with less than 60,000 people does not have a soccer team. It is highly probable that it is a Gaelic football team - there are 15 players in the photo, the number in a Gaelic team. There are 11 in a soccer team. And prior to the 1970's there were no substitues in a soccer team.

[Dear peoples: Please take a few seconds to READ THE CAPTION under the photo before commenting! - Dave]

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