The First Cup: Niagara Falls Rangers protest loss to Rochester’s MacNaughton Rangers (Dec. 4, 1913)

Posted by | December 4, 2012

MacNaughton Rangers in 1913/14 season introduces “The First Cup” series, which revisits the first running of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (then known as the National Challenge Cup) that took place from the fall of 1913 to the spring of 1914. Click here for the full series.

Note: As you read this, you’ll notice a lot of players with just one name. This is not an oversight on our part, but rather, many of the sources of this information (newspapers, publications etc.) only use the last name of players in their stories.

Less than a week after losing to MacNaughton Rangers in the second round of the National Challenge Cup, the Niagara Falls Rangers registered a protest with the United States Football Association. The match, which took place on Nov. 30 at Hudson Avenue Field in Rochester, resulted in the home team winning 1-0 on a 40th minute goal by Stille.

Two members of Niagara Falls management stayed an extra day in Rochester after the game and realized that Bliss, MacNaughton’s left fullback, was holding a job as a high school soccer coach for which he drew a salary.

This makes him a professional, and he had signed an amateur form to play with MacNaughton. While Bliss had played with the Rochester club all season, this technically would make him ineligible to play for MacNaughton in cup games.

Niagara Falls Rangers in 1913/14 season

To show their support for the club, the Niagara Falls Rangers supporters took up a collection to cover the fee for lodging a protest so that the clubs’ funds would not take a hit.

The matter would be decided with the USFA was scheduled to hold the third round draw on Dec. 14.