The First Cup: Bethlehem FC’s protest denied as Quarterfinal draw announced (Feb. 16, 1914)

Posted by | February 16, 2013

Bethlehem FC from the 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.

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The United States Football Association denied the protest put forth by the Bethlehem FC over their 1-0 loss to Brooklyn Field Club in the third round.

Bethlehem FC, who became Bethlehem Steel FC the following season, submitted a laundry list of complaints back on Jan. 30 including that Brooklyn was over a half-hour late to appear on the field. Bethlehem’s argument was that referee Charles E. Creighton should have either forfeited to Bethlehem or started the match before the Field Club team came out.

The rest of the protest centered on a number of players Bethlehem felt should not have been eligible to play. Bethlehem contended that H.H. Shanhold and H. Hynds should have been ineligible because they still had a case pending against them from an American Football Association cup game for accepting payment as amateur players.

Brooklyn Field Club from the 1913/14 season

Bethlehem also questioned Hinds’ eligibility on the grounds that he never signed a National Challenge Cup form, as well as goalkeeper W. Haughtie, whom Bethlehem claimed was not on the roster received from Brooklyn before the game.

After investigating the allegations, the USFA ruled in favor of the Brooklyn Field club and announced the draw for the round of eight:

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New Bedford FC at Peabody FC  (Philadelphia)
Columbia Oval at Brooklyn Celtics
Yonkers FC at Brooklyn Field Club
Pullman FC or Hyde Park Blues at Niagara Falls Rangers

There was just one third round match yet to be played as Pullman FC and Hyde Park Blues were delayed for weeks due to severe weather in Chicago. The game would not be played until March 8, 1914.

A detailed look back at the 1913/1914 National Challenge Cup

Sept. 12, 1913 / Oct. 11, 1913: How the 1913/14 National Challenge Cup began
Nov. 1, 1913: The inaugural National Challenge Cup gets under way
Nov. 2, 1913: Brooklyn Field Club begins their journey as Round 1 concludes
Nov. 29 1913: Farr Alpaca forfeit Round 1 replay with New Bedford FC
Dec. 6, 1913: Four teams move on to Round 3, two more to be decided by protest or replay
Dec. 14, 1913: Second Round nearly complete as USFA announces protest results, draw for Round 3
Dec. 21, 1913: Third time’s the charm for St. George FC as Round 2 comes to a close
Jan. 12, 1914: Rochester’s MacNaughton Rangers forfeit replay with Niagara Falls Rangers
Jan. 24, 1914: Differing opinions as New Bedford FC eliminates West Philadelphia FC to reach quarterfinals
Jan. 25, 1914: Brooklyn Field Club, Columbia Oval join the quarterfinals
Mar. 8, 1914: Pullman FC beats Hyde Park Blues in Chicago derby to complete quarterfinal field
Mar. 28, 1914: Brooklyn Field Club defeat ‘cup holders’ Yonkers FC to reach Challenge Cup Semifinals
Mar. 29, 1914: Brooklyn Celtic defense carries them past Columbia Oval, into Semifinals
Apr. 5, 1914: Niagara Falls Rangers topple Pullman FC to complete Semifinal field
Apr. 18, 1914: Brooklyn Field Club edge New Bedford FC to reach inaugural National Challenge Cup Final
Apr. 26, 1914: Brooklyn Celtic cruises past Niagara Falls Rangers to reach inaugural National Challenge Cup Final
Before the 1913/1914 Final: By boat or by train, Brooklyn Field Club, Brooklyn Celtic prepare for inaugural National Challenge Cup Final
May 16, 1914: Brooklyn Field Club wins inaugural National Challenge Cup on late winner over Brooklyn Celtic

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