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1909: First Town football game
The Town’s first football team plays against Ipswich and wins (12-6) with Raymond O. Brackett, owner of the Rockmere Hotel, as the head coach, amid some controversy by parents not wanting their sons to play in such a dangerous contact sport. Brackett argued that the team represented Marblehead’s fighting spirit that created American freedom. George P. Campbell, the High School’s principal, was in charge of training the team.
have been adapted with thanks from Bill Purdin’s Marblehead History Timeline published by Marblehead Magazine.