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 Fall River is a city in Bristol CountyMassachusetts, associated with the textile industry. In 1880 the population was 48,961. The American Soccer History Archives list no fewer than 30 Association  football teams being formed in Fall River during the period 1882-87. Many of these appear to be 'works' teams.


1882-83

Fall River East Ends

Fall River Old Roads

Fall River North Ends


1883-84

Fall River Bowenville Globes

Fall River County St. Rovers

Fall River Flint Mills

Fall River Rovers


1884-85

Fall River Barnaby Mills

Fall River Canonicuts

Fall River King Phillips

Fall River Lindsay St. Rovers

Fall River Main Streets 

Fall River Mechanics

Fall River Merry Boys

Fall River Osbornes

Fall River Parks

Fall River St Patricks


1885-86

Fall River Chace St. Rovers

Fall River Rangers


1886-87

Fall River Allarounds

Fall River Chelseas

Fall River Harrisons

Fall River McLaughlins

Fall River Pilgrims

Fall River Pleasant St. Rovers

Fall River Pleasant Views

Fall River Shrove Wanderers

Fall River Tower St. Rangers

Fall River Tremonts

Fall River Wamsuttas

Fall River Weetamoes



Between 1888 and 1892 teams from Fall River won the American Cup five times in succession.

American Cup Winners:
1888

Fall River Rovers


1889

Fall River Rovers


1890

Fall River Olympics


1891

Fall River East Ends


1892
Fall River East Ends




Rovers 

1896

Fall River Olympics - American Cup Finalists


1909

Fall River Rovers - New England League Winners

Rovers played 2 matches against the Pilgrims (England) tourists- drawing 1-1 and winning 2-1.

1910

Fall River Rovers - Eastern Soccer League I Winners


1916

Fall River Rovers- National Challenge Cup Finalists

Rovers’ Tommy Swords captained the USA in their first ever international.





















Swords


1917

Fall River Rovers- National Challenge Cup Winners, Times Cup Winners


1918

Fall River Rovers - National Challenge Cup Finalists


1921

Fall River Rovers dissolved

Fall River United founded

Fall River United draw 2-2 with Third Lanark (Scotland)


1922

United become Marksmen




Marksmen

Sam Mark took over the ownership of Fall River United in 1922 and named them the Marksmen. He was also behind the construction of the Mark's Stadium, one of the first 'Soccer specific' stadiums in the USA. This venue was in North Tiverton, Rhode Island, as Massachusetts law prohibited the playing of  commercial sports on Sundays.
The Marksmen featured former Chelsea player Harold Brittan; Scottish born goalkeeper Lindy Kerr; James White, Tommy Martin ( both ex Motherwell), Bill McPherson (Beith) and Charlie McGill (Third Lanark).
Brittan

1924

Fall River Marksmen - American Soccer League I Winners, National Challenge Cup Winners


1925

Fall River Marksmen - American Soccer League I Winners


1926

Fall River Marksmen - American Soccer League I Winners

Marksmen beat the touring Sparta Prague 3-2.


1927

Fall River Marksmen - National Challenge Cup Winners


1928

Marksmen played 2 touring sides. They defeated Brazil’s Palestra Italia 4-2 but lost 3-0 to Glasgow Rangers.

Fall River Powers Hudson Essex shared the National Amateur Cup following a drawn final.


1929

Fall River Marksmen - American Soccer League I Winners




1930

Fall River Marksmen - Atlantic Coast League Winners, American Soccer League Winners, National Challenge Cup Winners.

Fall River Rafferty - National Amateur Challenge Cup Winners





 Billy Gonsalves and Bert Patenaude  of the Marksmen were leading figures in the USA World Cup Squad in 1930,

The Marksmen played 2 Scottish touring teams in 1930: Kilmarnock were beaten 3-0 whilst Glasgow Rangers enjoyed 3-2 and 6-1 wins. 


The club also undertook a tour of Central Europe:


20.08.30
Slavia Prague
2
2
Fall River Marksmen
Prague

23.08.30
Wiener A.C.
6
0
Fall River Marksmen
Vienna

24.08.30
Austria Vienna
1
3
Fall River Marksmen
Vienna

28.08.30
Slavia Prague
4
0
Fall River Marksmen
Prague

30.08.30
SK Bratislava
0
3
Fall River Marksmen
Bratislava

31.08.30
Ferencvaros
6
2
Fall River Marksmen
Budapest


In 1931 The Marksmen relocated to New York City, merged with New York Football Club and became New York Yankees (although they still played Cup matches as Fall River Marksmen).

1931

Fall River Football Club ( #1) - National Challenge Cup Winners
Fall River F.C.( #1) 5- Verez Sarsfield (Argentina) 2

The Yankees in turn moved to New Bedford where they merged with Fall River F.C (#1) to become the New Bedford Whalers. 

New Fall River based clubs emerged in the 1930s. In 1932 Fall River Football Club  (#2) won the 'fall' edition of the American Soccer League.
In the following seasons the New England Division of the American Soccer League featured Fall River Rovers and Fall River United.
The Fall River All-Americans reached the National Amateur Challenge Cup Final in 1935.
In 1937 Fall River Americans played in  the New England Division of the American Soccer League

The 1930s  also saw the development of another Fall River club that would go on to great success (but outside our chosen era)- the amateur Ponta Delgada Soccer Club, based in the city's Portuguese community. 

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