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100 Years of Wildkat Football - Part 1

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5d5fd98def16dArticle taken from The King City Chronicle, issue date 9-26-1919.
Leigh V. Finley B.S. degree M.U. Graduate Missouri University Mathematics, Physics, Manual Training *Image taken from The Crow’s Nest, 1920.
Article taken from The King City Chronicle, issue date 9-26-1919.


PART 1 - Origins

The 2019 football season marks 100 years of King City Football. To celebrate this significant milestone I will be releasing interesting tidbits of information regarding the beginnings of football in King City and the 1919 season over the next several weeks.

Facts and information for this project were collected from the Wildkat Football History book, the 1920 Annual (The Crow’s Nest), and the King City Chronicle.

Please enjoy. Go Kats!
Football in King City

Early attempts to organize a football team actually began in about 1917, but didn’t last long. In the first contest one King City boy got a broken nose and another got kicked in the head. Some of the parents, presumably mothers, thought this was “just terrible” and went to school officials to tell them about this “horrible game.”

The next attempt to organize a football team came in 1918. This year was organized by the players, who didn’t seem to be that great at organization, for no out of town competition was gotten.

1919 is considered the official start of organized, school sponsored football. After returning home from World War I, Coach L.V. Finley organized a team and set a schedule consisting of games against Maysville, Maryville, Savannah, and Albany.

The following information was taken from The Crow’s Nest, the King City Annual.

Sept. 3 - Rumors of a football team.
Sept. 8 - Footballs arrive and suits are dragged forth.