West Hudson A.A.

The West Hudson Athletic Association (A.A.) (also known as the West Hudson Athletic Club (A.C.) or West Hudson Athletic Club Football (A.C.F.)) was one of the dominant U.S. soccer teams of the early twentieth century. Founded in 1906, the team won the first American “double” when it took the 1912 National Association Football League and American Cup titles. The team played in Harrison’s Federal League Park and competed in the NAFBL for most of its existence.

HistoryEdit

Located in northern New Jersey, West Hudson is the western portion of the Hudson County. This area was one of the earliest and strongest areas for American soccer, spawning dozens of teams from the towns of Harrison, Kearny and East Newark. The areas strength in soccer rested on two Scottish companies, Clark Thread Company and Michael Nairn & Company, which established their American operations in the area. The two companies drew Scottish immigrants to their plants which then served as the basis for many of the areas powerhouse teams. In Harrison, the West Hudson A.A. drew its players from the city at large, rather than operating as a company team like many others in the area. Records do not currently reveal the origins of the team, but on October 10, 1905, they were listed as a founding member of the Metropolitan Association Football League (MAFL) of New York City.[1] In 1906, they won the American Cup, at the time considered the top level of U.S. competition. That fall, they entered the professional National Association Football League, promptly winning the league title. Over the next decade, they ran off five total league titles and three cup championship, taking the first U.S. double in 1912. In 1909, six of the top U.S. teams joined to form the short lived, first Eastern Soccer League (ESL). The intent was to allow these teams to play against the best teams from other leagues and regions. The crowds were limited and after losing money, the league folded with most teams playing only five of the planned twelve matches. West Hudson was in third place when the league collapsed.[2] In 1918, the U.S. entry into World War I led to the drain of players to military service. Several leagues elected to suspend operations, but the NAFBL chose to continue playing. However, several teams found it too difficult to continue operations, among them West Hudson. Therefore, the team left the NAFBL in 1918 and soon ceased operation.

Year-by-yearEdit

Year League Reg. Season American Cup National Challenge Cup
1905/06 MAFL ? Champion N/A
1906/07 NAFBL 1st ? N/A
1907/08 ? ? Champion N/A
1908/09 NAFBL 2nd ? N/A
1909/10 NAFBL 1st Third round N/A
1910/11 NAFBL 4th ? N/A
1911/12 NAFBL 1st Champion N/A
1912/13 NAFBL 1st Third round N/A
1913/14 NAFBL 2nd Quarterfinal Did not enter
1914/15 NAFBL 1st Semifinal Third round
1915/16 NAFBL 4th ? Quarterfinal
1916/17 NAFBL 5th Final Third round
1917/18 NAFBL 3rd Third Round Semifinal

HonorsEdit

American Cup

  • Winner (3): 1906, 1908, 1912
  • Runner Up (1): 1917

League Championship

  • Winner (5): 1907, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1915
  • Runner Up (2): 1909, 1914

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