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The interest in Football in Ashland & Middletown communities in Kentucky led the Armco Manufacturing Company to fund the creation of two Football teams, playing against semi-pro opposition in the Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia area such as the NFL’s Portsmouth Spartans, Canton Bulldogs, Dayton Triangles & Ironton Tanks.
The Portsmouth team would one day move to Detroit becoming the Lions, and are still in existence and the Indianapolis Colts team can be traced back to the Triangles, although the NFL only officially includes the record of the 1953 Colts onwards. Canton, Ohio, is famous as the birthplace of Pro Football, and is where the Pro Football Hall of Fame is based.
Players were employed by Armco and drew large crowds. Ashland won 6 of the 8 games between the two Armco teams.
Ashland’s schedule from 1926 included the following: Canton Bulldogs, Cincinnati Guards, Cincinnati Potters, Cleveland Panthers, Columbus Tigers, Dayton Koors, Dayton Triangles, Ft. Wayne Pyramids, Ironton Tanks, Kokomo Legion, Middletown Armco Blues, Portsmouth Spartans & West Virginia Wildcats.
Middletown’s Schedule included: Akron Awnings, Ashland Armco, Chillicothe Eagles, Cincinnati National Guard, CAC of Cincinnati, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Koors, Dayton Triangles, Hamilton Legion, Bobbs-Chevrolet of Indianapolis, Ironton Tanks, Kokomo Legion, Louisville CAC, Muncie Flyers, Portsmouth Spartans, Portsmouth Presidents, Springfield All Stars, Toledo Police, & Wabash.
Former College players on the roster of Middletown included those with Irish names: Don O’Brien (Purdue), Forest McGuire (Swathmore), Earl Sullivan (St. Xavier).Jim McMillan (Purdue).
 Joe Zagorski, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1987) PFRA Annual 1987: The Anthracite Football League [Internet] Available from: http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/09-An-321.pdf [Accessed 9 October 2018]
Armco’s Semi-Professional Teams
Courtesy Armco, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1988) Armco’s Semi-Professional Teams [Internet] Available from: http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/10-02-333.pdf [Accessed 9 October 2018]
Thanks to Fiona Corrigan, Caoimhe Mullaney & Alan Delaney.
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