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Philadelphia Hibernian

Thanksgiving Day soccer, 1912

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A look at Thanksgiving soccer match ups in Philadelphia 100 years ago.

1913: Innisfails of St. Louis comes to Philly

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When, a year after it had won the American Cup, Tacony FC traveled to St. Louis in 1911, they came back from two goals down to draw 4–4 with St. Louis champion St. Leos in what newspapers called a "blue ribbon" match to decide the "national championship." With the draw, talk of a national champion ended.

The “champions of the West” come to Philly

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When Tacony FC traveled to St. Louis in December of 1911 in one of the first tours pitting the largely immigrant-based East Coast teams against the largely native-born teams from the West, they had lost only three games in two years. The confidence they felt on departure proved to be premature and they returned to Philadelphia with a 4–4 draw against St.