Back in February, I wrote a bit on some articles I found on a soccer league in Bisbee active shortly before statehood. Well, a fellow named Mike Anderson wrote a response to it last week. Given that the post is that far back, I don’t think many of you will run across his comment so here it is:
There was indeed an Association Football league in the Warren Mining District. The league was made up largely of players who were immigrants from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia and South Africa. The teams were Lowell United, the Bisbee Homers, the Colts, the Tombstone Canyon Stars and the Knights of Columbus. The K of C and Lowell United were the dominant teams in the league. On at least two occasions an all-star team from Bisbee took on a similar team from Morenci, losing both times. Association football wasn’t the only game brought over from the old country and played by adults. There were rugby and cricket teams in the Warren Mining District as well. There are quite a few photos of the soccer league and some of rugby and cricket as well at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. The teams played every Sunday from late fall until early spring at Warren Ballpark, which is the oldest multi-sport facility in the United States. The Friends of warren Ballpark would very much like to see adult English sports played once more on the field at Warren Ballpark. Those sports died out because the original players grew too old to compete or lost interest and their American-born children grew up playing American football and baseball.
They “would very much like to see adult English sports played once more on the field at Warren Ballpark.” Hmm…you listening, Greg Foster and Chris Keeney?