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Posted on: October 10, 2017

[ARCHIVED] 1920's Style Football Game Between Rock Island and Moline

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A group of Quad City football historians are putting on a 1920’s style 9 on 9 football game in Rock Island...

     A group of Quad City football historians are putting on a 1920’s style 9 on 9 football game in Rock Island. The game will be held Sunday, October 15th at the Hauberg Estate Football Field in Rock Island. The pre-game festivities will commence at 3:00 pm with kickoff taking place at 3:30 pm. Simon Herrera and Chris Zimmerman are the organizers of the event which this year is co-hosted by Rock Island Parks and Recreation and Friends of Hauberg.

     The purpose of the game is to bring awareness to the pro football history at Douglas Park and to the football history of Rock Island, Moline, and the entire Quad Cities. The teams will be wearing custom designed replica jerseys with leather helmets and using 1920’s style melon football.

     No admission will be charged and the public is invited to fill the park as it did back in 1920. Bring a chair or blanket and come cheer on your favorite past time team in this leather-head, throwback Vintage American football game. The game will go on rain or shine.

     Other attractions will include a 1920’s jazz band playing music starting after 2:00 pm. A collection of 1920’s era automobiles will be on display courtesy of The Mississippi Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. A 1920 Moline Universal Tractor will also be on display. Happy Joe’s Pizza, Bent River Brewing Company and Rock Island Hy-Vee will be on hand with various foods and drinks for sale.

     Rock Island and Moline were home to several amateur, semipro and professional football organizations dating as far back as the early 1900’s. The teams selected to represent the era are the Rock Island Independents and the Moline Universal Tractors. Despite both teams existing in 1920, they never played each other, until now.

     For more information please contact Rock Island Parks and Recreation at (309) 732-7275 or follow the event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/481208292211517/.

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