Friday, November 27, 2015

New Hampshire Wildcats (1936)

On Saturday, New Hampshire hosts Colgate in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs in what will likely be the final football game at ancient, wizened Cowell Stadium before a new stadium on the same site opens in 2016. 

Cowell Stadium (then Alumni Field), 1936. Going by my research,
I believe those are Maine players in the foreground.
Looks strange with no Lundholm Gym in the background.

Then known as Alumni Field (which I think was the name for every stadium in America in those days), the stadium opened for business on Sept. 6, 1936 with a 66-0 nail-biter against Lowell Textile (one of a couple schools that was a forerunner to UMass Lowell). The field's dedication game -- I've never understood why a stadium's dedication game happened after the opening game; talk about anticlimactic -- was on Oct. 10, a 27-6 loss to Maine.

The 1936 Wildcats, the first team to play in Cowell Stadium.

The Wildcats' uniforms were similar to what they wore in 1939, except for the helmets, which remained unconventional. Two different dark jerseys were worn, and I haven't the foggiest idea why.

There are plenty more Wildcat uniforms where this came from: 20142010-13199819751966-6719501947-48, 1938. Rivalry Week: Maine-UNH.

This page from the 1938 Granite yearbook (which covered the
events of the 1936-37 school year) celebrates UNH sports, including some shots
of the new football stadium. It looks state of the art here.
What would it be called now -- art of the state?

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