From the Vault: Gridiron Greatness
“Big crowd in attendance and the utmost good feeling prevailed,” announced the Aspen Democrat on Oct. 29, 1905, regarding a recent football game. “This is the sad, sad story of how the Aspen High School football team hung it on the Leadville High School eleven, by a score of 39 to 0. Those who would shed tears should go to the woodshed. A large crowd of rooters and speculators gathered yesterday evening at Athletic park to witness the struggle between the two teams. Owing to the Rio Grande train being several hours late the game commenced at 4:30 instead of 2:30 as originally scheduled. Both teams were in the pink of condition; but the Cloud City boys were unable to stop the fierce linebucks and long runs around the ends, as executed by the Aspen bucks. Altogether it was a good clean game. There were no scraps, no chewing the linen or other disagreeable features. The Cloud City school boys accepted defeat most gracefully and nothing but the best of feeling prevailed at the end of the game. There was an unusually large crowd in attendance and the spectators swarmed all over the field, watching with the greatest interest every play. This is as it should be. Nothing helps to put spirit into a boy like the knowledge that everybody in town is interested and anxious to see him win. He just feels as if there was no such word as fail. It was a big crowd and an enthusiastic one. But you ought to have heard the Aspen girls root. Say! The way they yelled and kept it up was enough to hoodoo any outside team and it worked yesterday. They were out for victory and they helped the home boys get it.” The photograph above shows the Aspen High School football team, circa 1907.
This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at aspenhistory.org
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