A Game That Forged Rivals

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From their founding, the Massachusetts communities of Leominster and Fitchburg have shared the same river. More than that, they have long shared a special football competition that has sometimes spilled beyond the field. In A Game That Forged Rivals, author and historian Mark Bodanza captures the human drama of one of the nation's oldest football rivalries; the high schools of Leominster and Fitchburg have met on the gridiron for 114 years.

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Overview

From their founding, the Massachusetts communities of Leominster and Fitchburg have shared the same river. More than that, they have long shared a special football competition that has sometimes spilled beyond the field. In A Game That Forged Rivals, author and historian Mark Bodanza captures the human drama of one of the nation's oldest football rivalries; the high schools of Leominster and Fitchburg have met on the gridiron for 114 years.

This long-standing competition has weathered many challenges, including major developments in the sport, wars, economic turmoil, an epidemic, and technological and social change not imagined when the teams first met in 1894. Through all the years and contests, thousands of athletes have competed for pride and a belief that this game was the pinnacle of their football days. A Game That Forged Rivals shares the stories, dramatic clashes, and challenges that tested these young men both on and off the field.

Compiled from newspaper articles, school yearbooks, game programs, eyewitness accounts, letters, photos, and archival records, A Game That Forged Rivals not only chronicles the development of football from its earliest days, but also tells the story of two communities that saw, in football, a way to grasp civic pride.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440156465
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Series: Rising Star Series
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,444,453
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Great Book!

    An amazing book, well written and interesting. Captures the amazing football history in these two towns. A must read for any football fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2009

    Fabulous Book

    This is an amazing football. A great read. Good for EVERY football fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

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    A Book that Forged Fans

    This book is a great gift for any football enthusiast. With an ear for the language and tempo of the times, Bodanza tells the tale just the way those who were there still remember it. He brings to life both the violence and poetry of an age where young men had no other place to be gladiators. Despite his focus on his home town, this book has univeral appeal. It is not just the story of two local towns, but of American neighbors and rivals every where.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    An Amazing Historical Football Book

    This book is excellent. It tells the tale of a strong rivalry between two small New England towns. The historic rivalry is captivating and parallels the historic events of the time. It is a great read for anyone who is interested in football and it's development. Bodanza is eloquent and his writing is great for fans of any age. A Game That Forged Rivals is an excellent gift to give any football fan. Must read for all historians, New Englanders, or football fans!

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