Newburyport Clippers Football

World War II Memorial Stadium – Is the place the Newburyport Clippers play football.

Hamilton Wenham General Vs. Newburyport Clippers

Hamilton Wenham General Vs. Newburyport Clippers

Memories include walking up the hill of Mount Rural to buy tickets on a cool autumn day and hearing the Newburyport High School Band play the theme to Rocky “Gonna Fly Now” at different times throughout the game. 

Going to the annual Thanksgiving Day football game watching the Clippers play the Amesbury High School Indians. Amesbury High School and Newburyport have officially contested this match since 1914, but there were also unsanctioned games dating back as far as 1891. [1]

You would hear Richie Eaton in the announcers booth shout out players names such as McAniff, Bresnahan, and coach Jim Stehlin.   Students, cheer leaders and fans would shout out, “WE’VE GOT SPIRIT YES WE DO, WE’VE GOT SPIRIT HOW BOUT YOU?!”

What is your memory?



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3 Responses to “Newburyport Clippers Football”

  1. Ford on November 18th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Question:…. Did Nbpt play Saugus back in the 50’s…. need this info to settle an argument… Thanks

  2. north_ender on December 24th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I don’t know anything about Saugus but maybe this can help if you know Saugus history.

    Newburyport Football history:

    1934-1973 Northeast Conference
    1974-1989 Cape Ann League

    Currently, the Cape Ann League (CAL) will merge with the league composed mostly of North Shore area teams and a few inner-city Boston programs – the Northeastern Conference (NEC).The merger takes effect for the 2011 season and breaks down the leagues into the following four tiers:

    Tier 1: Peabody (NEC), Masconomet, Lynn Classical (NEC), Lynn English (NEC), Revere (NEC), North Andover.

    Tier 2: Beverly (NEC), Salem (NEC), Marblehead (NEC), Swampscott (NEC), Gloucester (NEC), Danvers (NEC).

    Tier 3: Pentucket, Triton, Winthrop (NEC), Saugus (NEC), Newburyport, Amesbury.

    Tier 4: North Reading, Lynnfield, Ipswich, Hamilton-Wenham, Georgetown, Manchester Essex.

  3. Earle (Mike) McIntyre on January 17th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Those Friday night games where just about everyone in the city (WALKED to & from) the games 1942-1957). Never a problem to speak about. Who remenbers “LUTHER REED”? Had a BIG Band than. Lots of memories. Loved it and miss it very much.

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