BY ALAN MESTER
GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-(cnbnews.net)It's football season and time to go down Memory Lane back to 1957 and the Gloucester VFW Colts (110 lb weight limit) -- possibly the best football team to ever play under the Gloucester CITY banner.
Not only were the Colts undefeated, but also unscored upon. In fact, a challenge to play any team in the nation (same age/weight class) was broadcast on the TODAY SHOW with Dave Garroway. There were no takers. However, a late response was received from a league in Massapequa, NY. League officials accepted the challenge with a stipulation. They would field a team consisting of their league's all-stars. Gloucester went on to prevail 26-0, thus keeping their undefeated and unscored upon record intact.
1957 GLOUCESTER VFW COLTS
Back Row (L-R) Coach Clem McKinney, Coach Jack McKeever, Dave Huff, Jim Bennett, Alan Mester, Rich Wright, Marty Baldwin, George Thorp, Tom Early, Rich Devine, Rick Sherrer, Coach Walt Houser, Coach Scotty Bigonette.
Middle Row (L-R) Bus. Mgr. Sam Mester, Jim Saxenmyer, Frank Sanders, Tom Baals, John McCormick, Skip Murphy, Woody Dooley, Jim DiCicco, Tom Ahearn, Jack McKeever, Mike Flynn, VFW Rep Hoover.
Front Row (L-R) Bob McKinney, Jim Heverly, Fran Jannetti, Bill Elenbark, Herb Houser, Jim Newcomb, Ray Sherry, Mike Clements, Bill Smith.
Games and practices were held at the Charles Street Stadium.
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