Sept. 1921 – Follansbee Organizes A Soccer Team

An Ohio Valley League was organized in Steubenville.  Old timers will remember the Follansbee soccer field located near where the current city little league baseball field is today.   Known as the Ohio Valley Press Soccer League, some of the cities with teams were Mingo, Steubenville, Moundsville, Triadelphia, Tiltonville, Salineville, and Follansbee.   The popularity of the sport reflected the large population of ethnic families living in the region at the time. An earlier Follansbee team was organized by the Moose Club in 1919.  William R. Reese was the manager of the Moose Lodge team.

  • Steubenville Herald Star, “Soccer Team Coming,” September 17, 1921, p. 11.
  • Steubenville Herald Star, “Soccer Team Plays Sunday at Mingo, Meeting Salineville; Follansbee in West Penn Event,” October 6, 1921, p. 11.
  • Steubenville Herald Star, “Wheeling To Enter Team in Soccer League,” Sept. 19, 1921, p.6.
  • Steubenville Herald Star, “Soccer Today,” January 3, 1920.