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Check Out This Video of the 1940 Pottsville-Reading Thanksgiving Day Football Game

1940 Pottsville Reading football video

You’re not going to believe the quality of the footage from this 1940 Thanksgiving Day football clash between Pottsville High School and Reading High School.

Unreal color! The magic of film, for sure. (There’s no sound, so don’t bother adjusting the volume.) Thanks to YouTube user RedKnightAthletics for posting this and all the other videos.

Take a look at some of the following things of note from this video:

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  • The size of some of those Reading “kids”: One of them looks like that 40oz Budweiser brought in to win the first Bud Bowl.
  • Readings unis: Pottsville has a classic look in this video. No complaints. But look at those things Reading’s wearing. Wow!
  • The forward pass: Wanna bet there were still people there saying it’d never catch on? They’re the flat-earthers of the football world.
  • Neck and face tackles: Refs were letting them play.

Unfortunately, the Knights took this game 13-6 to secure the Lump of Coal. That’s the trophy given to the winner of this annual rivalry game.

Pottsville vs. Reading: Old Football Rivalry

The annual clash between the Crimson Tide and the Red Knights is one of the oldest known high school football rivalries.

The game dates back to 1893. Between 1932 and 1977, it was traditionally played on Thanksgiving Day.

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  1. Wyatt Selinko

    January 7, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I was wondering if I could use this as a picture/video for an article soon the history of Crimson Tide sports. I would like to know if I could use the photo/video and if so who should I give credit to.

    • admin

      January 7, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Not sure who uploaded the video to YouTube; it’s not ours. Pretty sure you can use it. Doubt they’ll throw up any roadblocks looking for you. Good luck with your report and thanks for reading.

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