1961 Red Lion football schedule booklet: Another store, another find, part 3

Today’s fun piece of York County ephemera is yet another find from my trip to The Biggest “Little” Flea Market in Hallam, and it’s incredibly timely as tonight marks the first of this year’s high school football games!

This 1961 football schedule from Red Lion Area High School is a gem – full of coaches’ names (some that I recognized, which was actually a little surprising), scores, handwritten notes, business names and more.

Above is a look at the front and back covers respectively; I especially like the back cover, which shows some of the team’s sponsors, Grove & Sechrist Sporting Goods, Lion Bowling Center, Hanna Drycleaners Shirt Laundry and Warner’s.

Inside, every team in the league is listed with their coach and seasonal schedule. The inside front cover features Red Lion’s junior varsity and freshmen team schedules and coaches.

Dale Shellenberger and William Maddox were Red Lion’s JV coaches; William Nyer was the freshman coach; and Donald Johnson and Daniel Heyne were the junior high coaches.

Other teams included and their coaches were:

Cocalico, Roger Care
Columbia, Elmer Kreiser
Conestoga Valley, George Greiner
Dallastown, Rafe Nabors
Donegal, John Stanchura
Elizabethtown, William Frantz
Ephrata, Richard Young
Hempfield, Clarence Mentzer
Kennard-Dale, John Bach
Manheim Central, Galen Weidman
Manheim Township, Gene Kruis
Solanco, John Feyock
Spring Grove, Joe Johnston
Susquehannock Joint, Robert McCoy
Warwick Union, Stan Schoenberger
West York, Thomas Heckard
York Catholic, John Sinkovitz
York Central, Joe Stauffer
York High, Michael J. Boldin
York Suburban, Otto Kneidinger

The best part of this booklet, though, is the centerpiece. That’s where Red Lion is featuerd, with its coaches listed: Ronald Fitzkee as head coach, Charles R. Nitchkey as director of athletics and Dale Shellenberger and William Maddox as assistants.

Even better, our book’s former owner did a good job of keeping scores on the games he attended, so we have a list of the results of the 1961 team’s first seven games, where they had a 6-1 record, losing only to Ephrata!

I loved getting a chance to celebrate the start of football season with this – and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

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For earlier entries about my antique-store finds, check out these posts.

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One Response to 1961 Red Lion football schedule booklet: Another store, another find, part 3

  1. john Riley says:

    I played football for Otto Kneidinger at York Suburban. In 1961-1962, we won 23 consecutive games. Mr. Kneidinger talked my step-father out of making me quit the team when I got a poor grade, even though I was just a sub. Those were the best days of my life besides serving in Vietnam. God bless Mr. Kneidinger.

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