Library:Mel Smith's compilations

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The following are links to PDFs of Mel Smith's compilations of his original research on early 'foot-ball' sports.

Mel has written two books on the subject:

DEFINITIONS

  • AMERICAN GRIDIRON (SERIES OF DOWNS) FOOTBALL:

A football sport played in the America, Mexico, and Cuba and also known as North American Football or simply Football. American historians have used the following three strategic Steps for the transition of the Rugby Game to the Gridiron Football Game: 1. Scrummage to Scrimmaging, 2. Series of Downs Rule, 3. Forward Pass Rule

  • SOCCER FOOTBALL:

A game played in America and Canada on a field between two teams to propel a round ball by Kicking it or hitting it by any part of the body except the hands and arms. The game may be called Association Football and the very early period before 1864 may be called the Kicking Game.

  • RUGBY FOOTBALL:

A game played in America and Canada by two teams with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand. Points are scored by grounding the ball (scoring a try) behind the opponents' goal line or by kicking it between two goal posts and over the crossbar of the opponents' goal. There are versions of rugby called Rugby Union and Rugby League. The game may also be called the Carrying Game in the early period through 1870.

  • CANADIAN SERIES OF DOWNS (GRIDIRON) FOOTBALL:

A football sport played primarily in Canada and also known as North American Football or simply Football. Canadian historians have used the following three strategic Steps for the transition of the Rugby Game to the Series of Downs Football Game: 1. Snap Back vs Scrimmage, 2. Series of Downs Rule, 3. Forward Pass Rule

Gridiron

High school

College

  • United States

NOTE: Portions of the following files include Richard Poling's annual supplements. USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN CONSIDERING POLING'S DATA. Poling was known to deliberately introduce errors into his data in an effort to identify others who had copied his research. It is include here only for reference.

Seasons
1800s
1900s 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910s 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920s 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930s 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940s 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950s 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960s 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970s 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980s 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990s 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000s 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010s 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Addendums

Independent

Soccer

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College

Independent

Rugby

High school

College

Independent

Series of downs (Burnside)

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College

Independent