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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Fall River's Greatest & The 1930 World Cup


When the United States team took part in the 1930 World Cup their squad contained two young players from Massachusetts club, Fall River Marksmen, Billy Gonsalves, and Bert Patenaude. They were instrumental in leading their country to the semi-final of the first ever World Cup. 

Bert Patenaude made history when he scored the first ever hattrick in the World Cup against Paraguay on 17th July 1930. Billy Gonsalves is considered one of the greatest players in American soccer history. Recently, I wrote a collaborative piece about the pair and their emergence on the soccer scene with the Marksmen and the role they played on that US team that finished third in Uruguay. I did this with the help of James Brown @1930WorldCup, whose grandfather, Jim Brown, played on that same US team in Montevideo, and this article appears on the club website of the Fall River Marksmen

Below you will find links to some of the sources used to write this piece entitled, Fall River's Greatest & The 1930 World Cup.