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Celebrate local football history


A football gathering like no other.

Traditionally, the biggest football weekend, each season, takes place over the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, on Saturday, Nov. 30, former high school and youth coaches, players, cheerleaders, majorettes, team managers and their guests will gather at the Gowanda Veterans of Foreign Wars Club and celebrate local football history.

An open house format, from 6-10 p.m., will begin by unveiling the book “Through The Eyes Of A Panther, The History of Gowanda Football 1961-1992.” Those in attendance will have the first opportunity to purchase the book ,with proceeds going to local sports programs. Over 250 names, 30 photos with captions, individual and team school records, plus quotes from Gowanda Central School football alumni and opposing players and coaches appear, throughout the book.

The main focus of the stories include the GCS varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams, the early years of the Gowanda Jets and Packers, the tackle sandlot games of the 1960s, Gowanda’s connection to Cardinal Mindszenty High School and rivalry games against schools from the Southwestern Conference (Dunkirk, Fredonia, Falconer, Southwestern and Salamanca) and the Erie County Interscholastic Conference (Springville, Pioneer, Eden, Alden, Lake Shore, Cheektowaga, Depew and JFK).

Guests of all ages will be able to view various high school and youth football game footage, “The History of Gowanda Football” video (1900-1997) and a wide collection of local football memorabilia. Complimentary refreshments will also be served.

Reservations to attend the football gathering on Nov. 30 and/or purchasing a book should be directed to Mark Benton, at 532-4053 or email

Mark Benton
Gowanda Football

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