Articles written by: Roger Allaway

The Historian of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Roger worked for more than 30 years as a newspaperman in Detroit, Toledo, and Philadelphia, finishing his career as a copy editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is past president of the Society for American Soccer History. Check out his Big Soccer blog for more soccer history.

Happy 90th, Walter Bahr
Philadelphia Soccer History

Happy 90th, Walter Bahr

Roger Allaway on Walter Bahr, arguably the greatest soccer player ever produced by Philadelphia and one of the prototypes of the American soccer prodigy.

Gene Olaff: 1920-2017
US Soccer History

Gene Olaff: 1920-2017

National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97.

Bethlehem Steel FC logo
Opinion

A historian’s view on the new Bethlehem Steel FC

National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway couldn’t be happier that the Union named its USL team after the original Bethlehem Steel FC.

1960 US Open Cup final is a tough act to follow
Philadelphia Soccer History / US Open Cup

1960 US Open Cup final is a tough act to follow

In the 1960 US Open Cup final, Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Nationals came from behind three times over 120 minutes to win the championship with Mike Noha scoring all five of the Uke Nats goals. Roger Allaway has the story.

The legendary Emil Schillinger
Philadelphia Soccer History

The legendary Emil Schillinger

National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on Emil Schillinger, who coached legendary ASL side the Philadelphia Americans.

Happy birthday Gene Olaff
US Soccer History

Happy birthday Gene Olaff

National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who turns 93.