Peter J. Peel, wearing some cricket-style shin guards at a soccer field in Chicago, 1905. Peel was an important figure in Illinois and indeed American soccer history. An immigrant from Ireland, Peel founded the Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA) and was later a president of the United States Football Association. He helped found a knockout cup in 1909, still running today (now the Illinois state cup), that preceded the foundation of the US Open Cup in 1914. The competition was known as the Peel Cup until 1971, when the trophy was lost (never yet recovered), replaced by the Governor’s Cup.
Source: Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum

Peter J. Peel, wearing some cricket-style shin guards at a soccer field in Chicago, 1905. Peel was an important figure in Illinois and indeed American soccer history. An immigrant from Ireland, Peel founded the Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA) and was later a president of the United States Football Association. He helped found a knockout cup in 1909, still running today (now the Illinois state cup), that preceded the foundation of the US Open Cup in 1914. The competition was known as the Peel Cup until 1971, when the trophy was lost (never yet recovered), replaced by the Governor’s Cup.

Source: Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum

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