Radnor-Lower Merion Football Scoreboard: 1897-2012

Sources: "Radnor High School: A Century of Spirit" (1897-1996 scores); later scores obtained from various news sources.



The first game was played on October 26, 1897, on the North Wayne field in Radnor. The field was then used as the Merryvale Country Club grounds. The players did not wear uniforms, and they cut the grass and painted lines before the game. Several hundred spectators watched the game, which was won by Lower Merion 10-4. This began Lower Merion's overall winning streak through the entire series.

Crowds grew steadily each year, as did the festivities surrounding the game. Parading to the game down Lancaster Avenue has happened many years. Even before the schools had bands, neighborhood bands from Ardmore and Radnor (even the Anthony Wayne Drum & Bugle Corps) provided music.

Admission to the game was free until 1915, when Lower Merion charged 25 cents admission to the game. Radnor principal Amos Chamberlain protested, but to no avail. Admission has been charged since.

As the crowds grew, the game was moved to the Villanova College Stadium (built 1927) starting in 1930. Beginning in this era elaborate programs were published as game souvenirs.

In 1943, Life magazine published a photograph of forlorn Radnor players watching as the winning Lower Merion touchdown was scored.

Click here to view a list of the longest running high school football rivalries in the United States, of which Radnor vs. Lower Merion is one.


Year Radnor Score Lower Merion Score Game Location Estimated Attendance
1897 4 10 North Wayne field, Wayne several hundred
1897 (second game) 0 0 - -
1898 0 10 - -
1899 11 10 - -
1900 28 0 - -
1901 NO GAME
1902 16 6 - -
1902 (second game) 12 0 - -
1903 6 0 - -
1904 24 0 - -
1905 NO GAME
1906 0 0 - 400
1907 10 0 - -
1908 0 5 Radnor -
1909 6 3 - -
1910 0 2 - -
1911 0 0 - -
1912 20 0 Radnor -
1913 12 7 - -
1914 0 0 - -
1915 16 16 - -
1916 0 6 - 5,500
1917 14 6 - 5,000
1918 7 14 - -
1919 50 0 - -
1920 56 0 - -
1921 21 7 - -
1922 0 3 - -
1923 0 23 Lower Merion 10,000
1924 0 6 - -
1925 0 12 - -
1926 27 0 - -
1927 0 0 - 12,000
1928 0 0 Radnor 9,000+
1929 0 6 - -
1930 12 12 Villanova Stadium -
1931 14 0 Villanova Stadium 10,000-15,000
1932 8 12 Villanova Stadium -
1933 0 27 Villanova Stadium 10,000
1934 0 18 Villanova Stadium -
1935 6 18 Pennypacker Field, Ardmore -
1936 0 2 - -
1937 14 6 Villanova Stadium -
1938 7 0 Villanova Stadium -
1939 0 0 - -
1940 31 0 - -
1941 0 14 - -
1942 0 56 - -
1943 0 6 - -
1944 27 0 Villanova Stadium 9,000
1945 0 27 Villanova Stadium 9,000
1946 7 51 - -
1947 0 27 - -
1948 6 33 Villanova Stadium -
1949 14 38 Villanova Stadium -
1950 0 24 - -
1951 14 47 Villanova Stadium -
1952 6 7 - -
1953 7 26 Arnold Field, LM -
1954 7 33 Villanova Stadium -
1955 6 27 Arnold Field, LM -
1956 12 33 Villanova Stadium -
1957 12 0 - -
1958 47 14 - -
1959 10 10 - -
1960 53 0 - -
1961 22 7 Arnold Field, LM -
1962 6 7 Villanova Stadium -
1963 13 27 Arnold Field, LM -
1964 18 20 - -
1965 7 7 - -
1966 0 15 - -
1967 7 12 - -
1968 24 13 - -
1969 28 19 - -
1970 6 20 Prevost Field, Radnor -
1971 0 6 Arnold Field, LM -
1972 42 6 Prevost Field, Radnor -
1973 23 6 - -
1974 28 0 - -
1975 29 15 - -
1976 21 6 - -
1977 35 15 - -
1978 13 36 - -
1979 7 14 - -
1980 14 26 - -
1981 19 13 - -
1982 7 24 - -
1983 13 20 - -
1984 13 28 - -
1985 0 14 - -
1986 0 42 - -
1987 25 22 - -
1988 0 27 - -
1989 14 0 - -
1990 14 19 - -
1991 0 21 Prevost Field, Radnor -
1992 0 27 Arnold Field, LM -
1993 12 28 Prevost Field, Radnor -
1994 24 14 Arnold Field, LM -
1995 7 26 Prevost Field, Radnor -
1996 20 27 Arnold Field, LM 6,000
1997 34 7 Prevost Field, Radnor -
1998 7 16 Arnold Field, LM -
1999 32 14 Prevost Field, Radnor -
2000 35 0 Arnold Field, LM -
2001 35 0 Prevost Field, Radnor -
2002 33 15 Arnold Field, LM -
2003 57 21 Prevost Field, Radnor -
2004 29 21 Arnold Field, LM -
2005 19 0 Prevost Field, Radnor -
2006 38 7 Arnold Field, LM -
2007 28 0 Prevost Field, Radnor -
2008 35 28 Arnold Field, LM -
2009 7 20 Prevost Field, Radnor -
2010 36 21 Arnold Field, LM -
2011 14 21 Prevost Field, Radnor -
2012 35 7 Arnold Field, LM -
2013 33 14 Prevost Field, Radnor -


Wins
Radnor Wins Lower Merion Wins Ties
50 56 11



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