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Bama wants Oneida. Sure, Saban continues to do amazing things down in Tuscaloosa. But he'll never come close to the success of Oneida – the first organized football club in America (1862). It was made up of a bunch of former private school boys who met out on the Common and duked it out in all kinds of weather. One of the boys who payed went on to sail yachts that won America's Cup. One was the creator of what we now know as modern naval navigation. One got suspended from Harvard for throwing snowballs. One ended up becoming the governor of the Commonwealth. But their biggest achievement was their play. There on an oft overlooked monument in the Boston Common, a story is told that is just as impressive in its simplicity as in its content. "On this field the Oneida Football Club of Boston, the first organized football club in the United States, played against all comers from 1862 to 1865. The Oneida goal was never crossed."