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Gridiron Club Looking to Write Milford History

When Milford head football coach Joe Todd arrived in town last year, he noticed one aspect of the program that could use a little improvement. For a school as steeped in football tradition as Milford, it seemed like much of that history has not been recorded. Todd, along with several others affiliated with the program, is looking to change that through establishing the Milford Gridiron Club.
"There are a lot of aspects to the organization," he said. "There will be a fundraising aspect, so we can support the program and get the things we need and also a home base for players and parents to be able to come together. We also want it to be a historical home base for alumni. In the year I spent here, I noticed a certain absence of historical pride. People talk about the history in a mythical way. I've heard rumblings about how great it used to be, but I don't see the articles or pictures or video."
Todd has enlisted former Milford High Athletic Director Nick Zacchilli to help compile some records on the program's history. He has spent time at the high school, going through old yearbooks and trying to organize as many of the old rosters, photos, and statistics as possible. It's a large undertaking, and Todd would like to get more program alumni involved.
"Ideally, we would love to have one person be responsible for a particular decade from the 20s and 30s through the present," he said. "If we have enough former players who are interested, we could even have a player per team to be a resource to find pictures and articles from each season."
Todd envisions a Web site where Milford's football history is organized by each season, so someone could visit the site and click on a particular year to learn more about that year's team. A similar Web site exists for Mansfield High School, where Todd played and coached. He said he hopes former players will learn about the history project and want to be involved.
"I really just want to reach out to former players and coaches and longtime fans and make them feel welcome to be a part of the program," said Todd. "We especially want to make our alumni feel welcome."
The Gridiron Club is in its fledgling state and the history project is only one endeavor. Todd said all community members are welcome to join the club, which includes a $25 yearly fee. There will be a monthly newsletter with information about the program and, as it develops, different articles and information from the history project. Todd said the Gridiron Club is planning a barbecue at the Scarlet Hawks first scrimmage next season on August 23 and is planning a golf tournament for the summer of 2015.
"We want to find and feature alumni and let people know what they are doing out in the world," he said. "We want it membership to be more than just a donation and provide some great content and benefits to people who support the program."
Former players and coaches, along with fans and other community members, can learn more about the Gridiron Club or find out how to get involved in the history project by E-mailing MilfordGridironClub@gmail.com.




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