Thanksgiving Game History

     Wakefield versus Melrose
The Tradition Continues

1901 Melrose  12 Wakefield  0 1955 Wakefield  39 Melrose  13 1995 Wakefield  28 Melrose  27
1903 Melrose   5 Wakefield  0 1956 Melrose  21 Wakefield  18 1996 Wakefield  3 Melrose  0
1904 Melrose  50 Wakefield  0 1957 Wakefield  25 Melrose 13 1997 Wakefield 12 Melrose  0
1918 Wakefield  12 Melrose     7 1958 Melrose  14 Wakefield  14 1998 Wakefield  20 Melrose  17
1919 Wakefield   6 Melrose     0 1959 Melrose  20 Wakefield  6 1999 Wakefield  14 Melrose  14
1920 Melrose  20 Wakefield  6 1960 Melrose  12 Wakefield  8 2000 Wakefield  34 Melrose  13
1921 Wakefield  26 Melrose     6 1961 Wakefield  22 Melrose  12 2001 Wakefield  35 Melrose  14
1922 Melrose 26 Wakefield  0 1962 Melrose  0 Wakefield  0 2002 Wakefield  12 Melrose   7
1923 Melrose 12 Wakefield  0 1963 Melrose  34 Wakefield  6 2003 Wakefield  20 Melrose  14
1924 Melrose 27 Wakefield  0 1964 Wakefield  27 Melrose  18 2004 Wakefield  7 Melrose  3
1925 Melrose 33 Wakefield  0 1965 Wakefield  14 Melrose  6 2005 Wakefield  27 Melrose  7
1926 Melrose 14 Wakefield  0 1966 Melrose  22 Wakefield  12 2006 Wakefield  21 Melrose  0
1927 Melrose 57 Wakefield  0 1967 Melrose  8 Wakefield  6 2007 Melrose  15 Wakefield  14
1928 Melrose 40 Wakefield 12 1968 Melrose  50 Wakefield  13 2008 Wakefield  34 Melrose  27
1929 Melrose 37 Wakefield  0 1969 Melrose  20 Wakefield  6 2009 Wakefield 14 Melrose  13
1930 Melrose 33 Wakefield  0 1970 Wakefield  20 Melrose  0 2010 Wakefield 15 Melrose  7
1931 Melrose 0 Wakefield  0 1971 Melrose  32 Wakefield  20 2011 Wakefield  3 Melrose  0
1932 Melrose 13 Wakefield 13 1972 Melrose  28 Wakefield  14 2012 Melrose  28 Wakefield  15
1933 Melrose  6 Wakefield  0 1973 Wakefield  18 Melrose  0 2013* Wakefield  17 Melrose  14
1934 Melrose 40 Wakefield  0 1974 Melrose  50 Wakefield  28 2013** Melrose 13 Wakefield  7
1935 Melrose 13 Wakefield  0 1975 Wakefield  24 Melrose  16 2014* Melrose  17 Wakefield  15
1936 Melrose 6 Wakefield  0 1976 Melrose  24 Wakefield  14 2014** Melrose  24 Wakefield  0
1937 Melrose 13 Wakefield  0 1977 Melrose  30 Wakefield  6 2014*** Melrose  15 Wakefield  14
1938 Melrose  7 Wakefield  0 1978 Melrose  24 Wakefield  6 2015** Melrose 21 Wakefield  0
1939 Melrose  7 Wakefield  0 1979 Wakefield  14 Melrose  0 2015*** Melrose 27 Wakefield   8
1940 Melrose  6 Wakefield  0 1980 Melrose  14 Wakefield  0
1941 Melrose  7 Wakefield  0 1981 Melrose  12 Wakefield  7
1942 Melrose 19 Wakefield  0 1982 Melrose  31 Wakefield  20
1943 Melrose 13 Wakefield  0 1983 Melrose  16 Wakefield  7
1944 Melrose  6 Wakefield  0 1984 Melrose  14 Wakefield  7
1945 Wakefield  7 Melrose  6 1985 Wakefield  14 Melrose  0
1946 Melrose 13 Wakefield  0 1986 Wakefield  32 Melrose  0
1947 Wakefield  6 Melrose  0 1987 Wakefield  15 Melrose  14
1948 Melrose  7 Wakefield  6 1988 Melrose  26 Wakefield  10
1949 Wakefield 8 Melrose  0 1989 Wakefield 10 Melrose  6
1950 Melrose  7 Wakefield  0 1990 Melrose  0 Wakefield  0
1951 Melrose 13 Wakefield  12 1991 Wakefield  14 Melrose  13
1952 Wakefield  19 Melrose  0 1992 Melrose  20 Wakefield  6
1953 Wakefield 34 Melrose  0 1993 Wakefield  17 Melrose  14
1954 Melrose 12 Wakefield  0 1994 Wakefield  14 Melrose  0

 

Melrose leads the series: Melrose 58 Wakefield 41 Ties 6

* In 1995, the first Warrior-Raider Trophy was awarded to the winning team of the Thanksgiving game. It was created by both the Wakefield Warrior Club and The Friends of Melrose Football.

* The first Thanksgiving game against Melrose was 1960 although in 1912 the Wakefield Independents did play Melrose twice. The opening game that year was held on the park, (the earlier term used for the common,) and the Independents won 12-6.
On Thanksgiving Day, the game was held at Pine Banks in Melrose, in which the Wakefield Independents were defeated 29-0.
However, there is also a Melrose Journal report of a game played on October 16, 1885 which Melrose won 146-0.

* From 1945-1959 Wakefield played Gloucester on Thanksgiving

*Wakefield’s first Thanksgiving game was in the 1933-1934 season-Wakefield 13 Cambridge Latin 0.

For 2013, 2014, and 2015 – *Regular Season; **Post Season; ***Thanksgiving Day Game.
*Total appreciation and thanks goes to the Wakefield Daily Item for verification when possible and all information and statistics beyond the 1985 season.