Thursday, October 17, 2019

Attention Players & Coaches

You are invited to the next West Lawn United Methodist Church "men's breakfast" featuring author & radio host Rob Maaddi! He has a close connection with many current and former Philadelphia Eagles (see his book, Birds of Pray). Tickets are required & available by calling 610-678-5611.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Some Staff Milestones

The Wilson football program, and a few staff members, have hit (or are approaching) some milestones.

Up first, at the end of the 2018 season, assistant coach Jake Peterson earned Wilson win #100 during the Bulldogs playoff victory against Red Lion.

This past Friday night, both Head Coach Doug Dahms and assistant coach Ernie Wolber earned significant victories: it was Doug's 150th as Head Coach and Ernie's 200th as an assistant at Wilson. The win at Penn Manor was also Wilson's 5th of 2019, ensuring yet another non-losing season for the Bulldogs; that would continue "The Streak" of 56 seasons. (Wilson's last season with a winning percentage below .500 was 1963).

Dahms' milestone is significant in that it puts him just one win shy of the legendary John Gurski at Wilson, who retired following the 1982 season with 151 victories. Doug will match and break Gurski's record in the coming weeks. Coach Dahms tied Gerry Slemmer's 129 head coaching wins after the 2016 District 3 6A Championship victory against Cumberland Valley & moved into sole possession of 2nd place in program history with a 28-21 win at Spring-Ford on September 8th, 2017.

The commemorative football presented to Coach Wolber on Friday, September 20th, 2019, for his 200th Wilson coaching victory. Commissioned by Joe Mays and created by Jayme Dragani, "The Ball Girl".

Joe Mays presents Wilson assistant coach Ernie Wolber with a commemorative football to celebrate his 200th victory on the football staff. He's been a Bulldogs coach since the 2000 season and has compiled a record of 200-39 through September 20th, 2019. [Image via Justin Raffauf; Millersville, PA]

Friday, September 6, 2019

Spring-Ford School Sporting Events Bag Policy

Important info. for tonight's game at Spring-Ford, as forwarded to me by Wilson AD Drew Kaufmann...

"Message from the Spring-Ford School Police: Bags at Sporting Events 
The safety and security of our students, staffs, and visitors during a school sponsored event is paramount.
Moving forward, no backpacks or large purses/bags will be allowed into Coach McNelly Stadium, Rams Baseball Stadium, or sporting events inside the school districts building. There will be an area located outside of the venue if people choose to leave their bags there. Please note, Spring-Ford School Police and Security will not monitor this area. The best practice is to leave your bags at home, in your lockers, or in your vehicles.
Diaper bags or bags needed for medical reasons are allowed but are subject to search by Security prior to entry.
You will not be allowed into the event without being vetting by Security. Persons who do not cooperate with this directive, will be asked to leave the property. Small purses and/or persons on campus are subject to search while on district property.
Note: this directive does not apply to Spring-Ford Area School District athletes, coaches, trainers, band personnel, facilities personnel or tech/communications personnel, participating in the actual event.
Special events need to coordinate with the School Police Department/Security prior to the event if backpacks and bags are a necessary component of that special event with 48 hours’ notice.
Thank you for your future cooperation in keeping our school district safe."

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

2019 WFPO Game Program Sponsorship & Patrons

Looking to support the Wilson Football team? A good way to do that is by sponsoring part of the Game Program! Not a business and looking for something more personal? Patron lines are available, starting at just $5! See the full announcement from the WFPO at the PDF below. Click on the "Pop out" arrow in the right corner to open the document in a new browser/tab to see the form larger (and to print)! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

For Sale: 75th Season Merchandise Available through 7/28

One of the apparel items for sale through 7/28.
We are only 38 days from the kickoff of the regular season, which will be the 75th in Wilson Football history. To celebrate, a merchandise store filled with apparel and collectibles is being run through Ink Factory (Wernersville, PA) in conjunction with The Bulldog Hour and the Wilson Football Tradition Club. The store is open today through Sunday, July 28th, 2019. A variety of items, styles, and colors are available. Besides apparel, there are also pint glasses, patches, pins, and decals. You can choose to have your entire order shipped directly to you or you can pick it up locally.

Monday, June 10, 2019

75th Season Celebration - Alumni Flag Football Game

We are looking for at least 15 more former Wilson Football players to participate in our fundraiser game on Saturday, October 12th, 2019. Any former player is welcome to sign up and can do so at THIS LINK. This will be the main event commemorating 75 Seasons of the program!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bulldog Logo Debuts, Still In Use 40 Years Later - Friday, September 1st, 1978

From The Reading Eagle's Saturday, September 2nd, 1978 edition, courtesy Google Newspapers.
The first Wilson Football primary logo, used from the mid-60's through the 1977 season, with it's final appearance on helmets during the season finale victory over Governor Mifflin, 17-7, on Saturday, November 12th, 1977. Image commissioned by Joe Mays & designed by Jake Damon.

One of the most dominant eras of Wilson Football, a four-season run from 1978 through 1981, began with a new primary logo for the Bulldogs. Gone was the over-inflated red football with a 'W' inset; the new mark would be a generic free-use bulldog that has become synonymous with the program from West Lawn, PA. While colors have been swapped over the years, and some details have been refined, the bulldog pictured below has now been used for 40 seasons (and counting).

This generic and free-use bulldog logo debuted on helmets worn by the Wilson Football team during their game at Pottsville on Friday, September 1st, 1978. Iterations of this design have been used ever since.