Ken Brown of the Melrose High School class of 1984 has been working hard
putting together a website detailing the history of Melrose Football.
He is looking for information, photos, and more.
Here is a link to the site he has created and what he's accomplished thus far.
Please contact Ken if you can assist him in this project.
Fred Green was a 16 year-old end, who sustained fatal internal injuries playing in the 1946 Melrose-Beverly Class A championship game at Manning Bowl that Melrose won 33-0. The community established a fund in his memory, and honored Green's memory by naming the new field after him.
The original Melrose football field was parallel to Tremont Street, starting at the Lynnfells Parkway.
The original Fred Green field was relocated for numerous reasons including:
To satisfy the desire for a facility befitting an Eastern Massachusetts power at the time.
To create an east-west orientation instead of the prior north-south location.
To improve drainage away from the Fellsway.
To enlarge the facility to over 7,000 seats.
The 'new' field was opened in late 1947 only to see Melrose struggle in the wake of Green's death, serious injuries in 1948, and a polio epidemic in 1949. Melrose did not win their first game on the new Fred Green Field until 1952, defeating Arlington 8 to 6.
Future Heisman Trophy Winner Joe Bellino of Winchester played on the local field during the 1954 season.
Melrose upgraded its athletic facilities including the updated Fred Green Field that reopened November 4, 2011, when it hosted traditional rival (from fifty years earlier) Arlington. The $4.5 million athletic complex features a synthetic turf field, modern press box and concessions facility, and has hosted commencement and numerous sports from football to soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. With the adjacent Morelli Field for baseball, Melrose enjoys some of the best athletic facilities in the area.
-Thank You to Richard Collis, Don Norris & Ron Sen for research and writing.-