New England Football Conference
|BRIDGEWATER STATE||COAST GUARD||FITCHBURG STATE|
|Bridgewater, MA||New London, CT||Fitchburg, MA|
|FRAMINGHAM STATE||MAINE MARITIME||MASSACHUSETTS
|Framingham, MA||Castine, ME||Buzzards Bay, MA|
|WESTFIELD STATE||WORCESTER STATE|
|Westfield, MA||Worcester, MA|
|Milton, MA||Beverly, MA||North Dartmouth, MA|
|Cambridge, MA||Dudley, MA||Plymouth, NH|
|SALVE REGINA||WESTERN NEW ENGLAND|
|Newport, RI||Springfield, MA|
Worcester State was using a new helmet design in 2011. The helmets remained gold with blue facemasks, but with a new logo - the letters "WSU" - on the sides (photo below). I would appreciate a copy of this new helmet logo.
Fitchburg State, Bridgewater State, M.I.T., Nichols, and Salve Regina also had new helmet designs in 2011 (shown above).
Massachusetts Maritime Academy was using a new helmet design in 2010 . The helmets were similar to the ones used in 2009 but a new logo was added - a bearded buccaneer holding a sword above the team name (photo below). To be precise there were two different logos, one for each side of the helmet, with the buccaneer facing towards the front of the helmet on each side; I will need the logo for the left side of the helmet in order to add this one to the web site. I do not yet know whether this design remained in use in 2011.
|? - 1998?||1999? - 2003||2004 - 2010|
|? - present|
I have received partial information, but no photographs yet, of some earlier Coast Guard helmets. The predecessor of the one shown above has been described as having a "bear paw" logo. The team is reported to have used plain orange helmets, both with and without stripes, during some years.
I have received confirmation that the very unusual helmet design shown in the photograph below (the light-colored helmets) was used by Coast Guard in about the year 1978; the stripes were intended to resemble those painted on the Coast Guard's ships. I would greatly appreciate better photographs of this design, particularly colors photographs - the main stripe on the helmet may have been red rather than orange, which is presently one of the team's colors.
|? - 2002?||2003? - 2009||2010 -|
|*see note 1 below||*see note 1 below|
The recent sequence of helmet designs for this team is somewhat unclear. It has been reported to me that the team used gray helmets in 1998 with the team name "Colonels" in a script font, colored purple, on the sides; a conflicting report indicated that the helmets were plain silver with purple facemasks from 1996 through 1998. A switch to black helmets was made in 1999; these featured the word "Curry" on the sides in some unspecified color.
It is unclear how long the black helmets were in use, but I believe the team was again using silver or gray helmets immediately prior to the switch to purple helmets, which is said to have occurred in 2002. The only photographs that I have seen from 2002 appear to show no logos worn on the helmets.
The helmets used from at least 1989 through 1993 have been described as plain silver without any logo (facemask color was not specified); another report indicated that a "purple overlapping 'CC'" logo was worn on silver helmets earlier during the 1980s.
*1 Apparently throughout the period when the "2003? - 2009" helmet was in use, the logo was actually worn on the right sides only of the helmets, with the left sides "blank". This scheme appears to have been retained with the new-for-2010 helmet, also (at least through the 2010 season).
|2003 - 2006||2007 -|
|? - 2001||2002 - 2006||2007|
|2008 - 2009||2010||2011 -|
|1973 - 1977||1978||1972; 1979|
|1980 - 1983||1995 - 1997||2002 - 2003|
|2004 - 2005||2006||1983 - 1994; 1998 - 2001;
2007 - 2008
|c.early 2000s||2003||2005 -|
The dates of use for these helmets are quite uncertain; I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can clarify the years of use for each design. The last two were used during at least parts of the 2003 and 2005 seasons, respectively.
|? - 2001?||2002? - 2005||2006 - 2007|
|2007 - 2008||2009 -|
In 2006, this team had a new helmet design featuring the letters "UM" in white with gold outlines, as may be seen in the photograph below. I would appreciate a copy of the helmet logo for this one, which would enable me to add this historical helmet to the web site. This "UM" design was also used during at least a portion of the 2007 season. It was used September 22 against Plymouth State, but a switch to the next design was made by at least the November 3 game against Curry.
|? - 2004||2005 - 2009||2010 -|
|? - 2005||2006 - 2010||2011 -|
|? - 2004?||2005||2006 - 2010|
|*see note 1 below|
*1 This design was used throughout the 2005 season except for the last game (November 5 at Western New England); during that game the bison logo was not worn.
|2000? - ?||2003? - 2004||2005 -|
It is unclear to me when the switch was made from the helmet with the green oval-shaped logo to the plain white helmet that was in use during at least the 2003 season. The green oval was in use during at least the 2000 and 2001 seasons, but I do not know which design (if either) was in use in 2002.
The next older design (?-1999) featured a dark-colored "paw print" with a white outline, and was worn on dark-colored helmet shells (presumably either green or black).
|1999 - 2000||2001 - 2010||2011 -|
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND
From 2002 through 2004, Western New England used royal blue helmet shells with white facemasks and with a decal consisting of a large yellow "W" with a bear's face in front of the "W", as shown in the photograph here. I would appreciate a copy of the helmet logo, as well as a copy of the previously-used one, which was the letters "WNEC" in yellow (which was also worn on blue helmets with white facemasks).
|? - 2003||2004 - 2006||2007 -|
|? - 1998; 2004 - 2005||2002 - 2003?; 2006 - 2008?||2009 - 2010|
From 1999 through 2001, Worcester State used a helmet decal similar to that presently used by Florida State, except that the "spear" was royal blue and white, and did not have "feathers" hanging down from it.