On Schedule: 1930 Portsmouth Spartans

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Here is a wonderful artifact from the inaugural season of the Detroit Lions franchise. It’s a schedule for the team’s original incarnation, the Portsmouth Spartans. Led by head coach Hal Griffen, the Spartans finished 8th in the NFL in 1930 with a 5-6-3 record. A previous owner of this schedule has thoughtfully included the results of the team’s first 12 games (including non-league matchups).

Here is the schedule for the 1930 Spartans, sponsored by Norfolk and Western Railway.

1930 Portsmouth Spartans NFL schedule

1930 Portsmouth Spartans NFL schedule

1930 Portsmouth Spartans NFL schedule

That’s very thoughtful of the schedule sponsor to include a schedule of train service to and from Portsmouth, Ohio, don’t you think?