Roger Allaway

I first met Roger Allaway in 2008 at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. At the time I was beginning my research into U.S. soccer history and formulating the project that would ultimately develop into the Soccer History USA podcast and this site.

Allaway4Then as now, Roger has always been generous with his time and knowledge. After the closure of the Hall we remained in touch and our conversation for this podcast was recorded in April 2013 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Allaway2

Roger was in town to deliver another batch of his research materials to UMass’s Special Collections and University Archives. Known as the Roger Allaway Soccer History Collection the materials will provide an invaluable resource for scholars of the American game. The soccer history collection adds to the Special Collections sports themed materials, including the vast archive of legendary sports agent Mark McCormack. The Mark H. McCormack Collection houses materials related to McCormack’s business International Management Group (IMG), whose clients included Arnold Palmer, Chris Everett and Pelé.


Listen to the Roger Allaway podcast here.

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Author: Brian

Brian D. Bunk is the creator and host of the Soccer History USA podcast. He is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His early research focused on Modern Spanish history and his book Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War appeared in 2007. His recent work examines the history of sport in the United States with an emphasis on boxing and soccer. Articles on these topics have been published in the Journal of Sport History, Sport in History and Sport in Society.

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