Patriot League


BUCKNELL COLGATE FORDHAM
"Bison" "Raiders" "Rams"
Lewisburg, PA Hamilton, NY Bronx, NY
GEORGETOWN HOLY CROSS LAFAYETTE
"Hoyas" "Crusaders" "Leopards"
Washington, DC Worcester, MA Easton, PA
LEHIGH
"Mountain Hawks"
Bethlehem, PA

Comments

Bucknell has changed its helmet design for 2013 by dropping the orange stripe that was used in 2012.


Historical Helmets

BUCKNELL

? - 2001 2002 - 2003 2004 - 2012
2013 -

I have not received much information about earlier helmet designs used by Bucknell, but I have received a few small and rather low-quality photographs:

The first photograph is supposedly from the 1972 season; the helmets were apparently blue with orange "horns". I would appreciate some clearer photographs of this design, preferably side-view photos to better establish the shape of the horns, and/or color photographs to determine the shade of blue used on the helmet.

The middle photographs shows a helmet that supposedly dates from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The helmets were orange with blue "horns", but having no color photographs of this one, I do not know if it was a navy blue color or some lighter shade. The facemask color is unknown.

The third photograph shows a helmet design that was last used in either 1985 (according to one site visitor) or in 1988 (according to another); the helmets were orange with (probably) a blue bison logo. There appears to be some lettering beneath the logo, probably either "BUCKNELL" or "BISON". Again the facemask color is unknown. Clearer photographs would be appreciated.

Bucknell was apparently using plain white helmets for at least one season during the late 1980s. A single stripe is visible in the one photograph that I have received of this design, but its color, and that of the facemask, cannot be determined.

A helmet design from the 1960s featured a blue shell with white/blue/white stripes and white uniform numerals. Photographs of one such helmet at the "Helmet Hut" web site also show a "bison" logo at the front of the helmet, which I think could be an "award decal" rather than an inherent part of the helmet design. This will remain unanswerable until photographs of other helmets from this period become available.


COLGATE

1966 - 1968 1969 1970 - 1972
1977 - 1982 1993 - 1994 1995
1983 - 1992; 1996 - 1999;
2004
September 3, 2005- 2000 - 2003; 2005 -

During at least 1960 and 1961 Colgate was using white helmets with numerals and an "arrow" of unknown color; below are some photographs from these years. Note the two different styles of numerals. I have received a report that the 1962 Yale media guide contained descriptions of opposing teams' helmets, and that the Colgate helmet was described thusly: "White helmet w/maroon and gold markings & maroon numerals". "Markings" is vague, of course, but presumably refers to the arrow logo.

I have one photograph from 1965 showing the team using plain white helmets; the photograph is a side view of the helmet and it is unclear whether any stripes are present. The team apparently switched to maroon helmets in 1966.

The report I received earlier indicating that the 1969 Colgate helmet featured a version of the "100" logo has been disproven by the photograph below (and others), which reveal that the team actually used a "150" logo, recognizing the college's 150th anniversary. All of the photographs appear to show additional small letters (or something) after the "0", but whatever it is is not legible.

The 1973 and 1974 helmets have been described as being maroon with white uniform numerals on the sides. Photographs of any of these would be appreciated.

The team continued to use maroon helmets from 1993 through 1995. The logo worn on Colgate's helmets in 1993 and 1994 has been described as "a block 'C' with ghost flames trailing it"; I would appreciate a copy of this logo and some photographs of the helmet. The 1995 helmet was described as having white numerals on the sides; again, I would appreciate some photographs of the 1995 helmets.


FORDHAM

1983? - 1984? 1996 - 1998 1999? - 2004?
*see note 1 below
2005? - 2011 2012 -

I have received very incomplete - and often conflicting - information for this team; following are descriptions of some of Fordham's other historical helmet designs:

*1 It has been reported that a helmet design identical to this one, but with a maroon-white-maroon stripe sequence, was used at some point during the late 1990s.


GEORGETOWN

1964 - 1968 1969 - 1992 1993 - 1999
*see note 1 below
2000 -

*1 The Georgetown football team played at the club level prior to 1970. In 1970 and 1971, the team played at the NCAA College Division level (precursor to Division II) and moved to Division III in 1972 when the College Division was split. The team moved to Division I-AA in 1992.


HOLY CROSS

c.1967 c.1971 c.1970s
c.late 1970s - 1984 c.1985 - c.early 1990s c.1992 - 1998?
1999 only? 2000 - 2001 2002; 2005
2003 - 2004; 2006 -

Holy Cross has used purple helmets for many consecutive years, but the team is reported to have previously (c.mid 1970s) used white helmets with a purple "HC" logo and purple/white/purple stripes (I have not yet received any photographs verifying this alleged design).

I received a report a few years ago indicating that the 1995 - 1998 helmet design was similar to its predecessor, but with a white "HC" logo on the sides, rather than numerals. I have subsequently received photographs showing that an "HC" logo was in use by at least 1993, and possibly in 1992, also. Below is a photograph from 1993.

Little information has been received for the years prior to 1983.


LAFAYETTE

c.1982 c.1990 ? - 1998
1999 2000 - 2001 2002 - 2003
November 19, 2011 2004 -
*see note 1 below

I suspect that there are a large number of other historical helmet designs for this team, though no information has been received for any helmets used during the 1960s and 1970s.

*1 Worn during the 2011 game at Lehigh.


LEHIGH

? - 1982 1983 - 1984 1985 - 1994
1995 - 1997 1998 -