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Valley Turf Skirmish


Top 10 rivals brace for
annual grid grudge
mind, the Leopards and Engineers emerged in the 1960s. retiring, he taught at Lehighton High
(now the Mountain Hawks) took the Lehigh was still Muhlenberg's School for 17 years and was the prin-
field amid wind chill factors of 20- biggest game of the year in 1946. That cipal for 25 years.
below zero. In what is believed to be year the Mules went 9-1 and made "I was really lucky," he says.
the coldest game in the rivalry's histo- their first and only appearance in a "Every decision I made turned out
ry, Lehigh came away with the 17-10 bowl game. They beat St. Bonaven- right."
win when quarterback Mark ture 26-25 in the Tobacco Bowl at
McGowan dove in from the one-yard Lexington, Kentucky. The win gave Easton ReeBoversv.
line with 5:08 left on the clock. Muhlenberg the mythical small-col- Phillipsburfftateliners
McGowan had struggled mightily lege national championship. FIRST GAMJk94
earlier in the 1987 season. Unfortu- Many local players starred on that SERIES RECORD. I .ision leads 51-37-5
nately, as is often the case, the quar- team, which defeated Moravian 47-0 THIS YEAR: Thanksgiving Day $ Lafayette's Fisher Field
terback was blamed for the struggles on November 16th. George Bibighaus
of the entire offense. Coming into the of Palmerton was Muhlenberg's Ail- The Easton-Phillipsburg game is
Lafayette game, the Brown and White American end. Coached by the leg- the longest-running of all high school
had failed to score in the second half endary Ben Schwartzwalder, football rivalries in the Lehigh Valley,
in four straight games and McGowan, Muhlenberg had only 32 players on but not by much. Easton played Allen-
a walk-on player from tiny Kemberly the roster. Most players played both town High School (which later
Academy in New Jersey, was taking offense and defense. "I don't know if I became Allen High) 93 times between
the heat. could play football the way they play it 1896-1997.
According to Tony Semler, a grad- today," Bibighaus says, laughing. "In Easton and P'Burg began playing
uate assistant coach for Lehigh, my mind, you either played both ways on Thanksgiving Day 1916 and they
"McGowan sort of came out of or didn't play at all." continue that practice today. Two of
nowhere. He was third-string on the Bibighaus actually began his the most legendary games in the
junior varsity and just kept working Muhlenberg career in 1940. With the series occurred in consecutive years.
and working. All of sudden he was the advent of WWII, he enlisted in the In 1954, Phillipsburg came into the
starter. What I remember about Mark Navy and served in the Pacific from game unbeaten and untied. Easton
is his dedication. He was the kind of 1942-1946. One of his commanding was a .500 team. The Red Rovers'
Muhlenberg's John Sules advances against Moravian (1974). kid you rooted for." officers was legendary Chicago Bears record was deceiving, according to
When McGowan was named football coach George Halas. When the quarterback of the team, Jim But-

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nnitMvit.v and tradition are two between Moravian—the school on
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L ongevity and tradition are two between Moravian—the school on Lafayette-Lehigh game and enjoyed a the 6'2", 235-pound Bibighaus (big for ule that year," he recalls. "We thought
very different things. Age does Main Street in Bethlehem—and Muh- blazing start to the 1988 season, it his time) to enroll at Wisconsin so he that if we could get a lead or keep it
not guarantee historical rele- lenberg—the school on Chew Street appeared that fate had evened the could be drafted by and play for the close, our defense would hold them
vance. Fenway Park is a classic base- in Allentown. score for him. However, his football Bears after graduation. The only catch [Phillipsburg] off."
ball park not simply because it is old. The oldest Lehigh Valley high career came to a sudden, unexpected was that Bibighaus would have to Getting a lead would be no easy
Babe Ruth and Ted Williams played school rivalry began in the 1890s; oth- end on October 15, 1988. In a game begin his academic career all over task: The Stateliners had permitted a
there. Tradition means something. ers started in the early part of the next against Holy Cross, he was tackled again—whereas if he returned to mere 13 points for the entire season
So it is with football in the Lehigh century. Despite some interruptions from behind and fell to the ground Muhlenberg, he would be a junior and and were the top-ranked team in all of
Valley. and alterations, the rivalries have con- with his left leg bent behind him, tear- could complete his education in one New Jersey.
tinued to the present day. Pro Football ing the anterior cruciate ligament in year. Bibighaus was discharged on his Butler remembers the day vividly.
Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, future his knee. 23rd birthday Friday, February 26, "Before the game, we went to get
Hall of Famer Andre Reed and numer- McGowan's story is but one of 1946. On Monday, March 1, he re- taped up and we watched some of the
ous other athletes who reached the surely dozens. Dozens more await. enrolled at Muhlenberg. Nazareth-Wilson game before we
sport's highest level played scholastic Says Bibighaus, "If Halas had let went to the locker room. I couldn't
football here. Moravian uR bunds v. me come to Wisconsin as a junior I wait to get on the field." Then-gover-
Here is a look back (and ahead) at Muhlenbe Mules definitely would have went. But, I was nor of New Jersey Robert Meyner
the best high school and college foot- FIRST GAME: 1900 so close to graduating that it was real- made the trip across the Delaware
ball rivalries our area has to offer. SERIES RECORD: Moravian leads 29-17-2 ly an easy decision." River to be part of the overflow crowd
THIS YEAR: No&mberttiffi Moravian Muhlenberg was glad he made it. of 17,000 at Lafayette's Fisher Field.
Lehigh MKBain Hawks After a tough opening game with Easton got the break they needed
v. Lafayette Leopards It may be hard to believe, but for Lafayette, the school from the west early. A snap from center sailed over
FIRST Gf 11884 the better part of the last hundred end of Allentown cruised through the the head of the P'Burg punter and
SERIES RECORD: La| |teleads 71-59-5 years, the Moravian-Muhlenberg regular season, its only loss coming to Easton's Dick Dalrymple pounced on
THIS YEAR: Novi MS @ Lafayette game wasn't much of a rivalry. a powerful Delaware team. The New the loose ball at the Stateliners' 12-
Allentown's Muhlenberg consid- York Giants drafted Bibighaus after yard line. On third down, Butler
To understand how long ered Lehigh its main rival until his career at Muhlenberg, but he scrambled into the endzone, the extra
Lafayette and Lehigh have been play- Moravian's football program became an educator instead. Before point was good and Easton led 7-0. In
ing one another in football, consider
some of the following facts: For the
first 26 games of the series, a touch-
down was only worth five points
(according to the rules of college foot-
ball); the forward pass didn't exist
Lehigh University quarterback until the schools had played 22 annu-
Albert W.Chenoweth (1917). al contests (the first pass was thrown
by Lafayette's Edward Flad); Chester
Few regions of the country can A. Arthur was president of the United
match the Lehigh Valley's combina- States when the first game was
tion of tradition and quality in high played.
school football. The area can also Over the course of 135 games,
boast of the longest-running rivalry in there have been numerous memo-
college football—the Lehigh- rable battles. On November 21,1987,
Lafayette game has been played both teams came into the game with
annually since 1884. losing records: Lehigh was 4-5-1 and
Sometimes lost in the shadow of Lafayette was 4-6. The rivalry was not
the Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry is the dirninished by this fact, because it
football history of another Bethlehem was to be the last game ever at
school. This year marks the 100th Lehigh's Taylor Stadium. With that in Moravian College 1970 team.

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the second quarter Phillipsburg Bob Stem (who became coach in score of their own for a final margin of
scored a touchdown to make it 7-6, 1983), dominated in the 1980s—beat- 42-28. "It was like the old days," Mor- NORTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL
but the extra point attempt never got ing Central Catholic nine out of 10 gans recalls. "An hour and fifteen min- 1937 WONDER TEAM
off the ground as the Easton defense times. Stem was a hugely successful utes before the game, the stands were
smothered the kick. Then Easton held coach at Phillipsburg before coming already full."
on—stopping one Phillipsburg drive to the Dewberry Avenue school. As a When Central and Becahi hook
after another. The upset wasn't secure youngster, he attended Syracuse, win- up this year, you can almost guaran-
until a late interception by Easton's ning a national championship in 1959 tee that the stakes will be high yet
Larry Gaines in his own endzone. and playing with Ernie Davis, the again
The tables were turned in 1955 as Heisman Trophy-winning running
Easton came into the game unbeaten. back who was struck down by Catasauqu pah Riders
An even larger crowd of 20,000 leukemia in 1963. v.Northa n Konkrete
packed the stands. Easton took a 6-0 Central gained some measure of
lead in the third charter, but the extra revenge for its '80s futility by starting FIRSTGAI«|23
point was blocked. Much like Easton the '90s with a 14-12 upset. That was SERIES RECORD: 45-28-4 Northampton
THIS YEAR: Thanksgiving Day @ Catasauqua Northampton's 1937 "Wonder Team" posted 85-0 and 86-0 wins.

The Catasauqua-Northampton appeared to be the tying score. How- just made those guys madder when
rivalry is one of only three such games ever, since the kick returner never had they heard about that."
still played on Thanksgiving Day in possession of the ball, the play could Quakertown got on the board first
the Lehigh Valley. (Easton-Phillips- not be advanced (according to high to go ahead 7-0. The Panthers had an
burg and Quakertown-Pennridge are school rules). The ball was returned to outstanding quarterback named
the others.) The first 14 games of the the 40 and the Catasauqua defense John Moyer; his cousin, Tom Moyer,
series saw Northampton score only 51 stuffed Northampton. That was the was one of the backs. On a play early
points while winning just four games. closest the Rough Riders carne to in the game, John lined up behind the
Things changed, drastically, in 1937. allowing a score in ending over two tackle and went out for a pass. Run-
The "Wonder Team" (as it became decades of frustration with a 6-0 win. ning towards the sidelines, John
known) from Northampton routed the pulled the pass in and was shoved
Rough Riders 85-0. Remarkably, that Pennriiplarns v. out of bounds. Unbeknownst to him,
wasn't even the Konkrete Kids' largest Quakertown Panthers there was a sand pit used by long-
margin of victory that year. They beat FIRST;GAME:,W30 jumpers for track and field competi-
Slatington 86-0. For the year, they SERIES RECORD: 42-23-5 Pennridge/Sell-Perk tions very near the benches. As he
allowed only 25 points while posting a THIS YEAR: Thanksgiving Day @ Quakertown was trying to stop his momentum, he
staggering 518 points. The team sent landed in the pit and broke his leg.
three players to the pros: Walt Zirin- Note: In I960, SelleisvOle High When John Moyer left the game, so
sky, Steve Pritko and Pete Schneider. School and Perkasie High School did the Quakertown offense. "Once
In 1939, Al Erdosy took the reigns merged to form Sell-Perk. Three years John left the game, I knew we were
of the Northampton football program later, the school district changed the in trouble," says Blotter.
and the Kids kept on winning. His name to Pennridge. Pennridge couldn't take advan-
team won 58 straight Lehigh Valley For a series that has had 70 tage of the injury until late in the
League games from 19544962. When games, one game surprisingly stands fourth quarter when they scored to
Erdosy retired in 1967, his record was above all the rest. The 1952 Quaker- close to 7-6. But fans stormed the field
a sterling 194-55-10. Legend has it town-Sell-Perk tussle is talked about and pulled down both goal posts,
that the community so adored the to this day in Upper Bucks county. At making it impossible for Pennridge to
coach, they once chipped in to buy least 11 players from the game went kick the game-tying extra point.
Muhlenberg versus Moravian game action. him a new car. The stadium at on to play in college and eight have Which team's fans were responsi-
Northampton High School i;: nnmod in benn inducted into the Pennridge- ble? Some say Quakertown's—

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advantage of a turnover to get on the en route to a Class AAA State Cham- In Erdosy's next-to-last year, Among them is current Syracuse Uni- season ruined by a tie with their arch-
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the year before, Phillipsburg took the only blemish on itecahl'b In:; liuiiui.
advantage of a turnover to get on the en route to a Class AAA State Cham- In Erdosy's next-to-last year, Among them is current Syracuse Uni- season ruined by a tie with their arch-
board. They recovered a fumble on pionship. It was the second state title 1966, the Northampton team was versity Athletic Director John rival. Others say Pennridge's—
Eastern's 32-yard line. From there, in three years for the Bethlehem looking to win for the 22nd straight Crouthamel. because premature frustration led
quarterback Gus Rogers ran it to the school, having won the AA state title time against their Thanksgiving Day Quakertown came into the game them to take the field in anger, pull
1-yard line and running back Billy in 1988. rivals to the south. But, the Rough 7-1-1. The only loss came to a strong down the goalposts and deny the rival
Updyke dove into the endzone for the 1990 was also the first year of the Riders had had enough. Played before Ambler team and, in a game played in school that particular victory tradition.
score. Frank Balas, the Phillipsbuig Jim Morgans era at Central. Only four what many observers believed to be a a torrential downpour, the Panthers The debate is still on.
kicker whose extra point attempt in years removed from a winless season, record crowd of 11,000 at Muhlenberg tied Souderton, 0-0. The Pennridge coaches insisted
1954 was thwarted, split the uprights Morgans turned Central into a power- College, Catasauqua got on the board Pennridge, meanwhile, was suf- that a new goal post be made so they
this time to give P'Burg a 7-6 lead. house. In nine years as head coach, he early with a Keith Geiger touchdown fering through a 1-8 season. Quaker- could have the opportunity to tie the
Easton came right back and drove 85 led the Vikings to six district titles, five in the first quarter. Northampton had town was so confident of victory that game. After a 30-minute delay, a new
yards to the Phillipsburg 12-yard line conference titles and two state titles an opening in the third stanza when a the players were driven through town goal post was erected. An undaunted
with 29 seconds remaining. A pass (in 1993 and 1998). He also went 9-1 Catasauqua player muffed his attempt in Cadillac convertibles before the freshman kicker named Jim Non-
play put the ball on the 2. With the against Becahi. to catch a punt at his 40-yard line. game. "That really backfired on us," nemaker booted the ball through the
clock running, Bob Konders tried a Indeed, sometimes it seemed as Northampton's Glenn Meyer recov- remembers Bob Blotter, a center-line- uprights and Pennridge had a remark-
quarterback sneak. The crowd waited though the success of one school ered the ball and ran it in for what backer on the Quakertown team. "It able—and controversial—tie.
and the players waited, but the offi- came at the expense of the other.
cials never signaled the play a touch- Both programs may have been at
down. The ball was placed four inches their peak when they met at Bethle-
from the endzone and time ran out. hem School District Stadium on
Phillipsburg had gotten its revenge. November 5, 1994, before a crowd
Butler played in the 1955 game exceeding 15,000. Both teams came
too and, despite the tough loss, he in with a record of 9-0. At stake was
remembers those days fondly. "It was the East Perm Conference title and
a tremendous learning experience," the top seed in District 11 playoffs.
he says. "When you're young, you Becahi had one of the most prolific
think that if you work hard and play as players ever to come out of this area,
well as you normally do, you'll be suc- Dan Kendra Jr., at quarterback. The
cessful. That's not always true. I think game lived up to its hype.
on that day [in 1955] Phillipsburg just Led by Kendra, who would throw
wanted it a little more than we did. for nearly 300 yards in the game, the
That's a great lesson for life." Golden Hawks took a 20-14 lead at
halftime. But Central came out of the
Allentown Central locker room with fire in their eyes.
Catholic jfjkmqsv. They scored on their first three pos-
Bethlehem Catholic sessions of the second half to move
Golden lawks ahead 35-20. Then Kendra pulled off a
F 5 play that Central coach Jim Morgans
SERIE 17-17 calls "an absolutely unbelievable run."
THIS YEAR: November 4 $ irney Crum Stadium Kendra took off from his own 24-
yard line and twisted, turned, juked
The Central-Becahi rivalry has and faked his way all the way down
been called a "Holy War." It's a football the field for a touchdown. "It was
rivalry that may be among the most incredible," Morgans says. "It seemed
bitter in the entire country. like every one of our players had a
Much of the intensity is due to chance to tackle him—twice"
the success of both schools. Bethle- The run would not be enough. Muhlenberg captain John Sweatlock and coach Floyd ( Ben) Schwartzwalder at the 1946 Tobacco Bowl.
hem Catholic, led by outspoken coach Central held off Becahi and added a

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Bangor! iy.Pen On November 11, 1977, Dieruff


Argyl Gi nights and Allen came together for the 19th
FIRST G||l£: 1922 time. Dieruff was undefeated and
SERIES RECOjJ|il-35-2 Bangor ranked third in the state. The Canaries
THIS YEAR: HMnber 4 @ Pen Argyl of Allen were 1-8. Ironically, Dieruff
was coached by Bruce Trotter, an all-
The "Slate-Belt" rivalry has been state end on the 1957 Allentown High
one of the most competitive in the School team (Allen High School is
Lehigh Valley, even though Bangor located in the building formerly
won 10 straight from 1989 to 1998. known as Allentown High).
Sadly, the game has been marked Allen moved the ball at will
by tragedy in recent years. Before the against the stunned Huskies. They
1991 game, a former Pen Argyl student penetrated deep into Dieruff territory
fell to his death while painting a large on several occasions, only to be denied
rock green and white—the school col- by a turnover or loss of downs. But in
ors of Pen Argyl. the second quarter, running back Terry
Last year, the game was over- Heffner scored the only touchdown
shadowed by news of the death of a Allen would need. Their suffocating
Bangor player. Inclement weather defense never allowed the Dieruff
delayed the game early in the first offense to get going and the Canaries
half. As both teams waited for condi- pulled off one of the greatest upsets in
tions to improve, word of the Bangor Lehigh Valley football history. As it
player's passing spread through the turned out, the 1977 game was merely
stands and ultimately to the Bangor a prelude to the 1979 clash.
locker room. Bangor coach Mark Again, Dieruff came into the
Fanzan informed his players that a game unbeaten. Again, Allen came in A Freedom field goal (left) leads to 3-0 win in 1968 while players battled rain and mud (right).
sophomore player and his mother with a losing record (4-5-1). Allen was
were killed earlier in the day in a car coached by Dick Sniscak, who had lehem school district followed suit. who normally played offensive Gerencser resigned in 1986 and,
accident. The game was postponed been a teammate of Dieruff coach The following year, the new public guard. The holder? Al Snellman. in 1993, Tony Cocca (an assistant to
and resumed the next day. Pen Argyl Trotter on the undefeated 1956 Allen- school (Freedom) took on the high Amole's kick was good and Freedom Gerencser) took over. Meanwhile, at
won the game to go unbeaten in town High School team. One of school formerly known as Bethlehem led 3-0. "I have no idea how he made Parkland, Rich Sniscak, the former
league play for the first time in Dieruff's top players was Rich Snis- High School (Liberty) for the first the kick in that weather," Snellman Dieruff player and coach, took the
school history. cak, son of the Allen head coach. time in football. relates. reigns in 1994. Almost immediately,
The 1949 game went untouched "The game was played in a It didn't take long for the rivalry The field goal proved to be the the competition between the schools
by the cruel hand of fate. Bangor came downpour," says Rich Sniscak, who to take shape. Today, during the only score of the game. The Patriots became more balanced. Whitehall
into the game undefeated but was played quarterback and defensive week preceding the game, there is a secured the victory in the fourth won in Cocca's first year with Park-
knocked off by the Green Knights, 6-0. back.. "It was really tough to move ceremonial painting of the endzones, quarter when Jeff Wright recovered a land winning in Sniscak's first year.
Late in the third period, a superb punt around." He was mobile enough to hit pep rallies at both schools and a Liberty fumble in his own endzone. In 1996, the two teams started a
by the Slaters' Robert Smith pinned Rich Gimbor with a 5-yard touch- "Bury the Hatchet" luncheon on new tradition of sorts. They played
Pen Argyl at its own 7-yard line. down pass late in the third charter to Wednesday to promote the game. Parwa H»< v. each other in the regular season and
Seemingly backed up in a hole they give Dieruff a 14-6 lead. Although, the game doesn't need White s then again in the District 11 playoffs.
couldn't possibly extricate them- Sniscak was also in the thick of much promoting. FIRST GAME: Began playing annually in 1975 Except for last season, they've played
selves from, running back Don Hard- things on the other side of the ball. At The first meeting between the SERIES RECORD Whitehall leads 16-12 twice a year every year since—split-
ing got the Green Knights out of the least two Allen touchdowns were two Bethlehem public schools took THIS YEAft October 6 & Whitehall ting the games each season.
jam—and then some. On the first play reversed by penalties, one of which place on November 15,1968. Current "It seems like we've been going
following the punt, Harding took a was committed against Sniscak. The Freedom Athletic Director Al Snell- Parkland High School and White- back and forth recently," says White-

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anart in their case, familiarity developed into a great rivalry because
man was a senioi un Uiu i.jii School aiu louy]
team. He has a flood of memories miles apart. In their case, familiarity developed into a great rivalry because
: ; from the game. "It was muddy and might not breed contempt—but it both schools are so strong."
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iSp; Ai?|fc miserable," he remembers. "There certainly brings an intense football Sniscak concurs: "These kids
was some question about whether rivalry. grow up playing against each other
it? .A 1% ! vx we would even play. There was also The roots of the rivalry began from the time they are in the Little
a little problem about what side of when the late Joe Gerencser became Leagues. The proximity of the two
the field the fans should sit. Even head coach at Parkland in 1962. schools is also a big reason [for the
now, Freedom is the guest team Gerencser remained at the Orefleld rivalry]."
when they play." school until 1975 and led his team to The legacy of the coach who
The initial meeting did, in fact, undefeated and untied seasons in deserves much of the credit for stok-
go off as scheduled as 8,500 fans 1966 and 1973. He left Parkland to ing the flames of the rivalry lives on,
braved the elements to be a part of become head coach at, you guessed though. The Most Valuable Player of
local high school football history. it, Whitehall. the regular-season meeting is award-
Freedom caught an early break by The first meeting between his ed the Joe Gerencser Trophy.
recovering a fumble at the Hurri- new team and his old one in 1976 Much like the private-school ver-
canes' 39-yard line. A pass play put resulted in a 63-6 thrashing by White- sion between Central and Becahi, a
the ball on the 12. After an incomple- hall. Five years later, in 1981, Whitehall Whitehall-Parkland game is more
tion, a third-down play was knocked again routed Parkland 62-0. Whitehall than just a border war—there is usu-
back for a two-yard loss. Freedom enjoyed another cakewalk, 51-0, in ally a championship on the line. E
then lined up for a 31-yard field goal 1990. Clearly, the Zephyrs were domi- Shown Drury is a free-lance writer
Pen Argyl players celebrate a 1949 win over Bangor. attempt. The kicker was Jack Amole, nating the series. in Emmaus.

running play 93 yards for the winning penalty occurred in front of the Allen
touchdown. Let's hope this year's bench and Sniscak made sure his
game more resembles that 1949 father knew that the touchdown was
thriller than the 1999 edition. going to be nullified. "The official
threw the [penalty] flag right next to
AljeKapries me," Sniscak recalls. "And I picked it
v. Dieruff Huskies up and showed it to my dad ... just to
FIRST6AMi;1959 let him know that the play was com-
SERIES RECORD: 23-19 Allen ing back."
THIS YEAR: November 3 91. Birney Crum Stadium Sniscak secured the 14-6 victory
and the undefeated season with an
Allentown's 4th Street is more endzone interception late in the final
than just a road. It is a dividing line. quarter. Thirteen years later, he was
If you live to the west of 4th, the head coach of Dieruff s last con-
you're "Allen"—to the east, you're ference championship team.
"Dieruff." That's what inner-city
sports is all about. It's a turf war. Freedoi riots v.
Neighbors or close friends doing bat- II canes
tle and then talking about it after- 8
wards. Since Dieruff High School SERIES RECOI leads 20-12
opened in 1959, the annual football THIS YEAR: October 28 lehem Area School
game between the Allentown high Di: idium
schools occasionally put members of
the same family on opposite sides of Eight years after the Allentown
4th Street. school district split in two, the Beth- Former Parkland coach Joe Gerencser runs the Whitehall sideline post-1975.

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