A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 13, 2006
Liberty Cup (Columbia vs. Fordham)

The “Liberty Cup,” created after September 11, 2001, is awarded to the winner of the Columbia University and Fordham University annual football game.

The Liberty Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the college football game between Columbia University and Fordham University, the two Division I-AA football programs in New York City. The trophy was dedicated in 2002, a year after the Columbia-Fordham game was postponed due to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Despite their proximity, the two schools played each other only three times from their first meeting in 1890 until 1991. They have played annually since 2000.

Liberty Cup Rivalry Needs More Than Sept. 11
Matt Reuter
Columbia Daily Spectator
Issue date: 9/19/03 Section: Sports
The Columbia Lions will clash on the gridiron tomorrow with crosstown rival Fordham in the second-ever Liberty Cup. The two schools created this game to celebrate their solidarity in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, which postponed their 2001 matchup from Sept. 15 to the weekend following Thanksgiving. However, as Sept. 11 memorials are likely to become more low-key each year (at least, that trend appears to be starting--Sept. 11, 2003 was less somber than Sept. 11, 2002), Columbia and Fordham fans are seeking other incentives to carry on the Liberty Cup as a tradition.

24 September 2002, New York Times, “Columbia Halftime Gibe Irks Some at Fordham,” pg. B3:
Columbia won 13-11 Saturday on a field goal with 10.5 seconds left in the annual matchup, the Liberty Cup.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • (0) Comments • Sunday, August 13, 2006 • Permalink