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‘Big Blue Days’ relives Swampscott’s past football glory

For almost a quarter of a century, the town of Swampscott was as close to an athletic Camelot as there ever was in the state of Massachusetts.

Anyone who has spent time in or around the North Shore in the last 10 or 15 years would probably point to the city of Everett as resembling that remark most. With perennial championship football teams interspersed with basketball teams that always seemed to contend, Everett has always been the prototype throwback community. Mention the Crimson Tide and you can almost hear the brass band and see the cheerleaders marching down the street almost the same as a parade for conquering heroes.

From 1953 up until 1976, that honor belonged to the Big Blue and Swampscott High. For those 23 years, the football team was synonymous with championships, and the coaching staff with greatness and innovation. The Big Blue compiled undefeated seaso…

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