Blair Day


Peddie School and Blair Academy share New Jersey's oldest continuous prep-football competition, dating back to 1903. Each November, the two schools square off in five sports (football, soccer, field hockey, tennis and cross country) and play for the coveted Potter-Kelley Cup. The Peddie-Blair rivalry epitomizes spirited competition, sportsmanship, and mutual respect. Coaches and athletes from both schools have developed ongoing friendships.

Sure signs that Blair Week is here: Students wearing creative dress-down attire, posters and banners everywhere, blue and gold decorations, and lots more! The week-long fun culminates on Friday evening when dorm and team skits take center stage at Maurice P. Shuman Field before the spectacular bonfire and all-campus cookout.

History on the gridiron

The well-worn cliché, “You can throw out the record books for this one,” certainly deserves to be applied to the Peddie-Blair rivalry.

It’s a storied series that has seen monumental swings in fortunes. Peddie ruled the turf during the late 1950s through the early 60s. Blair vaulted into the limelight with seven dominating wins in the 90s. In a century of gridiron battles, the spread between the two schools is in favor of the Blairstown boys who hold a 58-49-5 advantage. Blair's longest winning streak is six games (2010-2015) and (1905-10). Peddie won eight consecutive match-ups from 1956-63. The most lopsided win was Peddie's 60-0 victory in 1913, while Peddie's worst loss was 62-3 in 1951.

The Peddie-Blair agreement

Prior to 1935, the Peddie-Blair game often ended in turmoil with goal posts coming down and not so gentlemanly behavior among students. In order to create a more orderly and civilized atmosphere, the headmasters of the two institutions, along with student representatives, met in 1935 and formed what is known as "The Peddie-Blair Agreement."

Adopted unanimously by both schools, it proposed to quell the chaos:

1. The supporters of the defeated team remain in the stands while the victors with band and supporters march off the field, marching around it if they wish.

2. The trophy for the game will be the football used in the contest. The goal posts are to remain unmolested. The victorious team shall retain the football. In case of a tie, the visiting team is to have the trophy.

3. The supporters of the losing team shall remain in their portion of the stands and sing their school song after the victors have left the field.

The agreement received nationwide publicity when it was adopted. It was the subject of a major speech during a National Sportsmanship Brotherhood meeting and later sparked discussions among several state athletic associations. Although the tradition was formally discontinued, sportsmanship and fairplay remain the centerpeice of the day.  
The Potter-Kelley Cup, initiated in 1988, represents the highest ideals of sportsmanship and competition, epitomized by the rivalry between Peddie and Blair. It is named for the late F. Edward Potter Jr., former headmaster of Peddie and James R. Kelley, retired headmaster of Blair.

Potter-Kelley Cup Champs!

1988 – Blair
1989 – Peddie
1990 – Peddie
1991 – Peddie
1992 – Blair
1993 – Peddie
1994 – Peddie
1995 – Peddie
1996 – Peddie
1997 – Tie
1998 – Peddie
1999 – Blair
2000 - Tie
2001 – Blair
2002 – Peddie
2003 – Peddie
2004 – Peddie
2005 – Tie
2006 – Peddie
2007 – Peddie
2008 – Peddie
2009 – Peddie
2010 – Blair
2011 – Blair
2012 – Blair
2013 – Blair
2014 – Peddie
2015 – Peddie
2016 – Peddie

Series Record

Peddie: 50
Blair: 58
Ties: 5

Most One-Sided Scores
1913 – Peddie 60, Blair 0
1951 – Blair 62, Peddie 3

Longest Winning Streaks
Peddie: 8 (1956-63)
Blair: 7 (1905-11)

Potter-Kelley Cup
Peddie: 18
Blair: 8
Ties: 3

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