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Photos: Looking back at decades of history in the Army-Navy game

One of college football’s most venerable traditions is coming to Massachusetts for the first time.

This year’s edition of the Army-Navy football rivalry, which is the 124th meeting of the two teams, will be held at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Traditionally contested in Philadelphia, the Army-Navy game dates back to 1890. Navy leads the all-time series, 62–54–7, and had 14 consecutive wins from 2002 to 2015. Army took last year’s contest, 20-17, in double overtime.

These photos show just a sampling of the vast history between the two teams, ranging from 1930, a 6-0 win for Army, all the way to 2001, a 26-17 Army victory that featured rousing scenes of post-Sept. 11 patriotism.


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Army beat Navy, 6-0, on Dec. 13, 1930. Prior to the game, a senator called for all radio listeners to donate $1 to the Salvation Army to benefit the jobless amid the Great Depression.AP Photo
Slade Cutter, Navy tackle, makes the game-winning kick from Army's 19-yard line during the Dec. 18, 1934 Army-Navy game. It was the only score of the game.AP Photo
Yankees legend Babe Ruth, accompanied by his wife Claire (second from right), daughter Julia (left), and friend Isabel Miles, is bundled up against the cold at the 1935 Army-Navy game.AP Photo
Army halfback Woody Wilson dives over goal line to score against Navy on Nov. 26, 1938. The Cadets won, 14-7.AP Photo
Lord Halifax, British Ambassador to the U.S. (left) attended the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on Nov. 29, 1941. He is posing with Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox (right) and Admiral Russell Wilson, Superintendent of the Naval Academy.AP Photo
Navy quarterback Joe Lacivita, who was from Stoughton, punts from his own 20-yard line in the 1944 edition of the Army-Navy game. The spectacle was held in Baltimore in front of 60,000 fans and Army won, 20-0.AP Photo
Sober-faced Army coach Red Blaik is backed by his winning team, celebrating after Army upset Navy, 14-6, on Nov. 26, 1955 in Philadelphia. In front are Pat Uebel (34) and Don Holleder (16), who set up Army's first touchdown. AP Photo
Fans attended the 1960 Army-Navy game to root for Winchester natives Joe Bellino and Frank Dattilo, who play for Army.AP Photo
President John F. Kennedy tosses coin to determine which team will receive to open the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia on Dec. 2, 1961.UPI
Navy's John Church nails the extra point despite Army's Jim Bevans giving it his all to block the kick in the 1967 game.AP Photo
More than 100,000 spectators — including cadet Robert Fitzgerald (left) and midshipman Richard Boeshaar — crowd into JFK Stadium in Philadelphia to watch as West Point cadets take the field before the 1970 edition.AP Photo
Army's Bobby Crumpton (center) picks his way through Navy defenders and scores in 1979.Rusty Kennedy/AP Photo
An Army cadet dressed in a suit of armor and riding a mule looks out over marching Navy Midshipmen as they assemble on the field at Veterans Stadium in 1980.Clem Murray/AP Photo
Midshipmen spell out the word "Navy" prior to the start of the 1984 game. One Philadelphia politician said it was the first time "Navy" had been spelled out.Amy Sancetta/AP Photo
Army Cadets sport foam "Bad To the Bone" and "Go Army, Beat Navy" bones in their mouths prior to the 1988 game.Charles Krupa/AP Photo
A cheerleader goes airborne in front of cadets during the 1994 game. Army won, 22-20.Simon Bruty/Getty Images
Army cadet Vanessa Stolgoff does pushups after the Black Knights score during the 100th Army-Navy game, on Dec. 4, 1999.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff
The American flag flies in front of Navy midshipmen during the national anthem at Army-Navy game in December 2001.Chris Gardner/AP Photo/Associated Press

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