Derby/Shelton Rotary Club
Annual High School Football Luncheon
All Time Game Results - or are
Silver Turkey Award Winners
Shelton Won 27-21
Steve Balog, past president of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club hands the
Rotary trophy to Shelton coach Jeff Roy following one of the closest,
most exciting games in the long history of the series.
More pictures from the game here
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story of the 2012 luncheon
One of the oldest traditions of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club and the two
communities it serves is the annual Thanksgiving Day High School Football Luncheon. The
event dates back to at least the late 1930s and has been a holiday fixture for
decades. At one time the local Kiwanis Club took the teams to Yankee Stadium to
see the Yankees (Yes Yankees - not Giants) for a game and a steak dinner. Over
time, the event evolved into a joint luncheon sponsored by both the Kiwanis and
Rotary Clubs. Since the demise of the local Kiwanis club, the tradition has continued
and thrived under the sponsorship of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club.
In addition to hearing from the coaches and captains of the
football, all senior members of the teams and the cheerleading squads
squads were introduced. Each school also brings along a special guest speaker
who played for their school and recounts their experiences and current
The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club Trophy
This is the current trophy put in play on November 25,
Tony Branca with the trophy that he designed, built and donated.
|The Derby/Shelton Rotary club not only honors the senior members of the football and
cheerleading squads at both schools along with their coaches, but also presents a trophy
that the winning team keeps until the next game or until a school accumulates ten points
for wins and/or ties. In 1997, Shelton retired the previous trophy after 18 years of
competition. The new trophy was designed and made by ex-Shelton football coach Tony
Branca. The 1998 game marked the 87th meeting between Derby and Shelton High
schools in a rivalry that dates back to 1904 or 1905 depending on which side you
The first game where this trophy was up for grabs in 1998 ended in a
here for a story and pictures from the game.
Shelton retired the trophy in 2009 with a 33-6 win in Derby. This trophy
only took 12 years to retire as Shelton registered 10 wins to Derby's 1 and there
was one tie.
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