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Brandy says it wasn't hard for the Notre Dame players to make their Rockford encounter.
"I remember how we worked the deal. We all gave Rock excuses about going home for the weekend. Then we met in Indianapolis after the Saturday game at Purdue. Early Sunday morning we caught a train to Chicago, then another one out to Rockford. They met us on the rear steps of the train and hid us out at a hotel. That's where we dressed, in a hotel room. We had to bring our own headgear and shoes, and they gave us jerseys.
"Madigan played center, Hayes played one end and Grover Malone played the other end. I was quarterback, Gipp was at left half, Bergman was right half and Fred [Fritz] Slackford was fullback. We even brought a substitute [George Fitzpatrick, halfback] in case anyone got hurt."
Bergman adds: "They furnished the tackles and guards. We told them, 'Just block straight ahead. Don't pull or you'll murder us.' "
In Rockford Eugene J. Welch, ex-Badger player and official, recalls the day vividly: "I was one of three guys who met the Notre Dame players at the Illinois Central station," he says. "They got in at 11:30 a.m., wearing dark glasses and getting off the train separately. We hustled them into a bus and took them to the old Nelson Hotel. Funny thing, too. Tony Haines, the AAC coach, was on the same train, coming back from officiating a game in Michigan. He didn't know about the Notre Dame players, of course, and when we saw him we just said 'hi' and tried to act inconspicuous. Then we rounded up our boys and hid them until game time."
Folke Bengston, later to become Rock-ford's police chief, recalls playing with the Irish imports.
"I was the regular center, but they put me at right guard because they brought Madigan. To this day I'm not sure who all played for our team. I do know it was a bloody battle."
Losing Coach Haines, a Yale University football standout in 1908 and a Big Ten official for 34 years, adds:
"I knew what we were up against when they ran onto the field. I had worked Notre Dame games. I recognized Gipp. Our referee that day, Fred Gardner of Rochelle, Ill., had worked the Notre Dame-Purdue game the day before. He knew what was happening, but he never told on the Notre Dame boys. Neither did I. No one was ever barred."
Rockford newspapers didn't blow any whistles on the Notre Dame players, either. The next day's Register-Gazette, however, did carry a black-type editorial on the sports page that said: