Following the success of the first games
in 1891 between the Tacoma Athletic Club and the Multnomah Amateur
Athletic Club, William B. Goodwin organized the Seattle Athletic Club
and the three organizations joined forced to form the Pacific Northwest
Amateur Athletic Union. The PNAAU would crown a football champion
after the teams had played each other in round robin format.
Goodwin, a former Yale track and field standout, had brought football to
the University of Washington in 1889 and thought having more teams in
the area would make the University team more powerful and more opponents
to hone their skills.
The Multnomah Winged M's as they were
known, had the immediate upper hand and in 1892 won the title based on
the loses of Tacoma and Seattle who split games. Multnomah and
Seattle tied in a scoreless game on January 2, 1893 in what could be
called the first "Bowl Game" in northwest football history.
The Winged M's again dominated the PNAAU
which had expanded to four teams with the addition of the Port Townsend
1893 also saw an "explosion" of football
in the northwest. Not only had the PNAAU doubled in size in 2
years, but more college teams appeared including Vashon College, and
eastern teams such as the Spokane Athletic Club and Moscow Athletic Club
in Idaho. Tacoma even had a second team as the Viviendas Club
began playing and beating the older men of the TAC.
In 1914 leadership included Edgar Frank
(President); F.M. Dunn (Secretary)