With the conclusion of Abington Senior High School’s football season on Friday, October 27, local historian Chuck Langerman offered us a former tradition between Cheltenham’s and Abington’s football programs.
According to Langerman, back in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the Cheltenham-Abington football game was usually played the Saturday before Thanksgiving. On Saturday, November 18, 1978, Cheltenham and Abington renewed their annual backyard rivalry in Wyncote in a game that would become an instant classic.
The Panthers built an 18-7 fourth-quarter lead on the heroics of Bill Fackler, who zipped 93 yards with the opening kickoff and hauled in a 49-yard scoring pass from twin brother Chaz. Abington countered with two scoring runs and took a 21-18 lead with four minutes remaining in the game.
Abington and Cheltenham football 2023
The stage was set for “Creighton’s Run.” Senior Panther running back Bill Creighton (pictured below) took a handoff from quarterback Chaz Fackler. Ten Abington players hit Creighton—only one Ghost defender didn’t touch him—but he kept going for an improbable 48-yard touchdown run to give Cheltenham a 25-21 come-from-behind victory over Abington.