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After a season of aggregating under the Kenosha Athletic Association, the Kenosha teams returned to being individually controlled and joined the Wisconsin State Soccer Football League for the 1926-27 season. After a season the Chicago B league, the Kenosha Reds rejoined the WSSFL as the MacWhytes. After spending the prior season as the Kenosha Blues, the Simmons company team became the Simmons Blues. And, the newly organized Ke-Nash-A team of the Nash Motor Company entered the WSSFL. Another new team, the Sheboygan Sports Club, also joined the WSSFL.
The Wisconsin State Football Association also relaunched the Wisconsin Challenge Cup for the 1926-27 season. George S. Whyte donated a new trophy for the knockout competition. The cup had to be won by one team three times in succession to secure permanent ownership. Another player grabbed and broke the watch chain of Jim Allen, the honorary president of the WSFA. Members of the MacWhyte team also fought with fans. The MacWhytes refused to come onto the field for the cup presentation after calm was restored.
The WSSFL was again split into fall and spring halves. The league ended after 18 games in mid-July of 1927 in a dead heat between the MacWhytes and F.C. Wacker of Milwaukee. An extra game was played on July 17 to break the deadlock. The MacWhytes defeated the Wackers 3-1 in extra time before a crowd of 700 at Simmons Athletic Field to win the league title.
On Sunday, July 31, the MacWhytes met Viking A.C. of Racine on the same field in the final of the state challenge cup. The Vikings won the cup 2-1 but when the cup was presented to the team following the match several members of the MacWhytes started a fight. One player grabbed the Whyte trophy and said the Vikings were not entitled to it.
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