We are going to take this time to break away from soccer for a moment to bring attention to an historical event occurring in San Antonio. The name “Crocketteers” was chosen to honor San Antonio history and the Battle of the Alamo. Many participants’ names in the battle are well-known: such as Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and James Bowie. The “Crocketteers” name is in reference to Davy Crockett while many slogans we use are famous quotes from William B. Travis. The battle itself – where less than 200 men faced off against 10 times their number – helped stir the rest of Texas and the nation to fight and win Texas independence.

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The last of the fighting during the Battle of the Alamo ended March 6th, 1836.

During the final days of the siege of the Alamo, Travis wrote a letter requesting reinforcements versus Mexican troops that had surrounded him and his men. He states that after taking fire during the siege for 24 straight hours, he has not lost a man and the flag still waves proudly over the mission. Travis goes on to say he “shall never surrender or retreat” and finishes “Victory or Death”. The Crocketteers adopted, early on, the cry for Victory or Death to prove our passion for soccer and our drive to bring professional soccer to San Antonio. The San Antonio Scorpions inaugural season last year proves the progress of our continuing efforts. You can find one of the the previous Crocketteers scarves with this quote. (Our current scarf has another famous quote from Davy Crockett.) The first 250 Crocketteers members to join the cause are referred to as the Travis 250.

The Crocketteers "Victory or Death" scarf pictured with the plaque in the front of the Alamo.

The Crocketteers “Victory or Death” scarf pictured with the plaque in the front of the Alamo.

Travis’ letter has returned to the Alamo for the first time in 177 years and is on display until March 7th. The Alamo is located in downtown San Antonio. Arrive early to beat the line as wait times can reach up to 4 hours. While it is impossible to join the Travis 250 now, Crocketteers membership for the Brigade is open and you can “Cross the Line” by clicking over to our Membership Page.┬áThe Crocketteers’ mission has always been – and will continue to be – to promote the sport of soccer in San Antonio and to bring and support a professional team. We will continue in our mission remembering the strength, determination, and resolve the defenders had at the Battle of the Alamo.

With the lines at the Alamo reaching 4 hours over the weekend, you'll want to arrive early to see this piece of history.

With the lines at the Alamo reaching 4 hours over the weekend, you’ll want to arrive early to see this piece of history.

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