“I’m sure there will be a heavy Esso theme tonight. Esso was a mentor to Bill and we’ll have a remembrance, but Esso wouldn’t have wanted this night to be all about him,” Harris said. “It will have a heavy Esso flavor, but it’s still about the game and the traditions and things like that. It’s about the game and the friendships.”
Getting a chance to share stories with old friends and old foes turned friends is one of the highlights of the night for all the former Marblehead and Swampscott football players.
It was a night Esso Haines enjoyed tremendously, and nothing pleased him more than helping support Marblehead football.
“It meant the world to him. All the student-athletes meant a lot to Esso,” Harris said. “He was just always involved, but this was his love. The Gridiron Club was his baby; he nurtured it and brought it along for all these years. This whole town owes him quite a bit of gratitude for all the work he put in.”
The event is always held at the Gerry 5 Club in Marblehead, but Swampscott and Marblehead alternate organizing the event.
“This is Marblehead’s year,” Harris said. “It’s always important to these guys to have this and 52 years says it all about this event.”