1889 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1889 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Independent
1889 record 3–1
Head coach Al McCord, D. W. McCord,
Frank Heffelfinger and Billy Morse (1st season)
Captain Alfred Pillsbury
← 1888
1890 →

The 1889 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota during the 1889 college football season. This was the only season to feature game coaches.

Before the season[edit]

After Fred Jones stopped actively coaching, the team used game coaches for one season instead of finding a replacement for him.[1]:5 The McCords, like Coach Peebles, had played football at Princeton.[2]:17

1889 finally saw the formation of a football association. Before 1889, there wasn't any kind of official connection between the football team and the student body, which sometimes resulted in player shortages and required recruitment from other schools in order to have enough men to play in the games.[2]:17

Once again, an attempt was made to schedule a game with the University of Michigan, but "Michigan wanted Minnesota to pay all of the expenses of the trip, which would amount to two hundred dollars. The Minnesota management was not able to see its way clear to guarantee this and so the game was given up."[2]:17

Team of 1889: Quarterback, Alf F. Pillsbury (captain); Halfbacks, George K. Belden, John F. Hayden; Fullback, Grant Rossman; Rush Line, Birney E. Trask (l.e.), A.J. Harris (l.t.), R.B. Brower (l.g.), E.H. Day (r.e.), J.E. Madigan (r.t.), George C. Sikes (r.g.), H.R. Robinson (center); Substitutes, M.B. Davidson, Charles E. Guthrie and W.M. Thompson.[2]:33


Date Opponent Site Result
October 5 Ex-Collegiates Minneapolis, MN W 2–0  
October 26 Ex-Collegiates Minneapolis, MN W 10–0  
November 11 at Shattuck Faribault, MN L 8–28  
November 20 Shattuck Minneapolis, MN W 26–0  


  1. ^ Papas Jr., Al (1990). Gopher Sketchbook. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nodin Press. 
  2. ^ a b c d The General Alumni Association (1928). Martin Newell, ed. The History of Minnesota Football. The General Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota.