1895 Alabama Crimson White football team

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1895 Alabama Crimson White football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1895 record0–4 (0–2 SIAA)
Head coachEli Abbott (3rd season)
CaptainH. M. Bankhead
Home stadiumThe Quad
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1895 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt 3 0 0     5 3 1
Auburn 2 1 0     2 1 0
Georgia 2 2 0     3 4 0
Sewanee 0 2 0     2 2 1
Alabama 0 2 0     0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1895 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The team was led by head coach Eli Abbott, in his third season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In what was the fourth season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of zero wins and four losses (0–4). The 1895 squad also was the first to compete in a conference, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).

After a one-loss season in 1894, Abbott returned as head coach and led the 1895 squad. Alabama opened the season with a loss at Columbus against Georgia. The Crimson White next lost a pair of games in Louisiana over a span of just three days. After a loss to Tulane at New Orleans, Alabama was defeated by LSU in the first all-time game between the schools. They then closed the year with a 48–0 loss to Auburn in the first Iron Bowl ever played at Tuscaloosa.


Date Opponent Site Result
November 9 at Georgia Wildwood Park • Columbus, GA (rivalry) L 6–30  
November 16 at Tulane New Orleans, LA L 0–22  
November 18 at LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA (rivalry) L 6–12  
November 23 Auburn The QuadTuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl) L 0–48  
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1895 Alabama football schedule[3][A 2]

Game summaries[edit]


In what was the first ever game played in the state of Georgia, in their first all-time game against the University of Georgia, Alabama lost 30–6 before 500 fans in Columbus.[5][6] Alabama took their only lead of the game early after Borden Burr scored a touchdown following a blocked punt. C. S. Pelham then kicked the PAT and Alabama led, 6–0.[5] From that point, Georgia scored 30 unanswered points with touchdowns by Edgar Pomeroy, Rufus Nally and Craig Barrow in the first half; and touchdowns by Pomeroy and Fred Price in the second half for their 30–6 victory.[5]


After they defeated Tulane in their first matchup in 1894, Alabama was shut out 22–0 before 1,000 fans in New Orleans.[5][6] A. K. Foote scored both of Tulane's first-half touchdowns to give them an 8–0 halftime lead.[5] Tulane extended their lead in the second half with two touchdowns by Warren Johnson and one by S. S. Rubira on a 50-yard run in their 22–0 win.[5]


Two days after their loss against Tulane, Alabama lost, 12–6, to long-time rival LSU at Baton Rouge in their first all-time meeting against the two schools.[5][7] After a scoreless first half, Alabama took a 6–0 lead on their first drive of the second half on a T. W. Powers touchdown run.[7] However, LSU scored twelve unanswered points on a pair of Sam Lambert touchdowns that gave them the 12–6 victory.[7] This game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday, November 15, but was rescheduled for the Monday that followed due to a train delay as they traveled from Tuscaloosa across the Mississippi Valley.[8]


In the first all-time Iron Bowl played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was defeated by the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Alabama (now known as Auburn University), 48–0.[5][6][9] The 48-point margin of victory still stands tied with the 1900 Iron Bowl as the largest for Auburn in the Iron Bowl.


The following players were members of the 1895 football team according to the roster published in the 1896 edition of The Corolla, the University of Alabama yearbook.[6]

Alabama Crimson White 1895 roster


  • Gideon Boykin
  • Henry Pratt


  • J. H. Dew
  • C. M. Pearce


  • John Jenkins
  • Oscar Teague
  • H. M. Bankhead
  • Dexter Comstock
  • T. W. Powers
  • G. E. Stone


  • Borden Burr
  • Hill Ferguson
  • S. P. Johnston
  • A. B. McEachin
  • C. S. Pelham
  • Frank White


  1. ^ Alabama football teams were not referred to as the "Crimson Tide" until the 1907 season. Prior to 1907, the team was called the "Crimson White" from 1893 to 1906 and the "Cadets" in 1892.[1][2]
  2. ^ For the 1895 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1895 a touchdown was worth four points, a field goal was worth five points and an extra point (PAT) was worth two points.[4]



  • The Corolla. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections. 1896. pp. 78–80. Retrieved October 26, 2012.


  1. ^ "How the Crimson Tide got its name". bryantmuseum.ua.edu. Paul W. Bryant Museum. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Kennedy, Scott (April 8, 1992). "Tide football tradition began with 1892 team". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 2F. Retrieved June 30, 2013 – via Google News Archives.
  3. ^ "1895 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "1895 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-08. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d The Corolla, p. 78
  7. ^ a b c "Football game at Baton Rouge: The Alabamians defeated by the Louisiana team". The Daily Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 19, 1895. p. 8.
  8. ^ "Football: Tuscaloosa's team in town". The Daily Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 16, 1895. p. 7.
  9. ^ Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1895: Auburn smashes winless Auburn". Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. pp. 11–12. ISBN 1-58818-044-1.