1896 VPI football team

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1896 VPI football
VT football team 1896.jpg
VPI's football team in 1896
Conference Independent
1896 record 4–3–1
Head coach Arlie C. Jones (2nd season)
Captain J. Lewis Ingles
Home stadium Sheib Field
Seasons
← 1895
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The 1896 VPI football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1896 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Arlie C. Jones and finished with a record of four wins, three losses, and one tie (4–3–1).

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 10, 1896 Alleghany Institute Sheib FieldBlacksburg, VA L 0–20[1][2]   -
October 20, 1896 Roanoke College Sheib Field • Blacksburg, VA W 12–0   -
October 24, 1896 vs. North Carolina Danville, VA T 0–0[3][4][5]   -
October 31, 1896 4:00pm[6] at Virginia Madison Hall Field • Charlottesville, VA (Rivalry) L 0–44[7]   600[6]
November 2, 1896 vs. Hampden–Sydney Lynchburg, VA W 42–0[8][9]   -
November 14, 1896 at Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN L 4–6[10][11]   -
November 16, 1896 vs. Maryville College Knoxville, TN W 52–0[12]   -
November 26, 1896 2:30pm[13] vs. VMI Roanoke, VA (Rivalry) W 24–0[14][15]   2,000[13]
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1896 Virginia Tech football schedule[16]

Season summary[edit]

St. Albans Game Cancelled[edit]

A game against St. Albans Lutheran Boys School was scheduled to be played on October 17, 1896 in Radford, Virginia. However, the game was not played after a dispute between both teams regarding the amateur eligibility of players on both sides.[17]

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1896 football team according to the roster published in the 1897 and 1903 editions of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[18][19]

VPI 1896 roster
Quarterback
  • Tarpley Douglas Martin

Guards

  • William Lawrence Mayer
  • Nerbon Robert Patrick
  • Joseph Glenwood Pelter

Tackles

  • William Edwin Starke
  • Charles Morton Wood

Centers

  • Richard Ainsworth Herbert
  • Sidney Johnson Thomas
Ends
  • Howard Archer Johnson
  • William B. Treadwell

Halfbacks

Fullbacks

  • Edward Henry Herbert
  • Obediah Francis Whitehurst
Substitutes
  • Charles Weedon Cochran
  • William Franklin Cox
  • George H. King
  • David Gray Langhorne
  • Dabney Thomas Poindexter
  • G. H. Townes
  • Benjamin Lanier Traynham

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alleghany Won". The Roanoke Times. Library of Virginia. October 11, 1896. p. 5. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Magic City". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 11, 1896. p. 1. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Neither Side Scored". The Roanoke Times. Library of Virginia. October 25, 1896. p. 4. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Neither Side Scored". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 25, 1896. p. 13. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "A Tie Game". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 25, 1896. p. 12. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Foot-Ball in Virginia". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 1, 1896. p. 6. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Blacksburg Downed". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 1, 1896. p. 15. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Blacksburg, 42; Hampden–Sidney, 0". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 3, 1896. p. 7. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Blacksburg Won". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 3, 1896. p. 3. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Tennessee and Blacksburg". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 15, 1896. p. 16. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Blacksburg Defeated". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 15, 1896. p. 13. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Blacksburgs Triumphant". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 17, 1896. p. 7. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Blacksburg Beats V.M.I." The Times. Library of Virginia. November 27, 1896. p. 3. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Big Crowds Saw It". The Roanoke Times. Library of Virginia. November 27, 1896. p. 1. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Other State Games". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 27, 1896. p. 2. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  16. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1896–1897". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed November 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Other Side". The Roanoke Times. Library of Virginia. October 21, 1896. p. 4. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  18. ^ "The Bugle 1897". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1897. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  19. ^ "The Bugle 1903" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1903. p. 129. Retrieved 2015-11-04.