1899 Normal School of Arizona Normals football team

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1899 Normal School of Arizona football
Conference Independent
1899 record 3–0
Head coach Frederick M. Irish (2nd season)
Home stadium Normal Field
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The 1899 Normal School of Arizona Normals football team was an American football team that represented the Normal School of Arizona (later renamed Arizona State University) as an independent during the 1899 college football season. In its second season of varsity football (an 1897 team played one game), the Normals compiled a (3–0) record and outscored their opponents 23-2. Tempe Normal's team captain was LH Walter Shute. The team was known by the nickname "Normals".[1]

The season began with the first two victories in program history, one over the Phoenix Indians, and the other over Phoenix Union High School. On November 30, 1899, the team played and won its first intercollegiate football game, an 11–2 victory over the University of Arizona. The game was the inaugural meeting in the Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry and was played in front of an estimated 300 spectators at the Carillo Gardens amusement center near the Santa Cruz River in Tucson.[2][3] The Normals finished (1-0) at home and (2-0) on the road. All home games were played at Normal Field in Tempe, Arizona.

Season Summary[edit]

In the season opener at Normal Field, Tempe Normal delivered a 6-0 home shutout win over the Phoenix Indians. The Normals recorded a 6-0 shutout victory over Phoenix Union High School on the road. This marked the first ever meeting between the teams in school history. During the rivalry matchup in Tucson, Tempe Normal closed the season with a 11-2 road win against Arizona. This marked the first ever meeting between the teams in school history.

Tempe Normal's roster included: (RT Nobel Carter, Wiley Coughran, LG Alma Davis, LE Garfield Goodwin, RH Charles Haigler, Herbert Hanna, LT Jim Power, C R.O. Richards, RG Chris Segalia, LH Walter Shute, FB Jack Stelsriede, RE Harve Wagner, Arthur Woolf, & QB Billy Woolf).

Team Statistical Leaders & Awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Quick Facts About ASU in 1899 and the 1899 Football Team" (PDF). Arizona State University. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ David Devine (2015). Tucson: A History of the Old Pueblo from the 1854 Gadsden Purchase. McFarland. p. 31. ISBN 0786497106. 
  3. ^ Bob Eger (2001). Maroon & Gold: A History of Sun Devil Athletics. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 4. ISBN 1582612234. 
  • 2007 Arizona State Football Media Guide