1906 Western State Hilltoppers football team

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1906 Western State Hilltoppers football
1906 record1–2
Head coachTubby Meyers (1st season)
CaptainTubby Meyers
1907 →

The 1906 Western State Hilltoppers football team represented Western State Normal School (later renamed Western Michigan University) as an independent during the 1906 college football season. In their first season under head coach Tubby Meyers, the Hilltoppers compiled a 1–2 record and were outscored by their opponents, 28 to 26.[1][2] In addition to serving as the head coach, halfback Tubby Meyers was the team captain for the first of three consecutive years.[3]

The team's first game was a 21–0 victory over Wayland High School from Wayland, Michigan, on October 13, 1906.[4]

The school's first intercollegiate football game was a 14–0 loss to Kalamazoo College on November 3, 1906.[5][6] Two weeks later, the team lost, 14–5, to Michigan State Normal.[2]

On November 12, 1906, the team, the first for the school, was honored at an oyster dinner hosted by the manual training department with 15 women, all students from the domestic science department, as hostesses. Brown and gold pennants were presented to each guest, and a miniature brown and gold football was placed on every plate.[7]


October 13Wayland High SchoolW 21–0[4]
November 3KalamazooKalamazoo, MIL 0–14[5]
November 17Michigan State NormalKalamazoo, MIL 5–14[8]


  1. ^ "Football Records: Annual Results". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1900-09". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Football History: All-Time Captains". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Western Michigan Yearly Results (1905-1909)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Football Results of Saturday". Detroit Free Press. November 4, 1906. p. 17.
  6. ^ Note: College Football Data Warehouse reports here that Western also played a game with Ferris Institute on October 27, 1906, but no press reportage has been found on that game, and it is not included in the school's records.
  7. ^ "Pay Tribute To The Boys: Western Normal Girls Plan Supper". Detroit Free Press. December 9, 1906. p. 38.
  8. ^ "Kalamazoo". Detroit Free Press. November 18, 1906. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.