1909 Western State Hilltoppers football team

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1909 Western State Hilltoppers football
Conference Independent
1909 record 6–1
Head coach William H. Spaulding (3rd season)
Captain John McGuiness
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The 1909 Western State Hilltoppers football team was an American football team that represented Western State Normal School (later renamed Western Michigan University) during the 1909 college football season. In their third season under head coach William H. Spaulding (who later went on to coach at Minnesota and UCLA), the Hilltoppers compiled a 6–1 record.[1] Tackle John McGuiness was the team captain.[2]

The fall of 1909 was the sixth fall term in the school's history.[3] By early October 1909, the school had an enrollment of more than 550 students. Dwight B. Waldo was the school's president.[4]

On November 27, 1909, the school held a dinner in honor of the football team. Coach Spaulding was the toastmaster, and President Waldo spoke about "The Event," referring to the football team's victory over Kalamazoo College. The women of the sewing and cooking departments were in charge of the event, including decorations and planning, preparing, and serving the meal.[5]


Otsego IndependentsW 61–0[1]
October 9at AlbionAlbion, MIL 6–10[6]
October 16at Battle Creek High SchoolBattle Creek, MIW 15–0[7]
Dowagiac High SchoolW 47–0[1]
October 30Benton Harbor College
  • Woodward Avenue grounds
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 28–3[8]
November 13KalamazooKalamazoo, MIW 26–6[9]
Central Michigan (rivalry)W 11–0[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1906-09". Western Michigan Football Media Guide. Western Michigan University. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Football History: All-Time Captains". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Western Normal Ready". Detroit Free Press. September 26, 1909. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Over 550 in Thus Far: Western Normal's Attendance Largest in Its History". Detroit Free Press. October 10, 1955. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "Western Normals Rejoice". Detroit Free Press. November 28, 1909. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Kalamazoo Bites the Dust: Falls Before Albion's Rush in Well-Played Game". Detroit Free Press. October 10, 1909. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "Normals Score Thrice". Detroit Free Press. October 17, 1909. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "College Loses To Kalamazoo". The News-Palladium. October 30, 1909. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ "Football of Saturday". Detroit Free Press. November 14, 1909. p. 13.