Alabama Crimson Tide football, 1892–1899

Alabama Crimson Tide Football, 1892–1899

Alabama Crimson Tide football, 1892–1899

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The first game in Alabama football history was played on November 11, 1892, against a squad of high school players from around Birmingham, and Alabama won 56–0. It was regarded as a practice game, and followed the next day by a matchup with the Birmingham Athletic Club (B.A.C.). Alabama lost that game 5–4 when J.P. Ross of Birmingham booted a 63-yard field goal. After winning a rematch with the B.A.C. in December, Alabama closed out the 1892 season by playing the first ever Iron Bowl against Auburn on February 22, 1893. Auburn led by two at halftime and pulled away in the second half to win 32–22. All games were played at Lakeview Park in Birmingham.


1893 saw the first game ever played on campus, a loss to the B.A.C. on The Quad in Tuscaloosa. Alabama was shut out 4–0 after its only chance at scoring failed when time expired in the first half. The match with Sewanee was the first in a series that would evolve into a vigorous rivalry over the next thirty years. A second consecutive Iron Bowl loss to Auburn, this one in Montgomery, left Bama winless in the short four game...
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