1889 Northwestern Purple football
1889 record2–2
Head coachNone
CaptainErman Ridgway
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The 1889 Northwestern Purple football team was an American football team that represented Northwestern University during the 1889 college football season. The team compiled a 2–2 record. Only one of the five games was an intercollegiate game, a 9–0 loss to Notre Dame on November 14, 1889, in Evanston. The game was the first meeting in the Northwestern–Notre Dame football rivalry. Northwestern also played games against Evanston High School (18–4 victory), the Chicago University Club (0–28 loss), and the Wanderers Athletic Club (22–0 victory).[1]


November 9Evanston HighEvanston, ILW 18–4
November 14Notre Dame
  • Northwestern campus
  • Evanston, IL (rivalry)
L 0–9[2][3]
November 23at Chicago University Club
L 0–29[4]
December 7at Wanderers Athletic Club
  • Indiana Ave & 37th St.
  • Chicago
W 22–0[5]


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