American Football Database
1893 Alabama Crimson Tide football
1893 record0–4
Head coachEli Abbott (1st season)
CaptainC. C. Nesmith
Home stadiumLakeview Park
The Quad
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The 1893 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1893 college football season. The team was led by head coach Eli Abbott and played their home games at Lakeview Park in Birmingham and The Quad in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In what was the second season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of zero wins and four losses (0–4).


For the 1893 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1893 a touchdown was worth four points, a field goal was worth five points and an conversion was worth two points.[1]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 13 Birmingham Athletic Club The QuadTuscaloosa, AL L 0–4  
November 4 Birmingham Athletic Club Lakeview ParkBirmingham, AL L 8–10  
November 11 Sewanee Lakeview Park • Birmingham, AL L 0–20  
November 30 Auburn Riverside Park • Montgomery, AL (Iron Bowl) L 16–40  
  • Source: 1893 Alabama football schedule[2]

Game notes

Birmingham Athletic Club (October)

In what was the first ever game played in Tuscaloosa, the Birmingham Athletic Club (B.A.C.) defeated Alabama 4–0 at The Quad on the campus of the University of Alabama.[3][4] In a game dominated by both defenses, the only points of the game came on an Athletics touchdown in the second half.[3]

Birmingham Athletic Club (November)

In a rematch against the B.A.C. a month later at Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Alabama suffered their second loss of the season by a final score of 10–8.[3][4] After trialing 4–0 at the end of the first half, Alabama scored their first points of the season on a William Walker touchdown run early in the second half to tie the game at 4–4.[3] After the Athletics retook a 10–4 lead after scoring a touchdown and converting the extra point, Walker scored his second touchdown of the game to make the final score 10–8 after a missed extra point.[3]


Sewanee won 20–0.[3][4] They were the first-ever opponent from outside the state of Alabama to play the Tide. Sewanee would become one of Alabama's biggest rivals in the early decades of the Crimson Tide football program.


After playing their previous game at Birmingham's Lakeview Park, the city of Montgomery gave Alabama and the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Alabama (now known as Auburn University) $500 to play against each other at Riverside Park.[5] In the second edition of what has since become known as the Iron Bowl, Auburn won 40–16.[3][4] Auburn scored first when Rufus Dorsey scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and kicked the extra point for a 6–0 lead.[5] Alabama responded on their following possession when John Burgett scored on a 35-yard touchdown run and G. H. Kyser missed the extra point to make the score 6–4.[3][5] Auburn then retook an 18–4 halftime lead after a pair of touchdown from J. C. Dunham.[5]

Alabama then opened the second half with their second touchdown of the game. William Walker scored on a six-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 18–10.[3][5] Auburn responded to extend their lead further with touchdown runs by Snow Perkins, Arthur Redding and J. V. Brown to make the score 34–10.[3][5] After a David Grayson touchdown for Alabama, Auburn responded with their final points of the game on a one-yard Dorsey run to make the final score 40–16.[5] Governor of Alabama Thomas G. Jones presented a trophy to Auburn's captain Rufus Dorsey for their victory.[5]


The following players were members of the 1893 football team according to the roster published in the 1894 edition of The Corolla, the University of Alabama yearbook.[6]


  • R. E. Boyle
  • Marion Letcher
  • Merrill Northington


  • John Burgett
  • L. W. Simpson


  • G. H. Kyser
  • Samuel Slone


  • David Grayson
  • Hugh Morrow
  • C. C. Nesmith
  • S. H. Strickland


  • William Walker


  • H. M. Bankhead
  • John Dewberry
  • C. S. Goodwin
  • D. B. Johnson
  • G. Parker
  • D. H. Smith
  • M. P. Walker




  1. "Scoring values". University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  2. "1893 Alabama football schedule". University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "1893 Season Recap" (PDF). University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Corolla, p. 102
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "November 30, 1893: Auburn smashed winless Alabama". Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. pp. 6–8. ISBN 1-58818-044-1.
  6. The Corolla, p. 96