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1894 Alabama Crimson Tide football
1894 record3–1
Head coachEli Abbott (2nd season)
CaptainSamuel Slone
Home stadiumLakeview Park
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The 1894 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1894 college football season. The team was led by head coach Eli Abbott, in his second season, and played their home games at Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In what was the third season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of three wins and one loss (3–1).


For the 1894 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1894 a touchdown was worth four points, a field goal was worth five points and an conversion (PAT) was worth two points.[1]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 27 Ole Miss Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) L 0–6  
November 3 Tulane New Orleans, LA W 18–6  
November 15 Sewanee Lakeview ParkBirmingham, AL W 24–4  
November 29 Auburn Riverside Park • Montgomery, AL (Iron Bowl) W 18–0  
  • Source: 1894 Alabama football schedule[2]

Game notes

Ole Miss

In what was the first ever game played outside the state of Alabama, in their first all-time game against long-time rival Ole Miss, Alabama lost 6–0 in Jackson, Mississippi.[3][4] In a game dominated by both defenses, the only points of the game came on an Ole Miss touchdown run by William Cook in the first half.[3]


After a loss against Mississippi to open the season, Alabama made their first trip to Louisiana to compete against future conference rival Tulane for the first time and won in New Orleans 18–6.[3][4] Eli Abbott scored for Alabama first to give the Crimsons a 4–0 at the end of the first half.[3] Tulane then took a 6–4 lead early in the second half when James Buchanan scored on a touchdown run and Edward Nelson kicked the PAT.[3] Alabama responded with three more Abbott touchdown runs and a single PAT conversion from William Walker to win the game 18–6.[3]


After losing to Sewanee in their previous contest, Alabama won 24–4 in the rematch.[3][4] After Sewanee took an early 4–0 lead, Alabama tied the game later in the first half on a Samuel Slone touchdown run.[3] After Eli Abbott scored on a touchdown run early in the second half to give Alabama their first lead 8–4, Slone scored again on a 25-yard run.[3] M. H. Bankhead and C. C. Nesmith each scored touchdowns late and Allen McCants converted both PATs for the Alabama 24–4 victory.[3]


At Riverside Park in Montgomery, Alabama defeated the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Alabama (now known as Auburn University) 18–0 for their first victory in the Iron Bowl.[3][4][5] After a defensive struggle early in the game, Alabama scored their first touchdown on a J. E. Shelly run and Allen McCants kicked the PAT to give the Crimsons a 6–0 halftime lead.[5] Eli Abbott then scored both second half touchdowns on runs of three and 75-yards and McCants converted both PATs to give Alabama the 18–0 win.[3][5]


The following players were members of the 1894 football team according to the roster published in the 1895 edition of The Corolla, the University of Alabama yearbook.[6]


  • John Dewberry
  • Henry Pratt
  • A. J. Thompson


  • M. F. Cahalan
  • S. W. McIntosh


  • H. M. Bankhead
  • Samuel Slone



  • William Walker


  • Borden Burr
  • J. L. Davis
  • C. C. Nesmith
  • G. F. Peter
  • S. R. Prince
  • L. W. Simpson
  • G. E. Stone




  1. "Scoring values". University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  2. "1894 Alabama football schedule". University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 "1894 Season Recap" (PDF). University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Corolla, p. 99
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1894: The Tide walks away with a big win". Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. pp. 9–10. ISBN 1-58818-044-1.
  6. The Corolla, p. 98