1895 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1895 record0–4 (0–4 SIAA)
Head coachEli Abbott (3rd season)
CaptainH. M. Bankhead
Home stadiumThe Quad
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The 1895 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1895 college football season. The team was led by head coach Eli Abbott, in his third season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In what was the fourth season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of zero wins and four losses (0–4). The 1895 squad also was the first to compete in a conference, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).


For the 1895 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1895 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
November 2 Georgia Wildwood Park • Columbus, GA L 6–30  
November 16 Tulane New Orleans, LA L 0–22  
November 18 LSU State Field • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) L 6–12  
November 23 Auburn The QuadTuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl) L 0–48  
*Non-Conference Game.
  • Source: 1895 Alabama football schedule[2]

Game notesEdit


In what was the first ever game played in the state of Georgia, in their first all-time game against the University of Georgia, Alabama lost 30–6 before 500 fans in Columbus, Georgia.[3][4] Alabama took their only lead of the game early after Borden Burr scored a touchdown following a blocked punt. C. S. Pelham then kicked the PAT and Alabama led 6–0.[3] From this point, Georgia scored 30 unanswered points with touchdowns by Edgar Pomeroy, Rufus Nally and Craig Barrow in the first half; and touchdowns by Pomeroy and Fred Price in the second half for their 30–6 victory.[3]


After they defeated Tulane in their first matchup in 1894, Alabama was shutout 22–0 before 1,000 fans in New Orleans.[3][4] A. K. Foote scored both of Tulane's first half touchdowns to give them an 8–0 halftime lead.[3] Tulane extended their lead in the second half with two touchdowns by Warren Johnson and one by S. S. Rubira on a 50-yard run in their 22–0 win.[3]


Two days after their loss against Tulane, Alabama lost 12–6 to long-time rival LSU at Baton Rouge in their first all-time meeting against the two schools.[3][4] After a scoreless first half, Alabama took a 6–0 lead on their first drive of the second half on a T. W. Powers touchdown run.[3] However, LSU scored twelve unanswered points on a pair of Sam Lambert touchdowns to give them the 12–6 victory.[3]


In the first all-time Iron Bowl played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was defeated by the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Alabama (now know as Auburn University) 48–0.[3][4][5] The 48 point margin of victory still stands tied with the 1900 Iron Bowl as the largest for Auburn in the Iron Bowl.


The following players were members of the 1895 football team according to the roster published in the 1896 edition of The Corolla, the University of Alabama yearbook.[6]


  • Gideon Boykin
  • Henry Pratt


  • J. H. Dew
  • C. M. Pearce


  • John Jenkins
  • Oscar Teague


  • H. M. Bankhead
  • Dexter Comstock
  • T. W. Powers
  • G. E. Stone


  • Borden Burr


  • Hill Ferguson
  • S. P. Johnston
  • A. B. McEachin
  • C. S. Pelham
  • Frank White




  1. "Scoring values". University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  2. "1895 Alabama football schedule". University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "1895 Season Recap" (PDF). University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Corolla, p. 78
  5. Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1895: Auburn smashes winless Auburn" (in English). Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. pp. 11–12. ISBN 1-58818-044-1.
  6. The Corolla, p. 78
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