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1896 VPI football
ConferenceIndependent
1896 record5–2–1
Head coachArlie C. Jones (2nd season)
CaptainJ. Lewis Ingles
Home stadiumSheib Field
Seasons
← 1895
1897 →

The 1896 VPI football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1896 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Arlie C. Jones and finished with a record of four wins, three losses, and one tie (5–2–1).

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
October 10Alleghany InstituteW 20-0[1][2][3]
October 20Roanoke
  • Sheib Field
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 12–0
October 24vs. North CarolinaDanville, VAT 0–0[4][5][6]600–700[7]
October 314:00 p.m.[9]at Virginia
L 0–44[8]600[9]
November 2vs. Hampden–SydneyLynchburg, VAW 42–0[10][11]
November 14at TennesseeL 4–6[12][13]
November 16vs. MaryvilleKnoxville, TNW 52–0[14]
November 262:30 p.m.[17]vs. VMIRoanoke, VA (rivalry)W 24–0[15][16]2,000[17]
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1896 Virginia Tech football schedule[18]

Season summaryEdit

St. Albans Game CancelledEdit

A game against St. Albans Lutheran Boys School was scheduled to be played on October 17, 1896 in Radford, Virginia. However, the game was not played after a dispute between both teams regarding the amateur eligibility of players on both sides.[19]

PlayersEdit

The following players were members of the 1896 football team according to the roster published in the 1897 and 1903 editions of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[20][21]

VPI 1896 roster
Quarterback
  • Tarpley Douglas Martin

Guards

  • William Lawrence Mayer
  • Nerbon Robert Patrick
  • Joseph Glenwood Pelter

Tackles

  • William Edwin Starke
  • Charles Morton Wood

Centers

  • Richard Ainsworth Herbert
  • Sidney Johnson Thomas
Ends
  • Howard Archer Johnson
  • William B. Treadwell

Halfbacks

Fullbacks

  • Edward Henry Herbert
  • Obediah Francis Whitehurst
Substitutes
  • Charles Weedon Cochran
  • William Franklin Cox
  • George H. King
  • David Gray Langhorne
  • Dabney Thomas Poindexter
  • G. H. Townes
  • Benjamin Lanier Traynham

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Football News". The Roanoke Times (Library of Virginia): p. 5. October 13, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TRDT18961013&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  2. "Alleghany Won". The Roanoke Times (Library of Virginia): p. 5. October 11, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TRDT18961011.1.5&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  3. "The Magic City". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 1. October 11, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18961011.1.1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  4. "Neither Side Scored". The Roanoke Times (Library of Virginia): p. 4. October 25, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TRDT18961025.1.4&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  5. "Neither Side Scored". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 13. October 25, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18961025.1.13&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. "A Tie Game". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 12. October 25, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18961025.1.12&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  7. "A Drawn Battle". The Tar Heel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): p. 1. October 31, 1896. http://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn92073227/1896-10-31/ed-1/seq-1/. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  8. "Blacksburg Downed". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 15. November 1, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18961101.1.15&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Foot-Ball in Virginia". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 6. November 1, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18961101.1.6&e=------189-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1896--. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  10. "Blacksburg, 42; Hampden–Sidney, 0". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 7. November 3, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18961103.1.7&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  11. "Blacksburg Won". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 3. November 3, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18961103.1.3&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  12. "Tennessee and Blacksburg". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 16. November 15, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18961115.1.16&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  13. "Blacksburg Defeated". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 13. November 15, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18961115.1.13&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  14. "Blacksburgs Triumphant". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 7. November 17, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18961117.1.7&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  15. "Big Crowds Saw It". The Roanoke Times (Library of Virginia): p. 1. November 27, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TRDT18961127.1.1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  16. "Other State Games". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 2. November 27, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18961127.1.2&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Blacksburg Beats V.M.I.". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 3. November 27, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18961127.1.3&e=------189-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1896--. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  18. Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1896–1897". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed November 4, 2015.
  19. "The Other Side". The Roanoke Times (Library of Virginia): p. 4. October 21, 1896. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TRDT18961021.1.4&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  20. "The Bugle 1897". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1897. http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/bugle/bugl1897/pg81.htm. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  21. "The Bugle 1903". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1903. p. 129. http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/bugle/bugl1903/1903_BUGLE.pdf. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
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