1890 – 1909 Army Navy Football

Navy 24, Army 0 Nov. 29, 1890 – West Point, N.Y.

Veteran Red Emerich scored 20 of Navy’s 24 points in its series-opening shutout of the host Cadets. Moulton Johnson added the other touchdown (touchdowns were worth four points), as the Mids served as Army’s first college football opponent.
Navy 24, Army 0 Nov. 29, 1890 - West Point, N.Y.

Army 32, Navy 16 Nov. 28, 1891 – Annapolis, Md.

Army avenged its series-opening loss to Navy by doubling up the Midshipmen, 32-16, in Annapolis. The Cadets overpowered the Midshipmen on the ground, scoring three first-half touchdowns to take an 18-6 lead at intermission. Elmer Clark scored on two touchdown runs, while plebe Fine Smith blocked Worth Bagley’s punt and returned it for a touchdown. Navy was not to be embarrassed on its home field and answered with touchdowns from C.F. Maclin and Henry Pearson to open the second half. Nonetheless, the Cadets padded their lead with two more touchdowns to provide the 16-point difference.


Navy 12, Army 4 Nov. 26, 1892 – West Point, N.Y.

Worth Bagley proved to be quite valuable to Navy, accounting for eight of the team’s 12 points in a 12-4 win over Army. All of the scoring came in the second half. Walter Izard had Navy’s first touchdown run, and Bagley added the conversion. Army’s Thomas Carson answered with a touchdown for the Cadets, but Bagley put the game away with six more points late in the half.

Navy 6, Army 4 Dec. 2, 1893 – Annapolis, Md.

Henry Kimball’s one-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion was all Navy needed in a 6-4 victory over Army. The Cadets’ Thomas Carson responded with his second touchdown in as many years against Navy, but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Army 17, Navy 5 Dec. 2, 1899 – Philadelphia, Pa.

In the first Army-Navy game held at Franklin Field, Army’s Verne Rockwell and Bob Jackson combined to score three touchdowns in the Cadets’ 17-5 victory. Considering Navy had shut out its previous three opponents – North Carolina, Trinity and Lehigh – by a combined 71-0 score, this game was termed an upset of sorts. After Jackson started the scoring in the first half with a short run, Navy drove to the Army nine-yard line before time ran out in the half. Rockwell and Jackson tallied second-half scores, as the Cadets took a commanding 17-0 lead. The Midshipmen avoided a shutout when Ward Wortman scored with just seconds left in the game.
Cadets Against Middies
Army and Navy Meet Today My And Navy Meet Today Philadelphia
Boston Evening Transcript – Dec 2, 1899
The State, War and Navy departments were almost deserted today as a result of the West Point- Annapolis football game in Philadelphia…
CADETS AT FOOTBALL TO-DAY; Rival Teams – New York Times
West Point Defeats Annapolis
Boston Evening Transcript – Dec 4, 1899

ARMY WHIPS NAVY – Boston Daily Globe
Navy’s Battered Team.
Baltimore American – Dec 4, 1899
It could not lose this game and, have any reputation at football. They had been preparing for it for six years…Philadelphia
Naval Academy, 5; West Point, 17

Navy 11, Army 7 Dec. 1, 1900 – Philadelphia, Pa.

Navy’s Bryon Long may have hit the game-tying field goal in the first half, but his recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone proved more valuable in the Midshipmen’s 11-7 win over Army. Emory Land’s touchdown run early in the second half snapped a 5-5 tie and made the score 11-5 after Orie Fowler’s extra point. Then, with 10 seconds left in the game, the Cadets’ Quinn Gray blocked Charles Belknap’s punt into the Navy end zone. If Gray recovers the punt, it’s an Army touchdown. But if Long recovers it, it’s a safety. Fortunately for the Midshipmen, Long pounced on the ball in the end zone, and Navy had itself an 11-7 triumph.

Army 11, Navy 5 Nov. 30, 1901 – Philadelphia, Pa.

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, who was sworn in as chief executive right after William McKinley was assassinated, became the first president to watch an Army-Navy game. He saw Army quarterback Charles Daly turn in a fine individual performance, leading the Cadets past Navy, 11-5. Daly opened the scoring with a first-half field goal, only to have Navy’s Newton Nichols tie the score with a touchdown just before intermission. The multi-talented Daly then took the wind out of Navy’s sails with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half and clinch the 11-5 victory.

Army 22, Navy 8 Nov. 29, 1902 – Philadelphia, Pa.

Offense, defense and special teams each had a hand in Army’s 22-8 victory over Navy. Paul Bunker and quarterback Charles Daly each had rushing touchdowns for the Cadets, while Navy’s Ralph Strassburger tackled Daly in the end zone for a safety. Navy cut Army’s lead to 10-8 just before halftime when Strassburger returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown. The Cadets held off the furious Navy comeback with a pair of second-half touchdowns. Bunker reached the end zone for the second time that afternoon, while Daly scored a touchdown and added the extra point.
ARMY AND NAVY FOOTBALL; Cadets and Midshipmen WEST POINT PICKED TO WIN Both Teams Did Their Final Practicing on Franklin Field — Annapolis Prepared to Make a Stiff Fight. New York Times – Nov 29, 1902
… the Army and Navy elevens will wind up the college football season of 19O2… University of Pennsvlvania. in Philadelphia, was offered and accepted,…

ARMY 22, NAVY 8 – Boston Daily Globe
ARMY DEFEATED NAVY AT FOOTBALL; West Point and Annapolis in Their Annual Gridiron Struggle Annapolis Cadets Scored Eight Points to the Winners’ Twenty-two — Prominent Government Officials Present. – New York Times – Nov 29, 1902

Army 40, Navy 5 Nov. 28, 1903 – Philadelphia, Pa.

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Army used two Navy fumbles and a blocked field goal attempt to overcome a five-point deficit and overwhelm the Midshipmen, 40-5. Navy took a 5-0 lead on an H.L. Chambers field goal in the first half, but that was the extent of the Mids’ offensive output. They mustered just three first downs the rest of the day. Army, on the other hand, boasted a balanced scoring attack. Fred Prince had 15 points, Ray Hill added 10, Tom Doe seven, Russell Davis five, while Ernest Graves, Charles Davis and Horatio Hackett had one point each.

ARMY AND NAVY FOOTBALL; West Point and…- New York Times – Nov 27, 1903

Army Versus Navy Football At Philadelphia
Newburgh Daily Journal – Nov 28, 1903
… looked upon as a football society function rather than as a spectacular gridiron, battle, and ‘or that reason the demand for tickets has been enormous…

Army Against Navy Rival Cadets Meet…- Boston Evening Transcript – Nov 28, 1903

New York Times – Nov 28, 1903
SOCIETY AT ARMY-NAVY GAME.; Great Exodus to Philadelphia…- New York Times – Nov 28, 1903
The Secretary of War and Miss Root will go to Philadelphia to-morrow to see the West Point-Annapolis football game. The trip will be by special car…
West Point Defeats Middies…- Sunday Morning Star – Nov 29, 1903

Army 11, Navy 0 Nov. 26, 1904 – Philadelphia, Pa.

Midway through the first half, Navy lined up to accept Army’s punt at the 50-yard line. The ball apparently touched Navy’s Homer Norton, and the Cadets’ Art Tipton, racing down the field, kicked the ball ahead of him. The game had suddenly transformed into a modern day soccer match, with Tipton kicking the ball once again toward the Navy goal line. When the ball reached the end zone, Tipton fell on top of it for Army’s first touchdown. Despite the controversy surrounding this incident, it was ruled a touchdown and set the tone for Army’s 11-0 triumph. This was the Cadets’ fourth win in a row over Navy and Army’s first shutout in series history.
Army Vs. Navy Big Game To-day – Meriden Daily Journal – Nov 26, 1904
Ready to do or die, the navy football players left Annapolis yesterday for Philadelphia. The players wero given a rousing send-off when they left the acdemy grounds…
ARMY 11, NAVY 0 – Boston Daily Globe
Tipton’s Kicking Great Football – Meriden Daily Journal – Nov 27, 1904


Army Beats Navy – Sunday Morning Star – Nov 27, 1904
In Hard Fought Game Won Annual Football Match

Navy 6, Army 6 Dec. 2, 1905 – Princeton, N.J.

Princeton President Woodrow Wilson convinced West Point and Annapolis officials to play the 1905 Army-Navy game at Princeton, where the two service academies battled to a 6-6 tie. It was immediately obvious that Princeton was ill-equipped to handle the large crowd in attendance, as a huge traffic jam made both teams late for kickoff. As a result, the game was suspended with four minutes left due to darkness. Henry Torney scored Navy’s touchdown early in the first half, while Archibald Douglas tallied Army’s touchdown.

Navy 10, Army 0 Dec. 1, 1906 – Philadelphia, Pa.

“Anchors Aweigh” made its debut at the 1906 Army-Navy game, and the Midshipmen took the song to heart in defeating the Cadets, 10-0. The win over Army was Navy’s first since 1900. The 1906 football season was memorable nationwide, as it marked the debut of the forward pass. Navy coach Paul Dashiell added a twist to this new rule to help his team to victory. Thanks to a long field goal by Percy Northcroft, Navy led 4-0 in the second half. On the Mids’ next possession, Navy’s Homer Norton dropped back in punt formation. Yet, when the ball was snapped, he threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jonas Ingram to give Navy the 10-0 victory.

Navy 6, Army 0 Nov. 7, 1907 – Philadelphia, Pa.
Navy combined an early Army turnover with a solid defensive outing to turn back the Cadets, 6-0. The Midshipmen’s Percy Wright recovered Frederick Montiford’s punt at the Army 25-yard line. It took Navy six plays to score, as Archibald Douglas plowed through from the one-yard line to give Navy all of the points it would need in its second-straight shutout over Army.

Army 6, Navy 4 Nov. 28, 1908 – Philadelphia, Pa.

Ed Lange’s fumble on the opening kickoff proved costly to Navy, as Army’s Henry Chamberlain retrieved the loose ball and raced all the way to the Navy one-yard line. From there, Bill Dean crossed the goal line for the touchdown (worth five points). He kicked the extra point himself to account for all six points in the 6-4 Army win. Lange somewhat redeemed himself by kicking a second-half field goal (worth four points), but it wasn’t enough to upend the Cadets.

Rivals Leave For Big Game – West Point Cadets and Annapolis Middies Depart for Battle Field.
Youngstown Vindicator – Nov 25, 1908

ARMY AND NAVY IN FOOTBALL BATTLE; West Point and Annapolis Cadets Clash at Philadelphia To-day. TEAMS FIT AND CONFIDENT Battalions of Both Academies to See Conflict — Social and Official Throngs as Spectators. – New York Times – Nov 28, 1908
The football season for 1908 will close this afternoon when the rival … To-day is a general reunion day in Philadelphia…

30,000 PERSONS SEE ARMY TEAM DEFEAT NAVY ON FRANKLIN FIELD; Grizzled Veterans of Uncle Sam’s Service Mingle with Youth and Beauty, While Embryo Generals and Admirals Contest for Football Supremacy. ARMY VANQUISHES NAVY ON GRIDIRON – New York Times – November 29, 1908,
PHILADELPHIA, Penn., Nov 28 — The thirteen engagement in the perennial strife of football between West Point and Annapolis went into history this afternoon with a score of “Army, 6, and Navy, 4,” to be emblazoned in Army archives, and to be recorded on the other side of the ledger at Annapolis.

Army Vanquishes The Navy – Lewiston Morning Tribune – Nov 29, 1908

One Comment

  1. Posted January 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Grandson of PT Wright Navy All American football cl. 1909. Good to see him here. Thank You

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