1869 Princeton Tigers football team

The 1869 Princeton Tigers football team represented the College of New Jersey, more commonly known as Princeton College, in the 1869 college football season. The team finished with a 1–1 record and was retroactively named national champions by the Billingsley Report and National Championship Foundation, and as the co-national champions by Parke H. Davis.[1] Princeton's first captain was William S. Gummere, who was 17 during the season.[2]

1869 Princeton Tigers football
National champion (Billingsley, NCF)
Co-national champion (Davis)
Head coach
  • None
CaptainWilliam Stryker Gummere
1870 →
1869 college football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Princeton     1 1 0
Rutgers     1 1 0

On November 6, the team played at Rutgers in what has been called the first intercollegiate American football game. Rutgers won the game 6–4, which was played using rules adapted from the Football Association rules of the time, which more closely resembled soccer than current American football. Rutgers traveled to Princeton the next week to play under Princeton's rules, the Tigers won 8–0.[3][4]


November 6at Rutgers
L 4–6[5]
November 13RutgersPrinceton, NJW 8–0

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Poll Champions" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. p. 110. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "All Time Captains". www.princetontigersfootball.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "All-Time Princeton Results" (PDF). goprincetontigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "1869 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "New-Jersey". The New York Times. New York, New York. November 9, 1869. p. 8. Retrieved March 26, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .