Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football, 1900–09

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The Delaware football[1] team represented Delaware College (now the University of Delaware) in college football competition. Playing their home games in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, the football program started in 1889. Delaware was coached by Herbert Rice from 1900 to 1901, Clarence A. Short in 1902 and 1906, Nathan Mannakee in 1903 to 1905, E. Pratt King in 1907, and William McAvoy from 1908 to 1909. The five head coaches compiled a 27−41−7 record from 1900−1909. Rice recorded a combined 7−7−1 record from 1900 to 1901, finishing his Delaware coaching career with a 16−20−4 record in five seasons. Short had an 8−6−1 record in his two years as coach, Mannakee posted an 8−13−2 record in three seasons, Pratt had a 0−5−1 record in his one year, and McAvoy tallied a 4−10−2 record in his first two seasons as head coach. McAvoy went on to have a 42−43−13 as Delaware head coach in twelve total seasons.

Contents: 1900 -1901 - 1902 - 1903 - 1904 - 1905 - 1906 - 1907 - 1908 - 1909


1900[edit]

1900 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1900 record 2–3–1
Head coach Herbert Rice (4th year)
Seasons
« 1899 1901 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 6 at Franklin & Marshall Lancaster, Pennsylvania L 10–28  
October 13 at Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland L 0–5  
October 27 at Pennsylvania Military College Chester, Pennsylvania W 17–0  
November 7 at Haverford Haverford, Pennsylvania T 5–5  
November 10 at Ursinus Collegeville, Pennsylvania L 0–12  
November 29 Hahnemann Newark, Delaware W 34–0  

1901[edit]

1901 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1901 record 5–4–0
Head coach Herbert Rice (5th year)
Seasons
« 1900 1902 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 21 Williamson Newark, Delaware W 5–0  
October 5 Maryland Agricultural College Newark, Delaware W 24–6  
October 12 at Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pennsylvania L 0–10  
October 19 Haverford Newark, Delaware W 6–0  
October 29 Franklin & Marshall Newark, Delaware L 2–21  
November 2 at Rutgers New Brunswick, New Jersey W 6–5  
November 9 Johns Hopkins Newark, Delaware L 0–28  
November 16 St. John's Newark, Delaware L 5–32  
November 29 Lebanon Valley Newark, Delaware W 5–0  

1902[edit]

1902 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1902 record 3–5–1
Head coach Clarence A. Short (1st year)
Seasons
« 1901 1903 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 4 at Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pennsylvania L 0–12  
October 11 Washington Newark, Delaware W 27–0  
October 18 at Haverford Haverford, Pennsylvania L 0–41  
October 25 Maryland (Baltimore) Newark, Delaware W 6–0  
November 1 at Fordham New York, New York W 17–10  
November 8 at St. John's Annapolis, Maryland L 0–10[2]  
November 15 Rutgers New Brunswick, New Jersey L 12–15  
November 19 at Pennsylvania Military College Chester, Pennsylvania L 12–17  
November 28 Maryland Agricultural College College Park, Maryland T 0–0  

1903[edit]

1903 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1903 record 4–4
Head coach Nathan Mannakee (1st year)
Seasons
« 1902 1904 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 3 Washington Newark, Delaware W 27–0  
October 10 Rutgers Wilmington, Delaware W 5–0  
October 14 Wilmington Conference Academy Newark, Delaware W 23–0  
October 17 at Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pennsylvania L 0–11  
October 24 St. John's Wilmington, Delaware L 0–5  
November 7 Western Maryland Wilmington, Delaware L 6–16  
November 14 at Haverford Haverford, Pennsylvania L 0–37  
November 27 Maryland Agricultural College Wilmington, Delaware W 16–0  

1904[edit]

1904 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1904 record 1–5–1
Head coach Nathan Mannakee (2nd year)
Seasons
« 1903 1905 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 8 at Pennsylvania Military College Chester, Pennsylvania L 0–4  
October 15 at Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pennsylvania L 0–41  
October 22 at Fordham New York, New York L 0–12  
October 29 at Seton Hall South Orange, New Jersey L 0–26  
November 5 at Rutgers New Brunswick, New Jersey T 6–6  
November 11 at Haverford Haverford, Pennsylvania L 0–17  
November 24 Maryland Agricultural College Wilmington, Delaware W 18–0  

1905[edit]

1905 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1905 record 3–4–1
Head coach Nathan Mannakee (3rd year)
Seasons
« 1904 1906 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 7 Williamson Newark, Delaware W 17–0  
October 14 at Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland L 0–11  
October 21 at Washington Chestertown, Maryland T 6–6  
October 28 Rutgers Newark, Delaware L 0–10  
November 4 Washington Newark, Delaware W 11–0  
November 8 at Pennsylvania Military College Chester, Pennsylvania L 6–12  
November 18 at Fordham New York, New York L 0–4  
November 30 Maryland Agricultural College Newark, Delaware W 12–0  

1906[edit]

1906 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1906 record 5–1–0
Head coach Clarence A. Short (2nd year)
Seasons
« 1905 1907 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 29 Medico–Chirurgical College Newark, Delaware W 10–0  
October 13 at Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland W 5–0  
October 20 at Washington Chestertown, Maryland W 9–0  
October 27 at Rutgers New Brunswick, New Jersey W 4–0  
November 3 at Pennsylvania Military College Chester, Pennsylvania W 12–0  
November 10 at Fordham New York, New York L 4–16  

1907[edit]

1907 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1907 record 0–5–1
Head coach E. Pratt King (1st year)
Seasons
« 1906 1908 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 5 Williamson Newark, Delaware L 0–5  
October 12 at Haverford Haverford, Pennsylvania L 0–12  
October 17 Western Maryland Newark, Delaware L 0–22  
October 26 Rutgers Newark, Delaware L 0–39  
November 2 at Franklin & Marshall Lancaster, Pennsylvania L 0–28  
November 9 at Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland T 0–0  

1908[edit]

1908 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1908 record 3–4–1
Head coach William McAvoy (1st year)
Seasons
« 1907 1909 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 3 Williamson Newark, Delaware L 0–6  
October 10 at Haverford Haverford, Pennsylvania L 0–11  
October 17 at Bucknell Lewisburg, Pennsylvania L 0–13  
October 31 Washington Newark, Delaware W 12–0  
November 7 at Rutgers New Brunswick, New Jersey T 6–6  
November 14 at Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland W 9–0  
November 21 Franklin & Marshall Newark, Delaware W 15–0  
November 26 at Western Maryland Westminster, Maryland L 4–15  

1909[edit]

1909 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Conference Independent
1909 record 1–6–1
Head coach William McAvoy (2nd year)
Seasons
« 1908 1910 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 2 Williamson Newark, Delaware T 0–0  
October 9 at Haverford Haverford, Pennsylvania L 0–3  
October 23 at Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pennsylvania L 10–23  
October 30 at Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pennsylvania L 0–46  
November 6 at Washington Chestertown, Maryland L 0–34  
November 13 Western Maryland Newark, Delaware L 6–11  
November 20 at Franklin & Marshall Lancaster, Pennsylvania L 0–23  
November 25 Lebanon Valley Newark, Delaware W 6–0  

References[edit]

  1. ^ From the program's first season in 1889 through the 1910 season, Delaware did not have an official nickname. It was not until 1911 that they became known as the Fightin' Blue Hens.
  2. ^ p. 67 Delaware College Yearbook 1904

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