1897 Stanford football team

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1897 Stanford football
Conference Independent
1897 record 4–1
Head coach George H. Brooke (1st year)
« 1896 1898 »

The 1897 Stanford football team represented Stanford University in the 1897 college football season and was coached by George H. Brooke in his only year coaching the team.[1] The team played the Reliance Athletic Club team four times and ended the season with its annual Thanksgiving Day game against California, winning 28–0, the biggest margin of victory yet in the seven-year Big Game series. At this point in the series, Stanford had won 4 and tied 3 with no losses.[2]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 9 vs. Reliance AC Recreation ParkSan Francisco, CA W 6–4  
October 23 vs. Reliance AC Recreation Park • San Francisco, CA W 8–6  
October 30 vs. Reliance AC Cyclers' Park • San Jose, CA W 12–6  
November 13 vs. Reliance AC Recreation Park • San Francisco, CA L 0–10  
November 25 vs. California Recreation Park • San Francisco, CA (7th Big Game) W 28–0  


  1. Official results from "Stanford Football Media Guide" (PDF). p. 142. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  2. "28–0. Stanford triumphs a fourth time over the U.C. forces". The Daily Palo Alto. November 29, 1897. Retrieved September 11, 2014.