1891 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

1891 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Conference Independent
1891 record 5–1
Head coach Robert Lackey [1]
Captain R.W. Hart [2]
Home stadium Illinois Field
(Capacity: 17,000)

The 1891 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1891 college football season. It was the second football team in the program's history. Coached by Robert Lackey, the team compiled a 5–1 record.


Date Opponent Site Result
October 1 at Lake Forest* Farwell Field • Lake Forest, IL L 08  
October 17 Indiana* Illinois FieldChampaign, IL W 260  
November 13 Eureka* Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 400  
November 13 Illinois Wesleyan* Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 444  
November 21 Knox College* Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 120  
November 26 Indiana* Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 2012  
*Non-conference game.



Official Roster
  • Arms, Frank D. HB
  • Armstrong, James W. LT
  • Atherton, Geo H. LE
  • Barker, John K. RG
  • Bush, Arthur W. QB
  • Cook, James W. QB
  • Doxey, Samuel C
  • Gates, Andrew W. LG
  • Hart, Ralph W. FB (capt)
  • King, Harless W. RE
  • Needham, James LT
  • Parker, Walter A. RT
  • Slater, William F. LHB
  • Steele, James LG
  • Williams, Scott FB/E
  • Wright, Royal RHB



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