On April 21, 1890, members of the boat and tennis club organized the West Virginia University Athletic Association to help solicit funds to establish a football team on campus of West Virginia University. With the assistance from a play (Richard III) funds were generated by the end of 1890 for football at WVU. The following year (1891) football was organized by students. West Virginia University, however, lost its first game to Washington and Jefferson to the score of 72-0. Historical records indicate that no African American athletes played on the varsity football team between 1891 and 1963.
The first African American athletes who played football at West Virginia were Roger Alford from Winterville, Ohio (offensive guard) (1963-1965) and Dick Leftridge from Hinton, West Virginia (running back) (1963-1965).
Football Facilities at WVU (1960s)
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