VIEW-579.A | Harvard versus McGill football match, Montreal, QC, composite photograph, 1874
Harvard versus McGill football match, Montreal, QC, composite photograph, 1874
William Notman (1826-1891)
1925-1945, 20th century
Silver salts on film (safety) - Gelatin silver process, composite photograph
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Art (2774) , composite (312) , Photograph (77678)
Keys to History
In 1874 students at McGill College were playing a game of football based on rugby rules. They challenged the Harvard College team, who were playing a modified game of soccer, to a match of two games to be played in Cambridge, Mass. on May 14 and 15, 1874. The first game, played under Harvard rules, was won by Harvard 3-0. The second, under McGill rules, was a scoreless tie. A third game (pictured above) was played on the Montreal Cricket Club grounds on October 23rd. Though Harvard won the game 3-0 they were "won over" by the McGill modified-rugby rules, and soon convinced other American colleges to play the new game.