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It all started on a November day in 1894, when a team of then-Pacific College players took a steamboat to Salem to play Willamette in the first intercollegiate football game in school history. More than 100 years later, George Fox is bringing the sport back after a 45-year hiatus.

Read about our history and get a glimpse of what’s ahead …

Fall 2014

George Fox football kicks off

Game on! George Fox will open the season with preseason games before its conference opener on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Spring/Summer 2014

Time to move in

While the regular season may still be months away, training and preparation begin in earnest during the spring and summer months.

Spring 2014

Stoffer Family Stadium completed

Thanks to the generous support of numerous donors, George Fox’s Stoffer Family Stadium and the Duke Athletic Center are completed and ready for action in the fall.

Fall 2013

First recruiting class enters

This school year will be the first for a group of about 50 players who will be eligible to play the following fall.

Summer 2013

Construction begins

Building begins on Stoffer Family Stadium and the Duke Athletic Center.

Spring 2012

Head coach hired

After an extensive national search, the university selected Chris Casey to provide leadership for a new era of football at George Fox.

Spring 2010

Board approves return of football

The university’s board of trustees make it official on March 13: Football will be reinstated and be played at George Fox for the first time since the 1969 season.

Fall 1968

End of an era

The last year football is played at George Fox. The team has no wins, but four players make the NAIA all-conference team: Bob Hadlock, Larry Craven, Herald Fodge and Byron Debban. Hadlock is later drafted by the Detroit Lions.


Field improvements

Football field is improved with grading, draining and portable bleachers.


"Spud" runs wild

Fullback Harold “Spud” Ankeny scores 56 points and rushes for 712 yards on 122 carries.


Bales returns to coach

Alumnus George Bales returns to coach the college’s football team for six years of success.


Football returns from break

Football resumes after taking a break for World War II in 1943-44. Only two games are played; both are losses.


Football reinstated

Soccer is discontinued and football is reinstated, with coach Hubert Armstrong at the helm. Football was shelved in 1926 and soccer was started up the following year.


Back to the gridiron

Football, suspended during World War I, is revived by a unanimous vote of the athletic association.


First football game in Newberg

The Quakers lose to Willamette University 16-0 in their first home game on Dec. 1.


Inaugural season

George Fox, then Pacific College, plays its first intercollegiate football game against Willamette University on Nov. 17. The steamboat trip to Salem takes about seven hours.

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