First game in series with Navy

In 1927, the Notre Dame football squad traveled to Baltimore, Md. for its first game against the United States Naval Academy. Little did Knute Rockne’s team know at the time, but that contest marked the beginning of one of the most respectful rivalries in college football. Today’s game in Dublin, Ireland is the 86th consecutive year in which Notre Dame and Navy have met on the football field. The following photos are from the series’ first game program and the 1927 season. The “God, Country, Notre Dame” video was shown during the Shamrock Series Pre-Game Show at FedEx Field on Nov. 12, 2011.


008: Program for first ND/Navy Match

The program cover from the first Notre Dame vs. Navy football game.


008: Photo Collage

The 1927 Notre Dame football team, led by head coach Knute Rockne.


008: Notre Dame football team

Student-athletes from the 1927 Irish football team.


009: Notre Dame coaches

Head coach Knute Rockne, along with line coach Hartley Anderson and assistant coach Thomas Mills.


009: Notre Dame President Rev. Mathew Walsh, C.S.C.

Notre Dame’s eleventh university president, Rev. Mathew Walsh, C.S.C., Ph. D. was pleased to announce the beginning of a football series with the Naval Academy.


008: A 10-yard pass

Niemiec finds Voedisch for a 10-yard completion.