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On November 28, 1890 the cadets of the United States Military Academy and the midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy met at West Point to play the first Army-Navy football game. The next day, the following bulletin appeared in The New York Times:

Annapolis, Md., Nov. 29 -- "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY."

"Twenty-four great guns, three more than a Presidential salute, boomed out over the placid waters of the Chesapeake tonight, astonishing the quiet of this old town and telling the news of army's defeat. It is the first time that so much enthusiasm has been rampant in Annapolis since Washington met Lafayette on the steps of the State House.

No college glorification ever equaled that of the naval cadets tonight, speaking as it does out of the mouth of cannons and through the lengths of a thousand tin horns.

It is a new thing to the Naval Academy, this national victory, but its newness does not detract from the hearty spontaneity of its celebration.

Everybody, from Superintendent Phythian down to the meanest mess-hall scullion, rejoices over the navy's triumph."

The next three meetings between Army and Navy continued to alternate between West Point and Annapolis. Following a five-year hiatus, the rivalry between the two academies resumed in 1899 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, beginning the tradition of holding the annual game at a neutral site. Since the beginning of the rivalry, the two teams have met over one hundred times, making it one of the oldest continual rivalries in college football.

 
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