1897 in Canadian football

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1897 in Canadian football
ORFU Champions Hamilton Tigers
QRFU Champions Ottawa College
Canadian Dominion Football Championship
ChampionsOttawa College
  1896 Canadian Football Seasons 1898  

Canadian Football News in 1897

The Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union was formed after the conclusion of the 1897 season.


In the Manitoba Rugby Football Union, the Royal Canadian Dragoons dropped out of competition in the spring of 1898. The three remaining teams finished the schedule in a three-way tie for first place. Tie-breaker games could not be scheduled as the college teams were involved in final exams.

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Quebec Rugby Football Union [1]
Ottawa College 220025136
Montreal Football Club 101013140
McGill University 10100110
Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Wesley College Football Club532052266
St.John's Rugby Football Club532038696
Winnipeg Football Club532036106
Royal Canadian Dragoons303015360
(*) Dragoons withdrew from competition in spring of 1898

League champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
ORFU Hamilton Tigers
QRFU Ottawa College
MRFU No Champion
Northwest Championship St.John's Rugby Football Club


ORFU Final

ORFU Dominion Semi-Final
Hamilton Tigers 16Osgoode Hall 8
Hamilton Tigers advance to the 1897 Dominion Championship

Dominion Championship

November 25

1897 Dominion Championship Game : Montreal AAA Grounds - Montreal, Quebec

Ottawa College 14 Hamilton Tigers 10
University of Ottawa are the 1897 Dominion Champions


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