1909 in Canadian football

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1909 in Canadian football
Playoffs
IRFU Champion Ottawa Rough Riders
CIRFU Champion Toronto Varsity
ORFU Champion Toronto Parkdale
1st Grey Cup
DateDecember 4, 1909
Site Rosedale Field, Toronto
ChampionsToronto Varsity
  1908 Canadian Football Seasons 1910  

The 1909 Canadian football season was the 18th season of organized play since the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) was founded in 1892 and the 26th season since the creation of the founding leagues, the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) and the Quebec Rugby Football Union (QRFU) in 1883. [1] The season concluded with Toronto Varsity defeating Toronto Parkdale in the 1909 Dominion Championship game. [2] [3] This year was notable for being the first year that the champions were awarded the Grey Cup trophy, although it was not delivered to the University of Toronto until March 1910. [4]

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Canadian football news in 1909

Lord Earl Grey, the Governor General of Canada, donated a trophy to be awarded for the Dominion Football Championship of Canada. Only teams registered with the Canadian Rugby Union were eligible to compete for the trophy. The championship game was played in Toronto at Rosedale Field on December 4 between the University of Toronto and the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club with the University of Toronto winning 26–6 before 3,807 fans. Hugh Gall kicked a record eight singles in the game for the U of T. The gross revenue was $2,616.40.

On December 11, following an invitation from the New York Herald newspaper, the Hamilton Tigers and Ottawa Rough Riders played an exhibition game of Canadian football in New York City at Van Cortland Park. The Tigers won 11–6 before 15,000 fans.

Regular season

Final regular season standings

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

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union [5]
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Hamilton Tigers 65101112210
Ottawa Rough Riders 6510767110
Toronto Argonauts 615054932
Montreal Football Club 615036912
Ontario Rugby Football Union [6]
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Toronto Amateur Athletic Club431051306
Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 431092206
Peterboro 4040191120
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union [6]
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Toronto 66001662712
Queen's 633084636
McGill 624075564
Ottawa 6150311792

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs

Manitoba Rugby Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
St.John's Rugby Football Club431038356
Winnipeg Rowing Club413035382

League Champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Toronto Parkdale
MRFU St. John's College
ARFU Calgary Tigers

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1909

IRFU Playoff

November 20

IRFU Playoff: Rosedale FieldToronto, Ontario

Ottawa Rough Riders 14 Hamilton Tigers 8

ORFU Playoff

November 20

ORFU Playoff: Varsity Grounds – Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Parkdale 8Toronto A.A.C. 3

Dominion Semi-Final

Panoramic photograph of the Grey Cup playoffs between the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Varsity, 27 November 1909 The varsity Ottawa rugby match (HS85-10-21683).jpg
Panoramic photograph of the Grey Cup playoffs between the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Varsity, 27 November 1909
November 27

Dominion Semi-Final: Rosedale FieldToronto, Ontario

Ottawa Rough Riders 7 Toronto Varsity 31

Playoff Bracket

 IRFU Playoff  Semi-Finals  Dominion Final
              
   CIRFUUniversity of Toronto37 
 IRFUOttawa Rough Riders14  IRFUOttawa Rough Riders7  
 IRFUHamilton Tigers8    CIRFUUniversity of Toronto26
   ORFUToronto Parkdale6
   ORFUToronto Parkdale9  
    ORFUToronto Amateur Athletic Club3 

Grey Cup Championship

December 4

1st Annual Grey Cup Game: Rosedale FieldToronto, Ontario

Toronto Varsity 26 Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 6
Toronto Varsity are the 1909 Grey Cup Champions [2]

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