1920 in Canadian football

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After a four year absence due to the First World War, the Grey Cup was up for grabs once again as a couple of familiar foes battled for the trophy. The Toronto Varsity Blues defeated the Toronto Argonauts. It was the final time these cross-town rivals challenged each other for the Grey Cup. [1]


1920 in Canadian football
East Champions Toronto Argonauts
CIRFU Champions Toronto Varsity Blues
8th Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Varsity Blues
  1919 Canadian Football Seasons 1921  

Canadian Football News in 1920

CIRFU and IRFU adopted a four-yard Interference rule while the CRU opted for three yards of Interference.

ARFU played games with 12 players per side and introduced the snap-back. The reduction in the number of players was done for monetary reasons as train rates were high after World War I. The CRU would make the same changes in 1921.

The MRFU champion Winnipeg Victorias were unable to field a full team for the WCRFU finals and withdrew from competition. The MRFU wanted to substitute the second place University of Manitoba Varsity team but the SRFU refused to accept the challenge.

As champions of the WCRFU, the Regina Rugby Club issued a challenge to compete for the Grey Cup. The CRU had already established its playoff schedule and was unwilling to make any changes. At the time, the CIRFU champions had not been determined but McGill had already announced that if they won the CIRFU they would not compete in the CRU playoffs. The CRU ruled that if McGill won the CIRFU then the Regina Rugby Club would take the place of the CIRFU in the playoffs. In the end, the University of Toronto Varsity team won the CIRFU and the west had to wait one more year before it could compete for the Grey Cup.

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 [2]
Toronto Argonauts 6510543210
Hamilton Tigers 642048258
Ottawa Rough Riders 633049526
Montreal AAA 606035770
Ontario Rugby Football Union [3]
Toronto Torontos431060356
Parkdale Rowing Club 413035602
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union [3]
McGill Redmen 431061226
Varsity Blues 431077216
Queen's University 4040131060
*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs
Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Winnipeg Victorias440066208
University of Manitoba Varsity413039612
Winnipeg Tammany Tigers413019432
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Southern Saskatchewan
Regina Rugby Club440031118
Regina Boat Club422049364
Moose Jaw Millers40405380
Northern Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Quakers32104
University of Saskatchewan Varsity31202
Alberta Rugby Football Union
Southern Alberta
Calgary Tigers330050106
Calgary Canucks303010500
Northern Alberta
Edmonton Eskimos220054144
University of Alberta Varsity202014540

League champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Toronto Argonauts
WCRFU Regina Rugby Club
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Toronto Rowing Athletic Association
MRFU Winnipeg Victorias
SRFU Regina Rugby Club
ARFU Calgary Tigers

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1920

SRFU Playoff

October 30Saskatoon Quakers 0Regina Rugby Club 35

ARFU Playoffs

ARFU Playoffs Games 1 & 2
October 23Calgary Tigers 27Edmonton Eskimos 15
October 30Edmonton Eskimos 18Calgary Tigers 8


November 20 Toronto Varsity Blues 14 McGill University 6

Eastern Final

November 20Toronto Torontos 6 Toronto Argonauts 7

Western Semi-Final

November 6Calgary Tigers 1Regina Rugby Club 28

Western Final

November 13Winnipeg VictoriasRegina Rugby Club
* Winnipeg Victorias withdrew from the competition as several players were unable to get time off work for the trip to Regina

Grey Cup Championship

December 4

8th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity Stadium - Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Argonauts 3 Toronto Varsity Blues 16
Toronto Varsity Blues are the 1920 Grey Cup Champions

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  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1920". CFL.ca. 2005-09-04. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  2. 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN   978-0-9739425-4-5, p.294
  3. 1 2 http://www.cflapedia.com/
  4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mPxSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qjcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5568%2C105107
  5. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9g1kAAAAIBAJ&sjid=13oNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3307%2C2753022 The Calgary Daily Herald - November 22, 1920
  6. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9g1kAAAAIBAJ&sjid=13oNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3416%2C2756054 The Calgary Daily Herald - November 22, 1920