1921 in Canadian football

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1921 in Canadian football
East Champions Toronto Argonauts
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos
9th Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  1920 Canadian Football Seasons 1922  

Canadian Football News in 1921

Western Canada Rugby Football Union joined the CRU and challenged for the Grey Cup. The Edmonton Eskimos became the first Western team to play in a Grey Cup game, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts 23–0.


Rule changes included reducing players from 14 to 12 per side; putting ball into play by snapping it back; limit of 18 players with substitutes permitted freely.

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 [1]
Toronto Argonauts 66001673510
Ottawa Rough Riders 633077716
Hamilton Tigers 6330102796
Montreal AAA 6060291900
Ontario Rugby Football Union [2]
Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club4400104258
St. Brigid's Football Club312026722
Torontos 303021540
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union
Varsity Blues 42115
Queen's Tricolour 42204
McGill Redmen 41213

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs

Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Winnipeg Victorias 440059378
Winnipeg Tammany Tigers 422053414
University of Manitoba Varsity404053870
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Southern Saskatchewan
Regina Rugby Club440086118
Regina Boat Club422034284
Moose Jaw Millers404012930
Northern Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Quakers321043184
University of Saskatchewan Varsity312018432
Alberta Rugby Football Union
Edmonton Eskimos 330014856
University of Alberta Varsity4130351132
Calgary Rugby Club3120391042

* Final game of the season was cancelled - not necessary

League Champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Toronto Argonauts
WCRFU Edmonton Eskimos
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Toronto Parkdale
MRFU Winnipeg Victorias
SRFU Saskatoon Quakers [3]
ARFU Edmonton Eskimos

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1921

SRFU Playoff

November 4Regina Rugby Club 6Saskatoon 9

Eastern Semi-Final

November 19 Toronto Varsity Blues 12 Toronto Argonauts 20

Eastern Final

November 26 Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 8 Toronto Argonauts 16

Western Semi-Final

November 7Saskatoon Quakers 1 Winnipeg Victorias 16


Western Final

November 14 Edmonton Eskimos 16 Winnipeg Victorias 6

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
ORFU Toronto Parkdale
ORFU Toronto Parkdale 8
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 16
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 20
CIRFU University of Toronto 12
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 23
ARFU Edmonton Eskimos 0
ARFU Edmonton Eskimos
ARFU Edmonton Eskimos 16
MRFU Winnipeg Victorias 6
MRFU Winnipeg Victorias 16
SRFU Saskatoon Quakers 1

Grey Cup Championship

December 3

9th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

Edmonton Eskimos 0 Toronto Argonauts 23
Toronto Argonauts are the 1921 Grey Cup Champions

1921 Toronto Globe Eastern All-Stars

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

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For the second consecutive season the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers met for the Grey Cup. The Argonauts won the game.

Football returned to relative normal in 1945 following the conclusion of World War II. Two rivals from the pre-war years met once again in the annual Grey Cup, but on this occasion, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were no match for the Toronto Argonauts. For Winnipeg, it was the worst loss by a western team in the Grey Cup since 1923 when Queen's University routed the Regina Roughriders 54-0.

For the first time in Grey Cup history, the same two teams challenged for the trophy for the third consecutive year. But unlike the previous two years, the Toronto Argonauts needed some late game heroics to win their third consecutive title.

After a 17-year absence, the Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to the Grey Cup final. Their losing streak in the big game continued, however, as it was the other Rough Riders that took home the prize.

The Toronto Argonauts faced the Edmonton Eskimos in the Grey Cup. Although the Argos would hold on to win the game and their 10th Grey Cup championship, an Argo would not sip from the silver mug again until 1983.

The Edmonton Eskimos defeat the Montreal Alouettes in the first Grey Cup held in the west.

The Edmonton Eskimos faced the Montreal Alouettes in the Grey Cup game for the third consecutive year. And for the third consecutive year, the Edmonton Eskimos were Grey Cup champions. It was the first time in a Grey Cup that a touchdown was worth six points instead of five.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup.

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. 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN   978-0-9739425-4-5, p.294
  2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=QBJtjoHflPwC&dat=19231022&printsec=frontpage&hl=en Ottawa Citizen – October 22, 1923
  3. "1921 Saskatoon Quakers".
  4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TEshAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2oEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1776%2C5575149 The Montreal Gazette – November 21, 1921
  5. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9AZTAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2TcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5210%2C1118635