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1928 in Canadian football
East Champions Hamilton Tigers
West Champions Regina Roughriders
16th Grey Cup
Champions Hamilton Tigers
  1927 Canadian Football Seasons 1929  

Canadian Football News in 1928

The Tri-City Rugby Football League was formed on August 25 and consisted of Moose Jaw, Regina and two teams from Winnipeg. The league played an unbalanced schedule. Provincial champions for the MRFU and SRFU were determined by head-to-head games of provincial rivals in the Tri-City League. The Union disbanded the following year because of travel expenses. Saskatchewan and Manitoba reverted to playing games within their respective provinces.


First radio play-by-play broadcast of a Grey Cup Game was on December 1.

Grey Cup Championship game and trophy of the Canadian Football League

The Grey Cup is the name of both the championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the trophy awarded to the victorious team playing in the namesake championship of professional Canadian football. It is contested between the winners of the CFL's East and West Divisional playoffs and is one of Canadian television's largest annual sporting events. The Toronto Argonauts have the most Grey Cup wins (17) since its introduction in 1909, while the Edmonton Eskimos have the most Grey Cup wins (11) since the creation of the professional CFL in 1958. The latest, the 106th Grey Cup, took place in Edmonton, Alberta, on November 25, 2018, when the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 27–16.

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
Hamilton Tigers 6600902212
Montreal AAA 633062346
Toronto Argonauts 614130453
Ottawa Senators 6141221033
Ontario Rugby Football Union [1]
Group No. 1
Sarnia Imperials 422035284
Toronto Varsity Orfuns422031304
Kitchener Panthers422020284
Group No. 2
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 440010368
Camp Borden422052464
Hamilton Tiger Cubs4040111140
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union [2]
McGill Redmen 431039206
Queen's Golden Gaels 422029244
Varsity Blues 413038522

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs

Tri-City League
Regina Roughriders66001251112
Winnipeg St.John's531143287
Winnipeg Tammany Tigers514027642
Moose Jaw Maroons6051121041
BCRFU - BC Big Four
UBC Varsity5500982010
New Westminster5050181300

League Champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Hamilton Tigers
WCRFU Regina Roughriders
CIRFU McGill University
ORFU University of Toronto Orfuns
Tri City Regina Roughriders
MRFU Winnipeg St.John's
SRFU Regina Roughriders
ARFU Edmonton Eskimos
BCRFU University of British Columbia

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1928

ORFU Semi-Finals

Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 0Toronto Varsity Orfuns 1
Kitchener Panthers 6 Sarnia Imperials 16
  • Sarnia advances to the ORFU Final.

ORFU Final

November 12 Sarnia Imperials 0Toronto Varsity Orfuns 6

East Final

November 24Toronto Varsity Orfuns 5 Hamilton Tigers 28

Western Final

October 27Winnipeg St.John's 1 Regina Roughriders 12

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Hamilton Tigers
CIRFU McGill University Forfeit
IRFU Hamilton Tigers 28
ORFU Toronto Varsity Orfuns 6
ORFU Toronto Varsity Orfuns 6
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 0
IRFU Hamilton Tigers 30
SRFU Regina Roughriders 0
Tri City Regina Roughriders 12
Tri City St. John's College 1
Tri City Regina Roughriders
ARFU Edmonton Eskimos no game
BCRFU UBC no game

Grey Cup Championship

December 1

16th Annual Grey Cup Game: A.A.A. Grounds - Hamilton, Ontario

Regina Roughriders 0 Hamilton Tigers 30
The Hamilton Tigers are the 1928 Grey Cup Champions

1928 Canadian Football Awards

The Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy is a Canadian football award recognizing the most outstanding football player of the Quebec Student Sport Federation (RESQ)

Ernest "Ernie" Cox, was a star football player in the Canadian Football League.

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