1931 in Canadian football

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1931 in Canadian football
East Champions Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
West Champions Regina Roughriders
19th Grey Cup
ChampionsMontreal AAA Winged Wheelers
  1930 Canadian Football Seasons 1932  

Canadian Football News in 1931

The Ottawa Senators reverted to the name "Ottawa Rough Riders." [1]


The Canadian Rugby Union approved the forward pass for all leagues and the first touchdown pass in Grey Cup history was a Warren Stevens to Kenny Grant play in Montreal's 22–0 win over Regina.

Convert scrimmage line was moved to the five-yard line, and the point could be scored by a drop-kick, place kick, run or pass.

The Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers were the first team outside Ontario to win the Grey Cup after shutting out the Regina Roughriders. [2]

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
Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 66001123912
Hamilton Tigers 633060566
Toronto Argonauts 633055646
Ottawa Rough Riders 606031980
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Eastern Section
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 43105246
Kitchener Panthers422018414
Toronto Varsity Orphans413015402
Western Section
Sarnia Imperials 421136245
Windsor Greyhounds422045334
Hamilton Tiger Cubs412125493
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union
Western Ontario Mustangs 642030288
McGill Redmen 632141317
Queen's Golden Gaels 632127387
Varsity Blues 615034352

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Vancouver Athletic Club77001091716
Victoria Capitals422024338
UBC Varsity724125467
Vancouver Meralomas724145665
New Westminster Dodekas725023644

* Victoria Games worth 4 points in standings

League Champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
WCRFU Regina Roughriders
CIRFU University of Western Ontario
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
MRFU St John's College
SRFU Regina Roughriders
ARFU Calgary Altomahs-Tigers
BCRFU Vancouver Athletic Club

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1931

ORFU Final

November 14 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 0 Sarnia Imperials 10

East Semi-Final

November 21 Western Ontario Mustangs 7 Sarnia Imperials 1

East Final

November 28 Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 22 Western Ontario Mustangs 0

Western Semi-Finals

Western Semi-Finals Game 1 & 2
November 4Vancouver AC 4 Calgary Altomah-Tigers 6
November 7Vancouver AC 1 Calgary Altomah-Tigers 14
November 7 Regina Roughriders 47 St. John's Royalists 5

West Finals

November 11 Calgary Altomahs-Tigers 2 Regina Roughriders 26

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
IRFU Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 22
CIRFU University of Western Ontario 0
CIRFU University of Western Ontario 7
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 1
IRFU Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 22
SRFU Regina Roughriders 0
ARFU Calgary Altomahs 6-14
BCRFU Vancouver Athletic Club 4-1
ARFU Calgary Altomahs 2
SRFU Regina Roughriders 26
SRFU Regina Roughriders 47
MRFU St. John's College 7

Grey Cup Championship

December 5

19th Annual Grey Cup Game: Percival Molson Memorial StadiumMontreal, Quebec

Regina Roughriders 0 Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 22
The Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers are the 1931 Grey Cup Champions

1931 Canadian Football Awards

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  1. 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN   978-0-9739425-4-5, p.282-283
  2. "Grey Cup Memories: 1931". CFL.ca. 2005-10-05. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  3. 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN   978-0-9739425-4-5, p.293
  4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jPcqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TowFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6018%2C2188139 The Montreal Gazette – November 16, 1931
  5. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iPcqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TowFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5374%2C1174471 The Montreal Gazette – November 9, 1931
  6. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jPcqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TowFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6637%2C2179143 The Montreal Gazette – November 16, 1931
  7. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kfcqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TowFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6559%2C3212098 The Montreal Gazette – November 23, 1931