1933 in Canadian football

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1933 in Canadian football
IRFU Champions Toronto Argonauts
ORFU Champions Sarnia Imperials
21st Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  1932 Canadian Football Seasons 1934  

Canadian Football News in 1933

The Toronto Argonauts lost their first two games of the season, only to storm back and win eight straight, including their first Grey Cup win in 12 years.

Toronto Argonauts Canadian football team based in Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Toronto, Ontario, the team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, and they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division. The team's origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team.

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.


The Winnipeg St.John's were a no show at the annual meeting of the Manitoba Rugby Football Union. It was later learned that the St.John's had suspended operations for one season while they got their finances in order.

The MRFU made attempts to get another organization to take over the operations of the St.John's for the 1933 season. Although there was interest in taking over the team on a permanent basis, there was no interest in being custodian of the team for just one season.

In August, the players of the St.John's were dispersed between the Winnipegs and the Garrison. The Garrison was an Army team and only servicemen were eligible to play on the team. The Garrison claimed the only player who qualified (Alf Woods) and the remainder of the players ended up in the camp of the Winnipegs.

With an abundance of players available the Winnipegs operated two teams in 1933. The best players ended up on the Winnipegs who were wearing brand new blue jerseys (they weren't blue & gold until 1934). The remaining players wore the old green jerseys and they played under the name Shamrocks. [1]

The Winnipeg St.John's failed to re-form in 1934.

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 642067558
Toronto Argonauts 642086548
Ottawa Rough Riders 633061756
Hamilton Tigers 615043732
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Sarnia Imperials 6510952510
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 532052646
St. Michael's College 513126463
Hamilton Tiger Cubs614136743
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union
Varsity Blues 642066428
Queen's Golden Gaels 642038358
McGill Redmen 633041326
Western Ontario Mustangs 615037732

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Regina Roughriders6510542310
Moose Jaw Millers6510601510
University of Saskatchewan Huskies624026194
Saskatoon Hilltops60603860

*The Huskies defaulted the final game of the season to the Millers

Alberta Rugby Football Union
Calgary Altomahs431038146
University of Alberta Varsity413014382

League Champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Toronto Argonauts
WCRFU Winnipegs
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
MRFU Winnipegs
SRFU Regina Roughriders
ARFU Calgary Altomahs
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1933

SRFU Tie-Breaker

October 28Moose Jaw Millers 0Regina Roughriders 11

MRFU Playoff

October 9Garrison 0Winnipegs 39


November 18 Queen's Golden Gaels 3 Varsity Blues 10


Western Semi Final 1
November 4 Regina Roughriders 1 Winnipegs 11
Western Semi Final 2
November 4Vancouver Meralomas 11 Calgary Altomahs 13
  • Calgary advances to the Western Final.


Western Final
November 11 Calgary Altomahs 1 Winnipegs 15
Eastern Final
November 18 Toronto Argonauts 5 Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 4
November 25 Toronto Argonauts 15 Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 5

Grey Cup Semi-Final

December 2 Toronto Argonauts 13 Winnipegs 0

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
CIRFU University of Toronto Forfeit
CIRFU University of Toronto 10
CIRFU Queen's University 3
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 3
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 4
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 5–15
IRFU Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 3–5
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 13
MRFU Winnipeg St. John's 0
ARFU Calgary Altomahs 1
MRFU Winnipeg St. John's 15

Grey Cup Championship

December 9

21st Annual Grey Cup Game: Davis Field – Sarnia, Ontario

Toronto Argonauts 4 Sarnia Imperials 3
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1933 Grey Cup Champions

1933 Ontario Rugby Football Union 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.

Norman (Norm) Perry was a star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union for the Sarnia Imperials for eight seasons. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

Syd "Professor" Reynolds was an offensive end in the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

John G. Metras was a Canadian football player who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He won the Grey Cup with them in 1965. He previously played football at the University of Western Ontario, where his father Johnny Metras coached. John G. Metras graduated from Western Ontario in 1964 with a LL.B. degree and was called to the bar in 1966. His father was later inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1980 as a builder. John Metras, Jr. was inducted into the Western Ontario Wall of Champions in 2013. He currently works as a lawyer.

1933 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)

Hawley "Huck" Welch was a star football player in the Canadian Football League for eight seasons for the Hamilton Tigers and the Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1964 and into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

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The Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers were a Canadian football team based in Toronto, Ontario and a member of the Ontario Rugby Football Union, a league that preceded the Canadian Football League. They appeared in four Grey Cup championships spanning three decades and were the longest tenured member of the ORFU.

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  1. Winnipeg Free Press – June to November 1933
  2. 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN   978-0-9739425-4-5, p.293
  3. The Montreal Gazette – Nov 13, 1933
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