1935 in Canadian football

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1935 in Canadian football
East Champions Hamilton Tigers
West Champions Winnipeg 'Pegs
23rd Grey Cup
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  1934 Canadian Football Seasons 1936  

Canadian Football News in 1935

The Winnipegs (soon to be known as the Blue Bombers in 1936) became the first Western Canadian team to win the Grey Cup by defeating the Hamilton Tigers, 18–12, in Hamilton.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football Team

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at IG Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.

Western Canada geographical region of Canada

Western Canada, also referred to as the Western provinces and more commonly known as the West, is a region of Canada that includes the four provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. British Columbia is culturally, economically, geographically, and politically distinct from the other parts of Western Canada and is often referred to as the "west coast" or "Pacific Canada", while Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are grouped together as the Prairie Provinces and most commonly known as "The Prairies".

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 Calgary franchise became known as the "Bronks".

Calgary City in Alberta, Canada

Calgary is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city anchors the south end of the Statistics Canada-defined urban area, the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.

The Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union returns to play for the Grey Cup for one more season.

The Winnipeg Victoria Rugby Club reformed on February 22, 1935. The nucleus of the team would be made up of players who played the 1934 season for the Deer Lodge junior team.

Regular season

Final regular season standings

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Hamilton Tigers 97201245214
Toronto Argonauts 9630979012
Ottawa Rough Riders 95401049810
Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 9090481330
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Sarnia Imperials 44006998
Toronto Balmy Beach 422059174
Hamilton Tiger Cubs 404011030
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union
Varsity Blues 642085448
Queen's Golden Gaels 632164447
McGill Redmen 624049694
Western Ontario Mustangs 615037792
Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Winnipeg Victorias30304970
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Regina Roughriders4400135138
University of Saskatchewan Huskies422035624
Saskatoon Hilltops4040121070

League Champions

Football UnionLeague ChampionRegular Season Champion
IRFU Hamilton Tigers Hamilton Tigers
WCRFU Winnipegs
CIRFU Queen's University University of Toronto
ORFU Sarnia Imperials Sarnia Imperials
MRFU Winnipegs Winnipegs
SRFU Regina Roughriders Regina Roughriders
ARFU Calgary Bronks Calgary Bronks
BCRFU Vancouver MeralomasVancouver Meralomas

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1935

Division Finals

CIRFU Finals
November 16 Queen's Golden Gaels 6 Varsity Blues 4
ORFU Final Game 1 & 2
November 16 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 0 Sarnia Imperials 8
ORFU Final Game 2
November 23 Sarnia Imperials 9 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 1


Western Semi-Final 1
November 2Vancouver Meralomas 0 Calgary Bronks 14
Western Semi-Final 2
November 2 Regina Roughriders 6 Winnipegs 13
East Semi-Final
November 23 Queen's University 4 Hamilton Tigers 44


Western Title Game
November 9 Calgary Bronks 0 Winnipegs 7
Eastern Title Game
November 30 Sarnia Imperials 3 Hamilton Tigers 22

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 8
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 0
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 0
IRFU Hamilton Tigers 22
IRFU Hamilton Tigers 44
CIRFU Queen's University 4
IRFU Hamilton Tigers 12
MRFU Winnipeg Pegs 18
ARFU Calgary Bronks 14
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas 0
ARFU Calgary Bronks 0
MRFU Winnipeg Pegs 7
SRFU Regina Roughriders 6
MRFU Winnipeg Pegs 13

Grey Cup Championship

December 7

23rd Annual Grey Cup Game: A.A.A. GroundsHamilton, Ontario

Winnipeg 'Pegs 18 Hamilton Tigers 12
The Winnipeg 'Pegs are the 1935 Grey Cup Champions

1935 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.

Albert George "Ab" Box was a Canadian professional football halfback, quarterback and punter.

Ormond Beach was a star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union for four seasons for the Sarnia Imperials. Beach, who led the Imperials to Grey Cup victories in 1934 and 1936, died at the age of 27 in an industrial accident. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

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

1935 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)

Abe Eliowitz was a star football player in American college football and in the days before the Canadian Football League. He also played college baseball.

Related Research Articles

Teams from the WIFU and IRFU are restricted to a maximum of five imports and players who had lived in Canada for one full year were eligible to play in the Grey Cup game. The IRFU chose to adopt the rule for its regular season while the WIFU elected to ignore the rule.

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.

The Ottawa Trojans were a Canadian football team based in Ottawa, Ontario and competed in the Ontario Rugby Football Union from 1943-1947. After winning the 1947 ORFU championship, the team would merge with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1948.

The Toronto Indians were a football team from Toronto, Ontario and a member of the Ontario Rugby Football Union, a league that preceded the Canadian Football League. After the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers moved to the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in 1941, the Indians began play in the ORFU to fill the void. Ironically, these two teams would merge in 1948 and would continue to be known as the Beachers after that season.

The 1935 Winnipeg Winnipegs finished in 1st place in the Manitoba Rugby Football Union with a 3–0 division record. The Winnipegs became the first Western Canada team to win the Grey Cup, with a victory over the Hamilton Tigers.

The 1941 Winnipeg Blue Bombers finished in 1st place in the WIFU with a 6–2 record. The Blue Bombers won their third Grey Cup championship by defeating the Ottawa Rough Riders 18–16.

The 1935 Calgary Bronks season was the first in franchise history where the team finished in 1st place in the Alberta Rugby Football Union with a 2–0 division record. The Bronks played in the Western Title game, but lost to the eventual Grey Cup champion, the Winnipegs.


  1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=g4sjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vJgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6856%2C1862568 The Montreal Gazette – November 18, 1935
  2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iYsjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vJgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6884%2C2706402 The Montreal Gazette – November 25, 1935
  3. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=J4pTAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RDgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2023%2C416314 The Leader-Post – November 4, 1935
  4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=J4pTAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RDgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1530%2C415794 The Leader-Post – November 4, 1935
  5. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iYsjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vJgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6625%2C2719866 The Montreal Gazette – November 25, 1935
  6. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LYpTAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RDgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1322%2C1261575 The Leader-Post – November 12, 1935
  7. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4b4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C5kFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6613%2C87614 The Montreal Gazette – December 2, 1935