1937 in Canadian football

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The Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup for the second time in five years. [1]


1937 in Canadian football
East Champions Toronto Argonauts
West Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
25th Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  1936 Canadian Football Seasons 1938  

Canadian Football News in 1937

The Quebec Rugby Football Union (QRFU) stopped challenging for the Grey Cup. [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

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Quebec Rugby Football Union
BRFU - BC Big Four
North Shore Lions7511782711
Vancouver Meralomas733143587
Knights of Columbus725034564

*UBC games count in the standings

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1937

Division Semi-Finals

WIFU Semi-Finals
1October 24 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 Regina Roughriders 4
2October 31 Regina Roughriders 20 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 5
IRFU Finals
1November 20 Ottawa Rough Riders 15 Toronto Argonauts 11
2November 27 Toronto Argonauts 10 Ottawa Rough Riders 1
November 20 Sarnia Imperials (ORFU) 63Montreal Westmounts (QRFU) 0
  • Sarnia advances to the Eastern Final.


Western Finals
1November 6 Calgary Bronks 13 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 10
2November 11 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9 Calgary Bronks 1
Eastern Finals
December 4 Toronto Argonauts 10Sarnia Imperials (ORFU) 6

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 21
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 16
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 10
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 6
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 63
QRFU Montreal Westmounts 0
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 4
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3
WIFU Calgary Bronks
WIFU Calgary Bronks 14
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24
WIFU Regina Roughriders 12

Grey Cup Championship

December 11

25th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3 Toronto Argonauts 4
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1937 Grey Cup Champions

1937 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) All-Stars selected by Canadian Press

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

1st Team

2nd Team

1937 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.

1937 Canadian Football Awards

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  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1937". CFL.ca. 2005-10-19. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  2. "CANADIAN FOOTBALL TIMELINES (1860 – 2005)" (PDF). footballcanada.com. Retrieved 11 October 2019.