1938 in Canadian football

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1938 in Canadian football
East Champions Toronto Argonauts
WIFU Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
26th Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  1937 Canadian Football Seasons 1939  

For the second consecutive season the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers met for the Grey Cup. The Argonauts won the game. [1]


Canadian Football News in 1938

The Edmonton Eskimos joined the WIFU and adopted the colours of blue and white. The Eskimos eventually withdrew from the union in 1940. [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.

British Columbia Rugby Football Union
North Shore Lions87101102415
UBC Thunderbirds6510571815
Knights of Columbus835043566
Vancouver Meralomas808031150

*UBC games are worth 3 points in the standings

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1938


WIFU Semi-Finals
October 29 Regina Roughriders 0 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13
ORFU Finals
1November 19 Sarnia Imperials 9 Montreal Nationals 5
2November 26 Sarnia Imperials 15 Montreal Nationals 0
  • Sarnia won the total-point series by 24–5. Sarnia will play the Toronto Argonauts (IRFU Champions) in the Eastern Finals.
IRFU Finals
1November 19 Toronto Argonauts 9 Ottawa Rough Riders 1
2November 26 Toronto Argonauts 5 Ottawa Rough Riders 3
  • Toronto won the total-point series by 14–4. Toronto will play the Sarnia Imperials (ORFU Champions) in the Eastern Finals.


Western Finals
1November 5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12 Calgary Bronks 7
2November 12 Calgary Bronks 2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13
Eastern Finals
December 3? Toronto Argonauts 25 Sarnia Imperials (ORFU) 8

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 9-5
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 1-3
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 25
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 8
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 9-15
ORFU Montreal Nationals 5-0
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 25
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8
WIFU Calgary Bronks
WIFU Calgary Bronks 7-2
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12-13
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13
WIFU Regina Roughriders 0

Grey Cup Championship

December 10

26th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 Toronto Argonauts 30
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1938 Grey Cup Champions

1938 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

1938 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.

1938 Canadian Football Awards

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  1. "Grey Cup: 1938". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  2. "CANADIAN FOOTBALL TIMELINES (1860 – 2005)" (PDF). footballcanada.com. Retrieved 11 October 2019.