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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers played in their third consecutive Grey Cup final. A last-second rouge gave Winnipeg its second title in five years. [1]

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.

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.


1939 in Canadian football
East Champions Ottawa Rough Riders
WIFU Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
27th Grey Cup
ChampionsWinnipeg Blue Bombers
  1938 Canadian Football Seasons 1940  

Regular season, final standings

Column headings: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points for, PA = Points against, Pts = Points

Western Interprovincial Football Union
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12102020110320
Regina Roughriders 126608413612
Calgary Bronks 114701441238
Edmonton Eskimos 11380801476
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Ottawa Rough Riders 65101454410
Toronto Argonauts 641158439
Hamilton Tigers 624029844
Montreal Royals 605123841
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Montreal Westmounts 641171459
Sarnia Imperials 631270388
Toronto Balmy Beach 632158277
Peterborough Orfuns 6060161050
British Columbia Rugby Football Union
UBC Thunderbirds66001082512
Knights of Columbus642063638
North Shore Lions624048514
Victoria Revellers6060251050

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1939


WIFU Semifinals
Calgary Bronks @ Regina Roughriders
Probable dateAwayHome
November 4 Calgary Bronks 24 Regina Roughriders 17
ORFU Finals
1November 18 Montreal Westmounts 1 Sarnia Imperials 13
2November 25 Sarnia Imperials 18 Montreal Westmounts 13
  • Sarnia won the total-point series by 31–14 and played the Ottawa Rough Riders(IRFU Champions) in the Eastern Finals.
IRFU Finals
1November 18 Ottawa Rough Riders 11 Toronto Argonauts 0
2November 25 Ottawa Rough Riders 28 Toronto Argonauts 6
  • Ottawa won the total-point series by 39–6 and played the Sarnia Imperials (ORFU Champions) in the Eastern Finals.


Western Finals
1November 11 Calgary Bronks 13 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7
2November 18 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28 Calgary Bronks 7
Eastern Finals
Ottawa Rough Riders (IRFU) @ Sarnia Imperials (ORFU)
December 2 Ottawa Rough Riders 23 Sarnia Imperials (ORFU) 1

Playoff bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 11-28
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 0-6
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 23
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 1
ORFU Montreal Westmounts 1-13
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 12-18
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 7
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28
WIFU Calgary Bronks 7
WIFU Regina Roughriders 17
WIFU Calgary Bronks 24

Grey Cup Championship

December 9

27th Annual Grey Cup Game: Lansdowne ParkOttawa, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8 Ottawa Rough Riders 7
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers became the 1939 Grey Cup Champions

1939 Interprovincial 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.

William Stukus was a Canadian football quarterback.

Bill Davies was an all-star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, playing from 1936 to 1946.

Roy Alvin "Red" Storey, was a Canadian athlete, referee and broadcaster. He played football, lacrosse and ice hockey. While active as an athlete, he turned to officiating in all three sports and continued as an official after the end of his playing career. He is best known for being a referee for the National Hockey League professional ice hockey league. While he was a member of the Toronto Argonauts, the team won the Grey Cup Canadian championship twice. He later became a radio and television commentator for Canadian television.

1939 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.

Eddie Thompson was a halfback in the Ontario Rugby Football Union. He served in World War II and lost his life during it.

Tommy Burns was a Canadian football player. He was an all-star and Grey Cup champion in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Ontario Rugby Football Union, playing from 1931 to 1941.

1939 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)

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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 only two-game total point series in Grey Cup history was played between the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers. It was Ottawa's first Grey Cup championship since the Senators won back-to-back titles in 1925 and 1926. It was Balmy Beach's fourth and final appearance at a Grey Cup, winning two times in four opportunities.

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Football returned to relative normal in 1945 following the conclusion of World War II. Two rivals from the pre-war years met once again in the annual Grey Cup, but on this occasion, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were no match for the Toronto Argonauts. For Winnipeg, it was the worst loss by a western team in the Grey Cup since 1923 when Queen's University routed the Regina Roughriders 54-0.

For the first time in Grey Cup history, the same two teams challenged for the trophy for the third consecutive year. But unlike the previous two years, the Toronto Argonauts needed some late game heroics to win their third consecutive title.

The Calgary Stampeders had an opportunity to defend their Grey Cup title in 1949, but the Montreal Alouettes returned the trophy to Quebec for just the third time in its history.

After a 17-year absence, the Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to the Grey Cup final. Their losing streak in the big game continued, however, as it was the other Rough Riders that took home the prize.

The Toronto Argonauts faced the Edmonton Eskimos in the Grey Cup. Although the Argos would hold on to win the game and their 10th Grey Cup championship, an Argo would not sip from the silver mug again until 1983.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the annual Grey Cup in 1953.

The Edmonton Eskimos upset the Montreal Alouettes to send the Grey Cup trophy back west for the first time since 1948.

The Edmonton Eskimos defeat the Montreal Alouettes in the first Grey Cup held in the west.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup.


  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1939". CFL.ca. 2005-11-01. Retrieved 2019-10-05.