1943 in Canadian football

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The Winnipeg RCAF Bombers faced the Hamilton Flying Wildcats in the Grey Cup. Hamilton proved to be the better team, returning the coveted trophy to Steeltown for the first time since 1932. [1]


1943 in Canadian football
East Champions Hamilton Flying Wildcats
West Champions Winnipeg RCAF Bombers
31st Grey Cup
ChampionsHamilton Flying Wildcats
  1942 Canadian Football Seasons 1944  

Canadian Football News in 1943

The WIFU and the IRFU suspended operations for the duration of World War II. [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

Western Interprovincial Football Union

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union

Ontario Rugby Football Union
Hamilton Flying Wildcats 108112237117
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 108201487416
Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 107211336715
Ottawa Combines 9270681294
Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs10280731604
Toronto Indians 9180361802
Quebec Rugby Football Union
Lachine RCAF108201615920
Verdun Grads10730905418
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 10640614316
Huntington Army100100301630

(*) McGill played six-point games

Western Canada Armed Services Rugby Football Union
Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 66001023712
Regina All-Services Roughriders624046964
Winnipeg United Services Combines615034492

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1943

Eastern Finals

Hamilton Flying Wildcats @ Lachine RCAF
November 20 Hamilton Flying Wildcats 7Lachine RCAF 6

Playoff Bracket

Union FinalsSemi & Union FinalsGrey Cup Final
ORFU Hamilton Flying Wildcats 7
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 2
ORFU Hamilton Flying Wildcats 7
QRFU Lachine RCAF 6
QRFU Lachine RCAF 14
QRFU Montreal Navy 2
ORFU Hamilton Flying Wildcats 23
WCASFL Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 14
WCASFL Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 1-11
WCASFL Regina All-Service All Stars 0-0


Grey Cup Championship

November 27

31st Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity Stadium - Toronto, Ontario

Hamilton Flying Wildcats 23Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 14
The Hamilton Flying Wildcats are the 1943 Grey Cup Champions

1943 Western Canada Armed Services Rugby Football League 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.

1943 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.

1943 Canadian Football Awards

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  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1943". CFL.ca. 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  2. "CANADIAN FOOTBALL TIMELINES (1860 – 2005)" (PDF). footballcanada.com. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  3. "Airmen whip Navy to win QRFU Title".