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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. [1]

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.

Toronto Argonauts Canadian football team based in Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Toronto, Ontario, the team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, and they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division. The team's origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team.


1947 in Canadian football
IRFU Champions Toronto Argonauts
WIFU Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
35th Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  1946 Canadian Football Seasons 1948  

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
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8530838310
Calgary Stampeders 844079938
Regina Roughriders 835078646
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Ottawa Rough Riders 1284017010316
Toronto Argonauts 1274114012215
Montreal Alouettes 1266016416412
Hamilton Tigers 122911192045
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Hamilton Wildcats 109102458418
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 1073010310014
Ottawa Trojans 1054114813311
Toronto Indians 10451991209
Windsor Rockets 10460861388
Sarnia Imperials 100100601660

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1947


ORFU Semi-Final
Toronto Indians @ Hamilton Wildcats
November 7 Toronto Indians 0 Hamilton Wildcats 14
ORFU Semi-Final
Ottawa Trojans @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
November 8 Ottawa Trojans 16 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 7


WIFU Finals – Game 1
Calgary Stampeders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
November 1 Calgary Stampeders 4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Stampeders
November 11 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3 Calgary Stampeders 15
WIFU Finals – Game 3
Calgary Stampeders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
November 15 Calgary Stampeders 3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 10
ORFU Final
Ottawa Trojans @ Hamilton Wildcats
November 15 Ottawa Trojans 15 Hamilton Wildcats 3
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa Rough Riders
November 11 Toronto Argonauts 3 Ottawa Rough Riders 0
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Ottawa Rough Riders @ Toronto Argonauts
November 15 Ottawa Rough Riders 0 Toronto Argonauts 21

Eastern Finals

Ottawa Trojans @ Toronto Argonauts
November 22 Ottawa Trojans 1 Toronto Argonauts 22

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 0-0
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 3-22
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 22
ORFU Ottawa Trojans 1
ORFU Hamilton Wildcats 3
ORFU Ottawa Trojans 15
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 10
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9
WIFU no quarter final
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16-3-10
WIFU Calgary Stampeders 4-15-3
WIFU no quarter final

Grey Cup Championship

November 29

35th Annual Grey Cup Game : Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9 Toronto Argonauts 10
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1947 Grey Cup Champions

Needing to beat the clock, the Argos had a quick huddle, and Joe Krol, a Grey Cup hero for many seasons, angled a kick away from the Winnipeg safety, over the goal line and into touch for the winning point as time expired. [1]

Joe Krol Player of American and Canadian football

Joseph "King" Krol was a Canadian football quarterback, running back, defensive back, and placekicker/punter from 1942 to 1953 and 1955. Considered as possibly the most versatile player in Canadian football history as a triple-threat to pass, run, and kick, he was one of Canada's greatest athletes and also famously known as a "Gold Dust Twin" for his teamwork with Royal Copeland. Joe Krol was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. After suffering from a fall in his apartment, Krol died in a Toronto hospital on December 16, 2008.

1947 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) 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.

1st Team

Frank Joseph Filchock was an American gridiron football player and coach. As a consequence of a famous scandal regarding the 1946 NFL Championship Game, he was suspended by the National Football League (NFL) from 1947 to 1950 for associating with gamblers.

Anthony Charles "Tony" Golab, was a Canadian football halfback and flying wing who played in the Ontario Rugby Football Union and Interprovincial Rugby Football Union for 11 years with the Sarnia Imperials, Ottawa Rough Riders, and Ottawa Uplands. He was born in Windsor, Ontario.

Royal Copeland was a Canadian football running back who played at the elite level from 1943 to 1956.

2nd Team

Don McFarlane was a Canadian sprinter and football player. He competed in the men's 400 metres at the 1948 Summer Olympics and played football for the University of Western Ontario. He is the brother of Bob McFarlane.

Robert William Paffrath is a former professional American football halfback. He played for the Miami Seahawks and the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America Football Conference, for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, and for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Interprovincial Football Union. Paffrath also played one year in the Ontario Rugby Football Union with the Toronto Indians, where he was MVP.

Douglas J. Smylie was a Canadian football player who played for the Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Rough Riders. He won the Grey Cup with Toronto in 1945 and 1952. The son of Rod Smylie, he previously played football for and attended Cornell University.

1947 Western (Western Interprovincial 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.

Stanley Joseph Stasica was an American and Canadian football player who played for the Miami Seahawks and Regina Roughriders. He played college football at South Carolina University before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Darrell E. Wardien was a Canadian football player who played for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played college football at the University of Montana. In 1991 he was included on the Saskatchewan Roughriders' Plaza of Honour.

Gabe Patterson is a former all-star Canadian football player.

1947 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.

Donald William "Shanty" MacKenzie, Sr. was a Canadian football player who played for the Toronto Argonauts. He won the Grey Cup with them in 1950 and 1952. He was a veteran of World War II. MacKenzie was later the building superintendent of Maple Leaf Gardens, a position he held for 40 years. He died in 2001.

1947 Canadian Football Awards

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  1. 1 2 "Grey Cup Memories: 1947". CFL.ca. 2005-11-08. Retrieved 2019-10-05.