1951 in Canadian football

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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. [1]


Canadian football news in 1951

The BC Lions were formed in January at the Arctic Club in Vancouver; however, the franchise would begin play at the start of the 1954 season.

E. Kent Philips of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was appointed WIFU Commissioner. The IRFU allowed the third-place Toronto Argonauts to be in the playoffs due to similar regular season records with the other top two teams.

On October 27, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (later Queen Elizabeth II) attended the western semi-final in Edmonton. [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
Saskatchewan Roughriders 1486027721916
Edmonton Eskimos 1486030626216
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1486030331116
Calgary Stampeders 1441002052998
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Ottawa Rough Riders 1275021819714
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1275022913114
Toronto Argonauts 1275022620514
Montreal Alouettes 123901462866
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Sarnia Imperials 109102686018
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 1073017312414
McMaster University 62401141128
Windsor Royals 100100272860

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1951


WIFU semifinals
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
October 27 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1 Edmonton Eskimos 4
IRFU semifinals – game 1
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Toronto Argonauts
November 7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24 Toronto Argonauts 7
IRFU semifinals – game 2
Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
November 10 Toronto Argonauts 21 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7


WIFU Finals – Game 1
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Edmonton Eskimos
November 3 Saskatchewan Roughriders 11 Edmonton Eskimos 15
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Edmonton Eskimos @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
November 10 Edmonton Eskimos 5 Saskatchewan Roughriders 12
WIFU Finals – Game 3
Edmonton Eskimos @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
November 12 Edmonton Eskimos 18 Saskatchewan Roughriders 19
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Sarnia Imperials @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
November 3 Sarnia Imperials 15 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 23
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Sarnia Imperials
November 10 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 30 Sarnia Imperials 41
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Ottawa Rough Riders
November 14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7 Ottawa Rough Riders 17
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Ottawa Rough Riders @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
November 17 Ottawa Rough Riders 11 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 9

Eastern Finals

Sarnia Imperials @ Ottawa Rough Riders
November 21 Sarnia Imperials 17 Ottawa Rough Riders 43

Playoff bracket

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsGrey Cup final
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 17-11
IRFU Hamilton Tiger Cats 7-9
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 43
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 17
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 15-26
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 23-7
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 21
WIFU Saskatchewan Roughriders 14
WIFU Saskatchewan Roughriders
WIFU Saskatchewan Roughriders 11-12-19
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 15-5-18
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 4
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1

Grey Cup Championship

November 24

39th Annual Grey Cup Game : Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Saskatchewan Roughriders 14 Ottawa Rough Riders 21
The Ottawa Rough Riders were the 1951 Grey Cup Champions

1951 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.

1951 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.

1st Team

2nd Team

1951 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.

1951 Canadian Football Awards

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  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1951". CFL.ca. 2005-11-09. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  2. Dick Beddoes (October 29, 1951). "Eskimos eliminate Bombers". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved December 22, 2011.