1954 in Canadian football

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The Edmonton Eskimos upset the Montreal Alouettes to send the Grey Cup trophy back west for the first time since 1948. [1]

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1954 in Canadian football
Playoffs
IRFU Champions Montreal Alouettes
WIFU Champions Edmonton Eskimos
42nd Grey Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Eskimos
  1953 Canadian Football Seasons 1955  

Canadian Football News in 1954

1954 is generally recognized as the start of the modern era of Canadian football. [2]

The BC Lions joined the WIFU and adopted the colours of burnt orange and brown. The NBC national network were televising IRFU games. [3]

Winnipeg's Gerry James (RB), became the first player to win the Most Outstanding Canadian Award. [4]

This was the last season that the Ontario Rugby Football Union would be allowed to challenge for the Grey Cup. [5]

Regular season

Final regular season standings

Source: [5]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Western Interprovincial Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Edmonton Eskimos 16115025516322
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16104223920422
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1686220219018
Calgary Stampeders 1688027116516
BC Lions 1611501003452
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Montreal Alouettes 14113034114822
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1495027520718
Toronto Argonauts 1468021226512
Ottawa Rough Riders 1421201293374
Ontario Rugby Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 1292126918319
Sarnia Imperials 1274121819315
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 1211101692802

Grey Cup playoffs

Source: [5]

Note: All dates in 1954

SEMI-FINALS

WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 1
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
DateAwayHome
October 30 Saskatchewan Roughriders 14 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 14
WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 2
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
DateAwayHome
November 1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13 Saskatchewan Roughriders 11

FINALS

ORFU Finals – Game 1
Sarnia Imperials @ Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen
DateAwayHome
November 3 Sarnia Imperials 12 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 13
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen @ Sarnia Imperials
DateAwayHome
November 11 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 16 Sarnia Imperials 8
WIFU Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
DateAwayHome
November 6 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3 Edmonton Eskimos 9
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Edmonton Eskimos @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
DateAwayHome
November 11 Edmonton Eskimos 6 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12
WIFU Finals – Game 3
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
DateAwayHome
November 13 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 5 Edmonton Eskimos 10
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Montreal Alouettes @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
DateAwayHome
November 17 Montreal Alouettes 14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 9
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Montreal Alouettes
DateAwayHome
November 20 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 19 Montreal Alouettes 24

Grey Cup Semi-Final

Edmonton Eskimos @ Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen
DateAwayHome
November 20 Edmonton Eskimos 38 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 6

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup
         
IRFU Montreal Alouettes
IRFU BYE
IRFU Montreal Alouettes 14-24
EAST
IRFU Hamilton Tiger Cats 9-19
IRFU Hamilton Tiger Cats
IRFU BYE
IRFU Montreal Alouettes 25
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 26
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 9-12-10
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3-6-5
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 38
WEST
ORFU Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 6
ORFU Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 13-16
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 12-8

Grey Cup Championship

November 27

42nd Annual Grey Cup Game : Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Edmonton Eskimos 26 Montreal Alouettes 25
The Edmonton Eskimos are the 1954 Grey Cup Champions

Canadian Football Leaders

1954 Eastern (Interprovincial Rugby Football Union) All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1954 Western (Western Interprovincial Football Union) All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1954 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.

1954 Canadian Football Awards

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