1955 in Canadian football

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

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1955 in Canadian football
Playoffs
IRFU Champions Montreal Alouettes
WIFU Champions Edmonton Eskimos
43rd Grey Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Eskimos
  1954 Canadian Football Seasons 1956  

Canadian Football News in 1955

For 45 years the Grey Cup classic was an event held exclusively in the province of Ontario, with the one exception in 1931 when the game was staged in Montreal. This all changed in 1955 when the game was awarded to Vancouver, B.C. The then largest crowd in the history of organized team sports in Canada packed Empire Stadium to witness the Edmonton Eskimos defeat the Montreal Alouettes. The 39,417 in attendance remained a Grey Cup record until 1976. [1]

The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) allowed the third place team to qualify for a playoff berth. The Grey Cup had a gross revenue of $198,000. [2]

In January 1955, the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU) announced that a playoff game with the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) was no longer desired. The WIFU and IRFU both scheduled their games so as not to leave an open date for the traditional game with the ORFU. At the March meeting of the CRU, the ORFU withdrew from Grey Cup competition for 1955. [3] 1955 became the first year that only the IRFU and the WIFU competed for the Grey Cup.

Montreal's Tex Coulter became the first player to win the Most Outstanding Lineman Award.

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
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Edmonton Eskimos 16142028611728
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16106027024520
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1679021019514
BC Lions 16511021133010
Calgary Stampeders 1641202092998
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Montreal Alouettes 1293038821418
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1284027119316
Toronto Argonauts 124802393288
Ottawa Rough Riders 123901743376
Ontario Rugby Football Union [4]
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 12101128412421
Sarnia Imperials 1265114018213
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 1211101013192

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1955

SEMI-FINALS

WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
DateAwayHome
November 5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 Saskatchewan Roughriders 7
WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 2
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
DateAwayHome
November 7 Saskatchewan Roughriders 9 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8
IRFU Semi-Finals
Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
DateAwayHome
November 12 Toronto Argonauts 32 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28

FINALS

WIFU Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
DateAwayHome
November 11 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6 Edmonton Eskimos 29
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Edmonton Eskimos @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
DateAwayHome
November 16 Edmonton Eskimos 26 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6
IRFU Finals
Toronto Argonauts @ Montreal Alouettes
DateAwayHome
November 19 Toronto Argonauts 36 Montreal Alouettes 38

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup
         
IRFU Montreal Alouettes
IRFU BYE
IRFU Montreal Alouettes 38
EAST
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 36
IRFU Hamilton Tiger Cats 28
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 32
IRFU Montreal Alouettes 19
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 34
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos
WIFU BYE
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 29-26
WEST
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6-6
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16-8
WIFU Saskatchewan Roughriders 7-9

Grey Cup Championship

November 26

43rd Annual Grey Cup Game : Empire StadiumVancouver, British Columbia

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Edmonton Eskimos 34 Montreal Alouettes 19
The Edmonton Eskimos are the 1955 Grey Cup Champions

Canadian Football Leaders

1955 Eastern (Interprovincial Rugby Football Union) All-Stars

Offence

Defence

NOTE: The following players were selected to the All-Star team as replacements for players who would have had to play both ways in the Shrine Game (denoted with an *):

2nd Team Offence

1955 Western (Western Interprovincial Football Union) All-Stars

Offence

Defence

NOTE: The following players were selected to the All-Star team as replacements for players who would have had to play both ways, or were injured, in the Shrine Game (denoted with an *):

1955 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.

1955 Canadian Football Awards

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References

  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1955". CFL.ca. 2005-11-11. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  2. "Canadian Football Timelines (1860-2005)" (PDF). footballcanada.com. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  3. Cosentino, Frank (1969). Canadian Football: The Grey Cup Years. Musson Book Company. p. 152.
  4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AUgxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=guMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7029%2C4225058 Ottawa Citizen – Oct 31, 1955
  5. "CFLapedia".