1920 in Canadian football

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Canadian Football News in 1920[edit]

CIRFU and IRFU adopted a four-yard Interference rule while the CRU opted for three yards of Interference.

ARFU played games with 12 players per side and introduced the snap-back. The reduction in the number of players was done for monetary reasons as train rates were high after WWI. The CRU would make the same changes in 1921.

The MRFU champion Winnipeg Victorias were unable to field a full team for the WCRFU finals and withdrew from competition. The MRFU wanted to substitute the second place University of Manitoba Varsity team but the SRFU refused to accept the challenge.

As champions of the WCRFU, the Regina Rugby Club issued a challenge to compete for the Grey Cup. The CRU had already established its playoff schedule and was unwilling to make any changes. At the time, the CIRFU champions had not been determined but McGill had already announced that if they won the CIRFU they would not compete in the CRU playoffs. The CRU ruled that if McGill won the CIRFU then the Regina Rugby Club would take the place of the CIRFU in the playoffs. In the end, the University of Toronto Varsity team won the CIRFU and the west had to wait one more year before it could compete for the Grey Cup.

Regular season[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

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

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union[1]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 6 5 1 0 54 32 10
Hamilton Tigers 6 4 2 0 48 25 8
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 3 3 0 49 52 6
Montreal AAA 6 0 6 0 35 77 0
Ontario Rugby Football Union[2]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Torontos 4 3 1 0 60 35 6
Parkdale Rowing Club 4 1 3 0 35 60 2
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union[2]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
McGill Redmen 4 3 1 0 61 22 6
Varsity Blues 4 3 1 0 77 21 6
Queen's University 4 0 4 0 13 106 0
*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs
Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Victorias 4 4 0 0 66 20 8
University of Manitoba Varsity 4 1 3 0 39 61 2
Winnipeg Tammany Tigers 4 1 3 0 19 43 2
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Southern Saskatchewan
Regina Rugby Club 4 4 0 0 31 11 8
Regina Boat Club 4 2 2 0 49 36 4
Moose Jaw Millers 4 0 4 0 5 38 0
Northern Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Quakers 3 2 1 0 4
University of Saskatchewan Varsity 3 1 2 0 2
Alberta Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Southern Alberta
Calgary Tigers 3 3 0 0 50 10 6
Calgary Canucks 3 0 3 0 10 50 0
Northern Alberta
Edmonton Eskimos 2 2 0 0 54 14 4
University of Alberta Varsity 2 0 2 0 14 54 0

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League Champions[edit]

Football Union League Champion
IRFU Toronto Argonauts
WCRFU Regina Rugby Club
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Toronto Rowing Athletic Association
MRFU Winnipeg Victorias
SRFU Regina Rugby Club
ARFU Calgary Tigers

Grey Cup Playoffs[edit]

Note: All dates in 1920

SRFU Playoff[edit]

Date Away Home
October 30 Saskatoon Quakers 0 Regina Rugby Club 35
  • Regina Rugby Club wins the SRFU championship [3]

ARFU Playoffs[edit]

Date Away Home
ARFU Playoffs Games 1 & 2
October 23 Calgary Tigers 27 Edmonton Eskimos 15
October 30 Edmonton Eskimos 18 Calgary Tigers 8
  • Calgary wins the total-point series 35-33. Calgary advances to WCRFU Semi-Final against Regina.

CIRFU Final[edit]

Date Away Home
November 20 Toronto Varsity Blues 14 McGill University 6
  • Varsity advances to the Grey Cup.[4]

Eastern Final[edit]

Date Away Home
November 20 Toronto Torontos 6 Toronto Argonauts 7
  • Toronto Argonauts advance to the Grey Cup.[5]

Western Semi-Final[edit]

Date Away Home
November 6 Calgary Tigers 1 Regina Rugby Club 28

Western Final[edit]

Date Away Home
November 13 Winnipeg Victorias Regina Rugby Club
* Winnipeg Victorias withdrew from the competition as several players were unable to get time off work for the trip to Regina

Grey Cup Championship[edit]

December 4

8th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity Stadium - Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Argonauts 3 Toronto Varsity Blues 16
Toronto Varsity Blues are the 1920 Grey Cup Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 978-0-9739425-4-5, p.294
  2. ^ a b http://www.cflapedia.com/
  3. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mPxSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qjcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5568%2C105107
  4. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9g1kAAAAIBAJ&sjid=13oNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3307%2C2753022 The Calgary Daily Herald - November 22, 1920
  5. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9g1kAAAAIBAJ&sjid=13oNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3416%2C2756054 The Calgary Daily Herald - November 22, 1920
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