1940 in Canadian football

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The only two-game total point series in Grey Cup history was played between the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers.

The Canadian Rugby Union arranged the series after it refused to allow the WIFU winners, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to compete in the final. The reason for the refusal was based on the WIFU season being played under rules that varied from IRFU rules.

The Ontario Rugby Football Union had three of its teams disband due to the war. The league managed to continue by quickly cobbling together three more teams, centered on military communities (as many players had joined the armed forces.)

The British Columbia Rugby Football Union operated for the final time. As winners of the BCRFU, the Victoria Revellers had the right to challenge the WIFU champions for the western championship. As was normal for the BCRFU champions, no challenge was issued.

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

Western Interprovincial Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8 6 2 0 108 58 12
Calgary Bronks 8 4 4 0 79 76 8
Regina Roughriders 8 2 6 0 39 92 4
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 5 1 0 116 40 10
Toronto Argonauts 6 4 2 0 58 79 8
Hamilton Tigers 6 2 4 0 45 73 4
Montreal Football Club (Bulldogs) 6 1 5 0 39 66 2
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Balmy Beach 6 6 0 0 75 12 12
Sarnia 2/26 Battery 6 4 2 0 59 36 8
Hamilton Alerts 5 1 4 0 16 49 2
Camp Borden 5 0 5 0 7 60 0

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs

A tie game between the Hamilton Alerts and Camp Borden was ordered to be replayed but was cancelled.

BCRFU - Three V League
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Victoria Revellers 4 4 0 0 44 14 8
UBC Thunderbirds 4 1 3 0 25 42 2
Vancouver Bulldogs 4 1 3 0 14 27 2

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

Note: All dates in 1940

Division finals[edit]

WIFU Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Bronks
Date Away Home
November 2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 Calgary Bronks 0
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Calgary Bronks @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 9 Calgary Bronks 2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23
  • Winnipeg won the total-point series by 30–2. Winnipeg would have advanced to the Grey Cup game, but were refused by the Canadian Rugby Union. They instead went to the United States at the beginning of the 1941 season to play the Columbus Bullies, the champions of the American Football League, in a three-game series. The Bullies defeated the Blue Bombers 2 games to 1, with scores of 12–19, 6–0, and 31–1.
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Sarnia 2/26 Battery @ Toronto Balmy Beach
Date Away Home
November 16 Sarnia 2/26 Battery 0 Toronto Balmy Beach 12
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Balmy Beach @ Sarnia 2/26 Battery
Date Away Home
November 23 Toronto Balmy Beach 24 Sarnia 2/26 Battery 0
  • Toronto Balmy Beach won the total-point series by 36–0.
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 16 Toronto Argonauts 1 Ottawa Rough Riders 12
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Ottawa Rough Riders @ Toronto Argonauts
Date Away Home
November 23 Ottawa Rough Riders 8 Toronto Argonauts 1
  • Ottawa won the total-point series by 20–2. Ottawa will play Toronto Balmy Beach (ORFU Champions) in the Grey Cup game.

Grey Cup Championship[edit]

November 30

28th Annual Grey Cup Game – Game 1: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

Ottawa Rough Riders @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU)
Away Home
Ottawa Rough Riders 8 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU) 2
December 7

28th Annual Grey Cup Game – Game 2: Lansdowne ParkOttawa, Ontario

Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU) @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Away Home
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU) 5 Ottawa Rough Riders 12
Ottawa won the total-point series by 20–7.

The Ottawa Rough Riders are the 1940 Grey Cup Champions

1940 Interprovincial Rugby Football Union All-Stars[edit]

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1940 Western Interprovincial Football Union All-Stars[edit]

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1940 Ontario Rugby Football Union All-Stars[edit]

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1940 Canadian Football Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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