1948 in Canadian football

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Canadian Football News in 1948[edit]

The WIFU increased their games from 8 to 12 games per team.

The Hamilton Tigers, formerly of the IRFU joined the ORFU, and the Hamilton Wildcats joined the IRFU on Friday, April 9.

The Regina/Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders changed their team colours. The Roughriders adopted green and white and the Stampeders reverted to red and white.

In the Grey Cup game, the Stampeders introduced pageantry with saddle horses and chuck wagons as they defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders 12–7 to win their first 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

Western Interprovincial Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Stampeders 12 12 0 0 218 61 24
Regina Roughriders 12 3 9 0 133 137 6
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12 3 9 0 81 234 6
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 12 10 2 0 264 130 20
Montreal Alouettes 12 7 5 0 221 172 14
Toronto Argonauts 12 5 6 1 160 191 11
Hamilton Wildcats 12 1 10 1 88 240 3
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tigers 9 9 0 0 279 54 18
Toronto Beaches-Indians 9 5 4 0 124 86 10
Sarnia Imperials 9 3 5 1 72 130 7
Windsor Rockets 9 0 8 1 40 245 1
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

Note: All dates in 1948

FINALS[edit]

WIFU Finals – Game 1
Calgary Stampeders @ Regina Roughriders
Date Away Home
November 6 Calgary Stampeders 4 Regina Roughriders 4
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Regina Roughriders @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
November 11 Regina Roughriders 6 Calgary Stampeders 17
  • Calgary won the total-point series by 21–10. The Stampeders will advance to the Grey Cup game.
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Hamilton Tigers @ Toronto Beaches-Indians
Date Away Home
November 5 Hamilton Tigers 8 Toronto Beaches-Indians 0
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Beaches-Indians @ Hamilton Tigers
Date Away Home
November 13 Toronto Beaches-Indians 1 Hamilton Tigers 31
  • Hamilton won the total-point series by 39–1. The Tigers will play the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Eastern Finals.
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 11 Montreal Alouettes 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 19
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Ottawa Rough Riders @ Montreal Alouettes
Date Away Home
November 13 Ottawa Rough Riders 15 Montreal Alouettes 7
  • Ottawa won the total-point series by 34–28. The Rough Riders will play the Hamilton Tigers in the Eastern Finals.

Eastern Finals[edit]

Hamilton Tigers @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 20 Hamilton Tigers 0 Ottawa Rough Riders 19
  • The Ottawa Rough Riders will advance to the Grey Cup game.

Playoff Bracket[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grey Cup Final
                 
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 19-15
IRFU Montreal Alouettes 21-7
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 19
EAST
ORFU Hamilton Tigers 0
ORFU Hamilton Tigers 8-31
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 0-0
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 7
WIFU Calgary Stampeders 12
WIFU No quarter final
 
WIFU Calgary Stampeders 4-17
WEST
WIFU Saskatchewan Roughriders 4-6
WIFU No quarter final
 

Grey Cup Championship[edit]

November 27

36th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Calgary Stampeders 12 Ottawa Rough Riders 7
The Calgary Stampeders are the 1948 Grey Cup Champions

1948 Eastern (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.

1948 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.

1948 Western (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.

1948 Canadian Football Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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