Sarnia Imperials

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Sarnia Imperials
Founded 1928
Folded 1955
Based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Rugby Football Union
Division ORFU Group 1 (1928)
ORFU Western (1929-1931)
Team History
Team Colors Red, Blue, Gold, and White[1]

                   

Nickname(s) Imps
Home field(s) Athletic Park

The Sarnia Imperials were a football team from Sarnia, Ontario and a member of the Ontario Rugby Football Union, a league that preceded the Canadian Football League and contested for the Grey Cup until 1955. In their history, the Imperials appeared in three Grey Cup championship games, winning twice in 1934 and in 1936.

History[edit]

Pre-war[edit]

The Imperials first began playing in the ORFU in 1928, enjoying immediate success as they finished first in their division that year, only to lose the ORFU Final to the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers. The team would go on to enjoy great success for the next 12 years, missing the post-season only once and winning the ORFU Final 10 of those 12 years. Sarnia played in their first Grey Cup championship game in 1933, which was also the only time the city hosted the Grey Cup game. However, the Imperials lost a low-scoring affair, falling 4-3 to the Toronto Argonauts in the lowest scoring Grey Cup game to date.[2]

The team reversed their fortunes the next year, as they returned to the Dominion championship and came out victorious, defeating the Regina Roughriders 20-12 in the 22nd Grey Cup game.[3] After losing to the Hamilton Tigers in the Eastern Final in 1935, the Imperials would return to the Grey Cup game in 1936. The team would secure their second Grey Cup win after their victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 24th Grey Cup game.[4]

While they would not return to the Grey Cup game, one of their more memorable victories came in 1937, when they crushed Montreal 63-0 in a Grey Cup quarter-final. This came at a time when touchdowns were worth only five points. The Imperials ceased play in the ORFU after the 1939 season due to World War II.[5]

Post-war[edit]

After the Second World War, the Imperials were not as dominant as they had been before. In their last ten years of existence, they won just two ORFU titles, in 1951 and 1952. Not only this, but it became more difficult for ORFU teams to compete against teams in the IRFU and the WIFU, as no teams since the end of the World War qualified for the Grey Cup.

Overall, the Imperials won their first ORFU title in 1929, then reeled off nine straight Ontario championships from 1931 to 1939. They also won the ORFU crown in 1951 and 1952, giving them a total of 12 championships, in addition to their two Grey Cups. The team played its home matches at Sarnia's Athletic Park, now known as Norm Perry Park after the former star football player and Sarnia mayor.

Canadian Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Imperials who were elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame based solely on their play in Sarnia included Norm Perry, Orm Beach and Hugh 'Bummer' Stirling. Stirling was also named Canadian Male Athlete of the Year in 1938.

ORFU season-by-season[edit]

Season W L T PF PA Pts Finish Playoffs
1928 2 2 0 35 28 4 1st, ORFU Group 1 Lost ORFU Final
1929 6 0 0 85 19 12 1st, ORFU Western Lost East Semi-Final
1930 4 2 0 76 25 8 2nd, ORFU Western Missed Playoffs
1931 2 1 1 36 24 5 1st, ORFU Western Lost East Semi-Final
1932 5 1 0 125 37 10 1st, ORFU Lost East Semi-Final
1933 5 1 0 95 25 10 1st, ORFU Lost 21st Grey Cup
1934 6 0 0 137 28 12 1st, ORFU Won 22nd Grey Cup
1935 4 0 0 69 9 8 1st, ORFU Lost Eastern Final
1936 3 1 0 102 27 6 1st, ORFU Won 24th Grey Cup
1937 3 0 1 81 19 7 1st, ORFU Lost Eastern Finals
1938 3 1 2 95 27 8 1st, ORFU Lost Eastern Finals
1939 3 1 2 70 38 8 2nd, ORFU Lost Eastern Finals
1940-45 Did not play due to World War II.
1946 4 6 0 88 158 8 4th, ORFU Lost ORFU Semi-Finals
1947 0 10 0 66 166 0 6th, ORFU Missed Playoffs
1948 3 5 1 72 130 8 3rd, ORFU Missed Playoffs
1949 8 4 0 142 101 16 2nd, ORFU Lost ORFU Finals
1950 4 4 0 164 102 10 2nd, ORFU Lost ORFU Finals
1951 9 1 0 268 60 18 1st, ORFU Lost Eastern Finals
1952 11 1 0 312 68 22 1st, ORFU Lost Grey Cup Semi-Final
1953 8 4 0 231 101 16 2nd, ORFU Lost ORFU Semi-Finals
1954 7 4 1 218 193 15 2nd, ORFU Lost ORFU Finals
1955 6 5 1 140 182 13 2nd, ORFU Lost ORFU Finals

New incarnation[edit]

In 2006, the team was resurrected under the same name to play in the Northern Football Conference, Canada's top league for adult amateur play.[6]

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