1961 BC Lions season
|1961 BC Lions season|
|Head coach||Wayne Robinson
|Home field||Empire Stadium|
|Division place||5th, West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
There was, however, a bright side to the season as fundamental building blocks were in place. In the off-season, the Lions signed Linebacker/Guard Tom Brown who would become an important part of the Lions' defense. On Aug. 24, the Lions traded four players to Calgary for Quarterback Joe Kapp and while the results weren't immediate they would prove to be critical in future seasons.
Due to the poor record and play, fan attendance dropped drastically, as the Lions averaged 24,000 fans per game. It also cost head coach Wayne Robinson his job as he was fired after winless first seven games in favour of Dave Skrien on September 12th.
This was also the first season that the CFL introduced inter-conference games, with the first regular season games against the Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts coming in 1961.
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||16||13||3||0||360||251||26|
|1||Aug 7||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||29–19||Loss||0–1|
|2||Aug 12||at Ottawa Rough Riders||41–7||Loss||0–2|
|3||Aug 15||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||30–21||Loss||0–3|
|4||Aug 21||vs. Montreal Alouettes||7–7||Tie||0–3–1|
|5||Aug 24||at Saskatchewan Roughriders||25–6||Loss||0–4–1|
|6||Aug 28||at Edmonton Eskimos||21–20||Loss||0–5–1|
|7||Sept 9||vs. Calgary Stampeders||35–17||Loss||0–6–1|
|8||Sept 14||at Winnipeg Blue Bombers||36–15||Loss||0–7–1|
|9||Sept 18||vs. Toronto Argonauts||15–7||Loss||0–8–1|
|10||Sept 23||at Calgary Stampeders||28–9||Loss||0–9–1|
|11||Sept 30||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||21–9||Win||1–9–1|
|12||Oct 7||at Winnipeg Blue Bombers||24–20||Loss||1–10–1|
|13||Oct 9||at Saskatchewan Roughriders||17–7||Loss||1–11–1|
|14||Oct 16||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||16–15||Loss||1–12–1|
|15||Oct 28||vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||17–17||Tie||1–12–2|
|16||Nov 5||vs. Calgary Stampeders||43–7||Loss||1–13–2|
|Player||Passing yds||Rushing yds||Receving yds||TD|
1961 CFL Awards
- "CFL.ca". Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "BC Lions All-Time Canadian Football League (CFL) Records". Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
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