1961 BC Lions season

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1961 BC Lions season
Head coach Wayne Robinson
Dave Skrien
Home field Empire Stadium
Results
Record 1–13–2
Division place 5th, West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
CFL BCL Jersey 1960.png

The 1961 BC Lions finished the season in fifth place in the West Division with a disappointing 1–13–2 record and failed to make the playoffs.

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.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 13 3 0 360 251 26
Edmonton Eskimos 16 10 5 1 334 257 21
Calgary Stampeders 16 7 9 0 300 311 14
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 5 10 1 211 314 11
BC Lions 16 1 13 2 215 393 4

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Season schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Score Result Record
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


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Offensive leaders[edit]

Player Passing yds Rushing yds Receving yds TD
Joe Kapp 1719 127 0 0
Nub Beamer 878 108 9
Willie Fleming 468 680 9
Dick Johnson 0 645 4
By Bailey 386 125 1
Pat Claridge 0 327 0

1961 CFL Awards[edit]

None

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFL.ca". Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  2. ^ "BC Lions All-Time Canadian Football League (CFL) Records". Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-03-08.