The 1908 Canadian football season was the 17th season of organized play since the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) was founded in 1892 and the 26th season since the creation of the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) and the Quebec Rugby Football Union (QRFU) in 1883.[1] The season concluded with the Hamilton Tigers defeating the Toronto University team in the 1908 Dominion Championship game.[2][3]

Canadian football news in 1908

The Calgary Rugby Foot-ball Club was re-organized as the Tigers on August 27 and adopted yellow and black as the team colours. The Calgary Rugby Football Union was formed on September 29 in the offices of the Sovereign Life Insurance Company. The Caledonia and Hillhurst Football Clubs play for the championship of the Central Alberta Rugby Football League on September 4. The Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club was renamed the Esquimoux on October 16. Goals from the Field were reduced to three points by the CRU.

Regular season

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union[4]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 5 1 0 114 41 10
Hamilton Tigers 6 5 1 0 131 42 10
Montreal Football Club 6 1 5 0 49 101 2
Toronto Argonauts 6 1 5 0 50 160 2
Ontario Rugby Football Union[5]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Amateur Athletic Club 2 2 0 0 37 6 4
Peterboro 2 0 2 0 6 37 0
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union[5]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Queen's 6 5 1 0 90 50 10
Toronto 6 5 1 0 112 54 10
McGill 6 1 5 0 24 101 2
Ottawa 6 1 5 0 66 87 2

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs

Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
St.John's Rugby Football Club 5 3 1 1 64 43 7
Winnipeg Rowing Club 5 1 3 1 43 64 3
Saskatchewan Rugby Football League
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Regina YMCA 2 2 0 0 16 12 4
Regina Civil Service 2 0 2 0 12 16 0
Moose Jaw Tigers
Calgary Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Tigers 4 3 1 0 87 37 6
Calgary YMCA 4 3 1 0 93 40 6
Hillhurst Hornets 4 0 4 0 30 123 0

League Champions

Football Union League Champion
IRFU Hamilton Tigers
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Toronto Amateur Athletic Club
MRFU St.John's Rugby Football Club
ARFL Edmonton Esquimaux
CRFU Calgary Tigers
SRFL Regina YMCA

Playoffs

Saskatchewan Rugby Football League final

Date Away Home
SRFL Finals
October 31 Moose Jaw Tigers 0 Regina YMCA 6
November 9 Regina YMCA 6 Moose Jaw Tigers 7

Calgary Rugby Football Union Final

November 28

CRFU Playoff: Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Tigers 6 Calgary YMCA 0

Alberta Rugby Football League Playoffs

Date Away Home
ARFL Finals Games 1 & 2
November 9 Edmonton Esquimaux 7 Calgary Tigers 1
November 21 Calgary Tigers 2 Edmonton Esquimaux 11


IRFU Final

November 14

IRFU Playoff: Kingston, Ontario

Hamilton Tigers 11 Ottawa Rough Riders 9

CIRFU Final

November 21

1908 Yates Cup Game: Varsity Oval - Ottawa, Ontario

Toronto University 12 Queen's University 0

Dominion Semi-Final

November 21

Dominion Semi-Final: Cricket Grounds - Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton Tigers 31 Toronto Amateur Athletic Club 8

Dominion Championship

November 28

1908 Dominion Championship Game: Rosedale Field - Toronto, Ontario

Hamilton Tigers 21 Toronto Varsity 17
Hamilton Tigers - 1908 Dominion Champions

References

  1. ^ Sproule, Robert. "The Ontario Rugby Football Union" (PDF). Pro Football Researchers. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "Tigers Champions, defeated Toronto University 21-17, in Final for Dominion Rugby Title (page 20 of archive, image mirrored)". The Montreal Gazette. November 30, 1908. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "CFL Guide and Record Book, 2017 Edition" (PDF). Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  4. ^ 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 978-0-9739425-4-5, p.294
  5. ^ a b "1908". cflapedia.com. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "Interprovincial Rugby Tie Decided by 11 to 9 in Greatest Game of Year". The Montreal Gazette. November 16, 1908. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "All-Time Game Results" (PDF). Toronto Varsity Blues. January 1, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "Toronto University Easy Winner of College Championship by 12 to 0". The Montreal Gazette. November 23, 1908. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  9. ^ "Tigers Won Easily But Showed Poor Form in Dominion Semi-Final Against Toronto A.A.C." The Montreal Gazette. November 23, 1908. Retrieved July 4, 2020.