Mind of McCabe: Reflecting on 150 Key Historical Dates in Canadian Football History

Pre-Confederation 1861-1866

1861 – Our journey begins with the first ever known game of rugby football between a group of U of T students at University College, which took place on November 9th, 1861. That means that football predates Canadian Confederation by six years, and by some accounts the roots of the game can be traced back even farther to the 1850s, which is pretty insane to think about. At the time the students were playing something resembling modern day rugby, but little did they know their cloud of dust would soon become woven into the fabricate of a country yet to be born.

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3 Comments

  1. Blain W. Moore says:

    Canadian Football League (CFL)

    East Division
    Atlantic Schooners – Halifax
    Moncton Blue Angels
    Montreal Alouettes
    Quebec City Nordiques or Citaadelles

    Central Division
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    London Lords
    Ottawa Redblacks
    Toronto Argonauts
    Windsor Royals

    West Division
    British Columbia Lions
    Calgary Stampeders
    Edmonton Eskimos
    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    Winnipeg Blue Bombers

    Expansion: Saskatoon Huskies and Victoria Cougars!

  2. Blain W. Moore says:

    Canadian Football League (CFL)
    Northern Conference

    East Division
    Atlantic Schooners – Halifax
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Montreal Alouettes
    Ottawa Redblacks
    Toronto Argonauts

    West Division
    British Columbia Lions
    Calgary Stampeders
    Edmonton Eskimos
    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    Winnipeg Blue Bombers

    Southern Conference

    East Division
    Birmingham Barracudas
    Memphis Mad Dogs
    Miami Manatees
    Shreveport Pirates

    West Division
    Las Vegas Posse
    Portland Rosebuds
    Sacramento Gold Miners
    San Antonio Texans
    British Columbia Lions

  3. Mike Griffiths says:

    Interesting.

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