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Canadian Football News in 1938

The Edmonton Eskimos joined the WIFU and adopted the colours of blue and white. The Eskimos eventually withdrew from the union in 1940.

The Quebec Rugby Football Union (QRFU) discontinued their competition of the Grey Cup.

Regular season

Final regular season standings

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

Western Interprovincial Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Bronks 8 6 2 0 50 27 12
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8 6 2 0 114 63 12
Regina Roughriders 8 4 4 0 69 55 8
Edmonton Eskimos 8 0 8 0 29 117 0
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 5 1 0 141 41 10
Toronto Argonauts 6 5 1 0 151 52 10
Hamilton Tigers 6 2 4 0 61 122 4
Montreal Cubs 6 0 6 0 30 168 0
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Sarnia Imperials 6 3 1 2 95 27 8
Montreal Nationals 6 3 1 2 77 42 8
Toronto Balmy Beach 6 3 3 0 73 33 6
Peterborough Orfuns 6 1 5 0 15 158 2

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

British Columbia Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
North Shore Lions 8 7 1 0 110 24 15
UBC Thunderbirds 6 5 1 0 57 18 15
Knights of Columbus 8 3 5 0 43 56 6
Vancouver Meralomas 8 0 8 0 3 115 0

*UBC games are worth 3 points in the standings

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1938

SEMI-FINALS

WIFU Semi-Finals
Date Away Home
October 29 Regina Roughriders 0 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13
ORFU Finals
Game Date Away Home
1 November 19 Sarnia Imperials 9 Montreal Nationals 5
2 November 26 Sarnia Imperials 15 Montreal Nationals 0
  • Sarnia won the total-point series by 24–5. Sarnia will play the Toronto Argonauts (IRFU Champions) in the Eastern Finals.
IRFU Finals
Game Date Away Home
1 November 19 Toronto Argonauts 9 Ottawa Rough Riders 1
2 November 26 Toronto Argonauts 5 Ottawa Rough Riders 3
  • Toronto won the total-point series by 14–4. Toronto will play the Sarnia Imperials (ORFU Champions) in the Eastern Finals.

FINALS

Western Finals
Game Date Away Home
1 November 5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12 Calgary Bronks 7
2 November 12 Calgary Bronks 2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13
  • Winnipeg won the total-point series by 25–9. Winnipeg advances to the Grey Cup game.
Eastern Finals
Date Away Home
December 3? Toronto Argonauts 25 Sarnia Imperials (ORFU) 8
  • Toronto advances to the Grey Cup game.

Playoff Bracket

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grey Cup Final
                 
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 9-5
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 1-3
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 25
EAST
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 8
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 9-15
ORFU Montreal Nationals 5-0
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 25
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8
WIFU Calgary Bronks
WIFU BYE
WIFU Calgary Bronks 7-2
WEST
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12-13
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13
WIFU Regina Roughriders 0

Grey Cup Championship

December 10

26th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 Toronto Argonauts 30
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1938 Grey Cup Champions
  • Note: Eastern Final Playoff date is not confirmed, however since the regular season in the East ended November 12, and all other playoff dates, as well as Grey Cup date are accurate, it is reasonable to assume the above date is accurate.

1938 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) All-Stars selected by Canadian Press

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1st Team

2nd Team

1938 Ontario Rugby Football Union All-Stars

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1938 Canadian Football Awards

References

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