1st Grey Cup

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1st Grey Cup
Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto Parkdale
(6–0) (3–1)
26 6
Head coach: 
Head coach: 
1234 Total
Toronto Varsity Blues 601010 26
Toronto Parkdale 0510 6
DateDecember 4, 1909
StadiumRosedale Field
LocationRosedale, Toronto
RefereeW.B. Hendry

The 1st Grey Cup was played on December 4, 1909, between the Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union champion University of Toronto Varsity Blues and the Ontario Rugby Football Union champion Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club. The University of Toronto won the game, 26–6.[1][2] While the Canadian Dominion Football Championship had been contested since 1884, this was the first such game that was awarded a trophy.[3] This was the University of Toronto's third Dominion Championship and their fifth appearance in the national championship game. This was Toronto Parkdale's first appearance in a Dominion Championship game.

The 1909 Varsity Blues, inaugural champions. The Grey Cup is pictured at the front right.

Game summary[edit]

U. of Toronto Varsity Blues (26) - TDs, Hugh Gall, Murray Thomson, Smirle Lawson; cons., Bill Ritchie; singles, Gall (8), Lawson (2).

Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club (6) - TD, Tom Meighan; single, Percy Killaly.

See also[edit]

  • "Grey Cup 1909". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
  • "The Grey Cup 1909-2009" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.


  1. ^ "CFL Guide and Record Book, 2017 Edition" (PDF). Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Toronto off form (page 5 of archive)". The Montreal Gazette. December 3, 1906. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  3. ^ History of the Grey Cup, Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, retrieved 2012-06-27