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1872

The Montreal Foot Ball Club was organized on April 8 in one of the lower rooms of the Mechanics Hall building. The first game played in Quebec occurred when the Montreal FC played Quebec City on October 12 at the Esplanade in Quebec City. The two teams met again on October 26 at McGill University. Both games ended in 0-0 ties.

1873

The Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club formed the Toronto Argonaut Football Club on October 4 and played its first game against the University of Toronto on October 11. The University of Toronto won by a Goal and a Try to Nil. The Argonauts adopted dark blue as the team colour. The first meeting of the Argonauts and HFBC was on October 18 at the University of Toronto. Toronto won by a Goal and a Try to Nil . The HFBC wore yellow and black for the first time in this game The following Saturday, the two clubs met in Hamilton at the Cricket Ground (later Hamilton A.A.A. Ground). Hamilton won by a Goal and Try plus a Touch In Goal to two Goals and two Trys. It was in the reporting of this game that the HFBC was first referred to as the Tigers.

1874

The rules of a hybrid game of English rugby devised by the University of McGill were first used in the United States in a game at Boston between McGill and Harvard. On May 14, Harvard won 3-0 using Harvard rules. The next day, the teams tied 0-0 while playing Canadian rules. Harvard liked the new game so much they introduced it into the Ivy League. Both U.S. and Canadian football evolved from these games.

1875

The first inter-provincial game was played between Ontario and Quebec on October 16 at the Toronto Cricket Grounds. Ontario won on a Goal from a Try.

1876

The Ottawa Football Club was formed on September 20 at the Russell House and played the Aylmer Club at Jacques Cartier Square on September 23. (Sir) Percy Sherwood kicked a Goal from a Try for the winning point. Ottawa team colours were cerise (moderate red), French grey and navy blue.

1877

The Ottawa and Britannia Football Clubs played their first game at Montreal. Britannia won 2 Trys and 3 Rouges to 1 Rouge.

1878

Second inter-provincial game is played to a scoreless draw on October 28 between an "All-Ontario" team and a team from Montreal at Montreal.

1879

The University of Michigan played a game against the University of Toronto. The Winnipeg Rugby Football Club was formed.

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ham Hamilton Tiger-Cats
ott Ottawa REDBLACKS
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cgy Calgary Stampeders
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bc BC Lions
edm Edmonton Eskimos
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tor Toronto Argonauts
mtl Montreal Alouettes
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