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TIMELINE: 1930s

 

1930

On June 10, the Winnipeg Winnipegs Rugby Football Club was formed and adopted the colors of green and white. Winnipeg played its first game against St. John's Rugby Club at Carruthers Park on September 13. St John's won 7-3. On September 29 in the first game played in Canada under floodlights, the Hamilton Tigers defeated University of British Columbia in an exhibition game at Athletic Park. The first game in Eastern Canada under floodlights was on October 29 between Oshawa and Toronto Balmy Beach in Toronto's Ulster Stadium. The Convert kicking spot was moved from the 35-line to the 25 but only drop kicks were allowed.

1931

CRU approved the forward pass for all leagues and the first TD pass in Grey Cup history was a Warren Stevens to Kenny Grant play in Montreal's 22-0 win over Regina. Convert scrimmage line was moved to the five-yard line, and the point could be scored by a drop-kick, place kick, run or pass.

1932

Calgary Altomah-Tigers became the Altomahs. Winnipeg and St. John's amalgamated to field a stronger team, and adopt the colors of blue and gold.

1934

Edward (Red) Tellier of Montreal, who had been suspended for life for attacking George Gilhooley of Regina in the 1931 Grey Cup final, was re-instated. Eastern Intercollegiate Union formally withdrew from Grey Cup competition. The horn was introduced to officiating

1935

For the first time a Western team won the Grey Cup. Winnipeg Pegs (they weren't Blue Bombers for another year) defeated the Hamilton Tigers 18-12 at Hamilton. Calgary became the Bronks.

1936

Teams were restricted to a maximum of five imports and only players who had lived in Canada for a full year could compete in the Grey Cup game. The Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU) was formed with Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Bronks and Regina Roughriders. IRFU and WIFU adopt playoff format of a two-game total-point series between first and second place teams. A white ball was used for games played under floodlights in Western Canada. Intercollegiate teams stop competing for the Grey Cup.

1937

The Quebec Rugby Football Union discontinued challenging for the Grey Cup.

1938

Edmonton Eskimos joined the Western Interprovincial Football Union and adopted the colors of blue and white, but withdrew in 1940.

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