WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS HISTORY

 

 

 TEAM HISTORICAL HI-LITES:

 

1879

Formation of the Winnipeg Rugby Football Club.

1888

Winnipeg Football Club, St. John's College and the Royal School of Infantry formed the Manitoba Rugby League.

1890

In October, Regina North West Mounted Police played the Winnipeg Football Club twice in Winnipeg with each side winning once.

1892

The Manitoba Rugby Football Union was formed on Monday, February 22nd and played Fall and Spring Schedules. Teams include the Winnipeg Victorias, Winnipeg Rowing Club,  and the St. John's.

1896

MRFU adopted the CRU rules.

1911

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Unions formed the Western Canada Rugby Football Union on Saturday, October 21st. Winnipeg realtor Hugo Ross donated the championship trophy bearing his name. He subsequently drowned in the sinking of the S.S. Titanic in April, 1912.

1913

Hamilton Tigers played four exhibition matches in Western Canada defeating Winnipeg 26-1, Regina 26-4, Moose Jaw 25-1 and Calgary 19-2. This is the first documented East-West series of games.

1928

Tri-City Rugby Football Union was formed on Saturday, August 25th and consisted of Moose Jaw, Regina and Winnipeg. The Union disbanded the following year because of travel expenses. Saskatchewan and Winnipeg re-formed their unions.

1930

On Tuesday, June 10th, the Winnipeg Winnipegs Rugby Football Club was formed and adopted the colours of green and white. Winnipeg played its first game against St. John's Rugby Club at Carruthers Park on Saturday, September 13th. St John's won 7-3.

1932

The Winnipegs and the St. John's amalgamated to field a stronger team, and adopt the colours of blue and gold. The team becomes known as "the 'Pegs".

1935

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

1936

The Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU) was formed with Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Bronks and Regina Roughriders.

1940

The only two-game total point series in Grey Cup history was played. Ottawa defeated Toronto Balmy Beach 8-2 and 12-5. The series was arranged by the Canadian Rugby Union when it refused to allow Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Western winners, to compete in the final because the West had played its season under rules which varied from rules in the East.

1946

Air travel in football was used for first time. Argos flew to Winnipeg for pre-season games.

1950

The first professional playoff game was played at night under lights - Winnipeg at Edmonton.

1953

Blue Bombers begin play in WINNIPEG STADIUM.

1956

Canadian Football Council was formed Sunday, January 22nd at Winnipeg and national negotiation lists were introduced.

1958

CFC was renamed the Canadian Football League on Sunday, January 19th at the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg. G. Sydney Halter, Q.C. of Winnipeg was appointed Commissioner. The CFL opened on Thursday, August 14th as the Blue Bombers defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 29-21 at Winnipeg before 18,206 spectators.

1961

First Grey Cup Game to go into overtime was 21-14 Winnipeg victory over Hamilton at CNE Stadium, Toronto.

1962

Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-27 in the "Fog Bowl" Grey Cup which began Sat, Dec 1, but had to be completed the next day, as excessive fog reduced visibility to zero.

1986

Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes played the first pre-season game in the Canada Games Stadium at Saint John, New Brunswick. Winnipeg won 36-10.

1987

The Montreal Alouettes folded on June 24th; the schedule was revised and the Divisions realigned with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers moving to the Eastern Division.

1991

At the conclusion of the regular season schedule 58,862,660 people had attended CFL games since the League's first game was played on Thursday, August 14, 1958 at Winnipeg. Winnipeg played host to the Grey Cup Game for the first time on Sunday, November 24th. Toronto defeated Calgary 36-21 before a crowd of 51,985 fans. The Game was the most-watched Canadian TV show with an audience of 3,531,000 viewers.

1998

Winnipeg hosts the Grey Cup Game for the 2nd time.

2001

WINNIPEG STADIUM renamed "CANADINNS STADIUM".

2002

With Ottawa revived as the Renegades, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers return to the West Division again.

2005

The Blue Bombers celebrate their 75th anniversary.

Aug 13, 2005

Bombers achieve their 500th Regular Season victory since 1946, defeating Hamilton Tiger-Cats 44-14 at home.

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS TEAM LOGO(S):

 TEN GREY CUP VICTORIES FOR WINNIPEG-BASED TEAMS:

1963 Team Logo

Team Logo 1970? - 1994

WINNIPEGS (1):

 BLUE BOMBERS (9):

First Grey Cup: 1935 Winnipegs

1939 Grey Cup Champions

1941 Grey Cup Champions

1958 Grey Cup Champions

1959 Grey Cup Champions

1961 Grey Cup Champions

1962 Grey Cup Champions

1984 Grey Cup Champions

1988 Grey Cup Champions

1990 Grey Cup Champions

1935

1939

1941

1958

1959

1961

1962

1984

1988

1990


 

BLUE BOMBERS' REGULAR SEASON RECORD:

1946 THROUGH JULY 26, 2013

# - In 2001 & 2002, 1 point was awarded for an Overtime loss.  [Winnipeg had one OT loss.]

 

GP

W

L

T

PF

PA

PTS

PCT

HOME

AWAY

1,105

561

531#

13

25,134

24,757

1,136#

.514

336-212#-5

225-219-8

 

 

BLUE BOMBERS' REGULAR SEASON RECORD VS. OTHER TEAMS, 1946 TO PRESENT:

 

 

 

OPPONENT:

GP

W

L

T

PF

PA

PTS

PCT.

HOME

AWAY

BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS

1954 TO PRESENT

158

83

73

2

3,546

3,283

168

.532

46-31-2

37-42-0

CALGARY STAMPEDERS

1946 TO PRESENT

190

89

101#

0

4,038

4,083

179#

.468

57-39-0

32-62-0

EDMONTON ESKIMOS

1949 TO PRESENT

175

79

93

3

3,641

3,918

161

.460

50-37-2

29-56-1

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

1961 TO PRESENT

106

59

47

0

2,711

2,461

118

.557

35-18-0

24-29-0

MONTREAL ALOUETTES/ CONCORDES

1961-1986; 1996 TO PRESENT

85

37

46

2

2,039

2,260

76

.447

22-21-0

15-25-2

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

1936 TO 1941

24

14

9

1

240

142

29

.604

9-3-0

5-6-1

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

1946 TO PRESENT

203

113

87

3

4,363

4,102

229

.564

65-35-1

48-52-2

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

1936 TO PRESENT

227

127

96

4

4,603

4,244

258

.568

74-38-1

53-58-3

TORONTO ARGONAUTS

1961 TO PRESENT

107

51

54

2

2,468

2,558

104

.486

34-19-0

17-35-2

OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS/ RENEGADES

1961-1996; 2002-2005

67

40

26

1

1,975

1,621

81

.604

3-1-0*

3-1-0*

SACRAMENTO GOLDMINERS

1993-1994

3

3

0

0

94

72

6

1.000

2-0-0

1-0-0

LAS VEGAS POSSE

1994

1

1

0

0

38

22

2

1.000

0-0-0

1-0-0

SHREVEPORT PIRATES

1994-1995

4

3

1

0

131

137

6

.750

2-0-0

1-1-0

BALTIMORE STALLIONS

1994-1995

3

1

2

0

94

110

2

.333

1-0-0

0-2-0

BIRMINGHAM BARRACUDAS

1995

2

0

2

0

34

88

0

.000

0-1-0

0-1-0

MEMPHIS MAD DOGS

1995

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

-----

0-0-0

0-0-0

SAN ANTONIO TEXANS

1995

1

1

0

0

20

17

2

1.000

1-0-0

0-0-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE BOMBERS' POST-SEASON RECORD:

1946 THROUGH NOVEMBER 20, 2011

Does NOT include Grey Cup.

 

OPPOSITION:

GP

W

L

T

PF

PA

Pct

BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS

7

2

5

0

161

167

.286

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

21

10

10

1

337

344

.500

CALGARY STAMPEDERS

24

17

6

1

381

246

.729

EDMONTON ESKIMOS

36

17

19

0

653

598

.472

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

7

6

1

0

193

108

.857

MONTREAL ALOUETTES

2

1

1

0

48

57

.500

TORONTO ARGONAUTS

7

4

3

0

129

135

.571

OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS

2

2

0

0

52

24

1.000

BALTIMORE STALLIONS

2

0

2

0

33

50

.000

TOTALS

106

59

45

2

1,939

1,661

.566

 

 

WINNIPEG'S GREY CUP RECORD:

 

 

 

YEAR:

SITE:

WINNING TEAM:

LOSING TEAM:

1925

Ottawa

OTTAWA SENATORS 24

Winnipeg Tammany Tigers 1

1935

Hamilton

WINNIPEGS 18

Hamilton Tigers 12

1937

Toronto

TORONTO ARGONAUTS 4

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3

1938

Toronto

TORONTO ARGONAUTS 30

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7

1939

Ottawa

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 8

Ottawa Rough Riders 7

1941

Toronto

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 18

Ottawa Rough Riders 16

1942

Toronto

TORONTO RCAF HURRICANES 8

Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 5

1943

Toronto

HAMILTON FLYING WILDCATS 23

Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 14

1945

Toronto

TORONTO ARGONAUTS 35

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 0

1946

Toronto

TORONTO ARGONAUTS 28

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6

1947

Toronto

TORONTO ARGONAUTS 10

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9

1950

Toronto

TORONTO ARGONAUTS 13

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 0

1953

Toronto

HAMILTON TIGER CATS 12

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6

1957

Toronto

HAMILTON TIGER CATS 32

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7

1958

Vancouver

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 35

Hamilton Tiger Cats 28

1959

Toronto

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 21

Hamilton Tiger Cats 7

1961

Toronto

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 21

Hamilton Tiger Cats 14

1962

Toronto

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 28

Hamilton Tiger Cats 27

1965

Toronto

HAMILTON TIGER CATS 22

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16

1984

Edmonton

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 47

Hamilton Tiger Cats 17

1988

Ottawa

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 22

B.C. Lions 21

1990

Vancouver

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 50

Edmonton Eskimos 11

1992

Toronto

CALGARY STAMPEDERS 24

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 10

1993

Calgary

EDMONTON ESKIMOS 33

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23

2001

Montreal

CALGARY STAMPEDERS 27

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19

2007

Toronto

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS 23

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19

2011

Vancouver

B.C. LIONS 34

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23

 

APPS

W

L

PF

PA

PCT.

27

10

17

436

542

.370