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A Brief Introduction

Origins of the Game

Central Canada
- CIRFU 1898-1914
- Post WWI 1919-39
- Post WWII 1946-54
- A New Era 1955-66
- Ontario & Quebec 1967-79
- Ontario & Quebec 1980-

Western Canada
- WIRFU 1927-58
- WIFL 1959-1971
- CWUAA 1972-1998
- CW 1999-Present

Atlantic Canada
- Nova Scotia 1940-57
- NB and PEI 1948-57
- Atlantic Canada 1958-73
- AUFC 1974-Present

National and Regional Championships
- Introduction
- Churchill Bowl 1953-1964
- Churchill Bowl 1965-2002
- Atlantic Bowl 1959-2001
- Mitchell Bowl 2002-Present
- Uteck Bowl 2003-Present
- Vanier Cup 1965-Present

Conference Membership
- Atlantic
- Ontario
- Quebec
- West


A History of Canadian University Football
By Robert E. Watkins, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. - revised May 2006

Canadian Football in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island 1948-1957

  • Similar to the situation in Nova Scotia, Canadian-rules football gained prominence in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island following the second World War; as the number of MIAA schools playing English rugby in Nova Scotia declined and the opportunities for competition therefore became limited, some New Brunswick MIAA schools (and later St. Dunstan's University of PEI) decided to take up the "new" Canadian game

  • 1948 - the University of New Brunswick (UNB) fielded a Canadian-rules football team which played exhibition games during its first year

  • 1949 - St. Thomas College of Chatham (later [1964] of Fredericton) fielded its first Canadian-rules football squad as did St. Joseph's College of Memramcook (which subsequently evolved into the Université de Moncton in 1963)

  • 1949 - the first intercollegiate Canadian football game played in New Brunswick took place between UNB and St. Thomas

  • 1949 - formation of the New Brunswick Football League (NBFL) consisting of teams from UNB, St. Thomas and two city teams

  • 1952 - St. Thomas (STU) represented New Brunswick in the first, though unofficial, Maritime football championship, the game was played in Halifax against the Nova Scotia champions, the Shearwater Flyers (an Armed Forces team), STU lost 14-6

  • 1953 - UNB played Dalhousie for the Maritime football championship

  • 1955 - Mount Allison University fielded a Canadian-rules football team which played an exhibition schedule during its first year

  • 1956 - Mount Allison joined the NBFL and represented it in the Maritime Football Championship against the winners of the NSCFL, the Greenwood Air Force Base team

  • 1957 - Mount Allison again represented New Brunswick in the Maritime final (played at Moncton) losing 40-18 to the Shearwater Flyers

  • 1956 - STU played Saint Mary's for the Maritime junior championship

  • 1957 - St. Dunstan's University of Prince Edward Island initiated a Canadian-rules football program playing an exhibition schedule in their first season

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