The Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union

IRFU Database Stats

Best and Worst Regular Season Records

Canadian Football Council Best Seasons
Team Year(s) GP W L T Pct
1 Edmonton 1957 16 14 2 0 0.875
2 Winnipeg 1957 16 12 4 0 0.750
3 Edmonton 1956 16 11 5 0 0.688
4 Hamilton 1957 14 10 4 0 0.714
Montreal 1956 14 10 4 0 0.714
6 Saskatchewan 1956 16 10 6 0 0.625
7 Winnipeg 1956 16 9 7 0 0.563
8 Ottawa 1957 14 8 6 0 0.571
9 Ottawa 1956 14 7 7 0 0.500
Hamilton 1956 14 7 7 0 0.500
Canadian Football Council Worst Seasons
Team Year(s) GP W L T Pct
1 Saskatchewan 1957 16 3 12 1 0.219
2 Calgary 1956 16 4 12 0 0.250
3 Toronto 1957, 1956 14 4 10 0 0.286
4 BC 1957 16 4 11 1 0.281
5 Calgary 1957 16 6 10 0 0.375
BC 1956 16 6 10 0 0.375
7 Montreal 1957 14 6 8 0 0.429
8 Ottawa 1956 14 7 7 0 0.500
Hamilton 1956 14 7 7 0 0.500
10 Ottawa 1957 14 8 6 0 0.571

IRFU Historical Attendance

IRFU Games Played Leaders

  • 120 – Herb Trawick
  • 111 – Eddie Bevan
  • 110 – Virgil Wagner
  • 110 – Ralph Toohy
  • 103 – Les Ascott
  • 100 – Royal Copeland
  • 99 – Bruce Coulter
  • 91 – Rod Smylie
  • 91 – Howie Turner
  • 91 – Joey Pal
  • 86 – Steve Karrys
  • 86 – Joe Krol
  • 85 – Jake Dunlap
  • 82 – Pete Bennett
  • 80 – Juan Sheridan
  • 80 – Doug Smylie
  • 79 – Don Loney
  • 79 – Tom Manastersky
  • 76 – Steve Levantis
  • 76 – Fred Black

Record Streaks for the IRFU Regular Season

Winning Streak
Overall
  • 11 – Toronto Argonauts
    (Nov. 6, 1920 — Oct. 21, 1922)
  • 10 – Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
    (Oct. 10, 1931 — Oct. 22, 1932)
  • 10 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Oct. 24, 1914 — Nov. 13, 1915)
Home
  • 15 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Oct. 16, 1926 — Oct. 10, 1931)
  • 14 – Montreal Alouettes
    (Nov. 8, 1953 — Oct. 29, 1955)
  • 14 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Oct. 19, 1907 — Nov. 4, 1911)
Visitor
  • 8 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Nov. 1, 1913 — Oct. 30, 1915)
  • 7 – Ottawa Rough Riders
    (Nov. 6, 1948 — Oct. 22, 1949)
  • 7 – Toronto Argonauts
    (Oct. 8, 1921 — Oct. 6, 1923)
Unbeaten Streak
Overall
  • 18 – Toronto Argonauts
    (Nov. 6, 1920 — Oct. 27, 1923)
  • 10 – Toronto Argonauts
    (Oct. 6, 1945 — Oct. 5, 1946)
  • 10 – Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
    (Oct. 10, 1931 — Oct. 22, 1932)
Home
  • 18 – Toronto Argonauts
    (Nov. 8, 1919 — Oct. 24, 1925)
  • 15 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Oct. 16, 1926 — Oct. 10, 1931)
  • 14 – Montreal Alouettes
    (Nov. 8, 1953 — Oct. 29, 1955)
Visitor
  • 8 – Toronto Argonauts
    (Oct. 8, 1921 — Oct. 20, 1923)
  • 8 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Nov. 1, 1913 — Oct. 30, 1915)
  • 7 – Ottawa Rough Riders
    (Nov. 6, 1948 — Oct. 22, 1949)
Losing Streak
Overall
  • 16 – Hamilton Wildcats
    (Oct. 17, 1948 — Nov. 5, 1949)
  • 14 – Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
    (Oct. 2, 1920 — Oct. 7, 1922)
  • 13 – Ottawa Senators
    (Nov. 10, 1928 — Nov. 8, 1930)
Home
  • 8 – Hamilton Wildcats
    (Oct. 23, 1948 — Oct. 22, 1949)
  • 8 – Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
    (Oct. 9, 1920 — Oct. 28, 1922)
  • 8 – Toronto Argonauts
    (Oct. 31, 1907 — Nov. 13, 1909)
Visitor
  • 12 – Hamilton Wildcats
    (Sept. 4, 1948 — Nov. 5, 1949)
  • 11 – Montreal AAA Football Club
    (Oct. 22, 1910 — Nov. 8, 1913)
  • 10 – Ottawa Senators
    (Nov. 5, 1927 — Oct. 25, 1930)
Winless Streak
Overall
  • 20 – Hamilton Wildcats
    (Sept. 29, 1948 — Nov. 5, 1949)
  • 20 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Oct. 6, 1945 — Sept. 20, 1947)
  • 17 – Ottawa Senators
    (Oct. 13, 1928 — Nov. 8, 1930)
Home
  • 11 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Oct. 8, 1945 — Sept. 17, 1947)
  • 10 – Hamilton Wildcats
    (Oct. 2, 1948 — Oct. 22, 1949)
  • 8 – Ottawa Senators
    (Nov. 3, 1928 — Nov. 8, 1930)
Visitor
  • 14 – Hamilton Tigers
    (Oct. 6, 1945 — Nov. 2, 1947)
  • 12 – Hamilton Wildcats
    (Sept. 4, 1948 — Nov. 5, 1949)
  • 11 – Montreal AAA Football Club
    (Oct. 22, 1910 — Nov. 8, 1913)

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IRFU Notes

  • League Formed: January 1, 1907
  • Disbanded: January 22, 1956
  • Seasons suspended: 1916,1917,1918,1941,1942,1943,1944
  • Seasons operated: 42

The Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union was formed in 1907 as the premier football union for Ontario and Quebec. Known as the “Big Four”, the IRFU consisted of original members the Montreal AAA (Amateur Athletic Association) Football Club, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tigers and Toronto Argonauts.

Suspended for World War I (1916-1918) and World War II (1941-1944), the IRFU was briefly replaced by the ERFU for one season in 1941 when Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Toronto Balmy Beach from the ORFU joined together. A new league was formed since Toronto did not want to grant Balmy Beach membership into the IRFU for fear it would be permanent.

Following World War II, a new Montreal franchise named the Alouettes replaced the Montreal squad in 1946 and Hamilton clubs the Tigers and Wildcats merged into the Tiger-Cats in 1950 to join Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. The IRFU banded with the WIFU to form the CFC in 1956 and later the CFL 1958. It maintained itself as a division under these leagues with much autonomy until 1960, when it was renamed the Eastern Football Conference. The EFC operated underneath the league until 1981 when it was dissolved and became the East Division and control of all matters succeeded to the league level.