Alberta Rugby Football Union

The Calgary Rugby Football Union (CRFU) was a football league created on September 29, 1908.[1][2] The Alberta Rugby Football Union was formed in 1911.It joined the Manitoba Rugby Football Union and the Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union to form the Western Canada Rugby Football Union (WCRFU) in 1911.[2][3] In 1926, the British Columbia Rugby Football Union was formed and joined the WCRFU.[1]

With the formation of the WCRFU in 1911, the ARFU Champion would compete in a playoff with the winners of the other Western Canadian unions to determine the annual WCRFU Champion. After reaching an agreement with the Eastern Canadian-based Canadian Rugby Union in 1921, the WCRFU was able to compete in the Grey Cup Championship game. That year, the AFRU champion Edmonton Eskimos (no relation to the modern team) won the WCRFU championship to become the first ever western team to compete for the Grey Cup.[4]

Alberta Rugby Football ChampionsEdit

  • 1891 Edmonton Rugby Football Club
  • 1896 Calgary City Rugby Football Club
  • 1899 Edmonton Rugby Football Club
  • 1907 Alberta Rugby Football Leaque-Edmonton City Rugby Foot-Ball Club
  • 1908 Calgary Rugby Football Union-Calgary YMCA Foot-Ball Club
  • 1909 Calgary Rugby Foot-ball Club-Calgary Tigers
  • 1910 Calgary Tigers
  • 1911 Start of Alberta Rugby Football Union-Calgary Tigers
  • 1912 Calgary Tigers
  • 1913 Calgary Tigers
  • 1914 No Games
  • 1915 Calgary Canucks
  • 1916 ARFU season suspended (World War I)
  • 1917 ARFU season suspended (World War I)
  • 1918 ARFU season suspended (World War I)
  • 1919 Calgary Canucks
  • 1920 Calgary Tigers
  • 1921 Edmonton Eskimos[4]
  • 1922 Edmonton Elks, declared provincial champions [4]
  • 1923 Edmonton Eskimos[4]
  • 1924 Calgary 50th Battalion
  • 1925 University of Alberta
  • 1926 University of Alberta declared provincial champions
  • 1927 No senior football played in Alberta
  • 1928 Edmonton Eskimos[4]
  • 1929 Calgary Altomah-Tigers
  • 1930 Calgary Tigers
  • 1931 Calgary Altomah-Tigers
  • 1932 Calgary Altomahs
  • 1933 Calgary Altomahs
  • 1934 University of Alberta Golden Bears
  • 1935 Calgary Bronks
  • 1936 Calgary Bronks-Colts[5]

Note that one particular Edmonton franchise won championships with the nicknames Esquimaux, Eskimos and Elks at different times during its AFRU history, while one particular Calgary franchise won championships with the nicknames Tigers, 50th Battalion, Altomah-Tigers, Altomahs and Bronks at different times during its AFRU history.


  1. ^ a b "Rugby Union in History". On This Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  2. ^ a b News: Alberta Rugby Football Union[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2012-01-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e "HISTORY OF THE EDMONTON ESKIMOS". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
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