When Hamilton met Winnipeg – in the Grey Cup

When Hamilton met Winnipeg – in the Grey Cup

What has happened when Hamilton and Winnipeg have met in the Grey Cup before now? When you are excited for the coming game it’s nice to give it a little historical perspective too.

Let’s take a look back at previous match-ups contesting the grand old trophy when they’ve met and see how they got on.

Teams from Hamilton and Winnipeg have met in the championship game ten times in all. That includes the Hamilton Tigers and Winnipeg ‘Pegs in 1935.

A game we looked at in our series looking back at CFL franchises’ first Grey Cup victories. This one went to Winnipeg as the ‘Pegs won 18-12.

In 1943 Hamilton and Winnipeg clashed again, this time as military service teams. This time the spoils went to Hamilton as the Flying Wildcats defeated the Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 23-14.

The Modern Era

The recognizable ‘modern’ versions of the two teams, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, have met in the Championship game eight times.

As can be see from the results below, Winnipeg lead the series 5-3, and won the last contest between the two teams handsomely in the 1984 Grey Cup:

  • 1953 (Hamilton won 12-6)
  • 1957 (Hamilton won 32-7)
  • 1958 (Winnipeg won 35-28)
  • 1959 (Winnipeg won 21-7)
  • 1961 (Winnipeg won 21-14)
  • 1962 (Winnipeg won 28-27)
  • 1965 (Hamilton won 22-16)
  • 1984 (Winnipeg won 47-17)

Quite the Rivalry

These two teams have not met in the Grey Cup match for 35 years but it is obvious that at one point they had quite the rivalry.

Between 1957 and 1962 they faced off in the Grey Cup game 5 times in 6 years.

This was arguably the most successful era of Tiger-Cats football. Between 1957 and 1967 they had 9 first place finishes in the East. They appeared in 9 Grey Cup games and won 4 of them.

Most of those defeats came to Winnipeg. The Bud Grant era saw the Bombers set a 64 percent win rate.

Winnipeg appeared in the playoffs eight times and advanced to the Grey Cup six times over that period. Not mention winning the Grey Cup on the four occasions – always against Hamilton!

None of it matters

Of course none of what has gone before really matters when the teams take the field on Sunday.

One set of fans is going to be very happy and one set is going to continue a long streak of frustration.

Whatever the history however, surely fans of both teams would like to see them rekindle a rivalry that saw them dominate the championship appearances in this way.

Banner Image the Winnipeg bench during the 1962 Grey Cup – the closest game between these two in a final. Image from bluebombers.com

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