Big Four Football, British Columbia, Canadian Football, Canadian Junior Football League

Big Four Football 1947-1956

BFF 1947

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers6600180012
*North Shore Lions642085398
CYO Red Raiders6150151412
Vancouver Meralomas6150111112
Championship
Vancouver Blue Bombers14North Shore Lions0

(Vancouver Blue Bombers advance to Canadian Rugby Union Western Canada Semi-Finals)

BFF 1948

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers7520972910
Vancouver Meralomas641144309
North Shore Lions623136225
CYO Red Raiders5050201160

(No Championship Game – Vancouver Blue Bombers declared Champions and advance to CRU Western Canada Semi-Final)

BFF 1949

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers66001081112
Vancouver Meralomas532048356
North Shore Lions624034754
CYO Red Raiders404013820

(No Championship Game – Vancouver Blue Bombers advance to CRU Western Canada Semi-Final)

BFF 1950

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers541058308
*Vancouver Meralomas734035666
North Shore Lions624037344
Championship
Vancouver Blue Bombers40Vancouver Meralomas0

(Vancouver Blue Bombers advance to CRU Western Canada Semi-Final)

BFF 1951

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers321035364
*Vancouver Meralomas311124203
North Shore Lions201112151
Championship
Vancouver Blue Bombers9Vancouver Meralomas1

(Vancouver Blue Bombers advance to CRU Western Canada Semi-Final)

BFF 1952

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers76101263712
*CYO Red Raiders6510881310
Vancouver Meralomas734091586
Penticton Marauders312014522
North Shore Lions7070201790

(Penticton Marauders only played home schedule – match v CYO Red Raiders cancelled due to player shortage)

Championship
CYO Red Raiders16Vancouver Blue Bombers6

(CYO Red Raiders advance to CRU Western Canada Semi-Final)

BFF 1953

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers66001052912
Vancouver Meralomas642098518
CYO Red Raiders624062934
North Shore Lions6060231150

(No Championship Game – Vancouver Blue Bombers declared Champions and advance to CRU Western Canada Semi-Final)

BFF 1954

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers65101033310
*CYO Red Raiders65101152510
North Shore Lions514080792
Vancouver Meralomas505061655
Championship
Vancouver Blue Bombers17CYO Red Raiders0

(Vancouver Blue Bombers advance to CRU Western Canada Semi-Final)

BFF 1955

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers88001542316
CYO Red Raiders843177919
Vancouver Meralomas824246848
Marpole Athletics8251611205
North Shore Cougars826036584

(No championship Game – Vancouver Blue Bombers declared Champions and advance to Provincial Championship against winners of Victoria Junior Canadian Football League)

BFF 1956

PWLTPFPAPts
*Vancouver Blue Bombers5401105419
*Vancouver Meralomas531199837
*CYO Red Raiders522149755
North Shore Cougars523067624
Marpole Athletics523067924
Burnaby Spartans504152891

(Extra Game played between North Shore and Marpole to decide extra playoff spot)

Extra-Game
North Shore Cougars35Marpole Athletics6
Semi-Finals
Vancouver Blue Bombers7North Shore Cougars0
Vancouver Meralomas33CYO Red Raiders0
Championship
Vancouver Meralomas4Vancouver Blue Bombers1

(Vancouver Meralomas advance to Provincial Championship against winners of Victoria Junior Canadian Football League)

About

Big Four Football was the Vancouver Area Canadian Football Championship from 1947, during the Canadian Rugby Union Era (1947-1966) through the Canadian Amateur Football Association Era (1967-1973) until the Canadian National Junior Football League Era (1974- 1981).

This was Canadian Football’s Junior League, with Leagues in each of the Provinces, and a Canadian Junior Championship Playoff System for each Provincial Leagues winner. It formed a level below the Canadian Football League, Canada’s Premier Football League, and was reserved for players aged 18-22.

Report

Vancouver Blue Bombers dominated Big Four Football between 1947 and 1956, winning the title on eight occasions – only CYO Red Raiders in 1952, and Vancouver Meralomas, in 1956, broke this dominance.

References:

Websites:

[1] British Columbia Football Conference (2019) CJFL Records | All Time Standings [Internet] Available from: https://cdn4.sportngin.com/attachments/document/0132/8193/Team_Standings_1887-2016.pdf?_ga=2.223530395.1807741386.1558376670-2095904572.1558376670 [Accessed 21 May 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Bob

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

World Gridiron Archive

Last Updated: 23 May 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and World Gridiron Archive 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

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