The Grey Cup

November 27, 1994

The Grey Cup, donated in 1909 by Earl Grey, is the oldest trophy in all of football and the second-oldest in all of professional sports. It was originally designed to be a hockey trophy, but became the prize for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada.

This sterling silver trophy stands 33 inches high and is mounted on a base of black-lacquered aluminum to which engraved silver plates are added. The Cup itself is 13 inches high.

It was originally open to teams registered with Canadian Rugby Union. Since 1954, only teams from the Canadian Football League have competed for the Grey Cup. Every Canadian team has won the Cup at least twice.

The Grey Cup itself has had an exciting history. In 1947, the Toronto Argonaut Club House was ravaged by fire. When the smoke cleared, many other valuable trophies had melted, but the Grey Cup, found hooked on a nail to a smoldering wall, miraculously survived.

In 1964, the British Columbia Lions checked out of their hotel and left the cup behind. A team official hurried back to get it.

In 1966 and 1969, the Cup was stolen. In '66, it vanished in Hamilton, Ontario, and police recovered it within the week. No explanation was provided regarding its captors or its whereabouts. In 1969, three weeks before Christmas, the trophy disappeared from a display case in Landsdowne Park in Toronto. Two months later, police got a tip about a key in a designated phone booth. The key opened a locker in the Royal York Hotel, where they found the Cup. Soon after, the CFL had a duplicate Cup made -- just in case.

WINNERS BY CITY

Toronto: .. .. ..19

Hamilton: .. .. ...14

Edmonton: .. .. ...11

Winnipeg: .. .. ...10

Ottawa: .... .. ....9

Montreal: .. .. ....6

Calgary: ... .. ....3

Kingston: .. .. ....3

Sarnia: .. . .. ....3

Vancouver: . .. ....2

Regina: .. . .. ....2

GREY CUP MVPs

1993 -- Damon Allen, QB, Edmonton

1992 -- Doug Fluitie, QB, Calgary

1991 -- Raghib Ismail, WR, Toronto

1990 -- Offense: Tom Burgess, QB, Winnipeg

Defense: Greg Battle, LB, Winnipeg

1989 -- Offense: Kent Austin, QB, Saskatchewan

Defense: Chuck Klingbeil, DT, Saskatchewan

1988 -- Offense: James Murphy, WR, Winnipeg

Defense: Michael Gray, DT, Winnipeg

1987 -- Offense: Damon Allen, QB, Edmonton

Defense: Stewart Hill, DE, Edmonton

1986 -- Offense: Mike Kerrigan, QB, Hamilton

Defense: Grover Covington, DE, Hamilton

1985 -- Offense: Roy Dewalt, QB. B.C.

Defense: James Parker, DE, B.C.

1984 -- Offense: Tom Clements, QB, Winnipeg

Defense: Tyrone Jones, LB, Winnipeg

1983 -- Offense: Joe Barnes, QB, Toronto

Defense: Carl Brazley, DB, Toronto

1982 -- Offense: Warren Moon, QB, Edmonton

Defense: Dave Fennell, DT, Edmonton

1981 -- Offense: J.C. Watts, QB, Ottawa

Defense: John Glassford, LB, Ottawa

1980 -- Offense: Warren Moon, QB, Edmonton

Defense: Dale Potter, LB, Edmonton

1979 -- Offense: David Green, RB, Montreal

Defense: Tom Cousineau, LB, Montreal

1978 -- Offense: Tom Wilkinson, QB, Edmonton

Defense: Dave Fennell, DT, Edmonton

1977 -- Offense: Sonny Wade, QB, Montreal

Defense: Glen Weir, DT, Montreal

1976 -- Offense: Tom Clements, QB, Ottawa

Defense: Cleveland Vann, LB, Saskatchewan

1975 -- Offense: Steve Ferrughelli, RB, Montreal

Defense: Lewis Cook, DB, MOntreal

1974 -- Offense: Sonny Wade, QB, Montreal

Defense: Junior Ah You, DE, Montreal

1973 -- Charlie Brandon, DE, Ottawa

1972 -- Chuck Ealey, QB, Hamilton

1971 -- Wayne Harris, LB, Calgary

1970 -- Sonny Wade, QB, MOntreal

1969 -- Russ Jackson, QB, Ottawa

1968 -- Vic Washington, RB, Ottawa

1967 -- Joe Zuger, QB, Hamilton

1962 -- Leo Lewis, RB, Winnipeg

1961 -- Ken Ploen, QB, Winnipeg

1960 -- Ron Stewart, RB, Ottawa

1959 -- Charlie Shepard, RB, Winnipeg

GREY CUP RESULTS

1993 -- Edmonton 33, Winnipeg 23

1992 -- Calgary 24, Winnipeg 10

1991 -- Toronto 36, Calgary 21

1990 -- Winnipeg 50, Edmonton 11

1989 -- Saskatchewan 43, Hamilton 40

1988 -- Winnipeg 22, British Columbia 21

1987 -- Edmonton 38, Toronto 36

1986 -- Hamilton 39, Edmonton 15

1985 -- British Columbia 37, Hamilton 24

1984 -- Winnipeg 47, Hamilton 17

1983 -- Toronto 18, British Columbia 17

1982 -- Edmonton 32, Toronto 16

1981 -- Edmonton 26, Ottawa 23

1980 -- Edmonton 48, Hamilton 10

1979 -- Edmonton 17, Montreal 9

1978 -- Edmonton 20, Montreal 13

1977 -- Montreal 41, Edmonton 6

1976 -- Ottawa 23, Saskatchewan 20

1975 -- Edmonton 9, Montreal 8

1974 -- Montreal 20, Edmonton 7

1973 -- Ottawa 22, Edmonton 18

1972 -- Hamilton 13, Saskatchewan 10

1971 -- Calgary 14, Toronto 11

1970 -- Montreal 23, Calgary 10

1969 -- Ottawa 29, Saskatchewan 11

1968 -- Ottawa 24, Calgary 21

1967 -- Hamilton 24, Saskatchewan 1

1966 -- Saskatchewan 29, Ottawa 14

1965 -- Hamilton 22, Winnipeg 16

1964 -- British Columbia 34, Hamilton 24

1963 -- Hamilton 21, British Columbia 10

1962 -- Winnipeg 28, Hamilton 27

1961 -- Winnipeg 21, Hamilton 14

1960 -- Ottawa 16, Edmonton 6

1959 -- Winnipeg 21, Hamilton 7

1958 -- Winnipeg 35, Hamilton 28

1957 -- Hamilton 32, Winnipeg 7

1956 -- Edmonton 50, Montreal 27

1955 -- Edmonton 34, Montreal 19

1954 -- Edmonton 26, Montreal 25

1953 -- Hamilton 12, Winnipeg 6

fTC 1952 -- Toronto 21, Edmonton 11

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