The Calgary Stampeders have made it to the Grey Cup 12 times in their history and have six championships to their credit.
The Stamps won their first championship in just their fourth year of existence, claiming the 1948 title. They returned to the Grey Cup in 1949 but this time lost the match to Montreal.
This would mark the end of the Stamps' participation in the big game until nearly two full decades later in 1968. Calgary lost the '68 contest but the appearance started a run in which the Red and White advanced to the Grey Cup three times in four seasons, culminating with a victory in 1971.
The came another drought, this one lasting exactly 20 years before Calgary reached the Grey Cup in 1991. While the Stamps lost the 1991 Grey Cup game to Toronto, the contest nevertheless marked the dawn of an era of Stampeders excellence. The Red and Whie reached the Grey Cup game six times in 11 years and win three titles.
After a relatively short lull of six seasons, the Stamps returned to the pinnacle in 2008.
Ott — Tony Golab single
Cgy — Norm Hill TD pass from Keith Spaith (Fred Wilmot convert)
Ott — Bob Paffrath TD run (Eric Chipper convert)
Cgy — Pete Thodos TD run (Wilmot convert)
The 1948 Grey Cup remains one of the most notable championships in Canadian Football League history, thanks to the Stampeders and the Calgary fans who rode the rails to Toronto.
Stamps supporters turned the Grey Cup game into Grey Cup Week with their tireless partying in downtown Toronto. To this day, any talk of Grey Cup festivities includes those exploits, which featured cowboys, chuckwagons and pancake breakfasts on the steps of City Hall and the famed horse in the lobby of the Royal York Hotel. Calgary fans turned the Grey Cup festival into what it is today.
On the field, the Stamps completed the only perfect season in CFL history by defeating the Ottawa Rough Riders 12-7 before a crowd of 20,013 at Varsity Stadium on Nov. 27.
Calgary became only the second West Division team to win the Grey Cup (Winnipeg won in 1935, 1939 and 1941) and accomplished the feat on the strength of two unusual touchdowns.
The first came after an infamous “sleeper” play. When quarterback Keith Spaith completed a pass to Woody Strode on one side of the field, Norm Hill flopped on the ground at the opposite side of the field. Hill essentially was hidden and when the next play began, he sprung to his feet. Before Ottawa players could react, Hill was open to catch Spaith’s hurried, fluttery pass as he fell backwards in the end-zone.
Calgary’s other touchdown came after an Ottawa turnover in the fourth quarter. Riders quarterback Bob Paffrath tossed a lateral to Pete Karpuk but the ball sailed wide of the mark and Ottawa players stopped as if the pass was incomplete. Strode picked up the ball for Calgary, looked around hesitantly and when officials didn’t stop the play, he bolted. He was stopped at Ottawa’s 10-yard line and Pete Thodos ran for a major on the next play.
Paffrath scored Ottawa’s touchdown and Eric Chipper added the convert. Tony Golab kicked a single to account for Ottawa’s other point.
Calgary’s first appearance in a Grey Cup was a tribute to head coach Les Lear, who had been to four title games as a player with Winnipeg. Lear also played in the National Football League and when it came to recruiting players, he opted for Americans with pro experience rather than Americans who were fresh out of college. Among the key acquisitions were Spaith from the Hawaii Warriors and Strode and Chuck Anderson from the Los Angeles-based teams. Lear also added Fritz Hanson and several up-and-comers from Winnipeg.
For the record, the “sleeper” play was made illegal in the CFL in 1961.
|Calgary ||7 ||7 ||0 ||0 ||14 |
|Toronto ||0 ||3||8 ||0||11 |
Cgy — Herm Harrison 14-yard TD pass from Jerry Keeling (Larry Robinson convert)
Tor — Ivan MacMillan 11-yard FG
Cgy — Jesse Mims 6-yard TD run (Robinson convert)
Tor — Roger Scales 33-yard fumble-return TD (lateral from Joe Vijuk) (MacMillan convert)
Tor — MacMillan single on missed 27-yard FG
While this game is best known for an infamous gaffe by the Toronto Argonauts’ star player — running back Leon McQuay — the Calgary Stampeders deserved full credit for winning the second Grey Cup in franchise history.
Calgary’s defence sacked Toronto quarterback Joe Theismann six times, broke his nose and held the Argos without an offensive touchdown in a 14-11 win in Vancouver on Nov. 28, 1971.
The Stamps opened the scoring on a 14-yard pass from Jerry Keeling to Herm Harrison. After Toronto’s Ivan MacMillan kicked an 11-yard field goal, Jesse Mims scored a six-yard touchdown run that gave Calgary a 14-3 advantage at halftime.
The game was played in soggy conditions on Empire Stadium’s artificial turf and the Argos got their lone touchdown when Calgary fumbled a punt. Joe Vijuk recovered and pitched to Roger Scales, who ran 33 yards for a score. MacMillan then kicked a rouge to make the score 14-11.
The Argos had a chance to win in the fourth quarter when McQuay — the East Division’s Outstanding Player nominee in 1971 — committed one of the most famous turnovers in Cup history. Toronto faced a second-and-seven situation from Calgary’s 11-yard line. McQuay was expected to put the ball in range for MacMillan to kick a field goal to tie the score. Instead, McQuay fumbled, Reggie Holmes recovered for the Stamps and Calgary dodged a bullet.
With 1:53 left, the Stamps started deep in their own end and failed to gain a first down. They punted to give the Argos another opportunity but Toronto’s returner, Harry Abofs, attempted to catch the wet ball and he accidentally kicked it out of bounds when reaching down to pick it up. CFL rules state that when a ball is kicked out of bounds, possession goes to the other team so Calgary’s offence went back on the field and sealed the win.
Stamps Hall of Fame linebacker Wayne Harris was the game’s Most Valuable Player while teammate Dick Suderman took top Canadian honours.
|Calgary ||11 ||6 ||0 ||7 ||24 |
|Winnipeg ||0 ||0||0 ||10||10 |
Cgy — Mark McLoughlin 37-yard FG
Cgy — McLoughlin single on 50-yard missed FG
Cgy — Dave Sapunjis 35-yard TD catch from Doug Flutie (McLoughlin convert)
Cgy — McLoughlin 17-yard FG
Cgy — McLoughlin 17-yard FG
Cgy — Allen Pitts 15-yard TD pass from Flutie (McLoughlin convert)
Wpg — Troy Westwood 46-yard FG
Wpg — Gerald Alphin 27-yard TD pass from Danny McManus (Westwood convert)
Even by his own lofty standards, Doug Flutie’s performance in the 1992 Grey Cup was extraordinary. Flutie threw for 480 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a 24-10 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
It was Calgary’s third Grey Cup in franchise history and the team’s first title since 1971. The Stampeders were making their second consecutive appearance in the Grey Cup, having lost the 1991 championship game to the Toronto Argonauts.
Flutie — the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player during the 1992 season — was also named the Grey Cup’s Most Outstanding Player and his passing total was the second highest in championship-game history (Montreal’s Sam Etcheverry had 508 yards in 1955). He was good on 33 of his 49 pass attempts.
Stamps slotback David Sapunjis had seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown to earn Top-Canadian honours.
The Stampeders jumped out to a 24-0 lead before the Bombers were able to put points on the scoreboard and Flutie got the Stampeders within scoring range on four of Calgary’s first five offensive possessions.
The Calgary quarterback hit Derrick Crawford on the game’s opening play for a 39-yard completion to set up Mark McLoughlin’s 37-yard field goal to open the scoring. Flutie and Crawford hooked up again on Calgary’s next series, this time for a 41-yard gain, but McLoughlin missed on a 50-yard field goal attempt and Calgary settled for a single point. Crawford, who was the fourth-leading receiver on the club during the regular season, ended the game with 162 yards on six catches to lead all receivers.
Near the end of the first quarter, Sapunjis reeled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Flutie, and the rout was on. McLoughlin added a pair of 17-yard field goals in the second quarter, as the Stampeders held a 17-0 lead at halftime.
Following an uneventful third quarter, Flutie threw for his second touchdown of the game, connecting with Allen Pitts on a 15-yard play.
Calgary’s defence was outstanding as it held CFL East Division rookie of the year Michael Richardson to 27 yards rushing and chased starting pivot Matt Dunigan after he threw for just 47 yards in three quarters. Kent Warnock and Harald Hasselbach recorded sacks for the Red and White while Junior Thurman recovered
Danny McManus, Dunigan’s replacement, found Gerald Alphin for a major and Troy Westwood kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter.
|Calgary ||4 ||6 ||7 ||9 ||26 |
|Hamilton ||3 ||13||2 ||6||24 |
Cgy — Mark McLoughlin single on 48-yard missed FG
Ham — Paul Osbaldiston 24-yard FG
Cgy — McLoughlin 34-yard FG
Cgy — Kelvin Anderson 3-yard TD run
Ham — Osbaldiston 20-yard FG
Ham — Ronald Williams 35-yard TD pass from Danny McManus (Osbaldiston convert)
Ham — Osbaldiston 40-yard FG
Ham — Osbaldiston single on 32-yard missed FG
Ham — Osbaldiston 66- yard punt single
Cgy — Jeff Garcia 1-yard TD run (McLoughlin convert)
Cgy — McLoughlin 22-yard FG
Cgy — McLoughlin 32-yard FG
Ham — Williams 1-yard TD run
Cgy — McLoughlin 35-yard FG
Following seven lead changes and countless momentum swings, the Calgary Stampeders earned their fourth Canadian Football League title — and they did it in dramatic fashion. On the final play of the 86th Grey Cup, kicker Mark McLoughlin connected on a 35-yard field goal at the gun to give the Stamps a 26-24 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Winnipeg Stadium.
McLoughlin, who grew up in Winnipeg, missed a field goal on Calgary’s first drive but rebounded by hitting his next four attempts. Stampeders quarterback Jeff Garcia was named Most Valuable Player after rallying his club late in the game. Garcia completed 22 of 32 throws for 259 yards and added 47 rushing yards and a rushing major.
Stamps slotback Vince Danielsen had six catches for 82 yards and was the Top Canadian. Danielsen was one of six Calgary players on the receiving end of Garcia passes during the game, the others being Allen Pitts (five catches), Travis Moore, Kelvin Anderson and Terry Vaughn (three each) and Aubrey Cummings (two).
For days leading up to the game, temperatures in Winnipeg were unbearably cold but the mercury rose to 10 degrees Celsius at kickoff.
Anderson scored the game’s first touchdown on a three-yard run that gave Calgary a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Hamilton running back Ronald Williams caught a 35-yard pass from Danny McManus that put the Tabbies ahead 13-10 and Paul Osbaldiston’s third field goal of the half gave Hamilton a 16-10 lead at the break.
Osbaldiston kicked a pair of rouges before Garcia led the Stamps on a 75-yard drive and capped the march by scoring on a one-yard run late in the third quarter.
The final frame featured several stalled drives from Calgary and three field goals from McLoughlin, including the clincher. The first of McLoughlin’s three four-quarter field goals was set up by a key turnover as Aldi Henry picked off a McManus pass. McLoughlin kicked another field goal five minutes later to give the Stamps a 23-18 advantage.
A run by Hamilton’s Archie Amerson set up a one-yard touchdown by Williams to put the Ticats ahead by one point with two minutes left to play. The two-point convert attempt failed, setting the stage for McLoughlin’s last-second winner.
Following the triumph, Calgary offensive lineman Rocco Romano hopped aboard the Stampeders Touchdown Horse to create one of the unforgettable images in the franchise’s history.
|Calgary ||0 ||17 ||0 ||10 ||27 |
|Winnipeg ||4 ||0 ||8 ||7 ||19 |
Wpg — Troy Westwood 29-yard FG
Wpg — Westwood single on missed 49-yard FG
Cgy — Mark McLoughlin 37-yard FG
Cgy — Marc Boerigter 68-yard TD pass from Marcus Crandell (McLoughlin convert)
Cgy — Travis Moore 9-yard TD pass from Crandell (McLoughlin convert)
Wpg — Arland Bruce III 23-yard TD pass from Khari Jones (Westwood convert)
Wpg — Westwood single on missed 54-yard FG
Cgy — Willie Fells 11-yard TD return on blocked punt (McLoughlin convert)
Wpg — Milt Stegall 23-yard TD pass from Jones (Westwood convert)
Cgy — McLoughlin 24-yard FG
Following a regular season that saw the Calgary Stampeders post an 8-10 record, this undoubtedly was the least likely of the Red and White’s six Grey Cup victories.
The Stamps entered the game as massive underdogs and watched as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers — who were coming off a 14-4 regular season — dominated the Canadian Football League awards ceremony during the preceding week. But the Stamps, having already surprised the Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions in the West Division playoffs, obviously relished the underdog role as they completed a remarkable in-season turnaround. Calgary began the year with four straight losses and had just three wins on Labour Day, but the Stamps rallied in the second half of the campaign.
After falling behind the Blue Bombers 4-0 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the Stamps erupted for 17 points in the second quarter.
Mark McLoughlin started the run with a 37-yard field goal. Then, trailing 4-3 late in the second quarter, Calgary quarterback Marcus Crandell hit a streaking Marc Boerigter down the left hash marks for a 68-yard touchdown. The Stampeders struck again before intermission when Calgary flooded the right side with receivers and Crandell hit Travis Moore for a nine-yard score.
The Stamps led 17-4 at halftime but Arland Bruce III caught a touchdown pass from Khari Jones shortly after the restart to narrow the gap.
The game’s pivotal play came early in the fourth quarter when Calgary’s Aldi Henry — who had also made a big play in the Stamps’ 1998 Grey Cup victory — blocked a Bob Cameron punt and Stamps linebacker Willie Fells returned the ball 11 yards for a touchdown.
The Blue Bombers fought back as Jones hit Milt Stegall who made a remarkable 23-yard touchdown reception. But once again the Stampeders pulled further ahead. Stuck on the Calgary 11 with time ticking down, Crandell threw to running back Kelvin Anderson on a sideline pattern. Anderson slipped past Marvin Coleman for a 44-yard gain. Three plays later, Mark McLoughlin kicked a 24-yard field goal.
There was one final comeback attempt by Winnipeg. With the Blue Bombers on the Calgary 36 with time running out, Jones was driven by Stampeders defensive tackle Joe Fleming into the turf for a game-ending sack. It was a game of missed opportunity for the Blue Bombers, who repeatedly got near or into Calgary territory and came away empty-handed. Winnipeg kicker Troy Westwood missed three of four field goal attempts.
The attendance of 65,255 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was the second-largest crowd to date to witness a Grey Cup.
|Calgary ||0 ||10 ||6 ||6 ||22 |
|Montreal ||3 ||10 ||1 ||0 ||14 |
Mtl — Damon Duval 14-yard FG
Cgy — Sandro DeAngelis 44-yard FG
Mtl — Avon Cobourne 16-yard TD run (Duval covert)
Mtl — Duval 19-yard FG
Cgy — Brett Ralph 20-yard TD pass from Henry Burris (DeAngelis convert)
Cgy — DeAngelis 12-yard FG
Mtl — Duval 63-yard punt single
Cgy — DeAngelis 21-yard FG
Cgy — DeAngelis 30-yard FG
Cgy — DeAngelis 50-yard FG
For the sixth time in franchise history, the Calgary Stampeders were the class of the Canadian Football League. They earned the distinction in Montreal with a 22-14 win over the hometown Alouettes.
Quarterback Henry Burris was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player after throwing for 328 yards — with one touchdown — and leading all rushers with 79 yards on nine carries. Sandro DeAngelis was named top Canadian, as he was perfect on five field-goal attempts. DeAngelis connected from 44, 12, 21, 30 and 50 yards out.
Brett Ralph had the only touchdown for the Stampeders, hauling in a 20-yard pass from Burris late in the first half. Nik Lewis chipped in with 11 catches for 122 yards.
For the Alouettes, Avon Cobourne scored their only touchdown, a 16-yard run in the second quarter. Damon Duval was responsible for the rest of the scoring with field goals of 14 and 19 yards as well as a punt single.
Anthony Calvillo, who edged out Burris in voting for CFL Most Outstanding Player for the regular season, threw for 352 yards but had no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Montreal led 3-0 after a quarter, on a field goal from Duval. DeAngelis answered back in the second quarter with a 44-yard field goal to put the Stampeders back on even terms.
The Alouettes responded with the first touchdown of the game, a 16-yard scamper by Cobourne. Duval then kicked a 19-yard field goal to extend the Alouettes’ lead.
Late in the first half, Burris found Ralph in the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to close the gap and give the Stampeders some momentum heading to the locker-room.
In the third quarter, DeAngelis put the Stampeders back on even terms before Duval added a single to regain the lead for the Alouettes. Burris put together a 75-yard drive, including runs of 14 and 29 yards for first downs, leading to the short kick from DeAngelis.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Calvillo was intercecpted by Dwight Anderson as momentum started to swing in favour of the Stampeders. That led to another field goal by DeAngelis to give the Stampeders a five-point advantage. Midway through the frame, the Alouettes were threatening to regain the lead before an errant Calvillo pass was intercepted by Shannon James, quieting the Olympic Stadium crowd.
DeAngelis then connected from 50 yards out to extend the Stampeders lead to eight points and the Stampeders never looked back.