The Grey Cup is the trophy awarded each year to the champion of the Canadian Football League. Donated by the then Governor General of Canada, Earl Grey, in 1909, it was to be awarded to the Rugby Football Champion of Canada.

For the first 45 years, football teams from various leagues in Canada could bid to compete for the championship and the trophy. In the early years, the winners were teams representing universities or local athletic associations. Since 1954, however, only teams that are members of the Canadian Football League have been allowed compete for "Earl Grey's mug". Universities now compete for their own football championship -- the Vanier Cup, named after another former Governor General of Canada, General Georges P. Vanier.

In the modern era, the game normally pits a western champion against an eastern champion (there have been exceptions). Teams in the two geographic divisions of the league compete to declare a champion for the division, and it's these two teams that compete each year for the Cup.

The host city for the game (and the associated festivities, shows and celebrations), is chosen by the league 2 to 3 years in advance. City and provincial officials, along with the local CFL team, bid to host the game. They have to show that they have the facilities to host the annual event -- a stadium that can be expanded to 50,000 seats or more, plus sufficient hotel and venue space. The winning bid normally pays the league $3 million for the privilege of hosting. The organizing committee keeps the gate receipts (to defray the costs), with any surpluses split between the city and the local team. The league normally adds the $3 million to the operating surplus generated during the regular season, and splits those profits amongst the member teams.

Here is a list of Grey Cup winners and losers:
YearWinnerLoserScore
1909U. of TorontoParkdale26-6
1910U. of TorontoHamilton Tigers16-7
1911U. of TorontoToronto14-7
1912Hamilton AlertsToronto11-4
1913Hamilton TigersParkdale44-2
1914TorontoU. of Toronto14-2
1915Hamilton TigersToronto R.A.A.13-7
1916NoGameHeld
1917NoGameHeld
1918NoGameHeld
1919NoGameHeld
1920U. of TorontoToronto16-3
1921TorontoEdmonton23-0
1922Queen's U.Edmonton13-1
1923Queen's U.Regina54-0
1924Queen's U.Balmy Beach11-3
1925Ottawa SenatorsWinnipeg24-1
1926Ottawa SenatorsU. of Toronto10-7
1927Balmy BeachHamilton Tigers9-6
1928Hamilton TigersRegina30-0
1929Hamilton TigersRegina14-3
1930Balmy BeachRegina11-6
1931Montreal A.A.A.Regina22-0
1932Hamilton TigersRegina25-6
1933TorontoSarnia4-3
1934SarniaRegina20-12
1935WinnipegHamilton Tigers18-12
1936SarniaOttawa26-20
1937TorontoWinnipeg4-3
1938TorontoWinnipeg30-7
1939WinnipegOttawa8-7
YearWinnerLoserScore
1940*OttawaBalmy Beach12-5
1940*OttawaBalmy Beach8-2
1941WinnipegOttawa18-16
1942Toronto RCAFWinnipeg RCAF8-5
1943Hamilton Flying WildcatsWinnipeg RCAF23-14
1944Montreal St. H-D NavyHamilton Flying Wildcats7-6
1945TorontoWinnipeg35-0
1946TorontoWinnipeg28-6
1947TorontoWinnipeg10-9
1948CalgaryOttawa12-7
1949Montreal AlouettesCalgary28-15
1950TorontoWinnipeg13-0
1951OttawaSaskatchewan21-14
1952TorontoEdmonton21-11
1953HamiltonWinnipeg12-6
1954EdmontonMontreal26-25
1955EdmontonMontreal34-19
1956EdmontonMontreal50-27
1957HamiltonWinnipeg32-7
1958WinnipegHamilton35-28
1959WinnipegHamilton21-7
1960OttawaEdmonton16-6
1961WinnipegHamilton21-14
1962WinnipegHamilton28-27
1963HamiltonBritish Columbia21-10
1964British ColumbiaHamilton34-24
1965HamiltonWinnipeg22-16
1966SaskatchewanOttawa29-14
1967HamiltonSaskatchewan24-1
1968OttawaCalgary24-21
1969OttawaSaskatchewan29-11





YearWinnerLoserScore
1970MontrealCalgary23-10
1971CalgaryToronto14-11
1972HamiltonSaskatchewan13-10
1973OttawaEdmonton22-18
1974MontrealEdmonton20-7
1975EdmontonMontreal9-8
1976OttawaSaskatchewan23-20
1977MontrealEdmonton41-6
1978EdmontonMontreal20-13
1979EdmontonMontreal17-9
1980EdmontonHamilton48-10
1981EdmontonOttawa26-23
1982EdmontonToronto32-16
1983TorontoBritish Columbia18-17
1984WinnipegHamilton47-17
1985British ColumbiaHamilton37-24
1986HamiltonEdmonton39-15
1987EdmontonToronto38-36
1988WinnipegBritish Columbia22-21
1989SaskatchewanHamilton43-40
1990WinnipegEdmonton50-11
1991TorontoCalgary36-21
1992CalgaryWinnipeg24-10
1993EdmontonWinnipeg33-23
1994British ColumbiaBaltimore26-23
1995BaltimoreCalgary37-20
1996TorontoEdmonton43-37
1997TorontoSaskatchewan47-23
1998CalgaryHamilton26-24
1999HamiltonCalgary32-21
YearWinnerLoserScore
2000British ColumbiaMontreal28-26
2001CalgaryWinnipeg27-19
2002MontrealEdmonton25-16
2003EdmontonMontreal34-22
2004TorontoBritish Columbia27-19
2005EdmontonMontreal38-35**OT**
2006British ColumbiaMontreal25-14
2007SaskatchewanWinnipeg23-19
2008CalgaryMontreal22-14
2009MontrealSaskatchewan28-27
2010MontrealSaskatchewan21-18
2011British ColumbiaWinnipeg34-23
2012TorontoCalgary35-22
2013SaskatchewanHamilton45-23
2014CalgaryHamilton20-16

*For 1940 only, a 2 game total point series format was used.

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Current member teams of the Canadian Football League:
Montreal Alouettes
Ottawa RedBlacks
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Calgary Stampeders
Edmonton Eskimos
British Columbia Lions

More information about Canadian football and the Grey Cup can be found at the Canadian Football League website.

Last updated: November 30, 2014.
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