- The Interprovincial Rugby Football union (Big
Four) grew out of an amalgamation between the
Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts of the ORFU
and the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Montreal Foot
Ball Club of the QRFU on Friday, September 13,
1907. Montreal won the Big Four's first game,
17-8 over Toronto and subsequently became the
league's first championship team. Warren Stevens
1925 - McGill coach Frank Shaughnessy
introduced the concept of the huddle to Canadian
1931 - CRU approved the forward
pass for all leagues and the first TD pass in
Grey Cup history was a Warren Stevens to Kenny
Grant play in Montreal's 22-0 win over Regina.
1946 - Montreal Alouettes were
1949 - The Alouettes won their
first Grey Cup with a 28-15 victory over the Calgary
1954 - B.C. played its first
game at Empire Games Stadium against the Montreal
Alouettes on Wednesday August 11th. The Alouettes
1977 - Grey Cup Game was played
before record crowd (68,318) which paid record
receipts ($1,401,930) at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
Montreal Alouettes set CFL attendance record of
1982 - The CFL granted a new
franchise to Montreal called the Concordes.
1986 - On the 40th anniversary
of the founding of the Montreal Alouettes the
Alouettes were re-born as the Montreal Football
Club changed the name from the Concordes back
to the Alouettes. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and
Montreal Alouettes played the first pre-season
game in the Canada Games Stadium at Saint John,
New Brunswick. Winnipeg won 36-10.
1987 - The Montreal Alouettes
folded on June 24th.
1996 - When the Cleveland Browns
of the NFL move to Baltimore, the Baltimore Stallions
of the ill-fated American expansion move to Montreal
and the Montreal Alouettes are re-born once more.
2003 - The Montreal Alouettes
win their first Grey Cup Championships in 25 years.