CFL History - Montreal Alouettes

montreal alouettes history

1907 - 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 football.

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 organized.

1949 - The Alouettes won their first Grey Cup with a 28-15 victory over the Calgary Stampeders.

1954 - B.C. played its first game at Empire Games Stadium against the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday August 11th. The Alouettes won 22-0.

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 476,201.

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.