Mind of McCabe: Reflecting on 150 Key Historical Dates in Canadian Football History

Pre-Confederation 1861-1866

1861 – Our journey begins with the first ever known game of rugby football between a group of U of T students at University College, which took place on November 9th, 1861. That means that football predates Canadian Confederation by six years, and by some accounts the roots of the game can be traced back even farther to the 1850s. At the time the students were playing something resembling modern day rugby, but little did they know their cloud of dust would soon become woven into the fabricate of a country yet to be born.

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