Synopsis 1936 marked a year of an important first and and an important last. The last was that 1935 was the last year that university teams challenged for the Grey Cup. Since 1909 when the Grey Cup was first awarded, university teams had been considered on a par with the other senior leagues or unions. The University of Toronto won the first three Grey Cups and four in total while Queen's university matched the threepeat with their own three Grey Cups. The first was that 1935 marked the first year that a Western team won the Grey Cup. The Winnipeg F.C. would not officially take on the nick name Blue Bombers until 1937, but this was definitely a Blue Bomber Grey Cup victory.
The way in which the Winnipeg club won the Grey Cup was probably just as important as the fact they won it, and would have a huge impact on footall in Canada. The Blue Bombers had gotten tired of losing to the Regina Roughriders pretty much every year in the late 1920s and early 1930s and decided to do soemthing about it. What that something was, was to recruit more American players with the goal of first beating the Roughriders and then ending the East domination of the Grey Cup. The Bombers were led by players like the great Fritz Hanson, and shock the Eastern footbal lestablishment when they defeated the mighty Hamilton Tigers 18-12 in the Grey Cup. This would lead to the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) instituting rules to govern how many imports and which ones were eligible to play. Those rules would generate major conflict the following year in 1936, and result in the Regina team not being allowed to challenge for the Grey Cup despite winning the West. It would also mark the whole import / non-import ratio game that still exists to this day with only the numbers changing.