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My CFL Uniform Database

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https://imgur.com/a/o4ujGwJ - For a while, I've always wanted to see a CFL Uniform Database (because of the Gridiron Uniform Database), but there has been somewhat of a dearth of information on uniforms from the team over the years, especially before the mid-1970s.

 

With that said, here is what I have (as of right now) for my CFL Uniform Database. It covers only the seasons from 1978 to 1993 (the first U.S. season for the CFL). I hope in the future to get all seasons after 1993 and before 1978 (up to 1958, the establishment of the CFL, so I don't end up in a bottomless pit of research).

 

I hope you all like this. If anybody wants to help me with this CFL Uniform Database, I'm all ears. Cheers. :D

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I'm in for helping out! Always wanted to see something like this. As a TiCats fan, I've always wanted to see our uniforms from start to present

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^ Sure. :) As I said, I am all ears (or on a message board, all eyes).

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That's awesome! I've hoped for a similar CFL database like the Gridiron Uniform Database too. Good for you for taking it on. I've done some research myself, but mainly for the past 30 years. It's pretty difficult finding images for the CFL considering not all games used to even be televised. It looks like you have a good grasp on it since your info looks pretty accurate at first glance, but let me know if you need a hand. Are you also looking at doing a weekly match-up tracker?

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^ No, but if someone else would like to, I'm more than happy to invite that person. :)

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I'm glad to see this.  I have an off-and-on CFL fixation, so it's good to see it getting some love around here.

 

Keep up the good work!

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No uniforms but there are helmets here:

http://nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/

 

Alouettes uniforms here:

https://en.montrealalouettes.com/all-time-uniforms/

 

Some Hamilton info here under History:
http://www.htcaa.ca/index.asp

 

Wikipedia - CFL uniform images:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Canadian_Football_League_uniforms

 

Some Calgary info here:

https://www.stampeders.com/2016/05/12/threads-of-time/

 

Uni Watch had some information when Leo Strawn provided some information.   Articles (two precious article are mentioned and linked to) are from a couple years ago so has quite a bit of "link rot" (if you could contact Leo, he may have a lot of valuable information)

https://uni-watch.com/2016/11/26/cool-and-unusual-helmets-and-uniforms-from-the-great-white-north-east/

 

Plenty of CFL photos here:

https://www.imagecommunications.ca/gallery-list

 

and of course the Canadian Football Hall of Fame site:
https://cfhof.pastperfectonline.com/

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^ Thanks for all the links. :)

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Just posted this on Twitter, but does anyone here know when the Signature Uniforms stopped being used?

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3 hours ago, TruColor said:

Just posted this on Twitter, but does anyone here know when the Signature Uniforms stopped being used?

 

Don't think they have officially stopped, Edmonton is still wearing theirs. That has to be the only team that does however 

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7 hours ago, TruColor said:

Just posted this on Twitter, but does anyone here know when the Signature Uniforms stopped being used?

 

Wikipedia has kept good track of them through the 2017 season (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_jersey#Canadian_football).

 

Otherwise, only Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal have worn them all the way through 2018 (Although with a Montreal re-brand, they'll likely stop wearing theirs next year).

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Hey Johnnysama,

 

It has been brought to my attention that you are looking for help for CFL Uniform Database.  I took a look at your current database and if I may offer some details that would need to be revised.

 

Will fire off some for the Saskatchewan Roughriders only at this point.  Can fire off some more about the other teams later on:

 

1978 - The Rider wore grey pants at home instead of white.  The socks had multiple green and white stripes.  Here is some game footage from 1978:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLW-FCJ6rEc

 

1979 - Believe the Riders were not wearing the solid green socks yet.  Here is some 1979 game footage with them wearing white socks with 2 green stripes at home:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1NzaLoWlFs

 

During the early 1980s, in addition to the green pants, the Riders often wore white pants on the road with the white jerseys.  As seen here in some 1983 footage:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFDxBMYTW5U

 

I do also believe that the Riders wore solely white pants, both at home and on the road, in 1984.

 

1991 - To mark the 25th anniversary of their first Grey Cup win, the Riders discarded the silver pants in favour of green.  Meaning they wore mono-green like the 1966 team.  The Riders did not wear the silver pants in 1991.  It was mono-green at home throughout 1991.  They did return to silver pants at home in 1992.  The Rider started 1991 wearing solid green socks.  Then transitioned to the white socks with the stripes both at home and on road.  Here is some 1991 footage:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_MjQ4lOL00

 

1993 - The Riders switched back to solid green socks both at home and on the road.  The striped socks would come back in 1995.  Here is some footage from 1993.  Also note the Calgary Stampeders road socks have 2 red stripes and 1 black stripe - opposite of what is in the current database:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjM0peIwx7I

 

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I'd read somewhere that those double-R Ottawa roads were silver.  Could've been wrong though.

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3 hours ago, Wade Heidt said:

Hey Johnnysama,

 

It has been brought to my attention that you are looking for help for CFL Uniform Database.  I took a look at your current database and if I may offer some details that would need to be revised.

 

Will fire off some for the Saskatchewan Roughriders only at this point.  Can fire off some more about the other teams later on:

 

1978 - The Rider wore grey pants at home instead of white.  The socks had multiple green and white stripes.  Here is some game footage from 1978:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLW-FCJ6rEc

 

1979 - Believe the Riders were not wearing the solid green socks yet.  Here is some 1979 game footage with them wearing white socks with 2 green stripes at home:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1NzaLoWlFs

 

During the early 1980s, in addition to the green pants, the Riders often wore white pants on the road with the white jerseys.  As seen here in some 1983 footage:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFDxBMYTW5U

 

I do also believe that the Riders wore solely white pants, both at home and on the road, in 1984.

 

1991 - To mark the 25th anniversary of their first Grey Cup win, the Riders discarded the silver pants in favour of green.  Meaning they wore mono-green like the 1966 team.  The Riders did not wear the silver pants in 1991.  It was mono-green at home throughout 1991.  They did return to silver pants at home in 1992.  The Rider started 1991 wearing solid green socks.  Then transitioned to the white socks with the stripes both at home and on road.  Here is some 1991 footage:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_MjQ4lOL00

 

1993 - The Riders switched back to solid green socks both at home and on the road.  The striped socks would come back in 1995.  Here is some footage from 1993.  Also note the Calgary Stampeders road socks have 2 red stripes and 1 black stripe - opposite of what is in the current database:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjM0peIwx7I

 

Hi. You can call me Johnny. I'll be sure to get all the details corrected in the near-future; the green/white striped socks from '78 were worn in '77; in at least 1976 (and maybe before), they wore solid green socks.

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2 hours ago, Discrimihater said:

I'd read somewhere that those double-R Ottawa roads were silver.  Could've been wrong though.

 

Yup - when the Rough Riders wore the double flaming R - they did not wear white jerseys.  Road jerseys were silver in 1992 and 1993.  Was not a great look in rainy weather when they got wet.

 

cfl-ottawa-rough-riders-terry-baker_1_fa

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^ Possibly one of the rare examples of a non-white road jersey out there in football.

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A bit more detail about the 1993 Toronto Argonauts.

 

The team did add Cambridge (light) blue trim to their numbers in 1993.  In addition, I remember part of the season they wore the Oxford (dark) blue socks at home that featured stripes.  However, they did also wear the solid Oxford blue socks during the season.  

 

Quarterback Tracy Ham's only season with the Argos was 1993.  Here he is with the striped socks:

 

Tracy_Ham_1993_15500.jpg

 

Kari Yli-Renko in 1993.  Can be hard to see, but you can see the Cambridge blue trim on the numbers:

 

https://www.canadianfootballcards.com/products/kari-yli-renko-cfl-card-1993-jogo-209-toronto-argonauts-cincinnati-bearcats

 

 

Some footage of the Argos on the road in 1993.  Can see the Cambridge blue trim on the numbers good around 2 minute mark:

 

 

 

In addition, there was at least 1 home game in 1993 when they went mono-Oxford blue and wore the old solid Cambridge blue socks.  Here is a shot of Ham wearing that uniform in 1993:

 

Ham_Tracy_2_(1993)2917.jpg

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Did Ottawa wear the flaming R helmet in 1992 but not flaming R jerseys? I don't remember that at all... I thought it was flaming Rs for all of 1992 and 93. If there is a pic that suggests otherwise, are we sure it isn't from a preseason game?

 

Awesome project, by the way. 

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This is an extremely tiny detail and might be impossible to show in this template, but the 1990 Argos whites had red trim around the wordmark. 

 

James-Parker-Toronto-Argonauts-1990-5.jp

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A bit more editing detail about the BC Lions when it comes to the 1987-89 jerseys.

 

When the Lions altered the jersey in 1987 featuring the brown trim around the numbers changing, there was also a change in the logo placement on the sleeve stripes.  The 1987-89 jerseys no longer had the logo within a circle in the sleeve stripes.  The logo was just placed right on the stripes without the circle around as had been the case in 1986.

 

Case in point my model here.  Canadian university football product who quarterbacked in the league, Greg Vavra.

 

Greg-Vavra-BC-Lions-1987.jpg

 

Here is 1986 for comparison:

 

Bruce-Barnett-BC-Lions-1986-1.jpg

 

Loved the old orange and brown look! Shout out to Scott Grant Photography on these photos.

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