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University Archives & Special Collections, RG 2069. (Patrick Hayes)

Huskies and Clubs

Intercollegiate Football

Pictured here is the Official Rugby Programme for the Golden Bears and Huskies match played on Oct. 15, 1938.

Pictured here is the Official Rugby Programme for the Golden Bears and Huskies match played on Oct. 15, 1938.

This was the third year football was played on campus. Until 1936 home games were held at Cairns Field at the corner of Avenue A and 25th Street.

The Huskies were desperate for a win. They had dropped the first two of their three-game home stand to the Regina Dales and UBC Thunderbirds.

The game was a must-win if the Huskies were to remain in the hunt for the Hardy Cup. The Huskies players averaged a mere 180 lbs with none weighing over 190 lbs. The Bears had four players over 200 lbs. and outweighed the front line by 50 lbs. The Huskies were also wracked with injuries including the great running-half, Gerry Potts, out for the season with a fractured ankle. 

At game time the temperature was in the mid 40s (F), the field was dry, the sky cloudy and the wind light. With more than 2,000 fans in the stands, the Huskies took to the field and dominated, scoring 13 unanswered points.

Hopes of a championship season were dashed when the Huskies later dropped two roads games in Vancouver. The only other victory of the season came in Edmonton.