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150 Years of Varsity Football

Gala fundraiser at Great Hall in Hart House will mark Blues milestone

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It’s been almost 20 years since U of T’s football team won the Vanier Cup, but the team does bear the distinction of having won U of T’s first national championship way back in 1895. Pictured here are the members of that winning team and University of Toronto’s president at the time, James Loudon (at centre).

Loudon was also a participant in the first documented football game at U of T, in November 1861. This fall marks the 150th anniversary of that game, and U of T is celebrating with a gala fundraiser on Nov. 9 at the Great Hall in Hart House. All proceeds from the dinner will go to the Friends of Varsity Blues Football’s Varsity Leadership Foundation, which provides support for athletic scholarships and enhancements to the Varsity football program. A 200-page commemorative book will also be available. (Images from the slideshow are all taken from the book.)

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