A Strong Start to the Decade

The early 1950s brought numerous hard-won triumphs. The decade’s first season saw the Mustangs defeat the University of Toronto Blues at Varsity Stadium in a game which attracted nearly 27,000 spectators, the largest crowd in Canadian university football history to that time. The Mustangs may have won the 1950 league championship, but John Metras recognized that the competition was becoming stiffer.

The following season brought mixed results and saw Toronto take the Yates Cup. The Mustangs retook the cup in 1952. They dramatically defended it the following November when quarterback Don Getty made an exemplary pass to Murray Henderson, whose sheer speed carried him to victory in Toronto’s end-zone with only forty seconds left in the game.

Western enjoyed a similar last-minute win the following season when a football bounced off a Queen’s player, rolled into the Queen’s end, and was leaped upon by Mustang Don Killinger. The resulting touchdown gave Western a 20-18 victory with only a few seconds to spare. The Mustangs were only aiming for a field goal and the touchdown far exceeded their hopes. Unfortunately, there was no last minute victory at the championship - Toronto won by a single point.

Football Program, November 11, 1950, Western vs. McGill

A program from the football game between Western and McGill on November 11, 1950. A week later Western defeated McGill 14-2 in the season's championship match and won the Yates Cup.