Football

Beginnings

University of Western Ontario Football Team 1908

Western's first football team in 1908.

In 1908, the first rugby team at UWO was organized by students attending the medical school. They joined a local junior league and also played a three game series with the local town of Petrolia. The medical school organized another team in 1909, this time representing the whole university. The Arts faculty also had a football team but students and faculty wanted the Arts and Meds students to combine their talents rather than play against each other.

In 1912, Arts and Meds students banded together with the City of London team, which was composed of local men, and entered the Junior Ontario Rugby Union. In 1914, the combined team representing Western won the Junior Ontario Rugby Football Union championship and also beat the Ontario Agricultural College 22-9 to take the Dominion Junior championship under coach Dr. Harry “Cap” Stevens.