WIFU SEMI-FINAL (Saskatchewan wins series, 50-26)
Sat Nov 3 - SASKATCHEWAN 42, Winnipeg 7 (13000) - Frank Tripucka passed for 405 yards, while the Rider RBs added 198 yards for a new league total of 603 yards. The old record was 583, set by Edmonton in 1950.
Mon Nov 5 - WINNIPEG 19, Saskatchewan 8 (13348) - Saskatchewan recorded their first playoff triumph over Winnipeg since 1936, on the strength of their 42-7 victory in the first game at Regina Saturday.
WIFU FINALS (Edmonton wins series, 93-42)
Sat Nov 10 - SASKATCHEWAN 23, Edmonton 22 (13500) - Saskatchewan moved 85 yards in their final drive, before Bobby Marlow scored on a 1-yard plunge with a single second remaining in the game.
Mon Nov 12 - EDMONTON 20, Saskatchewan 12 (19000) - Two key pass interceptions by Jackie Parker, and a 42-yard run from the halfback slot to set up a Edmonton TD, sparked a key 20-point second half surge.
Sat Nov 17 - EDMONTON 51, Saskatchewan 7 (22461) - Jackie Parker, who was moved to halfback due to Edmonton's injuries, scored three TDs, all on passes from Don Getty in the decisive third game of the series.
Wednesday, November 7 - HAMILTON 46, Ottawa 21 (12121) - Cookie Gilchrist scored three TDs and QB Tony Curcillo two to spark Hamilton to a comeback victory, as they overcame a first-quarter 14-0 deficit to advance.
IRFU FINALS (Montreal wins series, 78-62)
Sat Nov 10 - Montreal 30, HAMILTON 21 (16000) - Sam Etcheverry threw for three of Montreal's four TDs - 45 yards to Fob James, 71 yards to Joey Pal and eight yards to Red O'Quinn - for the win.
Sat Nov 17 - MONTREAL 48, Hamilton 41 (22280) - Pat Abbruzzi of Montreal and Hal Waggoner of Hamilton each
scored three TDs in a muddy game that saw 11 fumbles and seven pass interceptions.
1956 GREY CUP GAME (Saturday, November 24 at Toronto - 27,425)
EDMONTON ESKIMOS (13-6) 50, MONTREAL ALLOUETTES (12-4) 27 - The Edmonton Eskimos faced the Montreal Alouettes for the Grey Cup for the third consecutive year. And for the third consecutive year, the Edmonton Eskimos were Grey Cup champions. The Eskimos ground game was too much for the Alouettes to handle, as Johnny Bright, Jackie Parker, Normie Kwong and Rollie Miles helped amass 456 rushing yards, a new Grey Cup record. Bright set an individual record with 171 rushing yards. The Alouettes were in the contest early in the third quarter, when Parker tied the game 20-20 on a single. But similar to the 1955 game, the Eskimos offence started to roll in the second half, leaving the Alouettes in their dust. Parker tied the record for most touchdowns scored in a Grey Cup with three. Montreal’s Sam Etcheverry set a record for most interceptions in a Canadian final with four. Don Getty and Bright scored two touchdowns each in addition to Parker’s. Getty sneaked over twice from the one-yard line, and Bright had running plays of four and 16 yards for his scores. Joe Mobra kicked a 25-yard field goal. Hal Patterson scored a pair of touchdowns in a losing cause. He went nine-yards wide on an end-around play for his first major, and caught a 37-yard pass from Etcheverry for his second. Etcheverry and Pat Abbruzi scored the other Montreal touchdowns on short running plays. Edmonton head coach Frank Ivy joined select company as one of only three coaches to coach teams to three consecutive Grey Cup titles. The others were Billy Hughes of Queen’s University (1922-1924) and Ted Morris of the Toronto Argonauts (1945-1947). For Montreal’s Doug Walker, he became only the second coach to lose in the Grey Cup final three straight years. Al Ritchie lost four straight with the Regina Roughriders from 1929 to 1932. “We played one of our worst games of the year,” said Walker following the game. “The tackling was atrocious. But we’ve got no alibis. The better team won out there today. A series – who knows? But it was one game, and we lost.” The Eskimos joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as the only teams west of Ontario to win three Grey Cups. It signalled the beginning of a new era in Canadian football. Prior to the Edmonton dynasty, teams from Western Canada had only won four championships since they started playing for the Grey Cup trophy in 1921.