Toronto vs Hamilton on Labour Day 1950-2022, 2023

I thought it would be helpful to show this summary (via Wikipedia) that some may have already seen…

Tiger-Cats lead the series 36 – 14 – 1


Tiger-Cats Longest Winning Streak: 7 (2014–2021)
Argos Longest Winning Streak: 3 (1994–1997, 2006–2008)

Tiger-Cats and Argos did not play on Labour Day in the following 22 years:
1962, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972–1974, 1976, 1977, 1979,
1981–1986, 1990, 1995, 2011, 2013, 2020

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Tiger-Cats temporarily revived its rivalry with the current incarnation of the Alouettes in the Labour Day game for the 2011 season; the change in opponents led Hamilton to dub the game the Labour Day Classique in reference to Montreal’s francophone community. Therefore, in 2011, this automatically resulted in Toronto and BC facing each other.

In 2013, the Tiger-Cats’ did not host a game on Labour Day for only the second time in franchise history (the first being 1995). It was also the first time that they did not host a game on that weekend. Because Ivor Wynne Stadium was demolished to make way for the new Tim Hortons Field, the team played out of Alumni Stadium in Guelph. The University of Guelph Gryphons (along with most Ontario University Athletics teams) were playing that same day, so the Tiger-Cats could not host the game. To make up for it, the Toronto at Hamilton matchup was played in the Thanksgiving Day Classic.

For the 2016 contest, to avoid any further conflicts with OUA games, the CFL moved the Toronto/Hamilton matchup to prime-time Labour Day evening. That year, the OUA’s McMaster Marauders football team moved its Labour Day matchup with the Toronto Varsity Blues football squad to Tim Hortons Field, creating a doubleheader with a series of concerts in-between games. This was moved back to a 1:00 pm Eastern start in 2019.


Here are the results for the 9 Labour Day games vs the Alouettes/Concordes… Tiger-Cats never lost!



Great info there ClosetCat and thanks for sharing it. :+1:

We were undefeated at Tim Hortons Field since it’s inception in 2014 until we blew it last year.

Time to start a new winning streak. :grinning:


Thanks for the stats!! I hope the same team shows up this coming Monday, and we see some deep balls. I want to see Duke get in the end zone as well.


If Duke gets one in the endzone, I will start calling him the ‘Duke of Earl’.


A Williams TD sighting would be nice as long as he doesn’t do any of that humping the end zone nonsense in celebration of that said TD .


I admit I was surprised to learn that we brought Duke in to be our short yardage receiver.

He is pretty decent at it though.


His role reminds of Fantuz. Big bodied possession type receiver.

I forgot the stats but I thought our 2nd Down conversion rate was excellent last week against the Lions.


Suitor thinks we brought him in for onside kick recovery. I heard he was good at it in Sask.

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He reminds me of a young Jake Burt.

He has a nose for the ball.


As opposed to an old Jake Burt ?

It’s gotta have something to do with having a surname that starts with the letter “W”….
Winfield, Williams, White, Whitehead, Watkins, ……


Can’t wait to see the comeback.

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2003 to 2008 were some pretty bleak years…

Sadly we will never know.

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  1. Burt Szn with BC. You watch.

I guess when we are like over 20 years into a 5 year plan we start to reach for victories…

I get the rivalry but they are still kinda winning

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Yes the Argos win where it counts the most -Grey Cups…but maybe Labour Day is our Grey Cup.

Jake we hardly knew ya .