Canadian Football Legends
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Wilfrid Hughes bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Wilfred (Billy) Hughes

Coaching Career

Head Coach of the Montreal Winged Wheelers
1919 - 1922

Head Coach of Queen's University
1922 - 1926

Head Coach of the Hamilton Tigers
1932, 1933

Head Coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders
1935, 1936

Head Coach of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Manning Pool
1939 - 1945

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation as a Head Coach
1922 - 1924, 1932, 1936 (5)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as a Head Coach
1922 - 1924, 1932 (4)

Wilfred (Billy) Hughes began coaching in Montreal at Westmount High and led the team to an interscholastic championship.
In 1922, Hughes was asked to take over the coaching position at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He taught the team some fundamentals and a few new plays, and they went on to win the Grey Cup. While Hughes was the coach at Queen's, his team had 26 consecutive victories, including three Grey Cup championships.

After a stint with the Hamilton Tigers in which he won another Grey Cup in 1932, Hughes coached the Ottawa Rough Riders to an Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU) championship. During World War II he coached RCAF Manning Pool at Lachine, Quebec and the team won the union championship in 1942 and 1943.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1974 as a builder.

Class of 1974

Andrew CurrieGeorge DixonBernie FaloneyWilfrid HughesLes LearMartin Ruby

Annis Stukus

Hughes, Wilfrid (Billy)
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