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William Foulds bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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William C. Foulds
(Charter Member)

Executive Career

Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU)

President of the CRU
1921, 1937

Vice President of the CRU
1933 - 1936

William C. Foulds began his football career as a quarterback for the University of Toronto and was a member of that team that won the first Grey Cup in 1909.

After coaching the Toronto Argonauts in 1911, 1914 & 1915, and leading the Argonauts to their first Grey Cup victory in 1914, he held various executive posts. In addition to holding numerous positions with the CRU, Foulds served as chairman of the Rules Commission and Referee-In-Chief of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU).

Foulds was instrumental in establishing the first east/west Grey Cup final in 1921. In order for the Edmonton Eskimos to travel east for the Grey Cup, several thousand dollars were needed, so Foulds put up his own money so that the first truly national Grey Cup game could be held.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1963 as a builder.

Class of 1963

Harry BatstoneOrmand BeachJoseph BreenD. Wes BrownLionel ConacherErnest Cox

John DeGruchySeppi DuMoulinEddie EmersonWilliam C. FouldsHugh GallAlbert Henry George Grey

Harry Crawford GriffithFrank J. HannibalMelvin HansonJack JacobsEddie JamesJoe Krol

Alexander Smirle LawsonFrank LeadlayPercival MolsonNorman PerryRuss RebholzEdward Reeve

Alvin RitchieJeff RusselFrank ShaughnessyBen SimpsonDavid SpragueNeil Joseph Taylor

Brian Timmis

Foulds, William C.
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