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    British Colombia Mustangs



    British Columbia Mustangs

    The origins of the British Columbia Mustangs begin with a team called the Vancouver Grizzlies who played for a single season for the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1941. The team was created by Italo ‘Tiny’ Rader and journalist Jim Coleman who sold the team to Union Steamship Company of British Columbia who entered the USA-AFL's Can-American Division. Industrialist William (Big Bill) Freelove was an extremely avid fan of professional football who was given a franchise in the PCPFL where he allowed his enthusiasm to get the better part of him and raided the Los Angeles Bulldogs of almost its entire 1942 team roster.

    The PCPFL refused to renew Freeloves franchise in 1944 leading him to form a new AFL to compete against them. While this new AFL lasted for one season before merging with the PCPFL, Freelove was not allowed to become part of this new league and went independent. During the 1945 season, Freelove came to terms with the USA-AFL to relocate his team to Vancouver and allow the league to confirm all his contracts with players. The league found Freelove's organization skills beneficial as building a team in Canada would not be an easy task.

    As soldiers returned from WWII, the franchise learned of the Tea Bowl and a team of CFL players called the Mustangs which were invited to play for the Vancouver Mustangs. When the Hollywood Rangers (champions of the AFL / PCPFL merger) and PCPFL San Jose Mustangs collapsed, they were purchased by Freelove with the backing of investors. One of these investors was Canadian Pacific Steamships Ocean Services Ltd. who became majority owners when they bought Union Steamship Company of British Columbia. Canadian Pacific Railroad purchased the team in 1952 and divested it with the creation of Canadian Pacific Oil and Gas in 1958.

    The Mustangs were the first Canadian team with a semi-pro farm franchise formed from the British Columbia Intermediate League which existed from 1953-1955 before becoming the British Columbia Football League in 1956. Owners of the Mustangs now turned majority ownership over to the city of Vancouver while focusing their efforts more on the BCFL to build their professional teams roster and boost profits. They would elect the President of the team who would oversee the actual team while the city oversaw the appointment of the administrators beyond that.








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    Legacy Teams

    Los Angeles Mustangs (1943-1944, PCPFL, AFL III)


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    Development Leagues

    British Columbia Football League

    Victoria Drakes 1953-Present (Merged with Victoria Steelers of the Pacific Football League in 1966 and 1967 CoFL in 1967)







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