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    British Colombia Mustangs



    British Columbia Mustangs

    The origins of the British Columbia Mustangs begin in California with an aviation industrialist named William (Big Bill) Freelove who was an extremely avid fan of professional football. When he was given a franchise in the Pacific Coast Professional Football League, 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. His first act would be a merger with the Hollywood Rangers, champions of the AFL / PCPFL merger but who chose to go independent for the 1945 season. He would also secure another former PCPFL team when the San Jose Mustangs folded into the Vancouver Mustangs. Playing in Vancouver would prove challenging during the Winter so that the Mustangs stacked most of their home games on the front end of their schedule throughout their early existence there.

    While the USA-AFL backed the Mustangs, it's owners were aware they were largely on their own when it came to building the franchise. This was made clear to Bill Freelove when he joined the league due to his actions against the L.A. Bulldogs. However, when the team was purchased by Canadian Pacific Oil & Gas (now Encana, the USA-AFL began offering more support to the team now that it was under new ownership.

    Philadelphia Bulldogs of the Continental Football League were purchased to be merged with the Mustangs in 1967 - 1968. In 1969, they confirmed an agreement to relocate to Kelowna where several attempts to rename the team after the grizzly bear (Kelowna means "grizzly bear" in the Okanagan language) have failed because other teams are named after bears and fan support for the Mustangs identity is strong.



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    Legacy Teams

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


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    Last edited by Armorbeast; August 23rd, 2017 at 03:36 AM.


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    RC-WFL Team

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