Alfred (Cap) Fear

Alfred Henry (Cap) Fear is a member of both the Candadian Football Hall of Fame (inducted 1967) and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (inducted 1975).  Born in Old Sailbury, England, Fear played junor football with the Toronto Central YMCA junior team.  Fear played football from 1919 to 1932 with the Toronto Argonauts (1919-25), Montreal Winged Wheelers (1926-27*) and Hamilton Tigers (1928-32).  All three teams were in the IRFU (Interprovinical Rugby Football Union), sometimes called he Big Four and what would become the East Division of the modern CFL.  The Winged Wheelers were one of the predessesors of the Montreal Alouettes (formed in 1946) and the Hamilton Tigers would later merge with the Hamilton Wildcats to form the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1950.  Fear played on four Grey Cup winners: 1921 with Toronto and 1928, 1929 and 1932 with the Hamilton Tigers.  The 1921 Grey Cup was the first year for an East-West format with the Argos beating Edmonton 23-0.  Fear was listed as an "Outside Wing' which in modern terms would be considered an End.  If you are thinking of Fear as a wide receiver, keep in mind that the forward pass wasn't legalized until 1929, and then only in the West and for the Grey Cup.  Even then, you couldn't throw a pass within the 25 yard line of the other team.  As an End, Fear would have been mainly a blocker and a defensive end.  While there were no official All-Stars, Fear won seven East All-Star selections as picked by the Toronto Globe (1922, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930).  Cap Fear passed away on February 12, 1978.

Wikipedia Article on Cap Fear

Cap Fear in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Canadian Encyclopedia Article on Cap Fear

Year Team GP PTS
1919 TOR

1920 TOR

1921 TOR

1922 TOR

1923 TOR

1924 TOR

1925 TOR

1926 MWW*

1927 MWW

1928 HT

1929 HT

1930 HT
1931 HT
1932 HT

*There is a discrepancy in sources as to whether Fear played for the Montreal Winged Wheelers in 1926.


Cap Fear from the Canadian Footall HOF