Roy Kirbyson

With World War II in full swing and the IRFU / Big Four having suspended play, Kirbyson played his first senior  football with the Verdun Grads of the QRFU (Quebec Rugby Foortall Union) in 1943.  In 1944, the shifty halfback was with the Montreal Navy team (H.M.C.S Donnacona-St. Hyaeunthe) that won the Grey Cup.  In that game Kirbyson had two important fumble recoveries, and picked up valuable yardage running the ball and returning punts for which he was named the game's MVP.  Kirbyson joined the Montreal Alouettes for their inaugral season in 1946 and played three seasons for the Als.  Besides playing football, Kirbyson was also a very good softball pitcher and part of the team that won the Verdun city championship in 1951.

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Kirbyson in Verdun Line-up - October 18, 1943

Kirbyson Promininat In the the Account of the 1944 Grey Cup - November 27, 1944

Kirbyson in Picture of 1944 Grey Cup Champions

Kirbyson To Replace Injured Richman - November 2, 1946

Kirbyson Star Softball Pitcher - September 6, 1951


Year Team GP PTS
1943 VERD
1944 MNAV
1946 MON 5 0
1947 MON 11 0
1948 MON 4 0

No official games played stats were kept in the East until 1960.  The numbers above are from the 2006 Montreal Media Guide and are unofficial.


1944 Grey Cup Champion Navy Combines - Kirbyson is in the second row, first person on the left
1944 Grey Cup Champion Navy Combines Team - Kirbyson is in the second row, first person on the left
See the full listing of players and rosters for the 1944 Grey Cup


Roy Kirbyson

Roy Kirbyson