Projects at CFLdb

Based on the information visitors to the CFLdb family of sites are seeking, I have a number of ideas that we need assistance to get started or complete. This page will serve as the location to describe these projects and ask for assistance. Have your own idea on what information is needed on CFLdb and how it can be collected? Submit your thoughts through the contact page.

The location where missing information can easily be seen is noted below or can be found on the Contributor Tools page. If you are having a hard time finding a list of the missing information and it is not available on Contributor Tools, let us know and we can add it or provide the information for your research.

Missing Info

The simplest and most important priority of CFLdb projects is to complete as much missing information for the core CFL-historical games, specifically game times (which allows us to get game weather), attendance and quarter scores.

A big contributor in this area is Bill Schaefer and the Gridiron Uniform DB, who contributed game times from 1945-1970, completing the majority of missing information. Dennis Bidwell has contributed significant missing attendance numbers for the games in this era as well as non-official history games.

Non-CFL History Leagues

This includes provincial leagues that were competitors or predecessors to the IRFU (ORFU, QRFU, ICRFU) and WIFU (MRFU, ARFU, SRFU, BCRU) and except for their competition for the Grey Cup, are not part of official CFL history.

Major contributors in this area has been Chris Sinclair and Robert Sproule, who donated their existing research of game results along with other team, league and season information that form the basis of the information available on CFLdb.

Filling in game times, attendance, quarter scores is what remains in this area.


A focus on the ORFU is the initiative of a few contributors, including Mark Estep, Gary Cobb, Steven Brainerd and others. Beyond just game scores, rosters and player biographical information has been filled in extensively in this area.


Mark Estep has been a major contributor of person biographical information in the database along with other contributors. CFL provided team season rosters from 1930 to 2012 form the basis of the database, and much research in this area is to identify mistakes in identity, or duplicate individuals as well as complete biographical information (legal name, birthplace, birth date, schooling) in order to accurately identify an individual.

A recent offshoot of this research by an anonymous contributor has focused on correcting the Draft record of the database, specifically players who elected to not play or did not play in the league. Substantial work has been done to confirm or correct the names of most draft picks and add as much biographical information as available from 1952-1965 at present, and work continues.

Assistant Coaches

Assistant coach names and roles have been added from 1981 to present. Help is needed to fill in the following gaps:

  • Assistant coaches for 1982 and 1983 for most teams
  • Assistant coach roles for 1981 and 1984 for most teams
  • Complete and verify assistant coaches for Memphis for 1995
  • Complete assistant coaches for Hamilton for 2010
  • Assistant coaches and roles for all teams for 1980 and prior (Winnipeg mostly complete (thanks Cathy, Jim), please check team season pages)

Assistant coaches in the database can be viewed on the Coaches tab for the Team Season page in question, and also on the Person page for the coach, if there is one.

This information can come from any source, most likely source will be game programs or team media guides and fact books but also newspaper reports of the period. If you have such references and can provide electronic copies for verification, please contact me.


To keep a complete record of rulebooks, I am in need of the 2012 and 2014 Rulebook. Neither were available from in PDF format and I have been unable to source an electronic copy through the league, nor a physical copy of the 2014 version. If you have a copy you are willing to scan electronically or loan to me, that would be appreciated and would help complete the versions available for reference on CFLdb.

We plan on extending the rulebook history but only have a copy for the following years: 1980-1996. If you have rulebooks from the seasons below and are willing to loan, copy electronically or sell, please contact me.

  • 1997-2006
  • pre-1980 versions, especially versions prior to it being rewritten in 1966
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