1985 was an exceptional year for the BC Lions as the team dominated the Canadian Football League. The Lions capped their year with a host of awards, including nine players voted to the Western All-Star Team and six players to the All-Canadian Team.
The season culminated with the BC Lions’ exciting Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a riveting finale in Montreal. The final score at Olympic Stadium on Sunday, November 24th was 37-24 and the Lions’ roar led the team to its first league championship in 21 years, and the second coveted Grey Cup win in the club’s history.
In the final game BC held an edge over Hamilton in both offense and defense. They also had the advantage of quarterback Roy Dewalt’s surgical skill, the dashing feet of receivers Ned Armour and Jim Sandusky and the survivalist savvy of kicker Lui Passaglia.
For the team, 1985 was a record-breaking year: 13 wins (and three losses), 481 points scored, 49 converts and 25 singles. Darnell Clash, Roy Dewalt, Mervyn Fernandez, Keyvan Jenkins and Lui Passaglia smashed twelve individual player records.
The Lions also swept the CFL Awards with Don Mathews recognized with the prestigious CFL Coach of the Year, Mervyn Fernandez honoured with the MVPAward and Mike Gray as the Rookie of the Year.
Bob Ackles (general manager), Ned Armour, Bruce Barnett, John Blain, Jamie Buis, Melvin Byrd, Darnell Clash, Tim Cowan, Larry Crawford, Tyrone Crews, Mark deBrueys, Roy Dewalt, Richard Ellerson (assistant coach), Eric Emery, Mervyn Fernandez, Bernie Glier, Keith Gooch, Michael Gray, Dennis Guevin, Nick Hebeler, Bryan Illerbrun, Glen Jackson, Keyvan Jenkins, Andre Jones, Bennie Jones, Rick Klassen, Kevin Konar, Glen Leonhard, Nelson Martin, Don Matthews (head coach), Mark Napiorkowski, Greg Newhouse (assistant coach), John Pankratz, James Parker, Kerry Parker, Lui Passaglia, Ryan Potter, Bill Reichelt (trainer), Adam Rita (assistant coach), Ron Robinson, Gerald Roper, Jim Sandusky, Roy Shivers (assistant coach), Freddie Sims, Ian Sinclair, Ron Smeltzer (assistant coach), John Ulmer, John Henry White, Al Wilson.