Football New Brunswick
University, located in Sackville, is the only university in New Brunswick that has a
football program. The school first fielded a Canadian Rules football team in
1955. They play in Atlantic University Sport. The
Mounties take their nickname, not from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but rather from
being Mt. A's team hence the "Mt. A's" or the "Mounties".
of New Brunswick in Fredericton played football from 1948 until 1980. The
Red Bombers were A.U.A.A.
champions in 1969 and 1970. The decision to scrap the program was released to the press in
June, 1981. The administration waited until the students had gone home for the summer
before it made the announcement . Other schools in the country saved their football
programs by asking their Alumni to take over the funding. U.N.B. chose not to take this
approach. In fact two proposals ,one in 1988 and the other in 1996, sought to revive the
program at no cost to the university. Both plans were given hostile receptions by the
school administration and thus were doomed to failure.
St. Thomas University in Fredericton had a football program from 1949 until 1967. St. Thomas students are eligible to play on the Red Bombers "club" team formed in 2009.
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