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1960
Despite the addition of rookie talent Steve Cotter, Lonnie Dennis, Jim Catphin and Neal Beaumont, the high hopes faded as the team finished 5-9-2, and out of playoff contention. Beaumont won Rookie-of-the-Year honours in the WIFU, to become the Lions first major award winner.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Wpg. 14 2 0 453 239 28   Tor. 10 4 0 370 265 20
Edm. 10 6 0 318 225 20   Ott. 9 5 0 400 283 18
Cal. 6 8 2 374 404 14   Mtl. 5 9 0 340 458 10
B.C. 5 9 2 296 356 12   Ham. 4 10 0 273 377 8
Sask. 2 12 2 205 422 6  
Semi-Finals - Calgary 7 - Edmonton 30   Semi-Finals - Montreal 14 - Ottawa 30
Semi-Finals - Edmonton 40 - Calgary 21   Finals - Toronto 21 - Ottawa 33
Finals - Winnipeg 22 - Edmonton 16   Finals - Ottawa 21 - Toronto 20
Finals - Edmonton 10 - Winnipeg 5
Finals - Edmonton 4 - Winnipeg 2
Grey Cup - Edmonton 6 - Ottawa 16

1961
The year started with a major recruiting coup when Minnesota's Tom Brown was signed, but hard times on the field continued. In September, a bold gamble saw a major trade that sent four players to Calgary for quarterback Joe Kapp. A week after the trade, a coaching change was made as assistant Dave Skrien stepped up to replace Robinson. The year ended with a dismal 1-13-2 record.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Wpg. 13 3 0 360 251 26   Ham. 10 4 0 340 293 20
Edm. 10 5 1 334 257 21   Ott. 8 6 0 359 285 16
Cal. 7 9 0 300 311 14   Tor. 7 6 1 255 258 15
Sask. 5 10 1 211 314 11   Mtl. 4 9 1 213 225 9
B.C. 1 13 2 215 393 4  
Semi-Finals - Edmonton 8 - Calgary 10   Semi-Finals - Toronto 43 - Ottawa 19
Semi-Finals - Calgary 17 - Edmonton 18   Finals - Hamilton 7 - Toronto 25
Finals - Winnipeg 14 - Calgary 1   Finals - Toronto 2 - Hamilton 48 (overtime)
Finals - Calgary 14 - Winnipeg 43
Grey Cup - Winnipeg 21 - Hamilton 14 (overtime)

1962
Dave Skrien took over as the team's head coach midway though the '61 season, and he would immediately begin to turn the clubs' fortunes around. He would serve as the Leos' bench boss until 1967, and although the team finished 7-9 in '62, there was noticeable improvement. After eight years of hard work, the Lions were on the verge of success for the first time.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Wpg. 11 5 0 385 291 22   Ham. 9 4 1 358 286 19
Cal. 9 6 1 352 335 19   Ott. 6 7 1 339 302 13
Sask. 8 7 1 268 336 17   Mtl. 4 7 3 308 309 11
B.C. 7 9 0 346 342 14   Tor. 4 10 0 259 378 8
Edm. 6 9 1 310 346 13  
Semi-Finals - Saskatchewan 0 - Calgary 25   Semi-Finals - Montreal 18 - Ottawa 17
Semi-Finals - Calgary 18 - Saskatchewan 7   Finals - Hamilton 28 - Montreal 17
Finals - Winnipeg 14 - Calgary 20   Finals - Montreal 21 - Hamilton 30
Finals - Calgary 11 - Winnipeg 19
Fianls - Calgary 7 - Winnipeg 12
Grey Cup - Winnipeg 28 - Hamilton 27

1963
Following a year of improvement in all regards in 1962, new optimism was voiced about the Lions actually having a chance to make it to the Grey Cup game, which was to be played at Empire Stadium. With a great season from a veteran roster headlined by Kapp and Fleming, the Lions 12-4 record gave them first place (for the first time) and a 2-1 series victory over Saskatchewan put them in the Grey Cup. With injuries going in, and star player Fleming sent to the sidelines early by Angelo Mosca, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took home the prize with a 21-10 victory, but the fans knew they would meet again. Tom Brown became the first Lion to win a Schenley award, winning the Defensive Player-of-the-Year award.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
B.C. 12 4 0 387 232 24   Ham. 10 4 0 312 214 20
Cal. 10 4 2 427 323 22   Ott. 9 5 0 326 284 18
Sask. 7 7 2 223 266 16   Mtl. 6 8 0 277 297 12
Wpg. 7 9 0 302 325 14   Tor. 3 11 0 202 310 6
Edm. 2 14 0 220 425 4  
Semi-Finals - Saskatchewan 9 - Calgary 35   Semi-Finals - Montreal 5 - Ottawa 17
Semi-Finals - Calgary 12 - Saskatchewan 39   Finals - Hamilton 45 - Montreal 0
Finals - B.C. 19 - Saskatchewan 7   Finals - Ottawa 35 - Hamilton 18
Finals - Saskatchewan 13 - B.C. 8
Finals - Saskatchewan 1 - B.C. 36
Grey Cup - B.C. 10 - Hamilton 21
1964
Following an 11-2-3 season the Lions returned to the Grey Cup against the Ti-Cats, this time in Toronto. A two-touchdown, two-way starring performance by Bill Munsey, app and Fleming, and a touchdown from the field goal unit led the Lions to a 34-24 victory that ended 11 seasons of waiting for the faithful fans of British Columbia. Tom Brown repeated his Schenley Award as Defensive Player of the Year and also won the Jeff Nickin trophy as Most Valuable Player in the West.
WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
B.C. 11 2 3 328 168 25   Ham. 10 3 1 329 201 21
Cal. 12 4 0 352 249 24   Ott. 8 5 1 313 228 17
Sask. 9 7 0 330 282 18   Mtl. 6 8 0 192 264 12
Edm. 4 12 0 222 458 8   Tor. 4 10 0 243 332 8
Wpg. 1 14 1 270 397 3  
Semi-Finals - Calgary 25 - Saskatchewan 34   Semi-Finals - Montreal 0 - Ottawa 27
Semi-Finals - Saskatchewan 6 - Calgary 51   Finals - Hamilton 13 - Ottawa 30
Finals - B.C. 24 - Calgary 10   Finals - Ottawa 8 - Hamilton 26
Finals - Calgary 14 - B.C. 10
Fianls - Calgary 14 - B.C. 33
Grey Cup - B.C. 34 - Hamilton 24
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1965
After two consecutive Grey Cup appearances and one title, the Lions immediately receded back towards the basement of the West Division. By Bailey has left the team the previous off-season, and the team was aging. Finishing 5-11, Dave Skrien would never again experience the same success as he had as the Lions head coach a year earlier. Any hopes for a dynasty were quickly dashed.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Cal. 12 4 0 340 243 24   Ham. 10 4 0 281 153 20
Wpg. 11 5 0 301 262 22   Ott. 7 7 0 300 234 14
Sask. 8 7 1 276 277 17   Mtl. 5 9 0 183 215 10
B.C. 6 9 1 286 273 13   Tor. 3 11 0 193 360 6
Edm. 5 11 0 257 400 10  
Semi-Finals - Saskatchewan 9 - Winnipeg 15   Semi-Finals - Montreal 7 - Ottawa 36
Finals - Winnipeg 9 - Calgary 27   Finals - Hamilton 18 - Ottawa 13
Finals - Calgary 11 - Winnipeg 15   Finals - Ottawa 7 - Hamilton 17
Finals - Winnipeg 19 - Calgary 19
Grey Cup - Winnipeg 16 - Hamilton 22

1966
The situation went from bad to worse in '66, as the Leos won only one game for the first time since 1961. Things got so bad that Herb Capozzi, who had served as General Manager since 1957 and had taken the Lions to consecutive Grey Cups just two years earlier, was fired. Willie Fleming and Tom Hinton retired, and Joe Kapp left the team.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Sask. 9 6 1 351 318 19   Ott. 11 3 0 278 177 22
Wpg. 8 7 1 264 230 17   Ham. 9 5 0 264 160 18
Edm. 6 9 1 251 328 13   Mtl. 7 7 0 156 215 14
Cal. 6 9 1 227 259 13   Tor. 5 9 0 182 271 10
B.C. 1 14 0 270 397 3  
Semi-Finals - Edmonton 8 - Winnipeg 16   Semi-Finals - Montreal 14 - Hamilton 24
Finals - Winnipeg 7 - Saskatchewan 14   Finals - Ottawa 30 - Hamilton 1
Finals - Saskatchewan 21 - Winnipeg 19   Finals - Hamilton 16 - Ottawa 42
Grey Cup - Saskatchewan 29 - Ottawa 14

1967
Capozzi was replaced by Denny Vietch as General Manager for 1967, and after three games and three losses, Coach Dave Skrien was relieved and a game later Jim hampion named as new Head Coach. Rookie Ted Gerela impressed with his kicking, but a 3-12-1 year was still the result. Gerela was named Rookie of the Year, the only player to earn any award that year. Jim Young was the other rookie to impress this year.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Cal. 12 4 0 382 219 24   Ham. 10 4 0 250 195 20
Sask. 12 4 0 346 282 24   Ott. 9 4 1 337 207 19
Edm. 9 6 1 266 246 19   Tor. 5 8 1 252 266 11
Wpg. 4 12 0 212 414 8   Mtl. 2 12 0 166 302 4
B.C. 3 12 1 239 319 7  
Semi-Finals - Edmonton 5 - Saskatchewan 21   Semi-Finals - Toronto 22 - Ottawa 38
Finals - Saskatchewan 11 - Calgary 15   Finals - Hamilton 11 - Ottawa 3
Finals - Calgary 9 - Saskatchewan 11   Finals - Ottawa 0 - Hamilton 26
Finals - Saskatchewan 17 - Calgary 13
Grey Cup - Saskatchewan 1 - Hamilton 24

1968
Jackie Parker joined the staff as an assistant, but the club lost seven games by less than a touchdown to finish 4-11-1 and out of the playoffs. Parker even unretired to suit up for 8 games during the year.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Sask. 12 3 1 345 223 25   Ott. 9 3 2 416 271 20
Cal. 10 6 0 412 249 20   Tor. 9 5 0 284 266 18
Edm. 8 7 1 228 288 17   Ham. 6 7 1 262 292 13
B.C. 4 11 1 217 318 9   Mtl. 3 9 2 234 327 8
Wpg. 3 13 0 210 374 6  
Semi-Finals - Edmonton 13 - Calgary 29   Semi-Finals - Hamilton 21 - Toronto 33
Finals - Calgary 32 - Saskatchewan 0   Finals - Ottawa 11 - Toronto13
Finals - Saskatchewan 12 - Calgary 25   Finals - Toronto 14 - Ottawa 36
Grey Cup - Calgary 21 - Ottawa 24 (overtime)

1969
After 11 games, with a 1-10 record, Coach Champion was replaced by assistant Jackie Parker. The team responded by winning four of their last five games, and with a 5-11 record took third place and made the playoffs. They lost to Calgary, but individually Dave Easley won Rookie of the Year honours, and Jim Young was a Schenley Finalist, losing out to Russ Jackson for Canadian Player of the Year honours.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Sask. 13 3 0 392 261 26   Ott. 11 3 0 399 298 22
Cal. 9 7 0 327 314 18   Tor. 10 4 0 406 280 20
B.C. 5 11 0 235 335 10   Ham. 8 5 1 307 315 17
Edm. 5 11 0 241 246 10   Mtl. 2 10 2 304 395 6
Wpg. 3 12 1 192 359 7  
Semi-Finals - B.C. 21 - Calgary 35   Semi-Finals - Hamilton 9 - Toronto 15
Finals - Calgary 11 - Saskatchewan 17   Finals - Ottawa 14 - Toronto 22
Finals - Saskatchewan 36 - Calgary 13   Finals - Toronto 3 - Ottawa 32
Grey Cup - Saskatchewan 11 - Ottawa 29
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