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1980
The Lions' consecutive playoff appearance streak ends at one, as coach Rapp led his team to an 8-7-1 record. The team missed the postseason. Off the field, the decision was made to begin construction of a new downtown indoor stadium.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Edm. 13 3 2 505 281 26   Ham. 8 7 1 332 377 17
Wpg. 10 6 0 394 387 20   Mtl. 8 8 0 356 375 16
Cal. 9 7 0 407 355 18   Ott. 7 9 0 353 393 14
B.C. 8 7 1 381 351 17   Tor. 6 10 0 334 358 12
Sask. 2 14 0 284 469 4  
Semi-Finals - Calgary 14 - Winnipeg 32   Semi-Finals - Ottawa 21 - Montreal 25
Finals - Winnipeg 24 - Edmonton 34   Finals - Montreal 13 - Hamilton 24
Grey Cup - Edmonton 48 - Hamilton 10

1981
The Lions returned to third place with 10-6 mark in 1981, again upsetting Winnipeg in the semi-final before losing a 22-16 heartbreaker in the Final. Paopao and sophomore Roy Dewalt, have record setting Ty Grey as their big deep-threat receiver, and rookie Larry Crawford led the league in interceptions. Labatt's Breweries of B.C. is welcomed as the new major sponsor in a marketing agreement that brings financial aid to the club.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Edm. 14 1 1 576 277 29   Ham. 11 4 1 414 335 23
Wpg. 11 5 0 517 299 22   Ott. 5 11 0 306 446 10
B.C. 10 6 0 438 377 20   Mtl. 3 13 0 267 518 6
Sask. 9 7 0 431 371 18   Tor. 2 14 0 241 506 4
Cal. 6 10 0 306 367 12  
Semi-Finals - B.C. 15 - Winnipeg 11   Semi-Finals - Montreal 16 - Ottawa 20
Finals - Edmonton 22 - B.C. 16   Finals - Ottawa 17 - Hamilton 13
Grey Cup - Edmonton 26 - Ottawa 23

1982
Rookie receiver Merv Fernandez served notice that he was a star of the future, but is runner-up in the Schenley Rookie voting to Ottawa's Chris Isaac. Despite a 9-7 record, the Lions again finished in fourth out of the playoffs. At the end of the year it was decided a change was needed and the coaching staff is relieved of it's duties. The highlight of the year was Willie Fleming being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Edm. 11 5 0 544 323 22   Tor. 9 6 1 426 426 19
Wpg. 11 5 0 444 352 22   Ham. 8 7 1 396 401 17
Cal. 9 6 1 403 440 19   Ott. 5 11 0 376 462 10
B.C. 9 7 0 449 390 18   Mtl. 2 14 0 267 502 4
Sask. 6 9 1 427 436 13  
Semi-Finals - Winnipeg 24 - Calgary 3   Semi-Finals - Ottawa 30 - Hamilton 20
Finals - Edmonton 24 - Winnipeg 21   Finals - Toronto 44 - Ottawa 7
Grey Cup - Edmonton 32 - Toronto 16

1983
Former Edmonton Defensive Co-ordinator Don Matthews was appointed Head Coach in January. The combination of Dewalt to Fernandez led the attack and the defence sets a new CFL record of 42 interceptions as the Lions 11-5 record was the second-best in Club history and returned them to first place for the first time since 1964. The historic year also marked the construction of B.C. Place Stadium, the new home of the Lions which opened in June. B.C. Place is the sight of their Western Final victory over Winnipeg, and the 83 Grey Cup game where B.C. faced Toronto to end a 19-year absence from the classic. The Argos take a 18-17 victory to the anguish of hometown fans.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
B.C. 11 5 0 477 326 22   Tor. 12 4 0 452 328 24
Wpg. 9 7 0 412 402 18   Ott. 8 8 0 384 424 16
Edm. 8 8 0 450 377 16   Ham. 5 10 1 389 498 11
Cal. 8 8 0 425 378 16   Mtl. 5 10 1 367 447 11
Sask. 5 11 0 360 536 10  
Semi-Finals - Winnipeg 49 - Edmonton 22   Semi-Finals - Hamilton 33 - Ottawa 31
Finals - B.C. 39 - Winnipeg 21   Finals - Toronto 41 - Hamilton 36
Grey Cup - Toronto 18 - B.C. 17

1984
The biggest trade since the Kapp deal brought all-star James Parker to the Lions defence from Edmonton. A number of new faces gave the club more depth than ever before, but a second straight first place finish was dampened by the late season loss of Dewalt to injury. In a repeat Western Final matchup at B.C. Place, Winnipeg triumphs and goes on to win the Grey Cup. Average crowds in excess of 40,000 in each of the first two years in the new stadium reversed the club's fortunes financially and debenture holders are receiving early repayment. Both Joe Kapp and Tom Brown were inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
B.C. 12 3 1 445 281 25   Tor. 9 6 1 461 361 19
Wpg. 11 4 1 523 309 23   Ham. 6 9 1 353 439 13
Edm. 9 7 0 464 443 18   Mtl. 6 9 1 386 404 13
Sask. 6 9 1 348 479 13   Ott. 4 12 0 354 507 8
Cal. 6 10 0 314 425 12  
Semi-Finals - Winnipeg 55 - Edmonton 20   Semi-Finals - Hamilton 17 - Montreal 11
Finals - Winnipeg 31 - B.C. 14   Finals - Hamiton 14 - Toronto 13 (overtime)
Grey Cup - Winnipeg 47 - Hamilton 17
1985
While Fernandez shatters club received records again and sophomore receiver Jim Sandusky broke the 1,000 yards mark, defensive tackle Mike Gray was the most visible of several rookies and Clash returned punts for over 1,100 yards, just missing the league record. With depth and few injuries, the final season record of 13-3 was the best in club history, bringing its third consecutive first place finish and Western Final matchup with Winnipeg, who has won both regular season meetings. Fernandez was out for the playoffs with a leg injury, but the Lions rose to the occasion to beat the Bombers. A week later the same line-up played Hamilton at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, and 21 years of waiting ended with a 37-24 Grey Cup championship victory over the Tiger-Cats. 
At the Schenley Awards Fernandez became the first Lion to win the Most Outstanding Player Award and Mike Gray wins the Outstanding Rookie award. Dewalt, Parker and Passaglia took the Grey Cup game awards, and the team returned home to a victory celebration that swept across the entire province.
WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
B.C. 13 3 0 481 297 26   Ham. 8 8 0 377 315 16
Wpg. 12 4 0 500 259 24   Mtl. 8 8 0 284 332 16
Edm. 10 6 0 432 373 20   Ott. 7 9 0 272 402 14
Sask. 5 11 0 320 462 10   Tor. 6 10 0 344 397 12
Cal. 3 13 0 256 429 6  
Semi-Finals - Winnipeg 22 - Edmonton 15   Semi-Finals - Montreal 30 - Ottawa 20
Finals - B.C. 42 - Winnipeg 22   Finals - Hamiton 50 - Montreal 26
Grey Cup - B.C. 37 - Hamilton 24
1985 Grey Cup Ring
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1986
Defending their championship proved even harder than winning it the year before, as the Lions battled the Eskimos, Bombers, the injury bug and the newly extended 18 game regular season. The Lions reached the halfway mark at 7-2 losing at Edmonton and at home to Calgary, then ran their record to 9-2 before hitting a four game losing streak, started by back to back losses to Edmonton. In danger of finishing fourth in the tough West, the club rebounded to win back to back games from Winnipeg to end the season 12-6 and finish second. Under the new playoff format, the Lions met the Bombers for a third straight week, winning the semi-final and then travelling to Edmonton for their first Western Final game on the road in four years. Playing without Konar and Jackson, the Lions lost their fourth game of the year to the Eskimos, ending their hopes of defending their title in front of a home crowd at B.C.Place. Off the field, the big news and shocker of the year was the departure of GM Bob Ackles to the Dallas Cowboys, ending his 33 year association with the Club. He left in July, and was replaced by former Montreal GM Joe Galat in August.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Edm. 13 4 1 540 365 27   Tor. 10 8 0 417 441 20
B.C. 12 6 0 441 410 24   Ham. 9 8 1 405 366 19
Wpg. 11 7 0 545 387 22   Mtl. 4 14 0 320 500 8
Cal. 11 7 0 484 380 22   Ott. 3 14 1 346 514 7
Sask. 6 11 1 382 517 13  
Semi-Finals - B.C. 21 - Winnipeg 14   Finals - Game 1 - Toronto 31 - Hamilton 17
Finals - Edmonton 41 - BC 5   Finals - Game 2 - Hamilton 42 - Toronto 25
  (Hamilton won 2 game total-points series 59-56)
Grey Cup - Hamilton 39 - Edmonton 15

1987
The Lions began the post-Mervyn era in impressive style disposing of their first four opponents. The team seemed to lack focus through the middle of the season, looking invincible in one game and lethargic the next. Entering the last half of the year, the Lions were still in contention for first place but not playing like a team driving for a title. When the team suffered a three-game losing streak, General Manager Joe Galat fired Don Matthews, the winningest coach in Lions history with just four games to go. They instantly responded to new Coach Larry Donovan, winning the final four games including a thrilling come-from-behind 33-32 victory over Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium that many observers called the greatest comeback ever witnessed in the league. The win gave the Lions first place for the fourth time in five years. The home field advantage wasn't enough however to stave off an Eskimo team destined to win the finest Grey Cup game ever played.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
B.C. 12 6 0 502 370 24   Wpg. 12 6 0 554 409 24
Edm. 11 7 0 617 462 22   Tor. 11 6 1 484 427 23
Cal. 10 8 0 453 517 20   Ham. 7 11 0 470 509 14
Sask. 5 12 1 364 529 11   Ott. 3 15 0 377 598 6
Semi-Finals - Edmonton 30 - Calgary 16   Semi-Finals - Toronto 29 - Hamilton 13
Finals - Edmonton 31 - B.C. 7   Finals - Toronto 19 - Winnipeg 3
Grey Cup - Edmonton 38 - Toronto 36

1988
The competition cap forced the Lions to start the season with 22 new faces in their lineup, one of which was star quarterback Matt Dunigan who was acquired in a trade with Edmonton. Despite the large number of new players, the team jelled and finished the regular season with a 10-8 record. The club surged at the end of the season and entered the playoffs with momentum and being touted as the favourite to win the Grey Cup. The Leos managed hard-earned playoff victories over the Eskimos and Roughriders. That set the stage for the Grey Cup showdown in front of a crowd in excess of 50,000 in unseasonably mild but windy conditions in Ottawa. The lead changed hands several times during the game. B.C. drove to the Winnipeg seven-yard line in the dying minutes only to have Matt Dunigan's pass deflected by two defenders and intercepted to snuff out the drive, Winnipeg went on to win the contest 22-21.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Edm. 11 7 0 477 408 22   Tor. 14 4 0 571 326 28
Sask. 11 7 0 525 452 22   Wpg. 9 9 0 407 458 18
B.C. 10 8 0 489 417 20   Ham. 9 9 0 478 465 18
Cal. 6 12 0 395 476 12   Ott. 2 16 0 278 618 4
Semi-Finals - B.C. 42 - Saskatchewan 18   Semi-Finals - Winnipeg 35 - Hamilton 28
Finals - B.C. 37 - Edmonton 19   Finals - Winnipeg 27 - Toronto 19
Grey Cup - Winnipeg 22 - B.C. 21

1989
Buoyed by their Grey Cup appearance in 1988, the Lions entered the 1989 season with optimism. But the team opened with a loss to Edmonton in Commonwealth Stadium, going on to lose three more games before Coach Larry Donovan was released and replaced by General Manager Joe Galat. After dropping their fifth straight game to Edmonton, the Lions put together a four-game winning streak, fueling playoff hopes. However, in games 10 and 11, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers shattered those hopes, rolling over the Leos 53-34 in Winnipeg, and then edging the Lions 24-20 in overtime in Vancouver. The Lions never did get back on track and finished the year with a 7-11 record. The Lions missed the playoffs for the first time since 1982, despite breaking the club's scoring record. Bright spots included Darrell Wallace, who was voted Western Rookie-of-theYear (he was second in the CFL in total offensive yardage) and wide receiver David Williams, who made the Western All-Star Team.

WESTERN DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION
  W L T F A Pts     W L T F A Pts
Edm. 16 2 0 644 302 32   Ham. 12 6 0 519 517 24
Cal. 10 8 0 495 466 20   Tor. 7 11 0 369 428 14
Sask. 9 9 0 547 567 18   Wpg. 7 11 0 408 462 14
B.C. 7 11 0 521 557 14   Ott. 4 14 0 426 630 8
Semi-Finals - Saskatchewan 33 - Calgary 26   Semi-Finals - Winnipeg 30 - Toronto 7
Finals - Saskatchewan 32 - Edmonton 21   Finals - Winnipeg 10 - Hamilton 14
Grey Cup - Saskatchewan 43 - Hamilton 40
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