- 1960 -1968 - 1969
- 1973 - 1976
The Rough Riders were pioneers in international play in the 1950s. In 1950 and 1951, Ottawa hosted the New York Giants in exhibition games; the Giants won both times, and NFL-CFL matches would not be attempted again until 1959. In the first season of the CFL, the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats made history when they played the ...
The 39th Grey Cup was the Canadian Football League’s championship game of the 1951 season, played on November 24, 1951. The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21 to 14 at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium before a crowd of 27,341 fans in the first Grey Cup match-up between the two similarly named teams.
Grey Cup 1960 The 48th Grey Cup was the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) championship game of the 1960 season on November 26, 1960. The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 16 to 6 at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium before a crowd of 38,102 fans. Grey Cup 1968 56th Grey Cup was played November 30, 1968, and the Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Calgary Stampeders 24 to 21 before 32,655 fans at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium. Vic Washington’s 79-yard run is still ...
Grey Cup 1973 The 61st Grey Cup game was played at Toronto’s CNE Stadium on November 25, 1973. The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Edmonton Eskimos before a crowd of 36,653. Grey Cup 1976 The 64th Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1976, at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 23-20 in what is considered one of the most thrilling Grey Cup games, featuring some of the most exciting plays in Grey Cup history. The attendance ...
Following the 1996 season, years of poor ownership and mismanagement took a toll on the Rough Riders franchise that ultimately led to its folding after a storied 120 years. After the Rough Riders folded, the CFL moved its easternmost-West Division team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, back to the East Division for a second time to take Ottawa’s place and to balance ...
History of the Rough Riders
The Ottawa Rough Riders have a long and storied history in the Canadian Football League. Founded in 1876, they are one of the oldest professional sports teams still in existence today. The team has seen its share of success, winning nine Grey Cup championships since its inception. They were also one of the original eight teams to form what would become known as “the Big Four” – an alliance between four CFL franchises from 1958 until 1996 when two additional teams were added to create a six-team league.
Ottawa enjoyed many great seasons as part of this elite group. It made numerous trips to post-season playoffs, including three consecutive Grey Cups from 1973 through 1975 under legendary coach Frank Clair who is widely considered amongst CFL fans as one of the greatest coaches ever associated with any franchise or sport for that matter! During those championship runs, they had some incredible players, such as quarterback Tom Clements who was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall Of Fame and Pro Football Hall Of Fame after his retirement following 14 seasons playing for them (1973–86).
Unfortunately, despite all these successes on the field, things weren't so rosy off it; financial difficulties caused by poor attendance led them to fold operations twice during the mid-90s before ultimately being resurrected again in 2002, only last another decade before finally disbanding once more and 2011 leaving behind a legacy which will be remembered fondly generations come!
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Rough Riders - The Ottawa Rough Riders have been a staple of the Canadian Football League (CFL) since its establishment in 1876. As one of the oldest and most iconic teams in CFL history, it’s no surprise that they are also known for having one of the most unique nicknames. But where did this nickname come from?
The origin story dates back to 1876 when two local businessmen, John Sweetland, and Harry Bayne, purchased an Ottawa-based rugby team called The Capital City Rugby Football Club. They renamed it “Ottawa Rough Riders” after an event during Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Celebration on June 22nd, 1897 – a military parade down Rideau Street featuring members from various regiments riding horses through town. This was such a spectacle at the time that people started referring to these riders as “Rough Riders” due to their rough riding style!
This name stuck with them until 1940, when they briefly changed it to “Ottawa Senators” before reverting just three years after World War II. Since then, they have kept their original nickname which has become synonymous with Canadian football over time!
So there you have it – now you know how one of Canada's oldest sports franchises got its name: thanks to some daring horseback riders during Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebration in 1897! Whether or not you're a fan of The Ottawa Rough Riders doesn't matter; what matters is understanding why we still call them by this beloved moniker today and appreciating all those brave men who made sure we had something worth celebrating over 120 years ago!
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1976, 1973, 1969, 1968, 1960, 1951, 1940, 1926, 1925
1908 - 1996 / Frank Clair Stadium
1996 / Canadian Football League
1995 - 1996 / Horn Chen
1994 - 1995 / Bruce Firestone
1991 - 1994 / Bernard Glieberman
1991 / Canadian Football League
1987 - 1991 / Limited Partnership of 27 businessmen
1977 - 1987 / Alan Waters
1969 - 1977 / David Loeb
1960 - 1969 / David Loeb and Unknown
1950 - 1960 / Sam Berger
1897 - 1950 / Community - Widely Held
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
11 / Ron Stewart
12 / Russ Jackson
26 / Whit Tucker
40 / Bruno Bitkowski
60 / Jim Coode
62 / Moe Racine
70 / Bobby Simpson
71 / Gerry Organ
72 / Tony Golab
77 / Tony Gabriel
*Blue is this team’s history