Football Memories

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

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The Ottawa Football Club was founded in 1876 and the Rough Riders name was put in place in 1898. The franchise won nine Grey Cups before folding in 1996.

- In 1968-'69, the Riders win back-to-back Grey Cups. With the likes of Whit Tucker, Russ Jackson and Ron Stewart, the Riders build a powerhouse and finish first in the East both years.

- Backup QB Rick Cassata takes over after starter Jerry Keeling is injured. Kicker Gerry Organ has two field goals and the Riders win 22-12 over Edmonton in the 1973 Grey Cup at CNE Stadium.

- In a thrilling finish in the 1976 Grey Cup, Tony Gabriel catches a TD pass from Tom Clements with just seconds remaining to give Ottawa a 23-20 victory over Saskatchewan. It is the last CFL title for Ottawa.

- In Jan. 1987, CHUM Radio magnate Allan Waters sells the team to a 27-man limited partnership that includes a community group called the Rough Rider Rooters. Waters pays off the club's $13-million debt and the team is run by a 12-person board of directors -- which includes local businessmen Bruce Hillary and David Gavsie.

- The Riders host the 1988 Grey Cup at Lansdowne Park. With extra seating and a record crowd of 50,604 on hand, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers upset the B.C. Lions 22-21. Trevor Kennard kicks the winning FG with 2:55 left in the game and Lions QB Matt Dunigan is unsuccessful in engineering a TD on the final play of the game.

- In Oct., 1991, after the Riders' board of directors resigns, Detroit businessmen Bernie and Lonie Glierberman assume control. They bring in the likes of former NFLer Dexter Manley, try to hire legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka and attempt to talk former Dallas RB Tony Dorsett into playing here.

- In 1994, former Senators owner Bruce Firestone takes over the franchise when the Gliebermans decide they want a CFL expansion team in Shreveport. Horn Chen comes on the scene in 1995 and doesn't have any more success. The franchise officially folds after the 1996 season.

- On Oct. 19, 2001, the CFL officially awards an expansion franchise to Toronto businessman Brad Watters. As part of the deal, the city gets the 2004 Grey Cup. The group, not wanting to buy the Rough Riders name from Chen, is called the Renegades.

- With 51,242 -- the biggest crowd to attend a CFL game in Ottawa -- on hand on Nov. 21, 2004, the Toronto Argos, coached by Pinball Clemons, beat the B.C. Lions 27-19. Former Riders QB Damon Allen is the Grey Cup MVP.

- In May, 2005, the Gliebermans return to Ottawa after buying a majority stake of the franchise, partnered with Bill Smith. In March, 2006, they inform CFL commissioner Tom Wright they won't fund the franchise and the league folds the Renegades, with a dispersal draft of the players.


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