SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS HISTORY

 

 

 TEAM HISTORICAL HI-LITES:

 

1890:

The first recorded game of football in Saskatchewan played by the North West Mounted Police.

1895:

Fort Saskatchewan plays its first series of organized games.

Sept 6, 1910:

Saskatchewan Football began with the formation of the Regina Rugby Club.  The original idea was for the team to be a rowing club.  The team's original colours were old gold and purple.

Oct 1, 1910:

Team played their first game, losing 16-6 to the Moose Jaw Tigers.

Oct 21, 1911:

Regina Rugby Club changes its team colours to blue and white to match the Regina Amateur Athletic 
Association.

1912:

Regina RC changes their colours once again; to red and black - the colours of the Canadian contingent in the Spanish-American War.  They would keep these colours for the next 36 years.

Dec 1, 1923:

Lost their first Grey Cup appearance to Queens University by a score of 54-0.

1924:

Regina Rugby Club renamed "Regina Roughriders".  Note: There are two theories on where the name "Roughriders" came from: One states that it came from the North West Mounted Police who were called Roughriders because they broke the wild horse broncos used by the force.  The other states that there was a Canadian contingent who fought with Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War.  His troops became known as the "Roughriders".  The colours of the infantry were red and black.

Dec 1, 1928:

Lost Grey Cup to the Hamilton Tigers 30-0 in the first Grey Cup game ever covered by radio broadcast.

Nov 30, 1929:

Regina loses Grey Cup, again to the Hamilton Tigers by a score of 14-3.  This game saw the first-ever forward pass thrown in a Grey Cup contest by Regina's Jersey Jack Campbell.

Dec 6, 1930:

Lost in the Grey Cup 11-6 to Balmy Beach.

Dec 5, 1931:

Lost in the Grey Cup 22-0 to Montreal AAA.  This game featured the first ever TD pass thrown in a Grey Cup game; by Montreal's Warren Stevens to Kenny Grant.

Dec 3, 1932:

Regina becomes the first team to appear in 5 consecutive Grey Cups.  They meet the Hamilton Tigers once again, losing this time by a score of 25-6.

Nov 24, 1934:

Lost in the Grey Cup 20-12 to the Sarnia Imperials.

1936:

Lacking suitable opposition in their own province, Regina banded with Winnipeg to form the Western Conference.

1946:

Regina's TAYLOR FIELD opens.  It was named after Neil J. "Piffles'' TaylorTaylor was prominent in rugby and football in Regina as a player, coach, and administrator.  After playing for the Regina Rugby Club in 1915, he joined the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot and fought in World War I.  Despite a year spent as a prisoner of war and the loss of an eye, he returned to rubgy, playing from 1919 to 1922.  He subsequently became a lawyer and city alderman.  He also served as president of the Regina Roughriders, of the Canadian Rugby Union, and of the Western Interprovincial Football Union.  Shortly before his death in 1947, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

 

Note: According to Muncey & Suppes' "Ballparks.com" website, from 1910 to 1916, the Riders played at Dominion Park.  After the war, they played from 1919-c.1922 at the Exhibition Grounds, before moving to Park Hughes c. 1923.  This was supposedly located right next to Taylor Field.  In 1928, they moved to Park de Young, which was renamed TAYLOR FIELD in 1947.

1948:

1948 was a milestone year for the club, with the disappearance of the clubs from Moose Jaw and Saskatoon, the team became a provincially-owned and operated club, surviving only on the undying support from the entire province.  They became known popularly as the "SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS".  Also that year, the team changed its colours to the familiar Green and White.  The team was badly in need of new uniforms, and when executive member Jack Fyffe found a set of Green and white jerseys at a surplus store in Chicago, for pure economic reasons, the legacy of the "Green and White" was born and has existed to this day.

April 1, 1950:

The Regina Roughriders officially change their name to the "Saskatchewan Roughriders".

Nov 24, 1951:

Lost in the Grey Cup to Ottawa Rough Riders 21-14.

Dec 9, 1956:

Darkest day in Roughriders' history.  Roughriders Gordon Sturtridge, Mel Beckett, Ray Syrnyk and Mario Demarco were killed in a plane crash while returning from the Shrine All Star Game in Vancouver.  Trans Canada Flight #810 flying from Vancouver to Regina crashed into the side of Mount Sleese in the Rockies.  Sixty-two passengers and crew were killed.  On board were 4 players from the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as well as one player from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calvin Jones.  The families of Mel Becket and Mario DeMarco donated a commemorative trophy to recognize the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the West.

Nov 26, 1966:

With coach Eagle Keys at the helm, the Saskatchewan Roughriders win their first Grey Cup title, defeating the Ottawa Rough Riders 29-14 in Vancouver's Empire Stadium.

Dec 2, 1967:

Lost Grey Cup to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24-1.

Nov 30, 1969:

Lost Grey Cup to Ottawa by a score of 29-11.

Dec 3, 1972:

Lost to Hamilton in the Grey Cup 13-10.  18-year old Ian Sunter kicked the winning field goal for Hamilton.

Nov 28, 1976:

Lost a heartbreaker to Ottawa 23-20 in the Grey Cup.

Nov 26, 1978:

Roughrider great Ron Lancaster retires as a player, holding many CFL records, including most passing yards in a career with 50,535 yards - since passed by Damon Allen, and most passing touchdowns in a career with 333 from 1960-78.  Twice in his 19 seasons, he was voted Most Outstanding Player.

June 30, 1979:

Rider great George Reed is inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

May 28, 1982:

Saskatchewan's great QB Ron Lancaster is inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

1984:

The Roughriders update their look one more time, adding black and silver to the Green and White, and featuring a new logo.

July 29, 1984:

Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks eight field goals against the Ottawa Rough Riders, tying a CFL record.

July 23, 1988:

Ridgway again kicks eight field goals against the Edmonton Eskimos, tying his own CFL record.

Nov 19, 1989:

Led by Head Coach John Gregory, the Green and White win their 2nd Grey Cup on a last-second field goal by Dave Ridgway, defeating Al Bruno's Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43-40 at the brand new Skydome in Toronto.  To many it is still the greatest Grey Cup game of all time.

Oct 14, 1995:

The largest regular season one game attendance at Regina's Taylor Field was 55,438 when Saskatchewan beat Calgary 25-23.  Given that the capacity of Taylor Field was 27,732, this was a tight game in more ways than one.

Nov 19, 1995:

The Grey Cup game is held in Regina for the first time.  The Baltimore Stallions become the first (and only) American-based team to win the coveted trophy, defeating the Calgary Stampeders 36-20.

Nov 16, 1997:

After upsets of both the Calgary Stampeders (33-30) and Edmonton Eskimos (31-30), the Roughriders advance to the Grey Cup for the first time in eight years, only to lose to the heavily-favoured Toronto Argonauts 47-23.  It is the first meeting between teams from Regina and Toronto since the 1930 game between Regina and Balmy Beach.

Nov 16, 2003:

Grey Cup held in Regina for the second time.

Nov 11, 2007:

Roughriders host their first playoff game since 1988.

Nov 25, 2007:

Roughriders win their third Grey Cup 23-19 over Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Kent Austin becomes the eighth first-year head coach since 1949 to lead his team to a Grey Cup Championship.

Aug 2, 2008:

Roughriders win the sixth consecutive game to start the season 6-0 for the first time since 1934!

July 14, 2012:

Roughriders become the 13th team in pro football history to achieve 500 Regular Season wins with a 23-20 victory over the BC Lions at home.

 

 

 

 PREVIOUS TEAM LOGO(S):

 

 

 

 RETIRED PLAYER NUMBERS:

 23 Ron Lancaster

 34 George Reed

 36 Dave Ridgway

 40 Mel Becket

 44 Roger Aldag

 55 Mario DeMarco

 56 Ray Syrnyk

 73 Gordon Sturtridge

 

 

 THREE GREY CUP VICTORIES FOR REGINA-BASED TEAMS:

ROUGHRIDERS

First Grey Cup: 1966 Grey Cup Champions

1989 Grey Cup Champions

1989 Grey Cup Champions

1966

1989

2007

 

 

 

 

ROUGHRIDERS' REGULAR SEASON RECORD:

1946 THROUGH JULY 21, 2013

# - In 2001 & 2002, 1 point was awarded for an Overtime loss.  [The Roughriders had 2 OT losses.]

 

GP

W

L

T

PF

PA

PTS

PCT

HOME

AWAY

1,104

509

571#

24

24,243

25,807

1,044#

.472

268-242-12

211-329#-12

 

 

ROUGHRIDERS' REGULAR SEASON RECORD VS. OTHER TEAMS, 1946 TO PRESENT:

 

 

 

OPPONENT:

GP

W

L

T

PF

PA

PTS

PCT.

HOME

AWAY

BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS

1954 TO PRESENT

178

92

82

4

4,074

4,151

188

.528

49-39-2

43-43-2

CALGARY STAMPEDERS

1946 TO PRESENT

217

89

119

9

4,370

5,048

187

.431

55-50-4

34-69-5

EDMONTON ESKIMOS

1949 TO PRESENT

198

83

113

2

4,145

4,765

168

.424

53-43-0

30-70-2

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

1961 TO PRESENT

83

41

38

4

2,110

2,106

87#

.518

25-15-2

16-23-2

MONTREAL ALOUETTES/ CONCORDES

1961-1986; 1996 TO PRESENT

66

28

37

1

1,476

1,614

57

.432

15-17-1

13-20-0

TORONTO ARGONAUTS

1961 TO PRESENT

83

46

36

1

1,955

1,982

93

.560

23-17-1

23-19-0

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

1936 TO 1941

24

9

14

1

142

240

19

.396

6-5-1

3-9-0

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

1946 TO PRESENT

203

87

113

3

4,102

4,363

178#

.436

52-48-2

35-65-1

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

1936 TO PRESENT

227

96

127

4

4,244

4,603

197#

.432

58-53-3

38-74-1

OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS/ RENEGADES

1961-1996; 2002-2005

61

38

23

0

1,662

1,392

76

.623

21-9-0

16-14-0

SACRAMENTO GOLDMINERS

1993-1994

5

2

3

0

122

129

4

.400

2-1-0

0-2-0

LAS VEGAS POSSE

1994

2

1

1

0

59

50

2

.500

1-0-0

0-1-0

SHREVEPORT PIRATES

1994-1995

1

1

0

0

29

11

2

1.000

0-0-0

1-0-0

BALTIMORE STALLIONS

1994-1995

3

0

3

0

69

92

0

.000

0-2-0

0-1-0

BIRMINGHAM BARRACUDAS

1995

1

0

1

0

14

24

0

.000

0-0-0

0-1-0

MEMPHIS MAD DOGS

1995

2

1

1

0

39

43

2

.500

1-0-0

0-1-0

SAN ANTONIO TEXANS

1995

1

0

1

0

15

36

0

.000

0-1-0

0-0-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUGHRIDERS' POST-SEASON RECORD:

1936 THROUGH NOVEMBER 21, 2010

Not including Grey Cup

 

OPPONENT:

GP

W

L

T

PF

PA

PCT

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

21

10

10

1

344

337

.500

CALGARY BRONKS/STAMPEDERS

34

14

19

1

531

674

.426

EDMONTON ESKIMOS

21

9

12

0

357

476

.429

BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS

11

5

6

0

218

292

.455

TORONTO ARGONAUTS

1

0

1

0

14

24

.000

MONTREAL ALOUETTES

1

0

1

0

14

30

.000

TOTALS

89

38

49

2

1,478

1,833

.438

 

 

REGINA'S GREY CUP RECORD:

 

 

 

YEAR:

SITE:

WINNING TEAM:

LOSING TEAM:

1923

Toronto

Queen's University 54

Regina Roughriders 0

1928

Hamilton

Hamilton Tigers 30

Regina Roughriders 0

1929

Hamilton

Hamilton Tigers 14

Regina Roughriders 3

1930

Toronto

Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 11

Regina Roughriders 6

1931

Montreal

Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 22

Regina Roughriders 0

1932

Hamilton

Hamilton Tigers 25

Regina Roughriders 6

1934

Toronto

Sarnia Imperials 20

Regina Roughriders 12

1951

Toronto

Ottawa Rough Riders 21

Saskatchewan Roughriders 14

1966

Vancouver

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS 29

Ottawa Rough Riders 14

1967

Ottawa

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1

1969

Montreal

Ottawa Rough Riders 29

Saskatchewan Roughriders 11

1972

Hamilton

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 13

Saskatchewan Roughriders 10

1976

Toronto

Ottawa Rough Riders 23

Saskatchewan Roughriders 20

1989

Toronto

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS 43

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 40

1997

Edmonton

Toronto Argonauts 47

Saskatchewan Roughriders 23

2007

Toronto

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS 23

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19

2009

Calgary

Montreal Alouettes 28

Saskatchewan Roughriders 27

2010

Edmonton

Montreal Alouettes 21

Saskatchewan Roughriders 18

 

APPS

WON

LOST

PF

PA

PCT

18

3

15

240

455

.167