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Ottawa Rough Riders

The Ottawa Rough Riders played in the Canadian Football League until the 1996 season. Grey Cup Victories for the Rough Riders occurred in 1940, 1951, 1960, 1968, 1969, 1973 and 1976.

The team played in Ottawa, Ontario.

The team was organized in 1876 as the Ottawa Football Club. It adopted the name Rough Riders in 1898. Although in later years the name was said to derive from logging, the team played from 1925 on in the colours of the Canadian Regiment in the Spanish-American War, which, with the date of the renaming, suggests that the name comes from the war.

The team did change its nickname briefly in the 1920s to Senators. They won the Grey Cup as the Senators in 1925 and 1926

For much of the team's history it played in the same league as the Saskatchewan Roughriders, confusing many, and also attracting general ridicule to the CFL for being a league with only eight teams but two of them being named rough riders.



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