The Ottawa Rough Riders’ 1953 Season

Season Summary

  • Finished 3rd in the IRFU

Team Roster and Stats

Ottawa Rough Riders 1953 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 2 0 2 0 0 20 30 L2 0-2-0
Regular Season 14 7 7 0 14 266 238 L1 3-3-0
Home 7 4 3 0 8 139 104 W1 3-3-0
Visitor 7 3 4 0 6 127 134 L1 3-3-0

Full 1953 League Standings

Ottawa Rough Riders 1953 Opponent Appearances

Opponent@ OTTOTT @
Toronto Argonauts (4)1-1-0 (2)2-0-0 (2)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4)1-1-0 (2)0-2-0 (2)
Montreal Alouettes (6)2-1-0 (3)1-2-0 (3)

Coaches

Head Coach

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Ottawa Rough Riders 1953 Attendance

  • Capacity: 15,000
  • High: 16,000
  • Avg: 14,195 (6 out of 7 games)
  • Variance over 1952 Avg: -834
  • Low: 12,000
  • Sellouts: 3
  • % of Capacity: 94.63
  • Variance from League Avg: -1,905

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Team Scoring

19531952 +/-
Average Combined Score 16.50 2.83 -
Average Winning Score 23.14 0.54 +
Average Losing Score 14.86 2.43 +
Average Home Score 19.86 7.19 +
Average Visitor Score 18.14 2.52 -
Average Margin of Victory 23.14 0.54 +
Average Margin of Loss 20.29 4.00 +

Stadium

  • 1953 home stadium: Lansdowne Park
  • Capacity: 16,372
  • Playing surface: Natural Grass
  • Previous stadium change: 1955 – Expansion

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Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
Ottawa 191938 393877 303969 513182 139 (19.9)127 (18.1)266 (19.0)
Opponent 281846 382361 194564 194867 134 (19.1)104 (14.9)238 (17.0)

Lead/Trailed Record by Quarter

Home Visitor Total
Quarter Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record)
After 1st 3 (3-0-0) 1 (1-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 3 (1-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (2-2-0) 6 (4-2-0) 1 (1-0-0) 7 (2-5-0)
After 2nd 3 (3-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0) 5 (2-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 2 (1-1-0) 8 (5-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (2-4-0)
After 3rd 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 3 (3-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 7 (7-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (0-7-0)
After 4th 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 3 (3-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 7 (7-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (0-7-0)

Ottawa Rough Riders 1953 Player Awards and Nominations

1953 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Gene “Choo-Choo” Roberts (Division Finalist)

Ottawa Rough Riders 1953 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–2 (2) Joe Harris (MW) Toronto
2–2 (6) Stu Kennedy (MW) Queen's
3–2 (10) Tony Arnoldi (E) Queen's
4–2 (14) Hank Tamowski (E) Toronto
5–2 (18) Ken Atwood (HB) Queen's
6–2 (22) Cameron Kenny (HB) McGill
7–2 (26) Clive Bynoe (G) McMaster
8–2 (30) Pete Johnson (G) Queen's
9–2 (34) Bill Gatfield (HB) Queen's
10–2 (38) Walter Waddell (G) Queen's
Week Details (EDT
A 2
Sat. Aug. 15
OTT 11 @ WPG 18 L 15,600
B 3
Mon. Aug. 17
OTT 9 @ EDM 12 L 12,000
1 8
Sat. Aug. 29
OTT 10 @ HAM 14 L 12,000
2 10
Sat. Sept. 5
MTL 6 @ OTT 26 W 12,000
3 13
Sat. Sept. 12
OTT 20 @ TOR 16 W 17,459
4 15
Wed. Sept. 16
MTL 13 @ OTT 22 W
17
Sun. Sept. 20
OTT 21 @ MTL 37 L 16,902
5 19
Sat. Sept. 26
TOR 18 @ OTT 17 L 16,000
6 20
Sat. Oct. 3
HAM 6 @ OTT 31 W 15,500
7 21
Sat. Oct. 10
MTL 24 @ OTT 6 L 15,482
23
Sun. Oct. 11
OTT 18 @ MTL 26 L 15,462
8 25
Sat. Oct. 17
HAM 33 @ OTT 24 L 13,500
9 28
Sun. Oct. 25
OTT 30 @ MTL 15 W 16,115
10 30
Sat. Oct. 31
OTT 20 @ TOR 8 W 20,187
11 31
Sat. Nov. 7
TOR 4 @ OTT 13 W 12,688
12 33
Sat. Nov. 14
OTT 8 @ HAM 18 L 18,000