James McCaffrey

Class of 1967

James (Jimmy) P. McCaffrey worked diligently on behalf football in Ottawa as well as serving tirelessly in national organizations.

In 1923, McCaffrey became manager of the Senators, a team formed from the amalgamation of St. Brigid’s of Ottawa City League and the struggling Rough Riders of the Big Four. While he was manager, the team played in numerous Grey Cup games, winning in 1925, 1926, 1940 and 1951.

During the Second World War almost all civilian football ceased. McCaffrey helped to organize the Eastern Rugby Football Union, which fielded teams for the 1941 season. McCaffrey was a member of the Interprovincial Union Executive for 12 years and served twice as president.

James P. McCaffrey is a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.


Manager, St. Brigid's Club
1919 - 1922
Manager, Ottawa Rough Riders
1923, 1924, 1927 - 1959
Manager, Ottawa Senators
1925, 1926
President, Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
1941, 1956
President, CRU


  • Grey Cup Participation as an Executive
    1925, 1926, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1951
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams as an Executive
    1925, 1926, 1940, 1951