John “Jake” Ireland

Class of 2013

John (Jake) Ireland was a CFL official for 555 games which lasted 30 seasons. Ireland’s first game as a CFL official was on June 12, 1979 when the Ottawa Rough Riders played the Montreal Alouettes. During his career, Ireland was an official in 15 Grey Cups, and refereed four straight Grey Cups from 1985 to 1989. Ireland retired as an on-field official in 2008.

Upon retirement, Ireland became the Head of the CFL video replay unit, as well; Ireland also helps fellow referees from the Atom division to the CFL, and is still a linesman for high school games in the Burlington and Oakville area.

John (Jake) Ireland was named the Most Improved Referee in the Lakeshore Association in 1978.


CFL Official
1979 - 2008