McGill Redmen
McGill Redmen Helmet Logo
First season 1874
Athletic director Drew Love
Head coach Clint Uttley
2nd year, 2–10–0  (.167)
Other staff Patrick Boies (OC)
Mickey Donovan (DC)
Home stadium Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
Year built 1914
Stadium capacity 25,012
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Montreal, Quebec
League CIS
Conference RSEQ (2010 - present)
Past associations CRFU (1898-1914, 1919-1939, 1946-1970)
QUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-2000)
QSSF (2001-2009)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 1
Mitchell Bowl Championships 3
1958, 1960, 1973
Atlantic Bowl Championships 2
1969, 1987
Yates Cups 10
1902, 1906, 1912, 1913,
1919, 1928, 1938, 1960,
1962, 1969
Dunsmore Cups 3
1987, 2001, 2002
Hec Crighton winners 1
Dave Fleiszer
Colours Red and White


Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Montreal Carabins
Concordia Stingers

The McGill Redmen CIS football team is one of the oldest in all of Canada, having begun organized competition in 1874. The team won its first championship in 1902 and since then have also won in 1912, 1913, 1919, 1928, 1938 and 1960 prior to the inauguration of the Vanier Cup in 1965. McGill appeared in the Vanier Cup final in 1969, 1973 and 1987, with the Redmen finally winning the title in the 1987 game. McGill plays out of Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, where the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes also play.

Since the retirement of long-time head coach Charlie Baillie in 2000, the team has only won two league championships (2001, 2002). In October 2005, the McGill administration cancelled the last three games of football team's season after confirmed reports of hazing involving sexual abuse.[1] After their 2005 suspension, the team struggled with three losing seasons, including two winless seasons in 2007 and 2008. The program showed signs of hope as the Redmen won three games in 2009, but soon sank back down to futility with consecutive winless campaigns in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, the Redmen qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but lost to perennial powerhouse Laval.


In 1874, McGill and Harvard met in the first North American style football game.[2] From 1898, McGill played in the Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union, and won their first championship, the Yates Cup in 1902. In 1912, Frank Shaughnessy was recruited as the first professional head coach. His teams won the Yates Cup during his first two seasons. In 1919, the team went undefeated and did not concede a touchdown,[3] and in 1928. The 1919 team was inducted into McGill's Hall of Fame in 2010.

McGill next won a championship in 1938. The team tied for the regular season 8-1 with Western after losing their final regular-season game to Western. The teams played off for the championship, won 9–0 by McGill, with all the scoring from kicker Herb Westman, who kicked a school record nine punt singles.[4] The Redmen would not win another title until 1960, when they won the Yates Cup, against Queen's University of Kingston, then defeated the Canada West champion Alberta Golden Bears in a challenge match for an unofficial national championship (Churchill Bowl).

In 1971, McGill joined a newly-formed Quebec-only conference known as the Quebec University Athletic Association. In 1974, the three remaining Quebec teams merged with three Ontario teams in the Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference.

McGill won the ODIFC's Dunsmore Cup again for the first time 1987, along with the Montreal Shrine Bowl, Shaughnessy Cup, Robert Stanfield trophy (Atlantic Bowl champions) and the Vanier Cup (CIAU national champions). The 1987 team featured Michael Soles at running back, who went on to a lengthy playing career in the Canadian Football League. That team was coached by Charlie Baillie who took over in 1972 and served as head coach until 2000. Baillie surpassed the legendary Frank Shaughnessy's school record for wins and went on to become McGill's winningest coach. His overall record was 119-111-2.

Recent regular season results Edit

Season Games Won Lost OL Pct % PF PA Standing
20018 53- 0.625 161 1662nd in QUFL
20028 71- 0.875 299 931st in QUFL
20038 35- 0.375 171 2054th in QUFL
20048 44- 0.500 162 1584th in QUFL
20058 17- 0.125 120 2336th in QUFL
20067 34- 0.429 151 1684th in QUFL
20078 08- 0.000 144 2896th in QUFL
20088 08- 0.000 130 4136th in QUFL
20098 35- 0.375 181 2675th in QUFL
20109 09- 0.000 102 3306th in QUFL
20119 09- 0.000 139 2876th in RSEQ
20129 27- 0.222 174 3204th in RSEQ

Recent playoff resultsEdit

Head coachesEdit

Name Years Notes
A.M. Hamilton 1908
Bill Steedman 1911
Frank Shaughnessy 1912-27 & 1932-34 First professional coach in Canadian college history;
Yates Cup in 1912, 1913.
Lorne Montgomery 1928-29 Yates Cup in 1928
Flin Flanagan 1928
T.H. Hall 1928-29
A.A. Burridge 1928-29
D. Stuart Forbes 1930-31
Joe O'Brien 1935
Doug Kerr 1936-46 Yates Cup in 1938
Vic Obeck 1947-53
Larry Sullivan 1954-57
Bruce Coulter 1958-61 Yates Cup, national championship in 1960
Bill Bewley 1962-64
Tom Mooney 1965-70
John Roberts 1971
Charlie Baillie 1972-2000 National championship (Vanier Cup in 1987)
Chuck McMann 2001-2006
Sonny Wolfe 2007-11
Clint Uttley 2011–present Took over as interim for final three games of 2011 season; named head coach after season

Source: McGill.[6]

Professional football alumniEdit

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