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John (Jake) Ireland bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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John (Jake) Ireland

Officiating Career

Official of the Canadian Football League (CFL)
1979 - 2008

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 his retirement in 2008, 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.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2013 as a builder.

Class of 2013

Dan FerroneBrian FryerMiles GorrellJohn IrelandDon LoneyEarl Winfield

Football Reporters of Canada

Bill SelnesMark Stephen

Ireland, John (Jake)
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