The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team based in Toronto, Ontario, and are members of the East Division in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
The franchise was founded as in 1873 and was a founding member of the Ontario Rugby Football Union in 1883 and of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in 1907. In their 144-year history, the team has appeared in 23 Grey Cup finals, and has won a league-high 17 championships. The franchise has had 59 head coaches in its history.The current Argonauts head coach is Ryan Dinwiddie, the current general manager is Michael Clemons, and the current owners are Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
Note: Statistics are current through the end of the 2019 CFL season.
|#||Name [c]||Term [b]||GC||W||L||T||PTS||W%||PGC||PW||PL||PW%||Achievements|
|1||H. T. Glazebrook||1873–1874||—||—||—||—|
|3||W. H. Perram||1876–1877||—||—||—||—|
|7||A. H. Campbell||1883||—||—||—||—|
|12||Joe Wright, Sr.||1894–1900||—||—||—||—|
|17||Fred Russell / Art Kent||1907–1909||18||3||15||0||6||.167||—||—||—||—|
|18||Billy Foulds †||1911||6||5||1||0||10||.833||2||1||1||.500|
|19||Jack Newton †||1912||6||5||1||0||10||.833||2||1||1||.500|
|-||Billy Foulds †||1914||6||5||1||0||10||.833||3||3||0||1.000||6th Grey Cup championship|
|21||Billy Foulds †/ Warren Coryell||1915||6||4||2||0||8||.667||—||—||—||—|
|23||Mike Rodden †||1920||6||5||1||0||10||.833||2||1||1||.500|
|-||Sinc McEvenue||1921||6||6||0||0||12||1.000||3||3||0||1.000||9th Grey Cup championship|
|-||Mike Rodden †||1926||6||3||3||0||6||.500||—||—||—||—|
|27||Lew Hayman †||1933–1941||57||40||15||2||82||.719||20||12||8||.600|| 21st Grey Cup championship |
25th Grey Cup championship
26th Grey Cup championship
|28||Ted Morris||1945–1949||54||29||21||4||62||.574||11||10||1||.909|| 33rd Grey Cup championship |
34th Grey Cup championship
35th Grey Cup championship
|29||Frank Clair †||1950–1954||64||31||31||2||64||.500||11||8||3||.727|| 38th Grey Cup championship |
40th Grey Cup championship
|36||Leo Cahill||1967–1972||84||45||38||1||91||.542||10||6||4||.400||1971 Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
|44||Bob O'Billovich †||1982–1989||136||78||55||3||36||.585||12||6||6||.500|| 1982 Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
1987 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
71st Grey Cup championship
|45||Don Matthews †||1990||18||10||8||0||20||.556||2||1||1||.500|
|46||Adam Rita||1991–1992||29||16||13||0||32||.552||2||2||0||1.000|| 1991 Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
79th Grey Cup championship
|-||Bob O'Billovich †||1993–1994||26||9||17||0||18||.346||1||0||1||.000|
|-||Bob O'Billovich †||1995||9||2||7||0||4||.222||—||—||—||—|
|-||Don Matthews †||1996–1998||54||39||15||0||78||.722||5||4||1||.800|| 1997 Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
84th Grey Cup championship
85th Grey Cup championship
|51||Wally Highsmith (interim)||2000||2||1||1||0||2||.500||—||—||—||—|
|Michael Clemons||2002–2007||96||55||40||1||27||.578||11||6||5||.545||92nd Grey Cup championship|
|-||Don Matthews †||2008||8||0||8||0||0||.000||—||—||—||—|
|-||Jim Barker||2010–2011||36||15||21||0||30||.417||2||1||1||.500||2010 Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
|56||Scott Milanovich||2012–2016||90||43||47||0||86||.478||5||3||2||.600|| 2012 Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
100th Grey Cup championship
|57||Marc Trestman||2017–2018||36||13||23||0||26||.361||2||2||0||1.000|| 2017 Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
105th Grey Cup championship
The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Toronto, Ontario, the team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, and they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division. The team's origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team.
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Matthew Black is a former professional Canadian football defensive back who played ten seasons with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He won two Grey Cup championships in 2012 and 2017.
The 1959 Toronto Argonauts finished in fourth place in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union with a 4–10 record and failed to make the playoffs.
The 1933 Toronto Argonauts season was the club's 47th season since its inception in 1873 and its 24th season in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union. The team finished tied with the Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers for first place in the IRFU with an identical record of four wins and two losses, resulting in a two-game, total-points tiebreaker series which the Argos won by an aggregate score of 20-9. By virtue of this victory, the club secured its 7th IRFU championship and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1922. The ten-year drought was, and continues to be, the longest playoff drought in franchise history.
The 2020 Toronto Argonauts season was scheduled to be the 63rd season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 148th year of existence. This would have been the first full season with Michael Clemons as general manager following his appointment mid-way through the 2019 season. This would have also been the first season for head coach Ryan Dinwiddie.
The 2021 Toronto Argonauts season is scheduled to be the 63rd season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 148th year of existence. The Argonauts will attempt to improve upon their 4–14 record from 2019, return to the playoffs after a two-season absence, and win their league-leading 18th Grey Cup championship.