AAA Football Leagues, American Leagues, World Gridiron

Anthracite Football League 1924

AFL 1924

P W L T PF PA PCT
Pottsville Maroons 14 12 1 1
Gilberton 8 4 3 1
Shenandoah Yellowjackets 8 4 4 0
Coaldale Big Green 10 4 6 0
Wilkes-Barre Barons 1 0 1 0

Reference: [1]

Includes results of matches against non-league opponents.

Report

The Antracite Football league was set up in 1924 among the Coal-Mining Communities of Pennsylvania and Upsate New York. It was a reaction against the spiralling costs of running a team in the National Football League and the glamour associated with it, which was seen by many as taking away from what was a hard-working class game.

Many of the owners, such as James “Casey” Gildea of the Coaldale Big Green and Joe Keating, James Rafferty & T. Conner of Gilberton had both Irish Christian Names & Family Names, suggesting a strong Irish connection with the League, which was promoted by the Pottsville Republican newspaper as being Football in connection with its roots.

By the end of the year, though, teams were outbidding each other for players and the League began to rival the NFL, ending what was a unique development at the time. [1]

References

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Websites

[1] Joe Zagorski, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1987) PFRA Annual 1987: The Anthracite Football League [Internet] Available from: http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/09-An-321.pdf [Accessed 9 October 2018]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Richard Mulcahy

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American & World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 31 August 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

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