American Football League 1946-1950

AFL 1946

Eastern Division
*Jersey City Giants1091020486.900
Long Island Indians10550104124.500
Newark Bombers1027199166.222
Paterson Panthers10280102195.200
Western Division
*Akron Bears10820263122.800
Scranton Miners10532160143.625
Bethehem Bulldogs10541203172.556
Wilmington Clippers1017257184.125

Reference: [1]

Jersey City Giants14Akron Bears13

Reference: [1]

AFL 1947

Eastern Division
*Paterson Panthers10820152111.800
Bloomfield Cardinals10640184134.600
Jersey City Giants10550139128.500
Richmond Rebels7331112105.500
Long Island Indians30301972.000
Western Division
*Bethehem Bulldogs981026473.889
Wilmington Clippers825174147.286
Wilkes-Barre Barons909077251.000

Reference: [1]

Bethehem Bulldogs23Paterson Panthers7

Reference: [1]

AFL 1948

*Paterson Panthers10712224103.875
*Richmond Rebels10640164142.600
*Wilmington Clippers10541148137.556
*Jersey City Giants10550154168.500
Bethehem Bulldogs10451158155.455
Wilkes-Barre Bullets1019057200.1000

Reference: [1]

Richmond RebelsLWilminton ClippersW
Paterson PanthersWJersey City GiantsL
Paterson Panthers24Wilmington Clippers14

Reference: [1]

AFL 1949

*Richmomd Rebels1081128599.889
*Paterson Panthers10631192141.667
*Bethehem Bulldogs10640154138.600
*Wilmington Clippers1055093155.500
Wilkes-Barre Bullets1037081112.300
Jersey City Giants1019068228.100

Reference: [1]

Richmond Rebels66Wilmington Clippers0
Paterson PanthersWBethehem BulldogsL
Richmond Rebels35Paterson Panthers14

Reference: [1]

AFL 1950

Final Standings
*Richmond Rebels7430.571
*Erie Vets7430.571
Paterson Panthers7340.429
Jersey City Giants7340.429
Standings including Folded Teams
Richmond Rebels9630239145.667
Erie Vets8530154142.625
Paterson Panthers84409476.500
Jersey City Giants734083137.429
Brooklyn Brooks20202163.000
Bethlehem Bulldogs2020735.000

Note: Brooklyn & Bethlhem folded after 2 games – results stricken from record. Table including results from stricken games also included above, but not official Final Standings.

Richmond Rebels35Erie Vets7

Reference: [1]


The American Football League of 1946-1950, one of many to use that name was an AA Pro League in the Eastern States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware & Ohio.

Many of the teams had been in existence in the American Football Association of 1936-1941, the previous incarnation of the AA League in the East.

Jersey City Giants, Bethlehem Bulldogs & Paterson Panthers won the first three titles, before the Richmond Rebels, having seceeded from the Dixie League, won the 1949 & 1950 Championships.

Websites / Journals

[1]  Nothing Minor About It: The American Association/AFL of 1936-1950  – Bob Gill, Pro Football Researchers Association (1990) [Internet] Available from: March 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine: [Accessed 19 January 2018]


Thanks to Eoin O’Fearghaill.

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 13 October 2019

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