|*Coaldale Big Green||7||5||2||0||25||20||.714|
|Coaldale Big Green||8||2||5||1||36||61||.286|
|Totals incl. Exhibition*|
|Coaldale Big Green||10||4||6||0|
*Includes results of matches against non-league opponents.
The Antracite Football league was set up in 1923 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. 
 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]
 Gill, Bob with Maher, Todd (2006) “Part 3: Season-by Season Listings” Outsiders, Minor League and Independent Football 1923-1950. Pg. 92. St. Johann Press. Haworth, NJ, USA.
Thanks to Richard Mulcahy
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