New York Knights
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New York City, New York


Madison Square Garden

Team Colors:

Navy, Maroon, Black, White


Russell Berry

Head Coach(es):

Jim Valek

Division Titles:




The New York Knights is a franchise primarily recognized by the Arena Football League. The team debuted in 1988, only to fold in the same year after posting a 2-10 record. The New York Knights are one of nine franchises in league history to last only a year with the AFL.

First and Only Season (1988)Edit

The New York Knights were one of four expansion teams to debut in the AFL in 1988, along with the Detroit Drive, New England Steamrollers, and Los Angeles Cobras. They served under rookie head coach Jim Valek, and struggled with inconsistent quarterback play. This wouldn't show at first, as they won their debut game against the Los Angeles Cobras. They lost their next game against the Detroit Drive by a score of 48-54. In the next seven games, the Knights struggled to do much offensively, only putting up an average of 21 points per game in that span. They lost every game in those seven weeks. Their next and last victory of the regular season came against their third matchup with the Los Angeles Cobras, before losing their last two games. The Knights finished the 1988 AFL regular season with an overall record of 2-10.

Prior to the 1989 AFL season, the team announced that they would shut down all football operations.

Overall Statistics Edit

Overall Record 2-10
Home Record 0-6
Away Record 2-4
Overtime Record 0-0
Playoff Record 0-0
Total Seasons in AFL 1
Most Points Scored in a Game 60 (4/30/88)
Least Points Scored in a Game 7 (5/14/88)
Best Single-Season Record 2-10 (1988)
Worst Single-Season Record 2-10 (1988)
Longest Winning Streak 1
Longest Losing Streak 8
Longest Home Winning Streak 0
Longest Road Winning Streak 1