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New York Knights (arena football)

New York Knights
Founded 1988
Folded 1988
League Arena Football League
Based in New York City, New York
Arena Madison Square Garden
Colors Navy, Red, Black, White
Owner(s) Russell Berry
Head coach Jim Valek
Championships 0
Playoff berths 0

The New York Knights were an Arena Football League (AFL) team based in New York City. They played in the league for one season, 1988. They played their home games at Madison Square Garden. After going 2-10 overall in their only season the team ceased operations. The league then went several years before attempting to re-enter the nation's largest media market with the New York CityHawks.


  • History 1
  • Notable players 2
    • Roster 2.1
    • All-Arena players 2.2
  • Notable Coaches 3
    • Head Coaches 3.1
  • Season results 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Knights became an expansion team of the Arena Football League in 1988.[1] The team announced Jim Valek as the first coach in franchise history.[1] The team featured a couple of players from the 1987 New York Giants replacement team, including starting quarterback Jim Crocicchia and his primary receiver Edwin Lovelady, but it's desire to fans was questioned before the team began playing games.[2] The Knights won their first game in franchise history, 60-52 over the Los Angeles Cobras.[1] During the Knights home opener, fight erumped in the stands, and items were thrown on the field.[3] After winning the season opener, the Knights lost 4 straight games before returning home to a smaller crowd, losing 22-36 to the Cobras.[4] The Knights would lose 8 straight games before they defeated the Cobras 40-30 in Los Angeles.[5] The team folded after a disappointing 2-8 season.[6][7]

Notable players


All-Arena players

The following Knights players were named to All-Arena Teams:

Notable Coaches

Head Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 1988 Arena Football League season.
Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Jim Valek 1988 2 10 0 .167 0 0

Season results

ArenaBowl Champions ArenaBowl Appearance Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
New York Knights
1988 AFL - 6th 2 10
Total 2 10 (includes only regular season)
0 0 (includes only the postseason)
2 10 (includes both regular season and postseason)


  1. ^ a b c William N. Wallace (May 9, 1988). "Improvisation Lies at the Heart of Arena Football". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Damian Becker (May 10, 1988). "Any arena football fans here?". The Evening News. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "In New York, arena football mirrors NHL". Record-Journal. May 12, 1988. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ William N. Wallace (June 7, 1988). "Knights Lose, 36-22; Slip to Last Place". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Lonnie White (July 3, 1988). "Arena Football League Knights Follow Bouncing Ball to Victory Over Cobras". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tarik El-Bashir (April 7, 1997). "Arena Team Is Returning to the Garden". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Arena Football may be sacked". The Bulletin. December 9, 1988. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

External links

  • AFL Official Website
  • New York Knights on
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