Hartford Charter Oaks

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Hartford Charter Oaks
First Season
1964
Team History
Hartford Charter Oaks (1964-67)
Conference/Division
Continental Football League (1965-67)
  • Atlantic North Division (1967)
  • Eastern Division (1966)
  • Western Division (1965)

Atlantic Coast Football League (1964)

  • Northern Division (1964)
Venue
Dillon Stadium (1964-67)
Key People
Players • Head Coaches • Executives

The Hartford Charter Oaks were a professional American football team based in Hartford, Connecticut. They began play in 1964 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Football League, replacing the Ansonia Black Knights. In 1965, the Charter Oaks were one of several ACFL franchises to join the new Continental Football League.

After cancelling a few games in 1967 due to financial difficulty, the Charter Oaks announced they were ceasing operations in March 1968. The team cited losses of approximately $250,000. The ACFL immediately established the Hartford Knights to replace the Charter Oaks in the market, and by at least one player's account (that of eventual Pro Bowl fullback Marv Hubbard), the Knights were still known as the Charter Oaks for at least their first season.

Publications

Programs by season

1960s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1964
Week 4 September 5 vs. Newark Bears Dillon Stadium
1965
preseason August 7 vs. Newark Bears Dillon Stadium
Week 1 August 14 at Richmond Rebels City Stadium
Week 2 August 21 vs. Toronto Rifles Dillon Stadium
Week 4 September 4 vs. Richmond Rebels Dillon Stadium
Week 6 September 18 vs. Norfolk Neptunes Dillon Stadium
Week 10 October 16 vs. Charleston Rockets Dillon Stadium
Week 14 November 7 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
1966
preseason August 15 at Brooklyn Dodgers Downing Stadium
Week 3 September 3 vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Dillon Stadium
Week 4 September 11 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
Week 5 September 17 vs. Richmond Rebels Dillon Stadium
Week 7 October 1 vs. Norfolk Neptunes Dillon Stadium
Week 9 October 15 at Philadelphia Bulldogs Temple Stadium
Week 10 October 22 vs. Wheeling Ironmen Dillon Stadium
Week 11 October 29 vs. Toronto Rifles Dillon Stadium
1967
preseason August 12 vs. Charleston Rockets Dillon Stadium
Week 2 September 2 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
Week 3 September 9 vs. Akron Vulcans Dillon Stadium
Week 12 November 11 vs. Norfolk Neptunes Dillon Stadium
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Seasons 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969
Venues Anaheim Stadium • Dillon Stadium • Hughes Stadium • Laidley Field • Roffino Stadium • Rubber Bowl • Soldier Field
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