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Orlando Panthers
First Season
1958
Team History
Orlando Panthers (1966-70)
Newark Bears (1963-65)
Paterson Miners (1962)
Franklin Miners (1958-61)
Conference/Division
Atlantic Coast Football League (1962-64, 70)
  • Southern Division (1970)

Continental Football League (1965-68)

  • Atlantic Division (1968-69)
  • Atlantic South Division (1967)
  • Western Division (1966)
  • Eastern Division (1965)

Eastern Football Conference (1958-61)

Venue
Tangerine Bowl (1965-70)

The Orlando Panthers were a professional American football team based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1958 as the Franklin Miners, the team spent its first four years in the Eastern Football Conference, then three further years in the Atlantic Coast Football League before moving to the Continental Football League in 1965. The franchise moved from Newark, New Jersey to Orlando in 1966 and found success on the field as the Panthers. However, while the team won the CoFL championship twice they were plagued by financial difficulties. The team jumped back to the ACFL in 1970 but were suspended by the league after the season.

Publications

Programs by season

1960s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1964
Newark Bears
Week 3 September 5 at Hartford Charter Oaks Dillon Stadium
1965
preseason August 7 at Hartford Charter Oaks Dillon Stadium
Week 1 August 15 vs. Philadelphia Bulldogs Newark Schools Stadium
Week 2 August 22 at Ohio Valley Ironmen Wheeling Stadium
Week 3 August 29 vs. Toronto Rifles Newark Schools Stadium
Week 6 September 17 at Philadelphia Bulldogs Temple Stadium
Week 8 October 3 vs. Norfolk Neptunes Newark Schools Stadium
Week 10 October 17 at Fort Wayne Warriors Zollner Stadium
Week 12 October 29 at Toronto Rifles Varsity Stadium
Week 13 November 7 vs. Rhode Island Indians Newark Schools Stadium
Week 14 November 13 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
1966
Orlando Panthers
Week 2 August 27 at Brooklyn Dodgers Downing Stadium
Week 8 October 8 vs. Montreal Beavers Tangerine Bowl
Week 9 October 15 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
1967
Week 3 September 9 vs. Norfolk Neptunes Tangerine Bowl
Week 4 September 16 vs. Montreal Beavers Tangerine Bowl
Week 11 October 28 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
postseason December 10 at Orange County Ramblers Anaheim Stadium
1968
preseason August 17 vs. Indianapolis Capitols Tangerine Bowl
preseason August 24 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
Week 2 September 7 vs. Alabama Hawks Tangerine Bowl
Weel 4 September 21 at Alabama Hawks Milton Frank Stadium
Week 5 September 28 vs. Arkansas Diamonds Tangerine Bowl
Week 6 October 5 at Charleston Rockets Laidley Field
Week 8 October 19 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
Week 9 October 26 vs. Ohio Valley Ironmen Tangerine Bowl
Week 11 November 9 vs. Norfolk Neptunes Tangerine Bowl
Week 12 November 17 at Ohio Valley Ironmen Wheeling Stadium
1969
preseason August 17 at Norfolk Neptunes Foreman Field
Week 2 September 6 vs. Arkansas Diamonds Tangerine Bowl
Week 3 September 13 at Indianapolis Capitols Bush Stadium
Week 5 September 28 vs. Indianapolis Capitols Tangerine Bowl
Week 6 October 5 vs. Alabama Hawks Tangerine Bowl
Week 12 November 15 vs. Norfolk Neptunes Tangerine Bowl
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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