Colonials join Empire Football League

JOHNSTOWN – When the Empire Football League kicks off its 2014 season, three of the oldest semi-pro football teams in the country will be on the schedule.

The EFL announced that the Glove Cities Colonials will rejoin the league in its 45th season after playing recently in the Northeastern Football Alliance.

The league will now feature the Colonials, the Watertown Red & Black, the Glens Falls Greenjackets, Plattsburgh North Stars, Syracuse Shock and Vermont Ice Storm.

“Watertown is the oldest semi-pro football team in the nation, Glens Falls is the second oldest and we are the third,” Colonials head coach Matt Capano said. “The league is the second oldest in the country [45 years] and now can boast having the three oldest teams.”

The Colonials, who celebrated their 50th anniversary season in 2012, the Red & Black and Greenjackets are among the oldest semi-pro teams in the nation

“We are excited to go back to the league,” Capano said. “All the teams in the league now are Triple-A league. It is time for a change and to get better as a team, we felt this was a good move. It is a good league. It seems like a good fit for both us and the league and a chance to renew some old rivalries.”

Through its half-century of semi-pro football, the Colonials have competed in several leagues including the Empire Football League, the New York Amateur Football League, the North American Football League and now compete in the Northeastern Football Alliance.

Glove Cities won the Empire Football League championship in 1974 and ran off a 26-game winning streak between 1966 and 1970, including undefeated seasons in ’67 and ’68. They also went undefeated in 1962.

Capano said a sign-up session is scheduled for Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Those unable to attend may contact him at 774-7910 for more information.

Interested players are asked to bring a photo ID with them.

Glove Cities will open its Empire Football League season at Knox Field on July 12 against the Plattsburgh North Stars.