January 30—Oakland group awarded former Minneapolis-St.Paul franchise. February 8—Co-owner Y.C. “Chet” Soda named franchise’s first general manager. February 9—Eddie Erdelatz appointed as first head coach of Raiders. March 3-5—At special AFL meetings in Oakland, “allocation” draft formulated to stock Oakland club. March 20—“Name Your Football Team” contest kicks off. April 5—Franchise announces nickname “Senors.” April 14—Team announces nickname change to “Raiders.”

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January 19—Al Davis named head coach and general manager of Raiders. May 11—AFL allowed Oakland and New York to select players from other franchises to provide more competitive balance. December 22—Raiders down Houston, 52-49, to finish one game out of playoffs with 10-4-0 record, first winning season in club history.




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February 1—Construction started on 54,000-seat Oakland Coliseum, completion date set for Aug. 25, 1966.


April 8—Al Davis, general manager and head coach of Oakland Raiders, is named second Commissioner of American Football League, succeeding Joe Foss. June 8—American Football League and National Football League agree to an alliance that includes common draft and Championship Game. July 25—Al Davis resigns as League Commissioner. Milt Woodard appointed President of the American Football League. Davis rejoins Raiders as Managing General Partner. September 18—Oakland Raiders open 54,000-seat Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum against Kansas City Chiefs.


December 24—Raiders finish season with 13-1 mark, best record in AFL history. December 31—Raiders rout Houston, 40-7, to win AFL Championship.


February 4—John Madden appointed Raiders head coach to replace John Rauch, who left to go with Buffalo Bills.

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December 18—Raiders defeat New England, 24-21, in AFC Playoff to advance to Conference Championship. December 26—Raiders win AFC Championship with impressive 24-7 win over Pittsburgh at home.


January 9—Raiders defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 32-14, in Super Bowl Xl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena before a record crowd of 103,424, plus a world-wide television audience of over 130 million. January 10—Over 20,000 fans turn out at the Coliseum to greet World Champions on their return to Oakland. January 29—Raider Head Coach John Madden named the Washington Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year. March 5—Al Davis, Raiders managing general partner, named NFL Executive of the Year.

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January 4—John Madden retires from football coaching after 12 years with Raiders—two as linebackers coach and 10 as head coach. February 8—Tom Flores named as head coach of the Oakland Raiders by Managing General Partner Al Davis.


Raiders defeat Cleveland, 14-12, in AFC Playoff Game played in sub-zero weather to advance to Conference Championship. January 11—Raiders win AFC Championship against Chargers in San Diego, 34-27. January 25—Raiders win World Championship of Professional Football for second time in five years by downing Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10, in Super Bowl XV at the Superdome in New Orleans before a crowd of 75,500, plus a world-wide television audience of over 125 million.

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May 7—U.S. Federal District Court Jury unanimously finds for the Raiders and against the NFL on both the antitrust count and bad faith charges setting up court order to prevent Raiders from being illegally stopped from moving to Los Angeles. August 29—Los Angeles Raiders play first home preseason game in the L.A. Coliseum downing the Green Bay Packers, 24-3. September 12—Raiders open 23rd season with 23-17 win over defending Super Bowl Champion 49ers in San Francisco.


January 1—Raiders triumph, 38-10, over Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Playoff Game before AFC record playoff crowd (92,434 tickets issued). January 8—Raiders down Seattle Seahawks, 30-14, before largest championship game crowd in AFC history (92,335 tickets issued) to win 11th conference championship. January 22—Raiders win World Championship of Professional Football for third time in eight years by defeating Washington Redskins, 38-9, in Super Bowl XVIII at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida before crowd of 72,290 and a world-wide radio and television audience of over 125 million.

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August 7—Agreement is signed during ceremony held in locker room at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Coliseum representatives declared a sold out stadium for 1995 and Board President George Vukasin stated that the Raiders will enjoy “sellouts” for decades to come. August 12—Raiders play first home preseason game after relocating to Oakland against St. Louis Rams at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. September 3—Raiders kick off their 23rd league season in Oakland with a 1995 home opener against defending AFC Champion San Diego Chargers.


Oct. 8—Raiders owner Al Davis, a pro football pioneer, trailblazer, maverick and giant, passes away at age 81 after leading the franchise for half a century. Oct. 9—Raiders defeat Houston Texans, 25-20, in first game without the franchise’s leader.

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2017: March 27 – NFL owners approve Raiders relocation to Las Vegas.


Jan. 9 – Jon Gruden returned as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden, who was first introduced as head coach of the Raiders over 20 years ago, served four seasons with the Raiders from 1998-2001.


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The Raiders move to Las Vegas, will play in the $1.9 billion dollar stadium, Allegiant Stadium and will be known as the Las Vegas Raiders.

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