Paterson F.C. (NAFBL)

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The Paterson team that won the 1923 Dewar Cup.

Paterson F.C. was an early twentieth-century American soccer club based in Paterson, New Jersey. It spent three seasons in the National Association Football League, winning one title, and one season in the American Soccer League.


In 1917, Paterson joined the National Association Football League, winning the 1917–1918 championship. When several teams from the NAFBL left the league in 1921 to form the American Soccer League, Paterson did not join them. A year later, it entered the league for a single season, 1922–1923. Following the season, it was purchased New York fur merchant Maurice Vandeweghe who moved the team to New York and renamed it the New York Giants.


Year Division League Reg. season Playoffs Challenge Cup American Cup
1917/18 1 NAFBL 1st No playoff Quarterfinals ?
1918/19 1 NAFBL 3rd No playoff Runner Up Runner Up
1919/20 1 NAFBL 4th No playoff ? ?
1920/21 1 NAFBL Withdrew No playoff Third round Third round
1922/23 1 ASL 5th No playoff Champion Semifinals


  • John Ford (1919-1923)


April 28, 1919 The Globe