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Randolph Oilers


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Randolph Oilers


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Oilers History


The Randolph Oilers are the longest running organization in the Eastern Football League. And to our knowledge it also may be the longest continually running semi-pro football team in the entire United States.

The team was established in 1974 by Peter and Marge O'Kane. In the 1960's and 70's most of the towns in the greater Boston area had their own "town teams" that competed on a semi-pro level. Towns, churches, and bars all had their own semi-pro teams. Initially Randolph had its own "Randolph Town Team", with the head coach being a priest. Peter O'Kane's father was actually one of the first member's of the Randolph Town Team. Peter was a running back in high school, but three weeks into his semi-pro career he suffered a career ending injury.

However eventually the Randolph Town Team team folded and for a while Randolph did not have a team to call its own.  So far a time Randolph residents played on the Delaney Club, and later the locals mostly played for the Dorchester Knights. 

Despite his career ending injury, Peter's love of football still burned strong. Undeterred, he eventually decided it was time for Randolph to have its own team again. And in 1974, along with Marge, he officially launched the Randolph Oilers, as part of the Eastern Football League which had been launched in 1961. The Oilers have been taking the field ever since, giving local athletes an outelt to play football after their high school and college days, where they can be part of a family and the team's long history and proud tradition.

The Randolph Oilers are fortunate to have the greatest owners in the EFL- Peter & Marge O'Kane. The O'Kane's founded the Oilers in 1970, and still run the team. Click HERE for more details.

Peter O'Kane accepting the EFL Championship trophy in 1990

One of the Oiler traditions is participating in the Randolph 4th of July Parade. In the picture above, dozens of Oilers decorated and road on a float and gave out free tickets as part of the annual parade.

The Oilers with the honorable State Senator Brian Joyce

Significant Events in Oilers History:


Profiles on some of the important contributors to the Oilers over the years:
  • Peter & Marge O'Kane.  The founders and heart and soul of the HERE.
  • John Carman.  Legendary equipment manager who bled blue and HERE.
  • Jay McGee.  AFA Hall of fame inductee and standout Oiler  (coming soon)
  • Tom Kirlis.  AFA Hall of fame inductee and standout Oiler HERE.
  • Ed Penn.  AFA Hall of fame inductee, former player, and current HERE.
  • Jon Gates.  Former player who helped lead the Oilers to their last EFL championship, and current defensive HERE.   

Some of the great families involved with the Oiler over the years: 

The Penn family (Ed, #70, and Jerome, #77) are one of the truly special families that make up the extended Randolph Oiler family

Recaps of Previous Seasons:

Click on year for a recap of that season. 

1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, & 1983
Former Oiler player recap by decade: 1974-1983

1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, & 1993
Former Oiler player recap by decade: 1984-1993

1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, & 2003
Former Oiler player recap by decade: 1994-2003

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 20102011, 2012, & 2013.
Former Oiler player recap by decade: 2004-2013

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, & 2023.

Newspaper Articles
Please visit the Oiler Press Room for a variety of articles covering the team from the last several decades.


Please visit the
Oiler Photo Page for pictures of the Oilers from the last 40 years.


Please visit the Oiler Video Archive (coming soon) for videos of the Oilers from the last 25 years.


Rest in Peace

As with any family, organization, or team that has been along as long as the Oilers have been, it is inevitable that you will lose some good people along the way.  

Some of the beloved members of the Oilers family who have passed away over the years include:

* Lori Toomey
* Derek Rucker
* Jimmy Allen
* Fran Dugan
* Lance Selman

 Please click here to visit our In Memoriam page to acknowledge the members of the Oiler family we have lost over the year.



Please note:
We need YOUR help to fully capture the history of the Oilers. We would love to borrow and copy any Oiler pictures or newspaper articles you may have. The goal of is to fully capture the history of the Oilers, and to do so we need your help.

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EFL History

Click here for more background on the EFL, as well as electronic copies of the annual programs from over the years. 

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