The Dallas Cowboys who play in the NFC East Division of the NFL joined the league on January 28th 1960 joining the Western Conference as an expansion franchise. Led by hall of fame coach Tom Landry they had a far from auspicious start finishing with a 0-11-1 record.
In 1961 they were moved to the Eastern Conference and improved dramatically winning their first ever NFL game against Pittsburgh 27-24 on September 17th and finishing the season with a 4-9-1 record. Steady progress was to follow leading to a 7-7 season in 1965 and finally with their 1st winning season they took the the Eastern Conference title in 1966. They went on to the NFL Championship game but lost to the Super bowl winners Green Bay who were to beat them again the following season in the NFL Title game often referred to as the “Ice Bowl” due to the atrocious conditions it was played in.
In 1970 the re-alignment of the divisions caused by the NFL- AFL merger meant that the Dallas Cowboys were placed in the Eastern Division of the NFC where they play to this day.
Dallas continued their impressive form through the 1970s reaching their 1st Super Bowl in 1971 when losing 16-13 against the Baltimore Colts, and the following year they collected the trophy with an emphatic 24-3 win over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XI.
From 1966 – 1985 the Dallas Cowboys only missed the post season on two occasions 1974 and 1984 during which they won their second Super Bowl (XII) and finished runners up to the Pittsburgh Steelers the following season. Things didn’t go so well there after and the Cowboys failed to have a winning record in the next five seasons including a worst ever 1-15 in 1989.
The Nineties saw a dramatic return to form and they made the post season eight 8 out of 10 seasons in this decade and won 3 Super Bowls beating the Buffalo Bills in the final two years running and gaining revenge over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.
The turn of the Century has not improved Dallas’s fortunes and started badly with only one winning season between 2000 & 2005, however of late their fortunes have improved and Jerry Jones has invested heavily in the Franchise both on the Field and in a new state of the art Cowboys Stadium, one of the most expensive ones ever built.
Dallas Cowboys Honours
* Super Bowl Champions (5)
1971 (VI), 1977 (XII), 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), 1995 (XXX)
Conference champions (10)
* NFL Eastern: 1966, 1967
* NFC: 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993, 1995
Division championships (21)
* NFL Capitol: 1967, 1968, 1969
* NFC East: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2009
Playoff appearances (30)
NFL: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009