The Oakland Raiders who currently play in the AFC West division of the NFL began playing in 1960 as the 8th charter member of the American Football League (AFL). In their 1st three seasons, the Raiders struggled on the field and only managed 9 wins during this time though things were to change in 1963 when Al Davis joined the team as head coach and general manager. This coincided with a dramatic change of fortune and from 1963 until 2002 the team only recorded seven losing seasons and a run of 9 divisional titles in 10 years between 1967 and 1976. Oakland played in Super Bowl II losing to the Green Bay Packers and went on to win Super Bowls XI & XV before relocating to Los Angeles prior to the 1982 season.
The franchise remained in Los Angeles until 1995 and their success continued during this time with them winning Super Bowl XVII and making the playoffs seven times. Hall of Fame Running Back Marcus Allen was drafted during this time.
The return to Oakland coincided with a barren patch which only began to improve when they acquired Coach John Gruden in 1998 and veteran Quarter Back Rich Gannon in 1999 when they managed 8-8 seasons, laying the foundation for better things to come. The 2000 season saw the raiders return to the post season after winning the division 12-4. They swept past Miami in the divisional game but came unstuck against the eventual winners the Baltimore Ravens in the Championship game. They won the Division again the following season and in 2002 made it to Super Bowl XXXVII where they lost badly to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by their former coach John Gruden. Since then they have not had a winning season and have averaged just over 4 wins a season.
Oakland Raiders Honours
* AFL Champions 1967
* Super Bowl Champions
1976 (XI), 1980 (XV), 1983 (XVIII)
* AFC: 1976, 1980, 1983, 2002
Division champions (15)
* AFL West: 1967, 1968, 1969
* AFC West: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002
Playoff appearances (21)
* AFL: 1967, 1968, 1969
* NFL: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002