|River City Raiders|
|*Ultimate Indoor Football League (2013)|
|Team colors||Purple, black, white|
|Owner(s)||Free Tickets Entertainment, LLC|
|Head coach||John Parker (2013)|
Martino Theus (2013)
Chris McKinney (2014–2015)
Pat Pimmel (2015)
Corey Bethany (2016)
Greg Moore (2017)
|* Missouri Monsters (2013)
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
|Playoff appearances (2)|
|* 2014, 2016|
|* Family Arena (2013–2017)|
The River City Raiders (formerly known as the Missouri Monsters and the St. Louis Attack) were a professional indoor football team based in St. Charles, Missouri. They play their home games at Family Arena. As of February 2018 the River City Raiders website and social media pages have been removed. No formal announcement has ever been publicly made by the Raiders or their ownership after their final 2017 regular season game regarding their future or folding.
Franchise history[edit | edit source]
2012[edit | edit source]
The Monsters, originally known as the Kentucky Monsters, were created due to a dispute with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, who played the Ultimate Indoor Football League's (UIFL) inaugural season in Highland Heights until the team and the UIFL agreed to part ways. The latter Monsters were created in an attempt to retain the UIFL's rights on the Bank of Kentucky Center and to prevent the original tenants from using the arena. The new Monsters organization had stated they would maintain the River Monsters' prior records. The objective of forcing the River Monsters out of the Northern Kentucky market succeeded and the team went dormant. However, once the River Monsters went dormant, the Kentucky Monsters also quietly folded prior to the 2012 season without playing any games in the UIFL and never getting further than naming a head coach.
2013[edit | edit source]
Its intellectual property rights were transferred to a proposed 2013 expansion team set to play in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. John Parker, was named head coach. On March 8, 2013, the Missouri Monsters opened their season with a game against the Corpus Christi Fury, losing 74-37 in front of a crowd of 4,092 
On March 26, 2013, head coach John Parker was fired, and Martino Theus was named head coach effective immediately. The Missouri Monsters completed the 2013 season with a 5-5 record.
2014[edit | edit source]
After an undefeated regular season, Attack head coach Chris McKinney was named X-League Coach of the Year, and owner Andrew Haines was named Team Owner of the Year. Despite their regular season success, the Attack was defeated in the inaugural championship game 60-48 to the Marine Raiders.
2015[edit | edit source]
Despite finishing with a 5-3 regular season record and in third place in the X-League, the Attack decided to forgo their X-League playoff berth for the X-Bowl to be played between the Florida Tarpons and the Florida Marine Raiders.
2016[edit | edit source]
On October 14, it was announced that the Attack had been purchased by Free Tickets Entertainment, LLC and would play the 2016 season as a member of American Indoor Football. On October 29, 2015, the franchise officially changed their name to the River City Raiders. Following the season, the AIF announced that it was ceasing operations, leaving the Raiders without a league to play in.
2017[edit | edit source]
On October 11, 2016, the River City Raiders were listed as members of Champions Indoor Football (CIF) on the 2017 league schedule. In late November 2016, the Raiders were removed from the CIF apparently due to non-payment of league fees. However, their regional opponent, the Chicago Eagles, ceased operations in mid-November after the league schedules had already been made and Raiders claimed they actually left the league due to the adverse effects on their schedule caused by the Eagles departure. On December 29, they announced they had joined the newly created Arena Pro Football for the 2017 season.
After playing all five home games to open the season, the Raiders declined to travel to play the Richmond Roughriders for their scheduled May 20 game. The only other away games the Raiders had originally been scheduled for was a cancelled Alabama Outlawz home game (a team that cancelled all their home games) and against the Myrtle Beach Sharks (a team that originally left the APF and then rejoined as a travel-only team). The Raiders final home game was delayed almost one hour after halftime due to the Raiders failure to pay the games referees according to their radio broadcast.
The Raiders were not included when APF merged into the American Arena League. The team made no formal announcements after the final 2017 game about the teams future and in February 2018, their website and social media pages were removed.
Head coaches[edit | edit source]
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2017 Arena Pro Football season.
Season-by-season results[edit | edit source]
|League Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|2014||2014||X-League||1st||9||0||0||Lost X-Bowl I (Florida) 48–60|
|2016||2016||AIF||Northern||2nd||6||1||0||Lost Divisional Semifinal (Lehigh Valley) 52–54|
|Totals||28||11||0||All-time regular season record (2013–2017)|
|0||2||—||All-time postseason record (2013–2017)|
|28||13||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2013–2017)|
References[edit | edit source]
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- Russell Korando (May 25, 2012). "Pro football returning to St. Charles County's Family Arena". St. Louis Journal. http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/stcharles/news/pro-football-returning-to-st-charles-county-s-family-arena/article_696ec3b7-7a37-5a90-ad3f-74708bd5bc05.html. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- "UIFL & NKY River Monsters Agree to Part Ways". www.theuifl.com. UIFL. http://theuifl.com/archives/1418.
- "Monster Attendance for Monsters Home Opener". http://uiflmonsters.com/archives/monster-attendance-for-monsters-home-opener/#more-942.
- Golden, Devin (2013-05-25). "Going Xtreme: Rampage will help form new indoor league". The Daily Citizen. http://daltondailycitizen.com/sports/x609262971/Going-Xtreme-Rampage-will-help-form-new-indoor-league. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
- "Edge season over as X-League skips to title game". The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL: Lee Enterprises). June 4, 2015. http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/professional/football/indoor/edge/edge-season-over-as-x-league-skips-to-title-game/article_f217fc78-8d62-5b64-b97e-5513b3ee4391.html. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Free Tickets Entertainment, LLC Acquires the St. Louis Attack; Joins AIF". American Indoor Football. October 14, 2015. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151018025630/http://aifprofootball.com/11-news/78-free-tickets-entertainment-llc-acquires-the-st-louis-attack-joins-aif.html. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- "2017 CIF Schedule". CIF. October 11, 2016. http://gocif.net/news-h/768-cif-releases-2017-schedule-featuring-16-teams-in-4-divisions.html.
- "Weekly Sports League & Franchise Report". OurSports Central. November 28, 2016. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/weekly-sports-league--franchise-report/n-5218608.
- Brady Fredericksen (June 15, 2014). "Marine Raiders Top St. Louis, Win X-Bowl". ww.theledger.com. Ledger Media Group. http://www.theledger.com/article/20140615/NEWS/140619515/-1/WIRE16?Title=Marine-Raiders-Top-St-Louis-Win-X-Bowl. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
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