Bedfordshire Blue Raiders

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Bedfordshire Blue Raiders
BedsBlueRaidersLogo.png
Team logo
Established 2006
Based in Bedford, Bedfordshire
Home ground Phil Cottier Field,
Bedford International Athletics Stadium,
Barkers Lane,
Bedford,
MK41 9SB
Head coach Craig Ramsay
General manager Tony Law
League BAFA National Leagues
Division Division 2 East
League titles None
Division titles None
Current uniform
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Left arm Body Right arm
Trousers
Socks
Home
Helmet
Left arm Body Right arm
Trousers
Socks
Away

The Bedfordshire Blue Raiders are an American Football team competing in Division 2 East of the BAFA National Leagues (BAFANL). They entered the British American Football League in 2008 as one of five expansion teams, and play their home games at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium.

History[edit]

The Blue Raiders were formed in August 2006 by Dave Pankhurst and present-day Team Manager Steve Guy to replace the former teams from local towns such as Luton, Dunstable and Milton Keynes who all found success during the 1980s and 1990s.[1] After quickly recruiting coaches (starting with Chris Wallis, former Head Coach of local rivals Peterborough Saxons and Cambridgeshire Cats who Guy knew from their time together at the University of Cambridge BCAFL team in the mid-1990s) and a full playing squad, they were accepted as associate members of the BAFL in August 2007.[2]

As part of the BAFL's requirements for associate members, the Blue Raiders arranged the two friendly matches which would enable them to gain full membership and enter the league the following season.[3] The first of these was a home game played on 9 September 2007 against the Maidstone Pumas. Despite the visiting team scoring a first period touchdown, the Raiders were able to come back to win 18–8.[4] Their away friendly was played four weeks later against the Leicester Falcons, who themselves were associate members aiming to join the league. The Raiders lost 0–32.[5] Two weeks later they played their third friendly match away to another associate team, the Milton Keynes City Pathfinders. Despite an early setback when their player-coach Anthony Coverdale dislocated his knee during the kickoff, they recorded a convincing 35–0 win.[6]

The following month, it was confirmed that the Blue Raiders application to become full members had been accepted by the BAFL,[7] and so they were entered into the league for the 2008 season where they were placed into the Eastern Conference of Division Two alongside the Peterborough Saxons, Cambridgeshire Cats, Watford Cheetahs and fellow expansion team the Milton Keynes City Pathfinders.[8]

Senior team season records[edit]

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record Notes
2008 BAFL Division Two East 4 6 0 128 197 3 / 5
2009 BAFL Division Two East 8 2 0 203 73 2 / 4 Lost 16–41 to Colchester Gladiators in quarter-final.

Roster[edit]

Bedfordshire Blue Raiders 2009 Roster
Quarterbacks
  • 15 Phillip Cutts (QB)
  •  8 Jack Lidyard (QB)
  • 13 Nigel Mansfield (QB)

Running Backs

  • 40 Enrique Alonso (RB)
  • 28 Jack Calow (RB)
  • 32 Eric Cullipher (RB)
  •  7 Mark Davis (RB)
  • 26 Sam Peel(RB)
  • 29 Liam Quinlan (RB)
  • 44 Michael Wilson (RB)
  • 31 Joe Wroczynski (RB)

Wide Receivers

  • 88 Peter Coppenhall (WR)
  • 80 Martyn Forster (WR)
  • 82 Matt Hollingdale (WR)
  • 19 Michael Jarvis (WR)
  • 87 Sam Kilbey (WR)
  • 83 Dean Moore (WR/TE)
  • 81 Nathan Russell (WR/TE)
  • 86 Matt Smith (WR)

Tight Ends

  • 11 Liam Cooke (TE/QB)
  •  6 Steve Guy (TE)
Offensive Linemen
  • 62 Mitch Allen (OL)
  • 57 Walter Bates (OL)
  • 70 Mark Blackwell (OL)
  • 79 Martin Kent (OL)
  • 72 Frank Moore (OL)
  • 71 Tim Morris (OL)
  • 60 Mark O'Donnell (OL)
  • 51 Demi Omisakim (OL)
  • 69 Martin Songhurst (OL)
  • 64 William Walsh (OL)
  • 75 Clint Wright (OL)

Defensive Linemen

  • 98 Nick Barker (DL)
  •  1 Andy Barnard (DL)
  • 54 Gareth Boyd (DL)
  • 59 Iain Connor (DL/OL)
  • 48 Pete Hammond (DL)
  • 25 Matthew Hannigan-Train (DL/LB)
  • 61 Andy Holland (DL)
  • 15 Mike Keogh (DL/QB)
  • 55 Paul Settle (DL)
Linebackers
  • 90 Matt Field (LB)
  • 96 Malc Fraser (LB)
  • 93 Brad Hopkins (LB)
  • 52 John Murphy (LB)
  • 50 Jim Plagmann (LB)
  • 50 Gareth Pullen (LB/DL)
  • 49 Philip Wingham (LB)

Defensive Backs

  • 17 Michael Cox (DB)
  • 23 Matthew Johnson (FS)
  • 18 Kevin Kong (FS/LB)
  • 31 Adam Parker (DB)
  • 27 Ben Rosen (DB)
  • 42 Elliot Viechweg (DB)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gridiron is back!". BBC. 2006-08-03. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Blue Raiders Accepted". 2007-08-02. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  3. ^ "BAFL League Regulations". British American Football League. 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2008-06-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Blue Raiders Win First Game". 2007-09-10. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Leicester Falcons 32 Bedfordshire Blue Raiders 0". 2007-10-11. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Blue Raiders Beat Local Rivals". 2007-10-22. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Today Is A Blue Day". 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  8. ^ "BAFL announces alignments for 2008". BAFL. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-07-10. [dead link]

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