Billingham Stars

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Billingham Stars
2013-14 NIHL Moralee Conference Season
City Billingham, England
League NIHL
Conference Moralee Conference
Division Northern Division 1
Founded 1971 (1971)
Home arena TFM Radio Ice Arena
Colors Red, White, Yellow, Black
General manager Allen Flavell
Head coach Terry Ward
Franchise history
1971 to 1982 Billingham Bombers
1982 to 1991 Cleveland Bombers
1991 to 1995 Teesside Bombers
1996 to 2011 Billingham Bombers
2011 to Current Billingham Stars (ENL)

The Billingham Stars are an ice hockey team from the town of Billingham in the Stockton-on-Tees borough of Teesside. They are currently members of the National Ice Hockey League playing in its Moralee Conference. The Stars play their home games at the TFM Radio Ice Arena within Billingham Forum.

Notable ex-Billingham players include current GB International and Sheffield Steelers Robert Dowd.


The Billingham Bombers were founded in 1971 as members of the Northern League. In 1982 they became a founder member of the British Hockey League and changed their name to the Cleveland Bombers. Between 1991 and 1995 the team played under the name of the Teesside Bombers before reverting to their original name. Between 1982 and 1986 and again between 1990 and 1994, the Bombers played in the Premier League, the top flight division of British ice hockey at the time.

In more recent times the Bombers won the English League Northern section regular season championship and Northern section play off championship during the 2005-06 season.

The Billingham Bombers did not compete in any league due to a refurbishment of their home venue TFM Radio Ice Arena in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons

Ice Hockey returned to the forum in the 2011/12 seasons after merging with the Northern Stars who were facing problems with their home rink The Metro Radio Arena. The new club was renamed Billingham Stars.

In 2011/12, the club's first season back following two seasons away from Ice Hockey, Billingham Stars were successful in their attempt to become champions of the English National League, Northern Division. The Championship was finally won with the penultimate league match, at home to Trafford Metros in a 2-2 draw, giving Billingham the final point required to ensure the title.

In 2012/13 Billingham Stars finished as runners up to Solway Sharks for both the League and Cup as well as runners up to the Blackburn Hawks in the end of season Play-Offs.

In 2013/14 season Billingham finished the season in 3rd position and were knocked out of the end of season Playoffs by 2nd placed Blackburn Hawks.

Current Squad[edit]

Number Player Catches Acquired
13 England James Flavell L 2011
21 England Mark Watson L 2011
77 England Kyran Kelly L 2014
Number Player Shoots Acquired
6 England Will Robson R 2014
8 England Andy Munroe R 2013
11 England Andrew Finn L 2011
17 England Richard Thornton R 2011
18 England Ben Davison L 2011
22 England Jamie Pattison L 2011
24 England David Thomas R 2011
31 England Garry Dowd R 2013
42 England Matthew Campbell R 2012
45 England Thomas Keeley R 2014
88 England Martyn Davies R 2011
Number Player Shoots Acquired
5 England James Moss R 2011
7 England James McCabe R 2011
9 England Paul Windridge (C) R 2011
10 England Scott Ward L 2011
15 England Chris Sykes L 2014
16 England Michael Bowman R 2012
19 England Luke Brown L 2013
23 England Jack Emerson L 2012
32 England Michael Elder R 2011
36 England Callum Davies R 2011
55 England Jack Davies R 2012
65 England Joshua Nertney L 2014
91 Canada Thomas Stuart-Dant L 2014


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