Birmingham Bulls (American football)

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Birmingham Bulls
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Location Birmingham
Year Formed 1983
Team Colours Black, Red & White
Home Field Erin Go Bragh
Team Motto "United We Stand"
Conference Alignment BAFANL Premiership North
Head Coach Ian Hill
Conference Championships (19)
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
League Championships (4)
1986, 1988, 1991, 1995

Birmingham Bulls is a British American football team based in the West Midlands, England at the ground of Erin Go Bragh, Erdington.

Overview[edit]

The Bulls are one of the longer established American football teams playing in the United Kingdom, having been founded in 1983. The Bulls field a senior team in the BAFA National Leagues Premier North Division, as well as a youth team, and a junior team in conjunction with the Birmingham Lions and the Sandwell Steelers. The Bulls are one of the most successful teams in British American Football,[1] winning 4 British titles and 19 conference championships.

In 1989, the team were reported to have turned down the offer of a tour of South Africa, estimated to be worth 100,000 dollars. [2] [3]

The team won their third British football championship in 1991, beating the London Olympians 39-38.[4] [5] [6]

The team represented the UK in the inaugural Eurobowl, where they placed third.

In 2013, the Bulls celebrated their 30th anniversary[7] and reverted to the use of their original logo.

Record[edit]

Year Division Record
2013 BAFA Premier Division Northern Conference 2-8-0
2012 BAFA Premier Division Northern Conference 1-7-2
2011 BAFA Division One Central Conference 9-1-0
2008 BSL Premier Division 1-7-0
2007 BSL Premier Division 5-4-1
2006 BSL Division One Northern Conference 7-3-0*
2005 BSL Division One Northern Conference 10-0-0*
2004 BSL Division One Northern Conference 8-1-1*
2003 BSL Division One Northern Conference 7-3-0*
2002 BSL Division One Northern Conference 8-2-0*
2001 BSL Division One Northern Conference 5-3-0*
2000 BSL Division One Northern Conference 7-1-0*
1999 BSL Division One National Conference 5-2-0*
1998 BSL Division One Northern Conference 9-1-0*
1997 British Independent Gridirion Conference 3-3-0*
1996 BSL Division Two Northern Conference 10-0-0*
1995 BAFA Division One 9-1-0*
1994 BAFA Division One 6-4-0*
1993 NDMA Central Conference 6-4-0
1992 NDMA Southern Conference 9-1-0*
1991 1991 NDMA Northern Conference 9-1-0*
1990 NDMA Northern Conference 9-1-0*
1989 Budweiser League Midlands Conference 9-1-0*
1988 Budweiser League National Division Midlands Conference 12-1-1*
1987 Budweiser League National Division Western Conference 7-3-0*
1986 BAFL National League Central Conference 10-2-0*
1985 AFL Midlands Division 12-0-0*
1984 Merit table 4-3-0
* qualified for playoffs

Roster[edit]

Birmingham Bulls roster

Quarterbacks

  • Richard Wilde
  • Dan Wilkes

Running Backs & Full Backs

  • Marc Bonazebi
  • Robert Brown
  • Aamir Hussain
  • Mark Pagett
  • Luke Richards
  • Sam Scott
  • Leon Simkin
  • Dean Thomas
  • Ashley Trowers

Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

  • Rob Amor
  • Michael Beaty
  • Reece Bell
  • Michael Doyle
  • Sam Eaton
  • Ben Fleet
  • Jay Grant
  • Josh Walker
  • Stuart Williams

Offensive Linemen

  • Aaron Benn
  • Alex Bryson
  • Craig Chadwick
  • Craig Hincks
  • Matt Sheldon
  • Liam Smith
  • Shaun Smith

Defensive Linemen

  • Olu Amudipe
  • Kayn Baxter
  • Anton Chisholm
  • Tom Durn
  • Jake Harbon
  • Lee Macken
  • Andrew Thomas

Linebackers

  • Dale Brooks
  • Adam Fleet
  • Andy Hancock
  • Kieron Hinds
  • Tyrone Johnston
  • Illya Kaznachyeev
  • David Pemberton
  • Nicholas Smith
  • Stephen Stoakes
  • Tom Townend

Defensive Backs

  • Stuart Abell
  • Nathan Butler
  • Jonathan Campbell
  • James Casserley
  • Colin Divers
  • Joseph Lucas
  • Alex Miguel
  • Jack Pemberton
  • Richard Penwright
  • James Plant
  • Marcus Rey
  • Gareth Thomas

Rookies in Italics

Coaching staff[edit]

Birmingham Bulls staff

Head Coach

  • Head Coach: Ian Hill

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator & Wide Receivers Coach: Ron Gifford
  • Quarterbacks Coach: Richard Wilde
  • Offensive Line Coach: Matt Sheldon
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Adam Poulson
  • Running Backs Coach: Colin Nash

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator: Mark Williams
  • Defensive Line Coach: Noel Fischer
  • Linebackers Coach: John McManus
  • Defensive Backs Coach: Paul Roberts

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator, Kicking & Punting Coach: Mark Webb
  • Special Teams Coach: Paul Roberts

Bulls Hall Of Fame[edit]

Members

  • Mark Webb
  • Gary Mills
  • Colin Nash
  • Greg Harris
  • Trevor Carthy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - Birmingham - Sport - Birmingham Bulls
  2. ^ "Offer declined; American football". The Times. 9 October 1989. 
  3. ^ Worsfold, Peter (8 October 1989). "Digest". The Sunday Times (London). 
  4. ^ Richardson, Allen F. (6 August 1991). "Bulls nip Olympians 39-38 for British crown". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Wetherell, Richard (5 August 1991). "Bulls repel London's late effort". The Times. 
  6. ^ Halling, Nick (5 August 1991). "American Football: Bulls ride the late charge of London; Nick Halling reports from Birmingham". The Independent. 
  7. ^ [1]

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