Birmingham Bulls (American football)

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Birmingham Bulls
Established 1983
Play in Birmingham, West Midlands
Birmingham Bulls logo
League/Conference affiliations

British American Football League (1983–present)

Current uniform
Team colours Black, Red and White
Personnel
Head Coach Ian Hill
Team history
  • Birmingham Bulls (1983–present)
Championships
Eurobowl Championships (0)
BritBowl Championships (0)
Conference Championships (10)

1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Divisional Championships (0)
League Championships (4)

1991, 1995, 1988, 1986

Home fields

Erin Go Bragh, Erdington

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 is 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 Junior & Youth teams. The Bulls is one of the most successful teams in the land,[1] only failing to make the play-offs 7 times out of 25 seasons, and winning 4 British titles. The team remained in the Premier Division following the 2007 BAFL re-alignment.

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
2012 BAFA Premier Division Northern Conference 0-0-0
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

Playing Staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Birmingham Bulls roster

Quarterbacks

  • 12 Rich Wilde
  • 26 Dan Wilkes
  • 6 Ron Gifford

Running Backs

  • 34 Damian Browne
  • 39 Yusuf Patel
  • 32 Marcus Rey
  • 33 Greg Peace
  • 25 Luke Richards
  • 2 Joshua Karlinski

Full Backs

  • 3 Dean Thomas
  • 61 Mark Pagett

Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

  • 83 Rob Amor
  • 92 Ade Courtney
  • 9 Teejay Dar-Orenuga
  • 84 Michael Doyle
  • 88 Ben Fleet
  • 80 Sam King
  • 10 Ashton Lord
  • 5 Brad Maybury
  • 38 Nicholas Smith
  • 1 Gareth Thomas
  • 82 Stuart Williams
  • -- Jonathan Farrow
  • -- Daniel Darkings

Offensive Linemen

  • 62 Craig Chadwick
  • 66 Seamus Corrigan
  • 52 Craig Hincks
  • 55 Matt Sheldon
  • 56 Shaun Smith
  • 53 Liam Smith
  • 51 Richard Wills

Defensive Linemen

  • 89 Olu Amudipe
  • 93 Anton Chisholm
  • 69 Thomas Durn
  • 94 Lee Macken
  • 48 Mark Mallory
  • 78 Andrew Thomas

Linebackers

  • 51 James Branagh
  • 47 Dale Brooks
  • 41 Daniel Cashman
  • 54 Adam Fleet
  • 4 Kieron Hinds
  • 60 Ian Looms
  • 16 Ashford McCallam
  • 40 David Pemberton
  • 17 Alex Poole
  • 50 Jack Randall
  • 44 Jerome Robinson
  • 53 Stewart Smith
  • -- Martin Reed

Defensive Backs

  • 20 Tyrone Johnston
  • 6 Joseph Lucas
  • 23 James Muller
  • 28 Jack O'Mahony
  • 86 Jack Pemberton
  • 24 Richard Penwright
  • 21 James Plant
  • -- Eric Dixon

Bulls Hall Of Fame[edit]

Birmingham Bulls Hall Of Fame

Members

  • Kicker - Mark Webb
  • Center - Gary Mills
  • Running Back/Linebacker - Colin Nash
  • Wide Receiver - Greg Harris
  • Running Back/Cornerback - Trevor Carthy

Coaching staff[edit]

Senior Team Coaches[edit]

Birmingham Bulls staff

Front Office

  • Chairman: Brendan Cunnane
  • General Manager: Steve Launchbury
  • Treasurer: Mark Pagett
  • Club Secretary: Rob Amor
  • Players Representative: James Plant

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach: Ian Hill

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator & Wide Receivers Coach: Ron Gifford
  • Offensive Line Coach: Matt Sheldon
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Adam Poulson
  • Running Backs Coach: Shane Braithwate
  • Running Backs Coach: Trevor Carthy

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach: Colin Nash
  • Defensive Backs Coach: Paul Roberts
  • Defensive Backs Coach: Mark Williams

Special Teams Coaches

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

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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