BritBowl

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BritBowl is the championship game of the British American Football Association Community Leagues, and formerly the British American Football League (BAFL) in the United Kingdom. It is the most prestigious of the league's three bowl games that constitute BritBowl Weekend. Only teams in the Premier Division of BAFL are eligible to compete in BritBowl. The lower divisions have their own championship games.

To mark its 20th anniversary, Roman numerals were introduced to identify the game. The 2006 Championship became known as BritBowl XX. The previous nineteen championship games were redesignated as BritBowl I to BritBowl XIX respectively.

Since BritBowl XX the winning team has been presented with the Boston Trophy. The current champions are London Blitz, who defeated London Warriors 37-21 in BritBowl XXVI on 26 August 2012, recording their fourth consecutive BritBowl success in the process. BritBowl XXVI was a repeat of BritBowl XXV, with London Blitz also winning on that occasion.

It has been announced that the 2012 BritBowl was to have been held at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield.

BritBowl Championships[edit]

BritBowl Year Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Venue MVP
XXVII 2013 5 October 2013 *London Warriors 26-23 London Blitz John Charles Stadium, Leeds Romaine Jackson
XXVI 2012 26 August 2012 *London Blitz 37-21 London Warriors Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Fred Boyle
XXV 2011 24 September 2011 *London Blitz 18-0 London Warriors Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London Fred Boyle
XXIV 2010 18 September 2010 *London Blitz 34-20 Coventry Cassidy Jets Sixways Stadium, Worcester Pete Sochart
XXIII 2009 27 September 2009 *London Blitz 26-7 Coventry Cassidy Jets Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Gareth Dauley
XXII 2008 21 September 2008 *Coventry Cassidy Jets 33-32 London Blitz Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Dax Michelena
XXI 2007 23 September 2007 *London Blitz 14-6 Coventry Cassidy Jets Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Lennox Johnson
XX 2006 *London Olympians 45-30 London Blitz Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Michael Andrew
XIX 2005 *London O's 21-19 Personal Assurance Knights Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
XVIII 2004 *Personal Assurance Knights 28-14 London O's Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
XVII 2003 *London O's 35-7 East Kilbride Pirates Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
XVI 2002 *London O's 42-15 Personal Assurance Knights Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
XV 2001 *London O's 37-20 East Kilbride Pirates Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
XIV 2000 *London O's 34-26 Birmingham Bulls Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
XIII 1999 *London O's 9-6 Birmingham Bulls Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
XII 1998 *London O's 20-0 Sussex Thunder Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
XI 1997 Redbridge Fire 26-7 Nottingham Caesars Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
X 1996 Leicester Panthers 10-6 Milton Keynes Pioneers Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
IX 1995 Birmingham Bulls 34-30 London O's Norman Green Stadium, Solihull
VIII 1994 *Streatham Olympians 24-23 Birmingham Bulls Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
VII 1993 Bournemouth Buccaneers 42-34 Bedford Bombardiers Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
VI 1992 Clydesdale Colts 30-26 Farnham Knights Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
V 1991 London Capitals 52-7 Clydesdale Colts Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
IV 1990 Ipswich Cardinals 34-22 Clydesdale Colts Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
III 1989 Norwich Devils 18-9 Ipswich Cardinals Moorways Stadium, Derby
II 1988 Woking Generals 20-14 Mersey Centurions Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
I 1987 Mersey Centurions 20-16 Leicester Huntsmen Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester Jeffrey Kelly

* denotes British Champion

Note:
Undesignated, 1987–1988
National Division, 1989–1993
Division 1, 1994–1998
Division 1 National, 1999
Division 1, 2000–2006
Premier Division, 2007

Lower Division Championships[edit]

Year Bowl Champion Result (Opponent) Venue
2012 Division 1 Sussex Thunder Won 10-07 (West Coast Trojans) Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
Division 2 Sheffield Predators Won 39-33 OT (Peterborough Saxons)
2011 Division 1 East Kilbride Pirates Won 62-23 (Leicester Falcons) Crystal Palace National Athletics Stadium, London
Division 2 South Wales Warriors Won 48-20 (West Coast Trojans)
2010 Division 1 Tamworth Phoenix Won XX-XX (East Kilbride Pirates) Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Division 2 London Olympians Won 35-13 (Manchester Titans)
2009 Division 1 London Cobras Won 8-0 (East Kilbride Pirates) Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Division 2 Leicester Falcons Won 33-32 (Colchester Gladiators)
2008 Division 1 Sussex Thunder Won 20-18 4OT (Redditch Arrows) Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
Division 2 London Cobras Won 30-6 (Tamworth Phoenix)
2007 Division 1 Farnham MH Knights Won 47-7 (Ipswich Cardinals)
Division 2 Norwich Devils Won 26-12 (Dundee Hurricanes)
2006 Division 1A Coventry Cassidy Jets Won 52-20 (Bristol Aztecs)
Division 2 Dominos Oxford Saints Won 29-28 (West Coast Trojans)
2005 Division 1A Bristol Aztecs Won 7-0 (Chiltern Cheetahs)
Division 2 Coventry Jets Won 30-26 (Kent Exiles)
2004 Division 1A Southern Sundevils Won 32-0 (Bristol Aztecs)
Division 2 Doncaster Mustangs Won 32-16 (Chiltern Cheetahs)
2003 Division 2 Bristol Aztecs Won 32-15 (Nottingham Caesars)
2002 Division 2 Norwich Devils Won 17-14 (ASAP Yorkshire Rams)
2001 Division 2 Ipswich Cardinals Won 47-15 (Norwich Devils)
2000 Division 2 Personal Assurance Knights Won 41-7 (Ipswich Cardinals)
1999 Division 1 (Regional) Gateshead Senators Won 7-2 (Bristol Aztecs) Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
Division 2 Chester Romans Won 24-22 (Tiger Bay Warriors)
1998 Division 2 Southern Sundevils Won 22-16 (Lancashire Wolverines)
1997 Division 2 Bristol Aztecs Won 27-6 (Chiltern Cheetahs)
1996 Division 2 London O's Won 32-7 (Birmingham Bulls)
Division 3 Winchester Rifles Won 48-0 (Redditch Arrows)
1995 Division 2 Cambridge Cats Won 28-14 (Plymouth Admirals) Norman Green Stadium, Solihull
Division 3 Oxford Saints Won 14-6 (Gwent Mustangs)
1994 Division 2 Milton Keynes Pioneers Won 18-6 (Bedford Bombardiers) Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
Division 3 Cambridge Cats Won 25-14 (Crawley Raiders)
Division 4 London Olympians II Won 48-6 (Trent Valley Warriors)
1993 Premier Division Tiptree Titans Won 17-9 (Croydon Kings)
First Division Lincoln Saints Won 51-14 (Redbridge Fire)
1992 Premier Division Merseyside Nighthawks Won 23-20 (Crawley Raiders) Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
First Division Tiptree Titans Won 20-6 (Bath Gladiators)
1991 Premier Division Plymouth Admirals Won 26-16 (Sutton Coalfield Royals) Saffron Lane Stadium, Leicester
First Division Glasgow Cyclones Won 30-21 (Basildon Chiefs)
1990 Premier Division Duchy Destroyers Won 31-19 (Cumbria Cougars)
First Division Barnsley Bears Won 40-34 (Barracudas)
1989 Premier Division Kingston Thames Pirates Won 66-8 (Redditch Arrows) Moorways Stadium, Derby
First Division Rugby Rollers Won 27-23 (Duchy Destroyers)
Note:
There were no lower divisions prior to 1989

BritBowl Appearances[edit]

Num Team W L % Notes
11 London Olympians 9 2 0.818 6 wins & 2 losses as London O's
8 London Blitz 5 3 0.600
4 Birmingham Bulls 1 3 0.250
4 Farnham MH Knights 1 3 0.250 1 win & 2 losses as Personal Assurance Knights
3 Clydesdale Colts 1 2 0.333
2 Ipswich Cardinals 1 1 0.500
4 Coventry Cassidy Jets 1 3 0.333
2 Mersey Centurions 1 1 0.500
2 East Kilbride Pirates 0 2 0.000
3 London Warriors 1 2 0.333

The following teams have 1 win from 1 appearance:
Bournemouth Buccaneers, Leicester Panthers,London Capitals, Norwich Devils, Redbridge Fire, Woking Generals

The following teams have 1 loss from 1 appearance:
Bedford Bombardiers, Leicester Huntsmen, Milton Keynes Pioneers, Nottingham Caesars, Sussex Thunder

Lower Division Championship Appearances[edit]

Num Team W L % Notes
6 Bristol Aztecs 3 3 0.500
3 Norwich Devils 2 1 0.667
3 Ipswich Cardinals 1 2 0.333
3 East Kilbride Pirates 1 2 0.333
3 Chiltern Cheetahs 0 3 0.000
2 Cambridge Cats 2 0 1.000
2 Coventry Cassidy Jets 2 0 1.000 1 win as Coventry Jets
2 Farnham MH Knights 2 0 1.000 1 win as Personal Assurance Knights
2 London Olympians 2 0 1.000 1 win as London O's & 1 win as London Olympians II
2 Southern Sundevils 2 0 1.000
2 Sussex Thunder 2 0 1.000
2 Tiptree Titans 2 0 1.000
2 Duchy Destroyers 1 1 0.500
2 Plymouth Admirals 1 1 0.500
2 Crawley Raiders 0 2 0.000
2 Redditch Arrows 0 2 0.000

The following teams have 1 win from 1 appearance:
Barnsley Bears, Chester Romans, Doncaster Mustangs, Gateshead Senators, Glasgow Cyclones, Kingston Thames Pirates, Lincoln Saints, Merseyside Centurians, Milton Keynes Pioneers, Oxford Saints, Rugby Rollers, South Wales Warriors, Winchester Rifles

The following teams have 1 loss from 1 appearance:
ASAP Yorkshire Rams, Barracudas, Basildon Chiefs, Bath Gladiators, Bedford Bombardiers, Birmingham Bulls, Croydon Kings, Cumbria Cougars, Dundee Hurricanes, Gwent Mustangs, Kent Exiles, Lancashire Wolverines, Nottingham Caesars, Redbridge Fire, Sutton Coalfield Royals, Tiger Bay Warriors, Trent Valley Warriors

See also[edit]