Leicester Riders

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Leicester Riders
Leicester Riders logo
League British Basketball League
Established 1967
History Loughborough All-Stars
1967–1981
Leicester All-Stars
1981–1986
Leicester City Riders
1986–1997
Leicester Riders
1997–present
Arena John Sandford Centre
(Capacity: 800)
Location Leicester, Leicestershire
Team colours Red, White and Black
Main sponsor Jelson Homes
De Montfort University
Head coach United States Italy Rob Paternostro
Website LeicesterRiders.co.uk
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

The Leicester Riders, officially known as the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders for sponsorship reasons, is a British professional basketball team that play in the British Basketball League (BBL). They are the oldest operating basketball team in the country,

Franchise history[edit]

Founded on 26 April 1967 and then known as the Loughborough All Stars, the Leicester Riders are the oldest club in British basketball.

They were founder members of the National Basketball League in 1972 and the BBL in 1987.

The Riders were founded by students and lecturers at Loughborough University in April 1967 and were known as the Loughborough All Stars. They were founder members of the National Basketball League in 1972, and the British Basketball League in 1987, and are the oldest club in British basketball operating at the top flight.

The club moved from Loughborough to Leicester in 1981, backed by Leicester City Council and Leicester City Bus (hence the change in nickname to "Riders"), before moving back to play at Loughborough University in 2000, following the closure of Granby Halls, at a new venue barely a stone's throw from Victory Hall where the club played its first game.

Logo used from 2004 until 2013

In 2004 the Riders agreed a sponsorship deal with De Montfort University (DMU) and moved back to Leicester, where they played their games at the DMU's John Sandford Sports Centre.

Following a difficult period for the Club financially between 2005 and 2007, former director of the team, Mike Steptoe, and the supporters club formed a consortium which raised enough money to keep the side running. Then local business Jelson Homes stepped forward to sponsor the Club and the appointment of general manager Russell Levenston began a turning point for the club. Part of the sponsorship deal with Jelson Homes was to ensure the future of the club by investing in 'basketball in the community' schemes, providing the youth of Leicester with basketball coaching programmes, such as the "Shoot to the Future" programme, run with the support of the Police.

Riders also now have an extensive youth programme for boys and girls, a Women’s team near the top of England Basketball’s Division One, one of the country’s largest Basketball Apprentice schemes at Charnwood College, and a partnership with Loughborough University, lead by the Great Britain men’s captain Drew Sullivan, and which includes a GB Futures player, Jamell Anderson, two Great Britain Under 20 men’s internationals and two Great Britain Under 20 women’s internationals, as well as a number of boys and girls in England Under age international teams. Membership in the Club is expected to reach nearly 1,500 this season. The Club’s community programmes reach nearly 15,000 young people in the City and County.

The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders secured the BBL Cup in thrilling fashion as they defeated the Newcastle Eagles 80–85 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on 13 January 2012, in front of a bumper 7,500 crowd, and live on Sky TV, their first piece of silverware since they won the Cup and the Playoff finals in 2001.

Home arenas[edit]

John Sanfdord Sport Centre, home of the Leicester Riders.
Victory Hall (1967–1981)
Granby Halls (1981–2000)
Loughborough University (2000–2004)
John Sandford Centre (2004–present)

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pld. W L Pts. Play-offs Trophy Cup
Loughborough All-Stars
1972–1973 NBL 4th 10 5 5 15 N/A N/A 1st Round
1973–1974 NBL 6th 14 5 9 19 N/A N/A Semi-final
1974–1975 NBL 7th 18 8 10 26 N/A N/A Semi-final
1975–1976 NBL 1 6th 18 6 12 24 N/A N/A Quarter-final
1976–1977 NBL 1 6th 18 8 10 26 N/A N/A Quarter-final
1977–1978 NBL 1 5th 18 9 9 18 N/A N/A Quarter-final
1978–1979 NBL 1 6th 20 10 10 18 DNQ N/A Quarter-final
1979–1980 NBL 1 6th 20 10 10 18 DNQ N/A Semi-final
1980–1981 Hiatus - - - - - - - -
Leicester All-Stars
1981–1982 NBL 2 1st 16 16 0 32 DNQ N/A -
1982–1983 NBL 1 6th 24 16 8 32 DNQ N/A -
1983–1984 NBL 1 6th 36 23 13 45 DNQ N/A -
1984–1985 NBL 1 6th 26 15 11 30 Semi-final N/A -
1985–1986 NBL 1 8th 28 14 14 28 - N/A -
Leicester City Riders
1986–1987 NBL 1 5th 24 16 8 32 - N/A -
1987–1988 BBL 9th 28 14 14 28 DNQ 1st Round Semi-final
1988–1989 BBL 4h 20 14 6 28 Semi-final Semi-final 2nd Round
1989–1990 BBL 6th 28 7 21 14 DNQ 1st Round 2nd Round
1990–1991 BBL 4th 24 14 10 28 Semi-final Semi-final Runner-up
1991–1992 BBL 6th 30 14 16 28 Quarter-final Runner-up Semi-final
1992–1993 BBL 8th 33 12 21 24 Quarter-final Semi-final Semi-final
1993–1994 BBL 7th 36 20 16 40 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
1994–1995 BBL 11th 36 8 28 16 DNQ 1st Round Quarter-final
1995–1996 BBL 9th 36 11 25 22 DNQ 1st Round 4th Round
1996–1997 BBL 8th 36 15 21 30 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
Leicester Riders
1997–1998 BBL 9th 36 15 21 30 DNQ Quarter-final Runner-up
1998–1999 BBL 12th 36 9 27 18 DNQ Semi-final 1st Round
1999–2000 BBL N 7th 36 10 26 20 DNQ 1st Round Quarter-final
2000–2001 BBL N 4th 36 17 19 34 Winners 1st Round Winners
2001–2002 BBL N 5th 32 11 21 22 DNQ 1st Round 1st Round
2002–2003 BBL 11th 40 3 37 6 DNQ 1st Round 1st Round
2003–2004 BBL 9th 36 5 31 10 DNQ 1st Round Quarter-final
2004–2005 BBL 10th 40 11 29 22 DNQ 1st Round 1st Round
2005–2006 BBL 6th 40 18 22 36 Quarter-final Runner-up 1st Round
2006–2007 BBL 7th 36 13 23 22 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
2007–2008 BBL 10th 33 10 23 20 DNQ 1st Round Quarter-final
2008–2009 BBL 3rd 33 21 12 42 Semi-final 1st Round Quarter-final
2009–2010 BBL 6th 36 21 15 42 Quarter-final 1st Round Semi-final
2010–2011 BBL 8th 33 17 16 34 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
2011–2012 BBL 2nd 30 22 8 44 Runner-up 1st Round Semi-final
2012–2013 BBL 1st 33 30 3 60 Winners Runner-up Winners

Notes:

  • From 1999–2002 the BBL operated a Conference system. Leicester competed in the Northern Conference.
  • DNQ denotes Did Not Qualify.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following information is established according to the official websites of the team (www.leicesterriders.co.uk) and Britain's top professional league, the BBL (www.bbl.org.uk).

Leicester Riders roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
F 5 United States Cousinard, Jay 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
PG 7 United States Downing, Anthony 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
G/F 8 United Kingdom Sullivan, Andrew 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
PG 9 Spain Calvo, Jorge 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
G 11 United Kingdom Noel, Levi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
F/C 12 United Kingdom Gamble, Harrison 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
PG 13 United Kingdom Washington, Connor 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
C 15 United Kingdom Lamble, Barry (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
F 21 United Kingdom Anderson, Jamell 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
F 22 United States Hassan, Rashad 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
F 33 United Kingdom Rowe, Anthony 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • United Kingdom Philip Gleadell
  • United Kingdom Mark Jarram

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 16th December 2013

Notable former players[edit]

External links[edit]