Sheffield Sharks

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Sheffield Sharks
2014–15 British Basketball League season
Sheffield Sharks logo
League British Basketball League
Established 1991
History Sheffield Forgers
1991-1994
Sheffield Sharks
1994-present
Arena English Institute of Sport
(Capacity: 1,200)
Location Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Team colours Navy Blue and Yellow
Main sponsor One Health Group
B. Braun Medical Ltd
Head coach United States United Kingdom Atiba Lyons
Ownership United Kingdom Steve Shore
Website SharksBasketball.co.uk
Uniforms
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Home
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Sheffield Sharks, officially named One Health Sheffield Sharks due to sponsorship, is a professional basketball team from the city of Sheffield, England. Sharks currently play in the British Basketball League and play their home fixtures at English Institute of Sport - Sheffield. They are one of the most successful teams in the history of British basketball, second only to Newcastle Eagles, and dominated the domestic scene throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.

Franchise history[edit]

"Forging" history[edit]

The franchise was established in 1991 when the team, then called the Sheffield Forgers in reference to the city's history as a major steel producer, were admitted to National Basketball League Division 2. After two seasons competing in the division, with an overall 26-16 record, the Forgers were crowned Champions in 1993 and promoted to NBL Division 1.

The 1993-1994 season would prove to be another successful one for the Forgers having reached the National Trophy final where they beat Plymouth Raiders 62-60 on "home" territory at the Sheffield Arena. Their stay in the First Division did not last long, and although they finished in 4th position with a 10-8 record, the Forgers were admitted to the professional top-tier British Basketball League to replace the withdrawing Guildford Kings.

Sharks swim with the "big boys"[edit]

The successful franchise was purchased by the Chrysalis Group in 1994 and rebranded as Sheffield Sharks. On court, the team dominated the league in its rookie season, and with a 29-7 league record, marched on to take the BBL League Championship and National Cup with an incredible 89-66 victory in the final against Thames Valley Tigers. However the Tigers got their revenge over the Sharks with a nail-biting 74-69 win in the BBL Trophy final. The Sharks also missed out on the Play-off final following a 72-84 loss to Worthing Bears in the Final Four, despite this the Sheffield team still enjoyed a phenomenal debut season.

Taking a bite at Europe[edit]

In 1995, the 1995 McDonald's Championship came to London and the Sharks were entered as the host team, mixing with the elite of world basketball including the NBA's Houston Rockets, Spanish League giants Real Madrid and Bologna of the Italian League amongst others. Sheffield finished the series 0-2, following defeats to Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Sharks' adventure continued into Europe in the following season (1995–96) when they competed in the prestigious Euroleague. After knocking out Luxembourg-based team Residence Helmsange in the Qualifying round, the Sharks were then eliminated in the First Round by Real Madrid after a 57-67 defeat in Sheffield and a 75-78 defeat in Madrid. As a result of losing, Sheffield were then placed in the Third Round of the less glamorous European Cup, where they were subsequently knocked out by Belgian League club Oostende Basket, thus ending their European adventure.

On the domestic scene, the Sharks could not repeat the highs of their previous season, finishing as Runners-up in the League Championship (30-6) to London Towers, and losing the final of the National Cup 58-70 also to the dominating Towers. Their Play-off dreams were also shattered in the Semi-final's by eventual winners Birmingham Bullets, whom they lost to 68-82.

Golden era[edit]

The Sharks again reached the BBL Cup final in 1996 and 1997, finishing second then third in the Championship, and their next piece of silverware was the 1998 BBL Trophy. They claimed their second BBL Cup and Championship double in 1999, with Terrell Myers picked as League MVP, before successfully defending the Cup in 2000 after reaching their fifth Cup final in six years. It was during the most successful period of the clubs’ history that owners Chrysalis Group decided to sell off their majority stake.[1][2] After running into off-court financial difficulties and on the brink of a wind-up order from the BBL, the franchise was acquired by Montgomery Leisure Services Ltd in 2001,[3] the same year that a first Play-off final appearance was secured in after topping the Championship. However it was Leicester Riders who triumphed 84-75, and the Sharks were beaten again in the play-off final the following year, 93-82 by Cheshire Jets. The Sharks claimed their third Championship in five years in 2003 and although they failed to reach the play-off final, they got there the following year after a second-placed league finish. It was the Sharks' third play-off final in four years and a case of third time lucky as they beat Cheshire 86-74 to claim their only play-off success to date.

The franchise today[edit]

The BBL Cup was also secured in 2004, but the last five years have been lean ones for the Sharks as the Newcastle Eagles and Guildford Heat have become the BBL's most dominant forces. Yet while the Sharks have failed to reach a final in the last five years, they haven't finished lower than sixth in the Championship and remain a force to be reckoned with in the BBL.

Home arenas[edit]

Sheffield Arena (1994-2004)
Ponds Forge International Hall (2004-2006)
English Institute of Sport - Sheffield (2006-present)

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pld. W L Pts. Play Offs Trophy Cup
Sheffield Forgers
1991–1992 NBL 3 5th 22 11 11 22 - - -
1992–1993 NBL 3 1st 20 15 5 30 - - -
1993–1994 NBL 1 4th 18 10 8 20 - Winners -
Sheffield Sharks
1994–1995 BBL 1st 36 29 7 58 Semi-final Runner-up Winners
1995–1996 BBL 2nd 36 30 6 60 Semi-final Semi-final Runner-up
1996–1997 BBL 3rd 36 26 10 52 Semi-final Semi-final Runner-up
1997–1998 BBL 4th 36 25 11 50 Quarter-final Winners Quarter-final
1998–1999 BBL 1st 36 31 5 62 Semi-final Semi-final Winners
1999–2000 BBL N 2nd 36 29 7 58 Quarter-final Semi-final Winners
2000–2001 BBL N 1st 36 27 9 54 Runner-up Semi-final 1st Round
2001–2002 BBL N 2nd 32 21 11 42 Runner-up Quarter-final Semi-final
2002–2003 BBL 1st 40 33 7 66 Semi-final 1st Round 1st Round
2003–2004 BBL 2nd 36 26 10 52 Winners 1st Round Winners
2004–2005 BBL 4th 40 26 14 52 Semi-final 1st Round Quarter-final
2005–2006 BBL 3rd 40 26 14 52 Semi-final 1st Round Quarter-final
2006–2007 BBL 2nd 36 28 8 56 Semi-final Semi-final Semi-final
2007–2008 BBL 6th 33 17 16 34 Quarter-final 1st Round Quarter-final
2008–2009 BBL 6th 33 16 17 32 Quarter-final 1st Round Quarter-final
2009–2010 BBL 2nd 36 30 6 60 Semi-final 1st Round Winners
2010–2011 BBL 3rd 33 24 9 48 Runner-up 1st Round Winners
2011–2012 BBL 7th 30 13 17 26 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
2012–2013 BBL 7th 33 17 16 34 Quarter-final Winners Semi-final
2013–2014 BBL 2nd 33 27 6 54 Semi-final Semi-final Semi-final

Notes:

  • Until 1993 Division Three operated as the third tier league, behind Division Two and Division One (the BBL).
  • In 1993 the NBL restructured Division Two as Division One, operating as the second tier league.
  • From 1999-2002 the BBL operated a Conference system. Sheffield competed in the Northern Conference.

Trophies[edit]

League[edit]

  • NBL Division 2 Winners: 1992/93 1
  • BBL Winners: 1994/95, 1998/99, & 2002/03 3
  • BBL Northern Conference Winners: 2000/01 1
  • BBL Runners Up: 1995/96, 2003/04, & 2009/10 3
  • BBL Northern Conference Runners Up: 1999/00, & 2001/02 2

Playoffs[edit]

  • NBL Division 2 Play Off Winners: 1992/93 1
  • BBL Play Off Winners: 2003/04 1
  • BBL Play Off Runners Up: 2000/01, 2001/02, 2010/11 3

Cup[edit]

  • National Cup Winners: 1994/95, 1998/99, & 1999/00 3
  • BBL Cup Winners: 2003/04, 2009/10 & 2010/11 3
  • National Cup Runners Up: 1995/96, & 1996/97 2

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Sheffield Sharks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
F 2 United States Payne, Allen 70017800000000000006 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
G 4 United Kingdom Brownell, George 70017300000000000006 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
G 5 United Kingdom Brownell, Eddy 70017400000000000006 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PG 7 United States Holmes, B.J. 70017100000000000005 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
PF 10 United Kingdom Serbia Backovic, Marko 70017700000000000006 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
G 11 Canada United Kingdom Lewis, Nick 70017500000000000006 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
F 12 United Kingdom Babalola, Olu 70017800000000000006 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
SF 13 United Kingdom Wignell, Jake 70017500000000000006 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
F 15 Canada United Kingdom Tuck, Michael (C) 70017900000000000006 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
F 20 Germany Horstmann, Patrick 70017900000000000006 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
G 23 United Kingdom Sing, Colin 70017700000000000006 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
G 24 United Kingdom Gachette, Zachariah 70017500000000000006 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • United Kingdom Andrew Langford
  • United Kingdom Joel Mills

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 26th September 2014

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "www.answers.com/topic/chrysalis-group-plc". Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  2. ^ "www.sharks-bbraun.com/index.html". Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Sharks back in business". BBC News. 2001-06-27. 

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