Sussex Thunder

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Sussex Thunder
Established 2002
Play in Brighton, East Sussex
Sussex Thunder logo
League/Conference affiliations

British American Football League (2003–present) BSL Division 2 (2003-2005)
BAFL Division 2 (2006)
BAFL Division 1 (2007-2008)
BAFL Premier Division (2009-2010)
BAFANL Division 1 (2011-2012) BAFANL Premier Division (2013-present)

Current uniform
Team colours Royal blue, red, white
Personnel
Head Coach Paul Mcintosh
Team history
  • Sussex Thunder (2002–present)

Also: Sussex Thunder, 1997-2000

Championships
Eurobowl Championships ()
BritBowl Championships (2)

Division 1 Bowl 2008 2012

Conference Championships (1)

Division 1 South 2008

Divisional Championships (3)
League Championships (3)
Home fields

Brighton Rugby Club, Brighton (2002-2004)
Breezehurst Pavilion, Crawley (2005-2010)
Broadbridge Heath Stadium (2010-2012)
Brighton Rugby Club, Brighton (2013-present)

The Sussex Thunder are an American football team from the England based in Brighton, Sussex. The club started in 1997 when the Crawley Raiders merged with local rivals the Brighton B52s to form a new club the Sussex Thunder. The first Thunder Head Coach was Jim Jasicki. The Thunder reached the BritBowl Final in their first year where they narrowly lost to the London Olympians. Success was to be thin afterwards but on 20 September 2008, led by Head Coach Len Scott, the Thunder won the Division 1 national championship in an overtime win against the Redditch Arrows.

Promotion to the BAFL Premier Division in 2009 saw the Thunder struggle to a losing season and the departure of two Head Coaches during that season (Len Scott and then Jim Roberson).

In November 2009, the Sussex Thunder appointed ex-San Francisco 49er trialist Tony Stitt as Head Coach. The team won promotion to the Premier Division of the BAFA National Leagues. After a two unsuccessful seasons in the Premier Division, from 2009 to 2011, they elected to return to the BAFA National Leagues Division 1 South which saw them reach the play-offs in 2011 where they lost to the Birmingham bulls 14-13 and then next season go on to Win the Division 1 championship in 2012 against the West Coast Trojans.

For the 2014 season Sussex Thunder have entered the associate process to rejoin the league in the 2015 season.

2013 executive staff[edit]

  • Head Coach: Ian Ellis
  • Chairman: David Maskell
  • Finance director: Stuart Cameron
  • Community: Andy O'Neil
  • Media: Serge Abdelkader
  • Operations and general manager: Tony Miller

Retired Numbers[edit]

  • 26 Andy Smythe
  • 56 Adrian Teague

Club Charity[edit]

Each year Sussex Thunder hold a charity game, for the 2014 season they will be supporting the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air ambulance

2011 roster[edit]

  • 5 Paul Robinson RB
  • 6 Jaden Ellis QB
  • 7 Andy Miles WR
  • 9 Phil Allman WR
  • 12
  • 14 John Searle Jnr K
  • 16 Eber Kington QB
  • 18 Sam Yaxley TE
  • 20 T.K Chisango RB
  • 21 Dominic Gould DB
  • 22 Chris Percival DB
  • 23
  • 24 Franco Puerton RB
  • 25 Seb Dujardin RB
  • 26 Number Retired
  • 27 Peter Knight LB
  • 29 Alex Brew RB
  • 31 Nick Gandey DB
  • 33
  • 34 Ben Tolley DB
  • 35 Scott Tolley DB
  • 36 Peter Henworth RB
  • 37 Colin Smith DB
  • 40 James Bennett DL
  • 42 Jay Cashman DB
  • 44 Ben Soro-Perez DB
  • 47 Jeremy McMinn LB
  • 48 Owen Williams LB
  • 50 Paul McIntosh OL
  • 51 Steve Skinns OL
  • 53 James Canavan LB
  • 55 Simon Fisk LB
  • 56 Number Retired
  • 57 Dave Lawrey DL
  • 58 Callum Graham LB
  • 59 James Wright OL
  • 62 John Searle Snr OL
  • 67 Fabian West OL
  • 71 Anthony Copper OL
  • 72 Igwe Ojike DL
  • 75 Dan Branch OL
  • 78 Femi Ogunwusi DL
  • 80 Adam Fishlock WR
  • 81 Damon McMinn WR
  • 82 Chris Jones WR
  • 87 Dan Stoner WR
  • 91 Ari Halldorsson DL

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