Brighton Cougars

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Brighton Cougars
League EBL Division 4 (South East)
Established 1989
History Brighton Cougars
Arena Dorothy Stringer School
Location Brighton, East Sussex
Team colours Blue and Gold
Ownership Community Sports Club
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The Brighton Cougars are an English basketball club from the city of Brighton. The Cougars play at Dorothy Stringer High School and attract a broad-based membership of boys and girls from five years old through to adult men and women. The club hold England Basketball Clubmark accreditation, and their senior Men's team compete in the English Basketball League (EBL) Division 4 (South East).[1]

Club History[edit]

Established in 1989, the club was founded to offer sessions to develop and improve basketball skills and techniques within the local community, and entered senior teams to compete in the local Sussex League and junior teams in local age-group leagues. Ten years after their founding, the club made a move into the National League, where they competed for five seasons from 1999 to 2004. Despite some strong performances and two appearances in the playoffs, the club never made it beyond the lower reaches of the league, and financial concerns led the club to drop out of national competition after the 2003-2004 season, returning to the local Sussex League.[2]

The club came to wider prominence when they applied to join the professional British Basketball League in 2007.[3] The club aimed to compete in Britain's top-tier league in the 2008-09 season, and would have occupied the spot vacated by Brighton's former professional basketball franchise the Brighton Bears, which folded in 2006. However the application was turned down in favour of Worthing Thunder, a local rival team.[4] After their unsuccessful application, the Cougars made a brief return to the National League, but dropped out of Division Four Midlands South after a single disappointing season saw them finish second-from-bottom.

The Cougars returned once again to the Sussex League for several years, building their fanbase and their reach within the community. In 2014, the decision was taken to re-launch the National League team, in order to offer junior players a further outlet to progress. An application was made and accepted to join the English Basketball League in the 2014-15 season, which led to the club being awarded a place in Division 4 (South East).[5] The team's first season back in the league ended in a respectable 5th place finish, finishing only two wins short of a place in the playoffs.[6]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season[7][8] Division Played Won Lost Points League Playoffs National Cup National Trophy Patron's Cup National Shield
Brighton Cougars
1999-2000 NBL Division 3 24 7 17 14 11th DNQ DNE DNE DNE
2000-01 NBL Division 3 22 11 11 22 4th Quarter-Final DNE DNE DNE 2nd Round
2001-02 NBL Division 2 (South) 16 8 8 16 5th DNQ DNE DNE DNE Quarter-Final
2002-03 NBL Division 2 (South) 14 8 6 16 4th Quarter-Final DNE DNE DNE Quarter-Final
2003-04 EBL Division 3 (South) 18 3 15 6 9th DNQ 1st Round DNE DNE 2nd Round
2004-08 Local Competition
2008-09 EBL Division 4 (Midlands South) 21 4 17 8 7th DNQ 1st Round DNE DNE 1st Round
2009-14 Local Competition
2014-15 EBL Division 4 (South East) 20 13 7 26 5th DNQ 1st Round DNE DNE 2nd Round

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Basketball England, League Tables". England Basketball. 
  2. ^ "Brighton Cougars History". Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ "UKTV Slam Article". 
  4. ^ "Worthing Thunder offered BBL slot". BBC Sport. 
  5. ^ "EBL Senior Structure 2014/15" (PDF). Basketball England. 
  6. ^ "League Table History". Basketball England. 
  7. ^ "Brighton Cougars History". Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. 
  8. ^ "League Table History". Basketball England. 

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