EBL Division 2
Women's British Basketball League
|Arena||Brixton Recreation Centre|
|Team colors||Red and White
Brixton TopCats is a British basketball club based in the Brixton area of London. Established in 1985, the Men's first team currently compete in the English Basketball League Division 2, and the Women's team compete in the Women's British Basketball League. The club is particularly notable for its highly rated development programme, which has produced the likes of Luol Deng, Ajou Deng and Ugonna Onyekwe in recent years. The TopCats are based at Brixton Recreation Centre and since 2009 operate a partnership with London South Bank University.
The club has a high profile nationally and has received visits over the years from HRH Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Robert Horry, Lennox Lewis, Ian Wright and Kate Hoey MP. The clubs’ founder, owner and General Manager, Jimmy Rogers is recognised as a community leader and is respected globally in basketball circles. The club has been placing players into educational institutions for over 20 years both in the USA and England, and is proud of its alumni who have been successful both on and off the court.
Brixton Basketball Club was officially formed in 1984, although its roots are far older than this. The club is a cornerstone of the local community and has impacted on the lives of thousands of inner city children in the last quarter century, while amassing a trophy cabinet and alumni to rival any club in the country. Founded against the backdrop of race riots in England in the 1980s, the club’s mission is to provide high quality opportunity for young people in South London, both on the court and in the wider areas of life. The 'TopCats' nickname was inspired by the cartoon of the same name, relevant for its parody of the relationship between young people in the community and the Police.
The club claimed the National Founders' Cup in their first year, immediately joining the National Basketball League for the 1985-1986 season, where they impressed early on with high-placed finishes in Division Two before a second-placed finish in 1988 saw them step up to Division One. The following year brought the club's first major honours, as they beat Birmingham 92–79 to claim the National Trophy at London Arena. While it would be several years before their next taste of silverware, the TopCats became mainstays of Division One for almost the whole of the 1990s, regularly appearing in the end-of-season playoffs and finishing as runners up twice.
The turn of the millennium saw a downturn in the club's fortunes, finishing bottom of Division One with a 2-24 record in 1999, and suffering relegation to Division Two. The start of the 2000-2001 season saw even more turmoil for the club, as the National League was reformatted with the launch of the short-lived NBL Conference. This saw the TopCats kept back the new Division Two, which was now effectively the third tier of English Basketball. A resurgence started in the 2002-2003 season, coinciding with the league being rebranded as the English Basketball League, as the club won the Division Three (South) title and beat the Manchester Magic's second string 83-76 in overtime to take the National Shield.
For financial reasons, the club declined promotion, remaining in Division Three for another five years before another league-and-shield double was brought home in 2009. This time, the club stepped up to Division Two, and made it back-to-back promotions by finishing second in Division Two. Even after the second promotion in two years, the best was still to come, as the club won their largest honour to date in their first season back in Division One, winning the National Cup with a 77-63 victory over the Bristol Flyers. However, a disappointing 2012-2013 season saw the club drop back down into Division Two, where they have remained since.
TopCats' Junior and Senior teams have been mainstays of the National League since 1985, winning many trophies and championships along the way.
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- 2004, 2009
|Season||Division||Played||Won||Lost||Points||League||Playoffs||National Cup||National Trophy||Patron's Cup||National Shield|
|1985-86||NBL Division 2||22||15||7||30||4th||1st Round||Semi-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|1986-87||NBL Division 2||18||11||7||22||5th||2nd Round||Quarter-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|1987-88||NBL Division 2||18||14||4||28||2nd||Runner-up||1st Round||Runner-up||DNQ||DNQ|
|1988-89||NBL Division 1||20||17||3||34||2nd||Semi-final||1st Round||Winners||DNQ||DNQ|
|1989-90||NBL Division 1||22||19||3||38||3rd||Runner-up||2nd Round||Runner-up||DNQ||DNQ|
|1990-91||NBL Division 1||22||10||12||20||9th||DNQ||2nd Round||2nd Round||DNQ||DNQ|
|1991-92||NBL Division 1||22||13||9||26||4th||Semi-final||2nd Round||Semi-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|1992-93||NBL Division 1||22||11||11||22||7th||Semi-final||2nd Round||Quarter-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|1993-94||NBL Division 1||18||10||8||20||5th||Quarter-final||3rd Round||Quarter-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|1994-95||NBL Division 1||22||13||9||26||5th||Quarter-final||2nd Round||Quarter-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|1995-96||NBL Division 1||22||9||13||18||7th||Runner-up||1st Round||Quarter-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|1996-97||NBL Division 1||26||7||19||14||12th||DNQ||2nd Round||DNQ||DNQ|
|1997-98||NBL Division 1||22||4||18||8||12th||DNQ||2nd Round||DNQ||DNQ|
|1998-99||NBL Division 1||26||2||24||4||14th||DNQ||3rd Round||DNQ||DNQ|
|1999-2000||NBL Division 2||24||17||7||34||4th||2nd Round||DNQ||DNQ|
|2000-01||NBL Division 2||24||6||18||12||11th||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||Quarter-final|
|2001-02||NBL Division 2 South||16||7||9||14||6th||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||2nd Round|
|2002-03||NBL Division 2 South||14||7||7||14||6th||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||Runner-up|
|2003-04||EBL Division 3 South||18||16||2||32||1st||Semi-final||DNQ||DNQ||Winners|
|2004-05||EBL Division 3 East||18||9||9||18||7th||DNQ||2nd Round||DNQ||DNQ||Runner-up|
|2005-06||EBL Division 3 South-East||16||6||10||12||7th||DNQ||1st Round||DNQ||DNQ||1st Round|
|2006-07||EBL Division 3 South||16||11||5||22||3rd||Quarter-final||2nd Round||DNQ||DNQ||3rd Round|
|2007-08||EBL Division 3 South||22||7||15||14||11th||DNQ||1st Round||DNQ||DNQ||2nd Round|
|2008-09||EBL Division 3 South||24||20||4||40||1st||Runner-up||Semi-final||DNQ||DNQ||Winners|
|2009-10||EBL Division 2||20||15||5||30||2nd||Quarter-final||Quarter-final||DNQ||1st Round||DNQ|
|2010-11||EBL Division 1||18||8||10||16||5th||Quarter-final||Winners||1st Round||DNQ||DNQ|
|2011-12||EBL Division 1||24||11||13||22||9th||DNQ||3rd Round||Quarter-final||DNQ||DNQ|
|2012-13||EBL Division 1||26||3||23||6||14th||DNQ||2nd Round||1st Round||DNQ||DNQ|
|2013-14||EBL Division 2||20||12||8||24||4th||Semi-final||2nd Round||DNQ||1st Round||DNQ|
|2014-15||EBL Division 2||22||10||12||20||7th||Quarter-final||2nd Round||DNQ||1st Round||DNQ|
Notable Former Players
- Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls 2004-2014/Miami Heat 2014-)
- Ogo Adegboye (St Bonaventure University)
- Eric Boateng (Arizona State University)
- Matthew Bryan-Amaning (University of Washington)
- Justin Robinson (Rider University)