Derby Storm

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Derby Storm
Derby Storm logo
League British Basketball League
Established 1984
Folded 2002
History Derby Turbos
1984-1985
Derby Rams
1985-1991
Derby Bucks
1991-1995
Derby Storm
1995-2002
Location Derby, Derbyshire
Team colours Blue and White
Ownership Mike Horton
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

Derby Storm was a former British Basketball League (BBL) franchise from the city of Derby, Derbyshire. The team took the decision to sit out the 2002-03 season after failing to find a suitable venue for home games. Despite early efforts for a new arena, the franchise never returned to playing action.

Founded in 1984 as the Derby Turbos later changed to Derby Rams in 1985, the team was a founder member of the franchise based, professional BBL when it was set up in 1987. Another name change took place in 1991, becoming the Derby Bucks, and in 1993 the franchise withdrew from the BBL due to financial problems, but was "rescued" and allowed to re-enter before the new season began.

The team became known as the Derby Storm in 1995 and was the first British basketball club to own their own venue, the Thunderdome aka Storm Arena, which was in fact a converted factory. The compact arena was definitely one of the most characteristic venues in the League, and often the subject of many jokes from rival fans.

Storm were given permission to "sit out" the 2002-03 season, to generate finance and find an alternative venue,[1] but having not returned since, the franchise membership with the BBL has lapsed. Basketball remained in the city however as fans took it upon themselves to take control of Storm's reserve team and reform them as Derby Trailblazers. The Blazers adopted one of Storm's former homes, the Moorways Centre, as their home venue.

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  1. ^ BBC (2002-07-09). "Derby Storm on hold". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2002-07-09.