Derby Trailblazers

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Derby Trailblazers
Derby Trailblazers logo
League EBL Division One
Established 2000
History Derby Trailblazers
Arena Noel-Baker Sports Hall
(Capacity: 500)
Location Derby, Derbyshire
Team colours Blue and White
Head coach United Kingdom Jamie Maudsley
Ownership Charlie Wright
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The Derby Trailblazers are a basketball club from Derby, which operates several Men's teams in the English Basketball League, as well as Women's and Junior teams at a variety of levels. Their semi-professional Men's First Team compete in English Basketball League Division One, with a Second and Third team in Division Three (North) and Four (Midlands) respectively. The club were originally founded as a feeder club for the now-defunct Derby Storm, and wear the same Blue and White colours as their predecessor. The Trailblazers play their home games at the Noel-Baker Sports Hall.

Club History[edit]

The Trailblazers were originally founded in 2000 in order to give local players access to competitive Women's and Junior basketball teams after the town's professional outfit, Derby Storm, ended their equivalent programmes to focus on their professional team, which was then competing in the British Basketball League.[1] After the Storm closed down completely in 2002, the Trailblazers added Men's basketball to their offering, and started to gradually work their way up the English Basketball League. Only a few years after entering a Men's team in the National League, the Trailblazers were crowned Champions of Division Two in 2007, and were promoted to Division One for the 2007/2008 season, along with the Taunton Tigers and Bristol Academy Flyers.

Initially, the team were successful in the second tier of British basketball, with the Trailblazers crowned Champions of Division One in 2010 with a 17-5 record, and winning the EBL Men's Trophy in 2012, beating Bristol Academy Flyers 87-60 in the final.[2] This success was hard to sustain though, with the team winning only six league games in the 2012/2013 season, and suffering demotion back to Division Two as a result. However, 2013/2014 saw the Trailblazers win promotion back to Division One at the first attempt, winning Division Two with a game to spare.[3]

Club Honours[edit]

EBL Division 1 League Champions

  • 2010

EBL Division 2 League Champions

  • 2007, 2014

EBL Division 2 Playoff Champions

  • 2014

EBL Division 3 League Champions

  • 2005

EBL Division 3 Playoff Champions

  • 2005

National Trophy Champions

  • 2012

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season[4][5] Division Played Won Lost Points League Playoffs National Cup National Trophy Patron's Cup National Shield
Derby Trailblazers
2002-03 NBL Division 2 (North) 18 7 11 14 6th DNQ DNE DNE
2003-04 EBL Division 3 (North) 22 14 8 28 3rd Semi-final 1st Round DNE DNE 2nd Round
2004-05 EBL Division 3 (North) 16 14 2 28 1st Winners DNE DNE
2005-06 EBL Division 2 22 11 11 22 4th Semi-final DNE Semi-final DNE
2006-07 EBL Division 2 22 19 3 38 1st Semi-final DNE DNE DNE
2007-08 EBL Division 1 18 8 10 16 6th Semi-final 1st Round 1st Round DNE DNE
2008-09 EBL Division 1 18 5 13 10 8th Quarter-final Quarter-final 1st Round DNE DNE
2009-10 EBL Division 1 22 17 5 34 1st Runner-up Semi-final Semi-final DNE DNE
2010-11 EBL Division 1 18 6 12 12 8th Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final DNE DNE
2011-12 EBL Division 1 24 16 8 32 3rd Runner-up Quarter-final Winners DNE DNE
2012-13 EBL Division 1 26 6 20 12 13th DNQ Quarter-final Quarter-final DNE DNE
2013-14 EBL Division 2 20 17 3 34 1st Winners Quarter-final DNE Semi-final DNE

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