Derby Trailblazers

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Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club
Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club logo
League EBL Division One
Established 2000
History Derby Trailblazers
Arena Noel-Baker Sports Hall
(Capacity: 500)
Location Derby, Derbyshire
Team colours Black and Blue
Head coach United Kingdom Matt Shaw
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, not and 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 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.


The Trailblazers were founded in 2000 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 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 Mmen'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.

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]


Year of Honour Team Honours
2015 D1 League runners-up
2015 U16 League Winners
2014 D2 Derbyshire Sports Awards, Team of the Year
2014 D2 Promotion to Division 1
2014 D2 League Champions
2014 D2 Play-off Winners
2014 Academy U17 National Champions
2014 Academy U19 East Midlands Champions
2013 Ladies Ladies Plate
2013 U16 Cup runners-up
2013 Academy U19 East Midlands Champions
2013 D3 Northern League runners-up
2012 D1 Men’s Trophy winners
2012 D1 Play-off runners-up
2012 Academy U19 National Champions
2012 Academy U19 Ladies East Midlands Champions
2012 Ladies Jubilee Shield Winners
2012 U15 Midlands Conference Champions
2011 Academy U19 East Midlands Champions
2011 U18 Midlands Conference Winners
2011 U16 Midlands Conference runners-up
2011 U14 Midlands Conference runners-up
2010 D1 League Champions
2010 D1 Play-off runners-up
2010 Academy U19 East Midlands Champions
2010 U16 Midlands Conference Winners
2009 U18 Northern Premier League Champions
2009 U18 Play-off Winners
2008 D4 Midlands South League Champions
2008 D4 Men’s Shield Winners
2008 U18 Midlands Premier League Champions
2007 D2 League Champions
2007 U16 Boys Premier runners-up
2007 U16 Boys Play-off runners-up
2006 U16 Boys Midlands Conference Champions
2006 U16 Boys Play-off runners-up
2005 D3 Men’s Northern League Champions
2005 D3 Men’s Play-off Winners

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

Logo history[edit]

Derby Trailblazers club logo V2
Derby Trailblazers club logo V3

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
  • Played at least one official international match for his senior national team or one NBA game at any time.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Sport England Case Study" (PDF). Sport England. 
  2. ^ "Basketball England League Records". Basketball England. 
  3. ^ "Basketball: Derby Trailblazers promoted with a game to spare". Derby Telegraph. 
  4. ^ "Derby Trailblazers History". Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Basketball England League Records". Basketball England.