Edinburgh Wolves

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Edinburgh Wolves
Team logo
Established 2002
Based in Edinburgh
Home stadium Meggetland Sports Complex
Head coach Don Edmonston
League BAFA National Leagues
Division Northern Premiership
League titles 0
Division titles 3 (2010, 2012, 2016)
Current uniform

Edinburgh Wolves are a Scottish American football team based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They play their home games at the Meggetland Sports Complex. They play in the BAFA National Leagues (BAFANL).


Edinburgh has had an American Football team since the Edinburgh Eagles were formed in 1985. Playing until 1988, they achieved success, becoming the Borders Conference champions in 1987. They subsequently merged with the ‘Capital Clansman’ team in 1989 to form the Edinburgh Phoenix who posted a 22–17 record in the British leagues over the next four years. A different Eagles team played in 1993 and 1994 before the Lothian Raiders played in Saughton and Dalkeith from 1996 until 1998. Edinburgh was without a senior amateur team between 1998 and 2003, although the Scottish Claymores played in the city at Murrayfield until 2002.[1]

The Edinburgh Wolves were originally formed in 2002 by a group of eight people who had previously played Flag Football. The Wolves name was adapted from the flag team which was absorbed into the organisation at the same time.[2] The club quickly expanded, and were accepted into the British Senior League in November 2002. The League was rebranded to the British American Football League (BAFL) in 2005. The club moved to the BAFA Community League in 2010 after BAFL went into administration.


The Wolves competed in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons of the BAFL under Head Coach Peter Laird. They competed in the BSL in 2003, and finished with a 3–7–0 in Division Two in their first season. One of the team's players, Jeff Nicholson, went on to play for the Scottish Claymores in 2003 and 2004

They finished third in the competitive Division Two Scottish Conference in 2004. In 2005, their RB David "Magic" Molloy broke the 1,000 yard rushing mark.

2006 season[edit]

Laird retired as Head Coach at the end of the 2005 season and David Molloy took over the position for the 2006 season.[3] However, due to lack of Lineman the team had to pull out of the league, and Molloy consequently resigned.[4] At this time a large number of players left to join other clubs in Scotland rather than take a year out with the Wolves to return in the future. While the club did not take part in competitive games in 2006 they still played three games, including their first match at Meadowbank Stadium – the 3 wins in 2006 under newly appointed and current Head Coach Don Edmonston propelled the club back into BAFL in 2007.

2007 season[edit]

The success of the 2006 match at Meadowbank Stadium allowed the Wolves to move their home fixtures to the venue for the 2007 season. They are currently the only team in Scotland to play in a stadium.

2008 season[edit]

In their second season since re-entering the league, the team finished with a 5–5 record, their best ever. They won 4 of their home games at Meadowbank and a tough away game at Chester. The team also had two players win BAFL player of the week, with Allan Price in week 13 gaining 157 yards and two touchdowns and Graeme Kellington in week 15 picking off two interceptions and running them back for touchdowns. Campbell Lewis, Paul Elder and Jim Scott also picked up nominations in weeks 4, 6 and 10 respectively.[5]

2009 season[edit]

The team had their best ever result and first winning season, going 6–4 and only losing twice to Glasgow and twice to Manchester. They narrowly missed out on the playoffs.

2010 season[edit]

The Wolves again showed their ongoing development by having their best season to date, compiling an 8–2 record and being knocked out of the playoffs 6–0 by the Shropshire Revolution.

2011 season[edit]

After their success in 2010, the Wolves were offered promotion to Division 1, however they declined this. They went on have a poor season, finishing 5–5, justifying their decision to stay in Division 2.

2012 season[edit]

The Wolves bounced back well from a disappointing 2011 season after recruiting new players also coaches to post their best record to date, winning eight games, as well as a draw and a loss, both at the hands of the Clyde Valley Blackhawks. They qualified for the playoffs as top seeds in the BAFA Division Two North conference, beating the Chester Romans (Second seed in the Southern Conference)at home in the BAFA Division 2 quarter finals, before losing away to the Sheffield Predators (first seed in the Southern Conference), who went on to win the Division two Britbowl title.

Junior and Youth Programme[edit]

The Edinburgh Wolves Youth Program was founded in 2005 for both Junior (16–19-year-olds) and Youth (14–16-year-olds). The Junior and Youth team currently compete in the BAFANL north and train and play their home tournaments at the south queensferry rugby club in Edinburgh.

University Programme[edit]

In November 2003 the Wolves launched a university team who were accepted into the Collegiate league in the UK (BUAFL) for the 2004–05 season. In 2005 the team were rebranded as the Timberwolves and became a stand-alone organisation, independent but affiliated to the Wolves. In 2007 the Timberwolves were rebranded again to the Napier Mavericks and when league rules changed and teams had to represent a single educational institution, the Mavericks split and became the University of Edinburgh Predators and the Edinburgh Napier Knights. These teams are no longer affiliated to the Wolves.

In 2014, the Wolves took over the coaching and management of the new university team at Heriot Watt. In 2015 Heriot Watt American Football was accepted into the sports union and will compete in the 2015 BAFUL North league.


In 2007 and 2009 the Wolves management team were awarded the John Slavin Award for the best Game Day Management in the whole BAFL league.[6]

The Adult team Head Coach is Don Edmonston, an ex-GB Lions Captain and ex-Scottish Claymores player.

The Youth Program is run by Head Coach, James Collins.

The Junior Program is run by Head Coach, Andrew Bourke

Sponsorship and Recruitment[edit]

The Wolves are a non-profit organisation and no members of the staff or players receive payments and are all volunteers. As with many teams in the United Kingdom all of the Wolves Players are amateur and are expected to make financial contributions to ensure the team continues. The Club does seek sponsorship for home games[7] to lift the financial burden on players & Staff. The three teams have a continuous recruitment policy and new players have been encouraged to join the club all year round.[8] The club also offers training to non-players/volunteers and have a game day staff crew which also recruits year round.

Season by Season Record[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff
2003 3 7 0 9th place Division 2 North
2004 3 4 2 3rd place Division 2 Scottish
2005 3 6 1 4th place Division 2 Scottish
2007 3 7 0 5th place BAFL Division 2 North
2008 5 5 0 3rd place BAFL Division 2 North
2009 6 4 0 3rd place BAFL Division 2 North
2010 8 2 0 1st place BAFL Division 2 North 1/4 Finalist
2011 5 5 0 BAFL Division 2 North
2012 9 1 2 1st place BAFL Division 2 North Semi Finalist
2013 6 4 0 3rd Place BAFA National League North
2014 10 3 0 2nd Place BAFA National League North Britbowl R/UP

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  1. ^ Alltime British American Football Complete List of Teams
  2. ^ Team Info
  3. ^ Hot Iron: British American Football League Division 2
  4. ^ Hot Iron: British American Football League Division 2
  5. ^ "BAFL League News". BAFL. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  6. ^ BAFA.org.uk John Slavin Trophy 2007
  7. ^ Sponsors
  8. ^ http://www.edinburghwolves.com
  9. ^ "www.britballnow.com". Historical Standing Tables. Britballnow.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  10. ^ "edinburghwolves.com". Edinburgh Wolves News page. Edinburgh Wolves. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-08. [dead link]

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