Farnham Knights

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Farnham Knights
Founded1985; 34 years ago (1985)
LeagueBAFA National Leagues
DivisionPremier Division South
LocationFarnham, Surrey
StadiumWilkinson Way, Farnham RUFC
ColoursRed Helmets
Sky Blue and Red Jerseys
White Pants
Head coachPeter Fields

The Farnham Knights American Football Club (formerly Southern Seminoles, Personal Assurance Knights/PA Knights) are a British American Football club based in Farnham, Surrey. The Club has three teams; the Farnham Knights (20+), the Farnham Knights U19 (16 - 19) and the Farnham Knights U17 (14 - 17). The Farnham Knights play in the Premiership South of the British American Football Association National Leagues and were the Britbowl champions in 2004.

The team signed former Olympic sprinter Dwain Chambers in 2006[1]


Cheerleader's jacket 2015

The Farnham Knights were founded in 1984, under Head Coach Marc Salazar, who was an American service member, serving in the United States Air Force. The team played their first game in 1985 as the Farnham Knights. The franchise joined the Budweiser league in 1986 and went on to win their first league title finishing their first regular season undefeated.

During 1994 the Farnham Knights merged with the Hampshire Cavaliers and were renamed the Southern Seminoles. Personal Assurance stepped in during 1997 to sponsor the side which led to the return of the Knights moniker, the Personal Assurance Knights. In 2007, MH Football Shop took over the main sponsorship of the club, to rename them the Farnham MH Knights.

In 2008, a new main sponsor, Fast Lane, stepped in with a two-year deal. The team were then known as the Farnham Fast Lane Knights.

League Placing and Catchment[edit]

As the only club in the Blackwater Valley Farnham Knights has drawn players from across Surrey and Hampshire, within 20 miles (32 km) are Woking, Guildford, Farnborough, Aldershot, Bracknell and Basingstoke. The club is the only one in the county of Surrey.

All games are played at Farnham Rugby Club from 2013, the first season in the club's history that it has been based in the town of Farnham itself after only playing 1 game at Farnham Rugby Club's old ground in Wrecclesham.[2]


  • Budweiser League Div 1 Southern League Champions 1986
  • BSL Div 2 Conference Champions 1987
  • BNGL National Bowl Runners-Up 1992
  • National Passball Champions 1993
  • BSL Div 2 Conference Champions 1994
  • BYAFA Youth National Runner-up 1994 (1)
  • BYAFA Youth National Champions 1996 (1)
  • BSL Div 2 Conference Champions 1997
  • BYAFA Youth National Runner-up 1998 (1)
  • BSL Div 2 National Champions 2000
  • BSL Div 2 Conference Champions 2000
  • BSL Div 1 National Championship Runners-Up 2002
  • EFAF Cup Runners Up 2004[3]
  • BSL Div 1 Southern Conference Champions 2004
  • BAFL National Championship Winners 2004
  • BAFL Div 1 Southern Conference Champions 2005[4]
  • BAFL Div 1 National Championship Runners up 2005
  • BAFL Div 1 National Championship Winners 2007
  • BAFL Youth National Championship Runners up 2007 (1)
  • BAFL Youth National Championship Winners 2009 (1)
  • BAFANL Youth South West Conference Champions 2013
  • BAFANL Juniors Southern Conference Champions 2014
  • BAFANL Juniors National Championship Runners up 2014
  • BAFANL Southern Football Conference (Division 1) Champions 2015
  • BAFANL Oak Bowl SFC Division 1 Play Off Final - Winners 2015

(1) Prior to 2011, the term "Youth" was for 16- to 19-year-olds. Since 2011, Youth is for 14- to 17-year-olds and Juniors is for 16- to 19-year-olds.

Coaching Records[edit]


  1. ^ "Sprinter Dwain Chambers plays for British Champion". European Football League.
  2. ^ farnhamknights.com Archived 2013-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ European Federation of American Football
  4. ^ British American Football League