Manchester Magic

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Manchester Magic
Manchester Magic logo
League EBL Division 1
Established 1997
History Manchester Giants B
City of Manchester Attitude
Manchester Magic
Arena Amaechi Centre
(Capacity: 800)
Location Wilbrham Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8GW
Team colours Red and Black, Blue and White
Main sponsor University of Salford
Team manager United Kingdom Dave Quincey
Head coach United Kingdom Paul Middleton
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Manchester Magic is an English basketball club from Manchester, competing in the National Basketball League Division 1. They play their home games at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, which was funded by former NBA star John Amaechi. A reserve team also competes in the National Basketball Development League, and a sister team - the Manchester Mystics - compete in the Women's British Basketball League.

Club History[edit]

The Magic were first established in 1997, originally as a reserve squad for the nearby Manchester Giants, entering the newly founded NBL Division 3 for the 1997/1998 season and winning immediate promotion as league runner-up and playoff champions. A change in direction from their one-time parent club saw the fledgling team become independent mid-way through their first season in Division Two, choosing the City of Manchester Attitude as their new name. A first league title was to follow at the end of the 1999/2000 season, with the club joining the top flight just as the national league was being restructured, forming the short-lived NBL Conference.[1]

After rebranding as the Manchester Magic, the club enjoyed over a decade of success in the top tier of the English Basketball League, with the highlight being a triple title success in the 2007/2008 season, claiming the National Cup alongside the league and playoff titles. The team then took the shock decision to play in Division 3 for the 2011/12 season, in order "to forge a much closer link between the youngsters... and the men's team",[2] in the words of club director Joe Forber. The club worked their way back up the English leagues in record time, winning Division 3 at the first attempt to earn a return to Division 2, and then gaining back-to-back promotions with a runner-up spot in Division 2 in the 2012/13 season.

Since returning to Division 1, the Magic have claimed both the National Cup and National Trophy in the 2014/15 season, alongside second-place finishes in both the league and the end-of-season playoffs.[3]

Club Honours[edit]

National Cup

  • 2007, 2008, 2015

National Trophy

  • 2015

EBL Division 1 League Champions

  • 2008

EBL Division 1 Playoff Champions

  • 2008, 2010

EBL Division 2 League Champions

  • 2000

EBL Division 3 League Champions

  • 2012

EBL Division 3 Playoff Champions

  • 1998

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season[4][5] Division Played Won Lost Points League Playoffs National Cup National Trophy Patrons Cup National Shield
Manchester Giants B
1997/98 NBL Division 3 26 15 11 30 2nd Winners 1st Round DNE DNE
City of Manchester Attitude
1998/99 NBL Division 2 24 18 6 36 3rd Semi-Final 2nd Round DNE DNE
1999/2000 NBL Division 2 24 20 4 40 1st Runner-Up 2nd Round DNE DNE
Manchester Magic
2000/01 NBL Conference 21 9 7 18 4th Semi-Final Quarter-Final DNE DNE
2001/02 NBL Conference 18 9 9 18 5th Semi-Final Semi-Final DNE DNE
2002/03 NBL Conference 22 12 10 24 5th Semi-Final 1st Round 1st Round DNE DNE
2003/04 EBL Division 1 22 16 6 32 4th Quarter-Final Quarter-Final 1st Round DNE DNE
2004/05 EBL Division 1 22 12 10 24 6th Quarter-Final Quarter-Final 1st Round DNE DNE
2005/06 EBL Division 1 26 19 7 38 4th Semi-Final Quarter-Final 1st Round DNE DNE
2006/07 EBL Division 1 22 17 5 34 3rd Runner-Up Winners Semi-Final DNE DNE
2007/08 EBL Division 1 18 16 2 32 1st Winners Winners Semi-Final DNE DNE
2008/09 EBL Division 1 18 15 3 30 2nd Runner-Up Runner-Up Runner-Up DNE DNE
2009/10 EBL Division 1 22 16 6 32 2nd Winners Runner-Up Runner-Up DNE DNE
2010/11 EBL Division 1 18 7 11 14 6th Quarter-Final 3rd Round 1st Round DNE DNE
2011/12 EBL Division 3 (North) 22 19 3 38 1st Runner-Up 2nd Round DNE DNE Quarter-Final
2012/13 EBL Division 2 22 15 7 30 2nd Runner-Up 3rd Round DNE 1st Round DNE
2013/14 EBL Division 1 26 16 10 32 5th Quarter-Final Semi-Final Runner-Up DNE DNE
2014/15 EBL Division 1 24 17 7 34 2nd Runner-Up Winners Winners DNE DNE


  1. ^ "Manchester Magic History". 
  2. ^ "Manchester Magic to withdraw from EBL1". Manchester Evening News. 
  3. ^ "League Table History". Basketball England. 
  4. ^ "Manchester Magic History". 
  5. ^ "League Table History". Basketball England. 

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