Norwich Devils

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Norwich Devils
Established 1984
Based in Norwich, England
Home stadium Jarrolds Sports Ground, Norwich
Head coach Mark Hoskins
General manager Craig Sim
League titles 1 (1989)
Division titles 4 (1989, 1996, 2002, 2007)
Current uniform
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The Norwich Devils are a British American Football team based in Norwich, Norfolk.

Overview[edit]

The Devils most recently fielded a team Division 2 East of the BAFA Community Leagues (BAFACL). The roster is mainly local players and they are currently on a recruitment campaign with the team having successfully completed its associate year.

The team was formed in 1984 and began league play in 1986. The Devils won their first, and to date only, National Championship later that decade in 1989, beating arch rivals the Ipswich Cardinals in the final by a score of 18-9. The Devils have made the playoffs 8 times since that national title and have won the National Division 2 Title twice since 2000, in 2002 & 2007.

Norwich Devils Hall of Fame[edit]

Name Year of Induction Notes
Tony Ryan 2008 Inducted for his long-standing services to the club as a player. Played a significant role in the Devils 1989 National Championship team and was still with the club for their first undefeated season in 2002.
Wayne Persinger 2008 Inducted for his services to the club as a coach and member of the management team. The club's first head coach who also established & ran the club's management structure.
Pete Wrigley 2007 Inducted for his services to the club as a player and a coach. An offensive lineman on the team's 1989 National Championship; the Devils head coach for 9 seasons, registering 5 playoff appearances in those 9 season including an undefeated 12-0 season in 2002 to take the National Division 2 Championship.

Senior Team Season Records[1][edit]

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record
1986 British American Football League - Anglian Division 5 5 0 254 204 4 / 5
1987 Budweiser League Division One Eastern Conference 7 3 0 169 79 2 / 6
1988 Budweiser League Division One Eastern Conference 5 5 0 388 195 3 / 5
1989 British National Gridiron League Division 1 9 1 0 209 78 1 / 6 National Champions beating Ipswich Cardinals 18-9
Beat Harrogate Hawks 36-16 in Semi Final
1990 British National Gridiron League Division 1 2 8 0 66 270 6 / 6
1991 British National Gridiron League Division 1 0 10 0 84 321 5 / 5
1992 British National Gridiron League East Midlands Division 6 3 1 228 107 3 / 6
1993 British National Gridiron League Southeast Division 2 8 0 109 258 4 / 4
1994 BAFA Division 3 Midlands Conference 1 9 0 99 355 6 / 6
1995 BAFA Division 3 East Midlands Conference 5 5 0 137 191 4 / 5
1996 British Senior League Division 3 Southeast Conference 10 0 0 232 57 1 / 6 Quarterfinalists losing 48-25 to Tiger Bay Warriors
1997 British Senior League Division 1 Southeast & Midlands Conference 6 3 1 130 92 2 / 6 Quarterfinalists losing 20-0 to Nottingham Caesars
1998 British Senior League Division 1 Southeast Conference 7 3 0 133 178 2 / 6 Quarterfinalists losing 22-21 to Bristol Aztecs
1999 British Senior League Division 1 Eastern Conference 2 6 0 80 209 4 / 4
2000 British Senior League Division 2 Eastern Conference 6 2 0 230 89 2 / 5 Quarterfinalists losing 12-11 to Redditch Arrows
2001 British Senior League Division 2 South Conference 7 0 1 210 75 2 / 9 Division 2 runners up, losing final to Ipswich Cardinals 47-15
Beat Lancashire Wolverines 34-20 in Semi Final
Beat Yorkshire Rams 17-10 in Quarter final
2002 British Senior League Division 2 South Conference 9 0 0 271 38 1 / 9 Division 2 Champions beating Yorkshire Rams 17-14
Beat Plymouth Admirals 23-0 in Semi Final
Glasgow Tigers forfeited Quarter final
2003 British Senior League Division 1 South Conference 0 8 0 6 347 5 / 5
2004 British Senior League Division 1A South Conference 1 9 0 36 287 4 / 4
2005 BAFL Division 2 South East Conference 2 7 1 156 264 4 / 5
2006 BAFL Division 2 East Conference 7 2 1 210 124 2 / 4 Quarterfinalists losing 35-14 to Sussex Thunder
Beat Colchester Gladiators 32-14 in Wildcard Round
2007 BAFL Division 2 South East Conference 10 0 0 224 46 1 / 6 Division 2 Champions beating Dundee Hurricanes 26-12
Beat South Wales Warriors 43-28 in Semi Finals
Beat Cornish Sharks 26-18 in Quarter Final
2008 BAFL Division 1 South Conference 1 8 1 104 241 6 / 6
2009 BAFL Division 1 South East Conference 0 9 1 84 417 6 / 6
2010 BAFL Division 2 East Conference 6 4 0 148 155 4 / 6
All-Time Team Record 116 118 7 3997 4677 11 - 6

2010 Award Winners[2][edit]

  • Team MVP - Nathan Evans (OL/DL)
  • Offensive MVP - Heith Johnson (QB)
  • Defensive MVP - Simon Harbottle (DB)
  • Most Improved Player - Ben Stockwell (DL)
  • Lineman of the Year - Stephen Charman (OL)
  • Rookie of the Year - Adam Whitbourn (TE)
  • Coaches Player of the Year - Wayne Diggines (DB)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alltime British American Football tables 1984 to 2008". BritballNow. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Starling Resigns as Head Coach". Norwich Devils. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 

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