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|Primary Kit||White helmets
|Alternative Kit||White helmets
|Home field||Tilsley Park, Abingdon|
|Conference alignment||BAFA National Leagues
SFC 1 Central
|Head Coach||Andrew Day
1995, 2006 , 2016
Oxford Saints American Football Club is a British American football club that competes in the BAFANL (British American Football Association National League). Currently the team competes at senior level (adult mixed team for 18+) and operate a women's only team (17+)
The club is based in Abingdon and plays at Tilsley Park in Oxfordshire. Games are played at weekends from April through August.
Set up in 1983, Oxford Saints are one of the oldest American football teams in the UK. The women's team started in May 2016.
Founded by Steve Abbott in 1983, the started as the Oxford Eagles but following a Radio Oxford phone-in competition the team was renamed Oxford Bulldogs.
As American football's popularity increased the first British league was formed, and in 1985 Bulldogs officially joined the AFL. Bulldogs finished their first season with an 8-1-1 record, being defeated by the London Ravens at the quarter final stage of the playoffs.
In 1989, the Bulldogs were joined by local rivals Abingdon Pharaohs, strengthening the squad and broadening its fan base.
1992 - 1999
In 1992 the Oxford Bulldogs changed name to the Oxford Saints. Driven forward by general manager Roger Hedges, the club secured a major sponsorship deal and moved to a new home at the Oxford Stadium in Cowley.
Prior to the 1994 season, Coach Steve Conner returned to the US. Richard Emerick, another experienced US coach, was appointed as his replacement.
During 1995, the Saints made the playoffs and defeated the Invicta Eagles in the first round, along with victories over London Blitz and Colchester Gladiators. In the final, Oxford faced the Gwent Mustangs at Leicester's Saffron Lane Stadium and claimed a 14-6 victory and championship title.
In 1997 the Saints were on course for another appearance in the final round following a 9-1 season, but were defeated by the Nottingham Caesars in the semi final.
2000 - 2005
A 7-1 campaign in 2000 was followed by an impressive 8-0 season in 2001, both ending in semi final disappointment at the hands of the PA Knights and Ipswich Cardinals respectively. After a poor 2002 season Coach Janes moved upstairs as Director of Football and Phil DeMonte took over as head coach.
Coach DeMonte stayed at Saints for one season but the team made the playoffs, eventually beaten by the Gateshead Senators. The Saints raced through the newly formed BAFL division 2 in 2005 with a 9-1 record, ending the season with a loss to Kent Exiles.
2006 - 2009
With the experienced Wayne Mayers at quarterback, the Saints powered through the 2006 season with a 9-1 record. The Saints came from behind to beat West Coast Trojans 29-28 and clinched the Division 2 Title.
Promoted to BAFL Division 1 in 2007, the Saints finished 6-4 and 4-5-1 in 2008.
In 2009, Len Scott and former London Olympian Matt Coppinger boosted the offensive coaching staff with Defensive back Nick Wykes returning as player coach after a 3-year hiatus. Former Saint and PA Knight Steve Belcher returned at wide receiver and kicker, providing the highlight of the season when he landed a record 57-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Birmingham Bulls in week 7.
Saints' hopes of a conference crown were dashed in the final game of the regular season by the Tamworth Phoenix. The season was concluded with a defeat by Cambridge Cats.
An 8-2 mark represented huge progress and also a swan song for legendary head coach Chris Janes, who retired from active coaching and assumed the role of general manager.
2010 - 2013
Len Scott took over as head coach and reinforced the roster. The defense was bolstered with the addition of Dean Bryan, Adam Cartwright and Clive Russell, while the offense, with coordinator Matt Coppinger, featured rookie running back Kyle Micallef alongside brothers Jay and Chris Taylor, and a growing group of young British talent.
Competing again in the South West conference of Division 1, Saints had a strong start before running into the Premiership-bound Phoenix, and defeated all but the Tamworth-based outfit en route to a 7-3 record and a second straight playoff contest against Cambridge. The Saints were stopped short of reaching the semi-finals in a 13-7 defeat to the Cambridge Cats.
2010 and 2011 proved to be difficult years for the Saints due to various changes in the coaching staff and the departure of Head Coach Len Scott. During this time Chris Janes became the interim head coach before Andrew Day was officially appointed to the role.
2014 - Present
In 2014, Chairman John Farley retired from his role and Martin Fitzpatrick took over, with a mostly new committee.
The Saints won their first 4 games before suffering back-to-back losses by the Shropshire Revolution and a loss by the Lincolnshire Bombers. The team finished the season with a 7-3 record, missing out on the playoffs due to losing a tie breaker condition between Oxford and Shropshire.
2015 saw further strong recruitment and a league realignment. With new quarterback Ben Denton, they ended the regular season with a 6-2 record and reached the quarter finals. A week before the quarter final game against Sussex Thunder, quarterback Ben Denton was diagnosed with leukemia. The Saints lost to the Thunder in the opening round.
During the offseason, chairman Martin Fitzpatrick stepped down from the role and vice-chairman Andrew Peart was voted in as his successor at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.
Peart coordinated the relocation of home games to Tilsley Park in Abingdon, with improved facilities for players and spectators. Peart has also laid the foundations for the Oxford Saints Women's team which began training in May 2016.
Notable additions to the 2016 roster include American nationals Destin Maulding (QB/WR), Bilal Redd (FS), Marlon Mason (CB and Eric Mendoza (LB). Further in the season, Tony Glover (RB) also joined the squad.
In August 2016, Ben Denton (QB) returned to the field for the first time after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2015.
In the 2016 playoffs, the Saints had home advantage and defeated the Cornish Sharks and Bristol Apache. The Saints progressed to the Division II Southern Final against the Cambridgeshire Cats and won 24-2 , on 11 September at John Charles Stadium in Leeds.
At the end of the 2016 season, chairman Andrew Peart stood down and vice-chairman Graeme Taylor was elected to the leading role.
2016 Championship Season
|20 March 16||Preseason||1||Bury Saints||Away||75-8||LOSS||0-1|
|3 April 16||Preseason||2||Birmingham Bulls||Away||24-16||WIN||1-1|
|10 April 16||Regular Season||1||Cornish Sharks||Home||36-12||WIN||1-0|
|24 April 16||Regular Season||2||Bristol Apache||Away||26-15||WIN||2-0|
|8 May 16||Regular Season||3||Torbay Trojans||Away||58-7||WIN||3-0|
|22 May 16||Regular Season||4||Jurassic Raptors||Away||51-0||WIN||4-0|
|12 Jun 16||Regular Season||5||Swindon Storm||Away||54-14||WIN||5-0|
|3 Jul 16||Regular Season||6||Bristol Apache||Home||29-26||WIN||6-0|
|10 Jul 16||Regular Season||7||Cornish Sharks||Away||28-10||WIN||7-0|
|17 Jul 16||Regular Season||8||Torbay Trojans||Home||1-0||WIN||8-0|
|31 Jul 16||Regular Season||9||Jurassic Raptors||Home||62-0||WIN||9-0|
|14 Aug 16||Regular Season||10||Swindon Storm||Home||50-6||WIN||10-0|
|21 Aug 16||Quarter Final||11||Cornish Sharks||Home||40-3||WIN||11-0|
|28 Aug 16||Semi Final||12||Bristol Apache||Home||40-19||WIN||12-0|
|11 Sep 16||National Final||13||Cambridgeshire Cats||FINAL||24-4||WIN||13-0|
Oxford Saints Hall of Fame
Oxford Saints constituted their Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Com - Pam Hedges
- LB - Richard Davies
- RB - Gary Walker
- OL - STC David Creese
- CB - Nick Wykes
- DL - Morris Coleman
- LB - Andrew Day
- GM - Chris Janes
- OL - Paul Arnold
- FB - Brian Myers
- DL - Morris Coleman
- LB/FB - Troy Smith
- DE/FB - Chris Day
- LB/TE - Paul Whitford
- DE - Lee Hutton
|1988||Budweiser League||Premier||S.London & West||6-4||N/A|
|1989||Combined Gridiron League||Crown National||Central||4-6||N/A|
|1991||British National Gridiron||Premier||Midlands||9-1||QF|
|1992||British National Gridiron||National||SE Midlands||8-2||QF|
|1993||British National Gridiron||National||Midlands||5-4-1||QF|
|1994||British National Gridiron||National||South East||6-4||N/A|
|1995||British National Gridiron||Div 3||South Central||6-3-1||Champs|
|1996||British National Gridiron||Div 2||South||5-4-1||N/A|
|1997||British National Gridiron||Div 1||South/West Midlands||9-1||SF|
|1998||British National Gridiron||Div 1||South West||5-5||QF|
|1999||British National Gridiron||Div 1||South West||2-7-1||N/A|
|2000||British Senior League||Div 2||South West||7-1||SF|
|2001||British Senior League||Div 2||Southern||8-0||SF|
|2002||British Senior League||Div 2||Southern||3-7||N/A|
|2003||British Senior League||Div 2||South/West||6-4||QF|
|2004||British Senior League||Div 2||South/West||4-5-1||SF|
|2009||BAFL||Div 1||South West||8-2||QF|
|2010||BAFACL||Div 1||South West||7-3||QF|
|2011||BAFACL||Div 1||South West||-||N/A|
|2012||BAFANL||Div 1||South West||SF|
|2013||BAFANL||National Division||South West||4-6||N/A|
|2015||BAFANL||Division II||South West||6-2||QF|
|2016||BAFANL||Division II||South West||13-0||CHAMPIONS|
|2017||BAFANL||Division I||South Central|