West Coast Trojans
|Year Formed||December 2004|
|Team Colours||Red, Blue and Silver|
|Home Field||Battery Park
|Conference Alignment||BAFANL National Division North|
|Trojans Committee||Alasdair Kirkwood, Craig Fulton, Iain McVeigh|
|Head Coach||Gary McNey|
|2005 Div 2 Scottish||9-1-0 (1-1)|
|2006 Div 2 Scottish||10-0-0 (1-1)|
|2007 Div 1 North||9-1-0 (0-1)|
|2008 Div 1 North||4-4-2|
|2009 Div 1 North||2-7-0|
|2010 Div 2 North||6-4-0|
|2011 Div 2 North||10-0-0|
|2012 Div 1 North||9-1-0|
|2013 Premier Div||0-10-0|
|2014 Div 2 North||7-3-0|
|2015 NFC II North||9-1-0|
The West Coast Trojans are an amateur American Football team based at Pro-Life Gym in Paisley, Scotland, playing at Garscube Sports Complex, Glasgow. The 2012 season saw them competing in the BAFANL Division 1 North. The Trojans made it to the Division 1 finals in the 2012 BritBowl XXVI at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, but narrowly lost to the Sussex Thunder by a score of 10-7.
The team posted a number of high-profile wins in the early years, progressing to the playoffs in their first three years and losing their only Bowl appearance by a score of 29-28 to the Oxford Saints.
The Trojans' home games were played at St Stephens High School in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde. The team competed in the BAFL Division 2 Scottish Conference which they won convincingly, but were defeated in the semi-final of the playoffs by the Div 2 Champions, the Coventry Cassidy Jets.
|Date||Home Team||Score||Score||Away Team|
|04-Sep-2005||Trojans||56||0||Manchester Titans (Division 2 Quarter-Final)|
|11-Sep-2005||Coventry Jets||55||6||Trojans (Division 2 Semi-Final)|
The Trojans competed in the BAFL Division 2 Scottish Conference which they won convincingly by beating Redditch Arrows in the Northern Conference Championship game, but ended up losing the Britbowl Division 2 Bowl 29-28 to the Oxford Saints.
|Home Team||Score||Score||Away Team|
|Trojans||72||12||Romans (Div 2 1/4 Final)|
|Redditch||32||38||Trojans (Div 2 Semi Final, Northern Championship Game) |
|Trojans||28||29||Saints (Britbowl XX)|
|Trojans Committee||Gary McNey, Ross Cavanagh, Iain McVeigh, Murray Hogg, David Strachan, Stuart Miller|
|Head Coach — Off Coordinator: Gary McNey|
|Quarterback — Wide Receiver — Tight End
Coach: Gary McNey
|Offensive Line Coach: Neil Irvine|
|Running Backs Coach: Jordan Falconer|
|Defensive Coordinator: Bob Lynch|
|Linebackers Coach: Bob Lynch|
|Defensive Backs Coach: Brian McFerren|
|Team Sports Therapist: Kai McClintock|
|Game Stats: Kenny Milroy|
|Sideline Assistant: George McClintock|
|Official Team Photographer: Iain MacIntosh|
The Trojans competed in the BAFL Division 1 Northern Conference, winning nine games and losing only one to the Redditch Arrows at home and winning their second consecutive title. The team lost their semi-final to the Ipswich Cardinals going down 28-13 at home.
|Home Team||Score||Score||Away Team|
The team posted a 4–4–2 record but missed the playoffs for the first time in their history after an end of season defeat at the hands of the Redditch Arrows. One of the tied games was awarded by the BAFL after an away visit to the Dundee Hurricanes, but was never rescheduled after initially being postponed in the late part of the season.
The offseason was promising, with the Trojans bringing in a large number of rookies through their coaching connections with nearby University side, the Paisley Pyros. Filling the gaps in the roster which plagued them in 2008, West Coast were expected to be back to their best as they opened their campaign against the team whose split in 2004 caused their formation, the East Kilbride Pirates. Two early scores gave the Trojans a 12-0 lead, however reality bit hard as the Pirates scored 62 points without reply, handing the Trojans the worst defeat in their history.
Game two saw the Trojans visit Leeds to take on the Yorkshire Rams. Injuries from the season opener had taken their toll on the Trojans and the home team recorded a comfortable 21-point victory.
The third game of their campaign saw the Trojans hosting a team who were yet to beat them in seven meetings, the Dundee Hurricanes. In yet another blow to the home side, the Hurricanes strong running game overpowered the Trojans, leading to Dundee recording their first ever victory over West Coast.
In game four, the Trojans finally broke their duck, recording an away victory over former Division Two club, the Merseyside Nighthawks. However, this success didn't last and the Trojans lost again in game five. The return of long-time running back Jon Sutherland for game six meant that they were able to record their second victory of the year. Their return fixture against the Dundee Hurricanes had to be postponed due to a lack of referees and, due to a lack of available players for the fixture, the Trojans were caused to forfeit the return fixture against the East Kilbride Pirates. In their next played game, the Trojans fell to a crushing home loss from the Merseyside Nighthawks, dropping them to second bottom in Division One North.
Their penultimate game of the season saw the Trojans crushed by the Doncaster Mustangs, leaving only the rescheduled game against the Dundee Hurricanes to save them from finishing bottom of Division One North.
|Date||Home Team||Score||Score||Away Team|
The Trojans' home games were played at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow. The 2010 season was classed as a rebuilding year and nothing much was expected of the Trojans, but they finished strong and secured 2nd spot behind the Wolves. The Trojans went on to lose to the eventual finalists, the Titans.
The Trojans' home games were played at Portland Park in Troon. On the back of the return of running back Jordan Falconer, the Trojans returned to form emphatically in 2011, tearing through their conference with a 10-0 record, making it all the way to the British finals in Crystal Palace, London. Despite being heavy favourites, the Trojans suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the South Wales Warriors.
Having made it to the 2011 Division 2 final, the Trojans were promoted to Division One as part of a restructure of the top segment of the game. They started poorly, losing their opener to the Coventry Jets in awful weather conditions, but then went on a 10-game winning streak, taking the top seed in the North and beating the Berkshire Renegades convincingly in the National semi final. This gave them their third shot at a British final as they took on the Sussex Thunder at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. The Trojans had the better record, a significantly more potent offense and a defense which was almost twice as stingy as the Thunder's, giving them the tag of favourites for the game. But this was again was just down to the Trojans playing ball in the North, but everyone connected to the game knew the former Premier Thunder would be a hard nut to crack, more so with the return of many players. Under horrendous conditions the Trojans out ran, out passed but failed to outscore the Thunder who took the Bowl with a 10-7 win.
The Trojans were promoted to the Premier Division, in a restructure which saw the sport move to a two-tier format after the 2012 season. It was to prove the hardest season for the team since it first entered the league in 2005, the team lost a lot of players during pre-season, but they continued to battle on in games many would have forfeited, they played with 17 v Caesars, 22 v Rams and on their last game, faced the #3 team in the UK with 23 players. This season has been a sore one for the supporters of the club, but they are fully behind the coaches and players and hope the team builds for the 2014 season.
Fixtures and Results:
27/04 vs Birmingham Bulls - L 0 - 3
05/05 @ Sheffield Predators - L 46 - 24
12/05 vs East Kilbride Pirates - L 0 - 34
09/06 @ Tamworth Phoenix CANCELLED
16/06 @ Doncaster Mustangs CANCELLED
14/07 vs Lancashire Wolverines - L 32 - 54
21/07 @ Nottingham Caesars - L 42 - 14
04/08 vs Yorkshire Rams - L - 36 - 6
10/08 vs Coventry Jets CANCELLED
17/08 @ East Kilbride Pirates - L - 63 - 0
With the leagues being restructured the Trojans were put in an all Scotland league, with Aberdeen Roughnecks, Clyde Valley Black hawks, Dundee Hurricanes, Edinburgh Wolves and Glasgow Tigers. The team were optimistic about there chances, with a high number of rookies joining and especially with the return of influential players such as Jordan Falconer RB and Fabio Maturano DB. In the end the team fnished 7-0-3, with the loses coming twice from Clyde Valley and once from Edinburgh Wolves, nonetheless, it was a vast improvement from the season before.