151. Ipswich Cardinals 22-23 Norwich Devils, BSL Division Two. 20th May 2001
Norwich Devils held on for a hard fought victory at old rivals Ipswich after dominating the early stages. The Devils blasted into a 21-0 lead. TD’s from Brereton and Borstel pulled the Cardinals within touching distance, but Mike Brown’s sack for a safety gave the Devils just the breathing space they needed to hang on. Match report
152. Sussex Thunder 26-24 Birmingham Bulls, BSL Div.1 Semi-Final, 16th August 1998
Anthony Stitt ran for 179 yards and a TD as the Thunder reached their first British final with a tight victory. Thunder led 13-12 at half-time, and second half TDs from Stitt and Ashby gave them a 26-12 lead. Late Bulls TDs from Hashim and Cohen closed the gap but the Thunder held on. Match report.
153. PA Knights 17-16 Mets, BSL Division One Quarter-Final, 4th August 2002
PA Knights edged out the London Mets 17-16 in this BSL Division One quarter-final.
154. London O's 28-25 PA Knights, BSL Division One, 11th May 2003
The London O’s were involved in nailbiter in their first meeting of the season with the PA Knights, eventually coming from behind to win 28-25. The lead in the game changed hands six times, and it wasn't until Clive Palumbo's 70 yard run in the fourth quarter that the O's could breath easier. The Knights QB Ashley Heath had a stellar day passing for 271 yards (152 of those to WR Jon Wyse) and 2 TDs. No match report
155. Gateshead Senators 3-6 Southern Sundevils, BAFL Division One Wild-Card,3rd September 2005
Pete Rogers nailed a 45 yard field goal for the Senators, but Roland Quayle’s late interception for the Sundevils gave them possession in excellent position and they subsequently scored to progress to the next round of the playoffs. Match report
156. Bristol Aztecs 13-12 PA Knights, BSL Division Two Semi-Final, 31st August 1997
In this semi-final, the lead changed hands three times, with the Aztecs clinching the win inside the last three minutes on QB Kevin Lupton’s 26 yard TD pass to Clayton Best. The Knights had a last gasp attempt to win the game, but after a 60 yard drive they fumbled and lost possession. Match report.
157. Ipswich Cardinals 26-28 St Helens Cardinals, UKAFL Final, 11th October 1987
In the battle of the Cardinals at Alexandra Stadium, it was St.Helens who held their nerve to prevail in the tightest of games. Match report to follow.
158. LA Panthers 30-34 Plymouth Admirals, 18th August 1991. BNGL Premier League Semi-Final
In a thrilling semi-final, the Admirals Bob McCarthy snared his third interception in the last minute to end the Panthers hopes of a Bowl berth, and secure victory for the Admirals. Match report
159. Southern Seminoles 35-30 Bristol Aztecs, 8th May 1994. BAFA Division Two.
Jon Williams scored a hat-trick of receiving TDs including a 91yarder as the Seminoles built up a 29-12 lead. Bristol pulled the scores to 35-30, and got the ball back in the dying minutes, but the Seminoles D held firm to preserve the win. Match report
160. PA Knights 18-13 Oxford Saints, 16th August 2000. WR Jon Williams caught the game winning TD with less than 2 minutes remaining to send the Knights to just their second bowl game in their history. Match report
161. London Blitz 27-24 Southern Sundevils, 2006. Sundevils leaped out to an early 14-0, and held a lead of 21-10 in the third quarter. Blitz narrowed the gap with a score, but a Sundevils field goal opened a 24-16 lead in the third quarter. The Blitz closed to 24-22, and Tom Britton’s 2 PAT leveled the scores. An inspired Blitz march downfield, and with 2 minutes remaining Duncan Aldous kicked the game winning 31 yard field goal. Match report
162. Severn Vale Royals 27-26 Cardiff, 1991
Severn Vale scored a TD from 18 yards with less than 2 minutes to go to secure the win. No match report
163. Oxford Saints 28-28 London Blitz, 1995.
The Saints and the Blitz split 56 points right down the middle in one of the highest scoring tied games of alltime. No match report.
164. Manchester Spartans 36-34 Leeds Cougars, 1985
In an eagerly awaited cross Pennine tussle, the Spartans QB TJ Johnson through for 4 scores in this shoot-out with their great rivals. No match report
165. Staffordshire Surge 22-23 Sheffield Saxons, 6th June 1998, BSL Division One.
Jon Wyse caught 8 passes for over 150 yards and 3TDs for the Surge, but it was still not enough as the Saxons opened a 23-8 lead and withstood a real Surge! Match report
166. Luton Flyers 37-17 Birmingham Bulls, 1987 Budweiser National Quarter-Final
The power running of GB International Dave Munn, led the Flyers to a major upset over the 1986 champions in this quarter-final show down. No match report
167. Colchester Gladiators 47-28 Brighton B-52s, 1988 final
US imports Mel Moore (RB) and Milton Myers (QB) led the Gladiators to the Budweiser Premier Division title under the coaching of former New England Patriots coach George Baldwin. No match report
168. GB Lions 7-0 France, 29th September 1985
Lance Cone coached the Lions to their first win in their first ever international, in this friendly at Walton & Hersham. Cone ensured his full squad had a run out and Victor Ebubideke scored on a 6 yard TD to give the Lions the win in this historic match. Match report
169. Amsterdam Crusaders 2-0 Birmingham Bulls, 31st May 1992
In this hugely close Eurobowl knock out match, the Bulls had 5 players ruled ineligible prior to the game after a protest from the Crusaders including import QB Joe English. A fumbled snap, led to the Cru scoring a safety, and the Bulls couldn’t get anything going. Coach Moon quit straight after the game due to job commitments. Match report
170. Manchester Spartans 28-20 Glasgow Lions, 14th May 1989
Paul Bailey and Hazen Choates led the Spartans to a 21-0 lead against the Lions, but the team from Glasgow hit back with scores from Burns and McCluskey to close to 21-14. Bailey extended the Spartans lead to 2 TDs, but the Lions hit straight back through QB Trainor. Match report
171. London Olympians 45-30 London Blitz, 24th September 2006
The Olympians retained their crown in an offensive shootout against their Londonrivals. The Blitz, who had beaten took a 17-12 lead at the break, but on the back of Michael Sobanjo’s 278 yards the Olympians pulled clear to notch up another title win. Match report
172. Bristol Aztecs 14-12 Cambridgeshire Cats, 18th August 2003
In blistering conditions, the Aztecs held onto a thrilling 14-12 Div.2 semi-final victory over the upstart Cambridgeshire Cats. The Aztecs would go onto win the Div.2 crown this season. No match report
173. London Ravens 20-12 Streatham Olympians, 31st August 1986.
The Ravens won their second straight national title by jumping out to a 20-0 lead against their great London rivals. The Olympians made a game of it in the second half on the back of TDs from Anderson and Andy Smythe to pull the scores to within 8 points. On a last gasp drive, Steve Chesney failed to break the goal-line and the Ravens were champions again. Match report
174. Delonghi Knights 28-27 Hampshire Cavaliers, 14th July 1991
The Cavaliers tore into a 27-0, but an unbelievable comeback from the Knights saw them take the lead 28-27 with minutes remaining. No match report
175. Ipswich Cardinals 34-22 Clydesdale Colts, 24th August 1990
The lead changed hands four times in this BNGL Bowl game as the Cardinals edged into a 23-22 in the fourth quarter. A late score and field goal in the last two minutes padded the scoreline in this entertaining final. Match report
176. Greenwich Rams 12-7 Bournemouth Bobcats, 21st June 1986
New Bobcats US Coach, Don Anderson, saw narrowly fail to win his first game. The Bobcats led 7-6, but Ben Moore’s QB sneak late in the four quarter gave the Rams a 12-7 lead. The Bobcats drove down to the Rams endzone, but Steve Tubbs was tackled on the 1 on 4th and goal and the Rams ran out the clock. Match report
177. Barons 21-16 Ipswich Cardinals, 30th June 1991
The Barons trailed 16-5 with five minutes to play, but Coach Brian Smallworth inspired them to score twice in the dying moments – the winning score on a 53 yard TD pass from Mike Kuennan to David White. Match report.
178. East Kilbride Pirates 12-7 Ipswich Cardinals, 18th August 2003. Despite two missed field goals and a disallowed TD, the Cardinals held a slender 7-5 lead late in the fourth quarter, but Gary McNey’s pass to Willie Brown gave the Pirates a lead they would not relinquish in this Div.1 Semi-Final. No match report
179. London O’s 12-6 Oslo Vikings, 6th June 1999. The O’s won the Euro Cup on the back of 2 TD passes from Nick Hewitt to WR Clive Palumbo. Stephen Hutchison ran for 103 yards, and Bahr Viera’s stuff on 4th and 2 preserved the win for the O’s. Match report
180. PA Knights 28-14 London O’s, 26th September 2004. The Knights clinched their first national title, and prevented the Londoners winning a record 8thsuccessive crown in this Don Valley Stadium showdown. Marvin Jimmerson’s interception return gave the Knights a 14-0 lead, and Jon Wyse’s 50 yard TD gave the Knights and unassailable lead. Match report
181. Ansbach Grizzlies 18-29 Birmingham Bulls, 1986. In this first competitive European encounter for a British side, the Bulls slumped to a 12-0 deficit early in the first half and a real beating looked the case against the German champions. However, they turned it around on the back of a stunning 100+yard game from RB Trevor Carthy and his 3 TDs, as the Bulls pulled clear in the second game.
182. Manchester Allstars 20-21 Manchester Spartans, 2nd August 1986. Allstars Nick Gough ran for 280 yards and 3 TDs, but still ended up on the losing side. TJ Johnson passed for 2 TDs as the Spartans opened up a 21-12 lead, and they held on after Gough’s TD and Nendel’s 2 PAT was converted. Match report.
183. London Blitz 28-12 London Olympians, 21st May 2006. A new look London Blitz side opened their 2006 season with 3 first half TD passes from newly installed QB Tom Britton in torrential rain at the Linford Christie Stadium as the Blitz won a famous victory over the London Olympians whom they had never beaten previously. They’d go onto face each in the classic Britball final in 2006. Match report
184. Birmingham Bulls 27-20 Leeds Cougars, 29th July 1989. A cameo performance from Trevor Carthy and 8 catches for 89 yards with 2 TDs from Bob Shoop, gave the Bulls a 27-12 lead in the fourth quarter. John LaFleur pulled the score to 27-20, but the Bulls recovered the onside kick at the death to advance to the 1989 final. Match report
185. Basildon 12-18 Crawley Raiders, 7th August 1994. Crawley led 12-0, butBasildon pulled the scores level in this Div.3 quarter-final. Gus Romain scored the decisive TD from 1 yard with 4 minutes left, and the Raiders D held off a determined Basildon attack. Match report.
186. Leicester Panthers 10-6 Milton Keynes Pioneers, 25th August 1996. A momentous day for the Panthers as they won their first national championship in 13 years of trying, in what turned out to be the last competitive game of the franchise’s history. Tiggy Bell ran for 85 yards on 24 carries, and Craig Broughton scored the TD that gave the Panthers the lead. Rex Harrison’s field goal a slender advantage to the Panthers in a brutal match that they hung onto win. Match report.
187. GB Spartans 50-44 Amsterdam Crusaders, FLE,19th June 1994
Victor Ebubedike ran for 215 yards on 30 carries and scored 2 TDs, as the Spartans outscored the Crusaders 43-8 between the 2nd and 3rd quarters! The Spartans cruised out into a 50-29 lead, and a couple of late TD’s closed the gap in a great display of offense by both sides. Match report
188. Herts Phantoms 48-34 Ipswich Cardinals, 28th August 1988. Terry Lee ran for a final record of 363 yards and 5TD’s, but the Cardinals were still only adrift by a score with just over 3 minutes to go. Parkin’s interception for the Phantoms sealed the Budweiser Division One title in this 80 point thriller. Match report
189. Birmingham Bulls 13-14 London Olympians, 30th April 1995 Eurobowl. Leroy Innis’s 17 yard TD catch on 4th and 16 gave the Olympians a 7-6 lead, but the Bulls took a 13-7 lead on Rigg’s bomb late in the first half. Dunkley gave the Olympians the win with the go-ahead score in the 3rd quarter, and despite Colin Nash’s late interception for the Bulls, the O’s hung on for the win. Match report
190. London Capitals 22-28 Brighton B-52s, 1988. The B-52s clinched a fantastic victory over the fancied London Capitals on the back of a strong performance from QB Chaz Jasicki. No match report
191. Birmingham Bulls 23-2 Glasgow Lions, Summerbowl II, 1986. Lloyd Queen returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a TD, and Richard Meanwell booted a 54 yard field goal as the Bulls won their first national title. Match report to be added shortly.
192. Leicester Panthers 18-32 Birmingham Bulls, 1986 Eurobowl. At a snowy Saffron Lane Stadium, the Bulls triumphed in this Eurobowl I qualifier –the first meeting between two English sides in a European competition. No match report
193. Dublin Celts 13-18 Manchester Heroes, 1989. The Heroes squeezed through this CGL Duke Premier Division quarter-final in Dublin with a late TD, and then held of a determined Celts charge in the final minutes. No match report.
194. Dusseldorf Panthers 21-14 London Olympians, 8th July 1995. Eurobowl Final. Estrus Crayton (formerly of the University of Southern California) scored 2 TDs and then intercepted Leonard Valentine’s hail mary pass in the final seconds as the Olympians were thwarted in their attempt to win a Eurobowl three peat. Richard Dunkley ran for 117 yards and was named MVP. Match report
195. Manchester Spartans 34-16 London Ravens, 5th August 1989. Hazen Choates bombed the Raven for 289 yards and 4TDs, and converted LB Chris Wood scored on a 90 yard rushing play as the Spartans 3rd quarter blitz sealed a semi-final spot for the Spartans. Match report
196. London Olympians 14-23 Southern Sundevils, 7th May 2005. Two Scott Miller TD’s built up a 20-0 advantage for the Sundevils, and they held on for a huge upset victory over the O’s. Match report
197. Crawley Raiders 14-12 Chiefs, 21st May 1995. Chiefs Tony Peckham scored to pull the Chiefs to within 2pts, but Shulba Hunt was stopped on the goal-line as they tried to tie the scores. The Raiders D held on for the win. Match report
198. Birmingham Bulls 9-21 Leicester Panthers, 3rd August 1992. In a huge shock, the Panthers defeated the defending champions on their home pitch thanks to 2 TD passes and one rushing TD from QB Akim Kargbo. The Panthers picked off Bulls QB Jon English 4 times as the Panthers dominated with 336 yards of offense in this NDMA Semi-Final. Match report
199. London Olympians 11-19 Leicester Panthers, 8th May 1988. In front of 4,000 fans, Panthers QB Sean Payton passed for 2 TDs as the Panthers opened up a 16-11 lead, but a clip by Leroy Innes caused a Richard Dunkley game breaking TD to be called back, and the Panthers held on for victory. Match report
200. Portsmouth Warriors 51-36 Colchester Gladiators, 13th August 1989, CGL Crown Division Semi-Final. The Warriors edged out the Gladiators in this points fest that had over 700 offensive yards. No match report