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Sussex Thunder


Sussex Thunder
Established 2002
Play in Brighton, East Sussex
Sussex Thunder logo
League/Conference affiliations

British American Football League (2003–present) BSL Division 2 (2003-2005)
BAFL Division 2 (2006)
BAFL Division 1 (2007-2008)
BAFL Premier Division (2009-2010)
BAFANL Division 1 (2011-2012) BAFANL Premier Division (2013-present)

Current uniform
Team colours Royal Blue, Red and White
Personnel
Head Coach Ian Ellis
Team history
  • Sussex Thunder (2002–present)

Also: Sussex Thunder, 1997-2000

Championships
Eurobowl Championships ()

BritBowl Championships (2)

Division 1 Bowl 2008 2012

Conference Championships (1)

Division 1 South 2008

Divisional Championships (3)
League Championships (3)
Home fields

Brighton Rugby Club, Brighton (2002-2004)
Breezehurst Pavilion, Crawley (2005-2010)
Broadbridge Heath Stadium (2010-2012)
Brighton Rugby Club, Brighton (2013-present)

The Sussex Thunder are a Football (American Football) team from the United Kingdom based in Brighton, Sussex. It started in 1997 when the Crawley Raiders merged with local rivals the Brighton B52's to form a new club the Sussex Thunder. The first Thunder Head Coach was Jim Jasicki. The Thunder successfully reached the BritBowl Final in their first year where they narrowly lost to the London Olympians. Success was to be thin soon after but then on 20 September 2008 led by Head Coach Len Scott, the Thunder won the Division 1 national championship in a thrilling overtime win against the Redditch Arrows.

Promotion to the BAFL Premier Division in 2009 saw the Thunder struggle to a losing season and the departure of two Head Coaches during that season (Len Scott and then Jim Roberson).

In November 2009, the Sussex Thunder appointed ex-San Francisco 49er trialist Tony Stitt as Head Coach.[1] The team won promotion to the Premier Division of the BAFA National Leagues. After a 2 unsuccessful seasons in the Premier Division, from 2009 to 2011, they elected to return to the BAFA National Leagues Division 1 South which saw them reach the play-off's in 2011 where they lost to the Birmingham bulls 14-13 and then next season go on to Win the Division 1 championship in 2012 against the West Coast Trojans.

This year they return to the newly aligned league in the Premier South Division.

2013 executive staff

Head Coach

Ian Ellis

Chairman

David Maskell

Finance director

Fraser Roberton

Secretary

Rachel Luff

Development

Serge Abdelkader

Operations and general manager

Tony Miller

2011 roster

 5  Paul Robinson  RB
 6  Jaden Ellis  QB
 7  Andy Miles  WR
 9  Phil Allman  WR
 12  Oli De Ruyter  QB
 14  John Searle Jnr  K
 16  Eber Kington  QB
 18  Sam Yaxley  TE
 20  T.K Chisango  RB
 21  Dominic Gould  DB
 22  Chris Percival  DB
 23  Simon Pinchin  DB
 24  Franco Puerton  RB
 25  Seb Dujardin  RB
 27  Peter Knight  LB
 29  Alex Brew  RB
 31  Nick Gandey  DB
 33  Aaron Montgomery  DB
 34  Ben Tolley  DB
 35  Scott Tolley  DB
 36  Peter Henworth  RB
 37  Colin Smith  DB
 40  James Bennett  DL
 42  Jay Cashman  DB
 44  Ben Soro-Perez  DB
 47  Jeremy McMinn  LB
 48  Owen Williams  LB
 50  Paul McIntosh  OL
 51  Steve Skinns  OL
 53  James Canavan  LB
 55  Simon Fisk  LB
 56  Adrian Teague  OL
 57  Dave Lawrey  DL
 58  Callum Graham  LB
 59  James Wright  OL
 62  John Searle Snr  OL
 67  Fabian West  OL
 71  Anthony Copper  OL
 72  Igwe Ojike  DL
 75  Dan Branch  OL
 78  Femi Ogunwusi  DL
 80  Adam Fishlock  WR
 81  Damon McMinn  WR
 82  Chris Jones  WR
 87  Dan Stoner  WR
 91  Ari Halldorsson  DL

External links

  • Official site
  • BAFANL Official site
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