Chester Romans
Founded1986; 36 years ago (1986)
LeagueBAFA National Leagues
DivisionNFC 1 South
LocationChester, Cheshire
StadiumCheshire County Sports Club
ColoursWhite Helmets
Red and White Jerseys
White Pants
Head coachLevi Edwards
General managerGeraint Griffiths
Division titles'5: (1994, 1996, 1999, 2013, 2018)
Playoff berths6: (1994, 1996, 1999, 2013, 2016, 2018)
Current uniform
ChesterRomansUniforms.png

The Chester Romans are an American Football team based in Chester, Cheshire, England, who compete in the BAFA National Leagues NFC 1 South, the second level of British American football. The club operate from Cheshire County Sports Club and were formed in 1986, making them one of the oldest surviving teams in the UK.[1] They are five-time Divisional champions and operate an affiliated youth team called the Flintshire Romans for ages from 8 to 19.

History

The Romans were founded during the week of Super Bowl XX at the Handbridge College, and played their first game of full kitted football in September of that year, beating the Rotherham Redskins 38-25.[2]

They spent their formative years in the Budweiser League, but did not achieve much success and in the late 1980s, moved to the British National Gridiron League, where they made their first play off appearance in 1989 and made them again in 1994.[3]

In the 1995 and 1996 seasons, the Romans relocated to Wrexham, Wales, achieving mixed success. In 2001, they changed their to the Cheshire Romans, before reverting to the Chester Romans in 2002.[4]

In 1999, The Chester Romans defeated the Tiger Bay Warriors at Saffron Lane to become Division II Champions.

In 2014, former NFL player and Sky Sports pundit Cecil Martin held a training session with the Romans.[5] 2015 saw a league realignment,[6] and the Romans were placed in the Division 1 NFC South division, where they lost their opening game to the Nottingham Caesars 28-23.[7]

The Romans were placed in NFC2 for 2018 alongside the Halton Spartans, Morecambe Bay Storm, Carlisle Sentinels and Furness Phantoms. The opening game of the season saw the Romans greet geographical rivals, the Halton Spartans to the CCSC, with the Romans winning 30-0. This was followed by a 0-1 win via forfeit as the Carlisle Sentinels withdrew for safety reasons. The reverse fixture saw the Romans win 41-0. The Romans marched to a 77-0 victory at home to the Morecambe Bay Storm, and a 46-18 victory of the Furness Phantoms. The Romans visited the Select Security Stadium to play the much improved Spartans, which ended in a disappointing 6-6 tie. The final two games seen the Romans close out their regular season with a 0-44, and 12-30 victories of the Furness Phantoms and Morecambe Bay Storm, respectively. The successful regular season placed Chester as the #2 seed in the playoffs.

Chester began the post-season stage at home to the Lincolnshire Bombers, which ended in a dominant 47-6 victory.[8] This, then saw the Romans greet the Staffodshire Surge. The Romans booked their place in the NFC 2 final with victory.

Logos & Uniforms

Up until the end of 2018 the Romans played in a Red jersey. However with the start of the 2019 season they started to wear their new kit which is a White Jersey. They continue their main sponsorship partnership with Hickory's Smokehouse, Chester.

Home field

The Cheshire County Sports Club is a multi-use sports facility in Chester. There are both grass and artificial turf pitches for use in a variety of sports.[9] The facilities serve over 5000 visitors each year.[10]

Season Results

Season Division Wins Losses Ties Divisional Position Playoff Run
2016 NFC 2 9 1 0 2nd Semifinalists
2017 NFC 2 8 2 0 2nd Quarterfinalists
2018 NFC 2 7 0 1 1st Finalists
2019 NFC 1 3 7 0 5th

Roster

Offense

Captains

  • 73 Mike Thompson
  • 81 Rory Mansfield

Quarterbacks

  • 5 Toby McManus
  • 6 Jordan Squire
  • 10 Byron Ward

Running Backs

  • 12 Andy Foy
  • 18 Nadgy Khirat
  • 23 Tyler Goodwin
  • 35 Emmanuel Fatimehin

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Jake Cooke
  • 7 Alex Baldry
  • 8 Nathan Jewkes
  • 13 Benji Freese
  • 14 Arron Powell
  • 17 Steff Jones
  • 34 Ash Wainwright
  • 81 Rory Mansfield
  • 82 Jamaine Bernard
  • 86 Alan King
  • 87 Yotam Berant
  • 88 Tom Morley

Offensive Lineman

  • 64 Alex May
  • 65 Joe Fraser-Taylor
  • 66 Tom Payne
  • 69 Jake McBride
  • 70 Thomas Conlan
  • 71 James Spencer
  • 73 Mike Thompson
  • 75 Alistair Hill
  • 78 Fahd Jadoon
  • 79 Rob Pugh
Defense

Captains

  • 50 Nigel Clarke
  • 54 Matt Macaulay

Defensive Lineman

  • 11 Alex Williams
  • 42 Jake Hamdy
  • 53 Danny Cotton
  • 60 Ryan Edwards
  • 68 James Williams
  • 74 Rhys Urbonas
  • 90 Rob Tyler
  • 93 Connor Curry
  • 94 Ollie Elwood
  • 95 Alex Lowry
  • 98 Simon Mapletoft
  • 99 Liam Shone

Linebackers

  • 3 Matt Hydman
  • 4 James Hudson
  • 19 Jonny Green
  • 27 Oliver Jones
  • 36 Jack Detlaff
  • 37 Josh Collins
  • 38 Tom Flame
  • 40 Rhys Ellis
  • 48 Milan Cabrnoch
  • 50 Nigel Clarke
  • 52 John Brady
  • 54 Matt Macaulay
  • 56 Matt Foulkes
Defensive Backs
  • 2 Seb Sansom
  • 16 Harrison Holt-McHale
  • 20 Lewis Coppack
  • 21 Sam Moscrop
  • 22 Tom Crawford
  • 24 Samson Mclean
  • 25 Stephen Macauley
  • 26 Cai Danks
  • 28 River Nuttall
  • 29 Luca Guzzo
  • 30 Cynan Anwy
  • 31 Jacob Eckl
  • 32 Andrew Jones
  • 33 Gregg Baxter
  • 85 Richy Ridley
  • 43 Samson McLean

Coaching Staff

General Manager

  • Geraint Griffiths

Head Coach

  • Levi Edwards

Offensive Staff

  • Offensive Coordinator: Levi Edwards
  • Offensive Line: David Pawson
  • Offensive Line: Gareth Williams
  • Wide Receivers/Co-OC: Jay Grocott
  • Wide Receivers: Jasper Kelly
  • Quarterbacks: Levi Edwards
  • Running Backs: Dickle
  • Assistant Coach: Stuart Nunney
  • Assistant Coach: Simon Mawson

Defensive Staff

  • Defensive Coordinator: Simon Purcell
  • Defensive line: Nathan James Sharrocks
  • Defensive Backs: Chase Johnston
  • Linebackers: Mark Cairns
  • Assistant Coach: Georgia Holding

Special Teams Staff

  • Special Teams Coordinator: David Pawson

Notes

  1. ^ Britball Now - Chester Romans Team Notes
  2. ^ "Chester Romans - History". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  3. ^ Britball Now - Chester Romans
  4. ^ Britball Now - Chester Romans Team Notes
  5. ^ "NFL star inspires Chester Romans as part of UK tour". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  6. ^ Proposed BAFANL Structure for 2015
  7. ^ Nottingham Caesars start new season with narrow win at Romans Archived 13 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Bombers at Romans". Lincolnshire Bombers. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  9. ^ Facilities Siteplan Archived 3 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ About Us Archived 3 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine