Nottingham Caesars
Founded1984; 37 years ago (1984)
LeagueBAFA National Leagues
DivisionNFC South 1
Team historyNottingham Hoods (1984–1992)
Nottingham Caesars (1992–)
LocationNottingham, Nottinghamshire
StadiumHarvey Hadden Stadium
ColoursBlack Helmets
Burgundy, Black and Gold Jerseys
Burgundy Pants
Head coachVanden Warner
General managerJohn Burnett
Division titles4: 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008
Playoff berths6': 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2016

The Nottingham Caesars are an American football team based in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, who operate in the BAFA National Leagues NFC South 1, the second level of British American football. They are based at the Harvey Hadden Stadium in the Bilborough area of the city. The team is affectionately known by its players and fans as "The Big C" and was formed in 1984 initially as the youth team of the Nottingham Hoods before later splitting off to form its own adult side.

The club played in the BAFA Premier North in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons before being placed in the second tier of British American Football following a reshuffle of the League structure. They hold four Divisional titles to their name having won their division in 1995, 1997, 2003 and 2008. The club reached two Division 1 bowl games in both 1997 and 2003, both ending in defeat.

History

The old Nottingham Caesars logo
The old Nottingham Caesars logo

The Caesars began play in 1992, in competition with the cross-town Nottingham Hoods.[1][2] The Hoods saw some success including a conference championship in 1992 under the leadership of import players Mike Grossner and Vic Quirolo.[3] The Hoods stopped play in 1994, and this boosted the Caesars considerably, who then posted an undefeated 10–0 record in 1995. Since then, the Caesars have seen moderate success, with 3 conference championships including a trip to the Britbowl in 1997, ending in defeat to the Redbridge Fire 26–7.[2]

Although the team lost out to the Tamworth Phoenix in the 2008 semi-finals, due to the league reshuffle the team earned promotion and in 2008 played in the BAFL 1 South West Conference. The Caesars struggled in 2009 picking up just two wins, 2010 was even less successful with their only win coming at home to the South Wales Warriors on the last day of the season, however this was enough to keep them in Division 1.

In 2012, the Caesars had a good season with an influx of Rookies joining already established players the "Big C" finished with a 7–3 record and made the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Caesars fell at the quarter-final stage away to the Berkshire Renegades.

In 2013, the Caesars were moved into the National Premier Division and it was a season of transition and adjustment to a higher standard of football. The Caesars finished the season with a 1–9 record. In 2014, the Caesars continued in the National Premier Division and made strides forward providing greater competition against Premiership opponents and making a name for themselves as fierce competitors

In 2015, the Caesars played in the Northern Football Conference and finished with a record of 4 wins, 5 losses and a tie.[4] 2016 season brought a successful season with the club making the playoffs in the newly formed MFC 1. With wins against Peterborough Saxons, Ouse Valley Eagles, Doncaster Mustangs and the Birmingham Bulls they finished the year with a 6–4 record and were eventually beaten in a closely fought game against the Edinburgh Wolves.

2020 Saw a huge Overhaul coming on Offense with new Coordinator, Grant Lawless, bringing in several coaches with him. The season was cancelled though due to COVID-19. However, a good pre season and solid showing against the Hertfordshire Cheetahs in a scrimmage will be a good platform to build upon for 2021

Stadium

The Nottingham Caesars play their home games at the Harvey Hadden Stadium in Bilborough. The club have been based at the Stadium since the 1980s except a one-year stay at Devon Park, Newark in 1996.

Coaching staff

Role Name
Head Coach England Vanden Warner
Offensive Coordinator England Grant Lawless
Defensive Coordinator England Mike Holden
Assistant Defensive Coordinator England Simon Hand
Special Teams Coordinator England Ed Green
Offensive Line Coach England Sean Green United States Sean Endicott
Receiver Coach England Peter Brown United States Mike Romano
Running Backs Coach England Vanden Warner
Assistant Linebackers Coach England Ashley Chambers
Coach Assistant England Mark Price
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach England Robert Hardwick
Linebacker Coach England Adam Burnett
Defensive Line Coach England Frazer Beattie
Quarterback Coach England Brad Thompson England Grant Lawless
Junior Team Head Coach United States Sean Endicott

Roster

Quarterbacks

  • England Dan Johnson
  • England Robbie Jones
  • England Cameron Murry
  • England Alex Stocks
  • England Tomas Jorge
  • England Liam MacGovern

Offensive Linemen


  • Poland Rafal Topczewski
  • England Josh Topley
  • England Tom Harvey
  • England James Simpson
  • England Rysiu Kwaitowski
  • England Damon Fisher
  • England Daniel Nicholls
  • England Ash Fenyn
  • England Luke May
  • England Simon Grant
  • England Danny King
  • United States Sean Endicott

Running Backs & Full Backs

  • England Karim Hamdi
  • England Aaron Williams
  • England Alex Sowerby
  • England Lloyd Stone
  • Republic of Ireland Paddy Donnely
  • England John Holmes
  • England Daniel Dobson
  • England Will Champion

Tight Ends

  • England Josh Hutchinson
  • England Tom Hunt
  • England Mark Martin
  • England Robbie West
  • South Africa David George
  • England Nick Bayton

Wide Receivers

  • Poland Lukasz Adamski
  • England Ben Cheshire
  • England Josh Price
  • England Jamie Molnar
  • England Rory Woolley
  • England George Tomlinson
  • United States Allan Gheen
  • United States Mike Romano
  • England James Long
  • England Joe White
  • England Jaiden Abraham
  • England Gerard Guyatt

Defensive Linemen

  • England Luke Wayne
  • England James O'Brien
  • England Chris Hutchinson
  • England Steve Yates
  • England Alex Wright
  • England Daniel Dobson
  • England Joe Wilkins
  • England Bradley Martin
  • England Chris Singleton
  • England JJ Moore
  • England Luke Taylor Hutchinson
  • England Jamie Gatley
  • England Ohioma Isibo

Linebackers

  • England Kieran Matthews
  • England Chris Portman
  • England Danny Johns
  • England Adam Harvey
  • England Tom Harrison
  • England Andrew Wilkins
  • England Chris Thacker
  • England Daniel Billiald
  • England Charles Eardley
  • England Alex Salmon
  • England Ben Langford
  • England Josh Hodgkinson

Defensive Backs

  • England Robert Hardwick
  • England Matt Murden
  • England Stefan Bryan
  • England Premvir Johal
  • England Micky Fisher
  • England Sam Booth
  • England Sam Fisher
  • England Andrew Dennison
  • England Alec Ball
  • England Scott Barlow
  • England Douglas Kirk-Bellamy
  • England Alex Wright

Team records

Year Division Wins Losses Ties Percentage
1995 BAFA Division Three North East Conference 10 0 0 1.000
1996 BSL Division Two Northern Conference 6 4 0 0.600
1997 BSL Division One Northern Conference 7 1 2 0.889
1998 BSL Division One Northern Conference 5 5 0 0.500
1999 BSL Division One Northern Conference 6 3 0 0.667
2000 BSL Division One Northern Conference 2 6 0 0.250
2001 BSL Division One Northern Conference 1 7 0 0.125
2002 BSL Division Two Northern Conference 7 1 2 0.889
2003 BSL Division Two Northern Conference 9 0 1 0.995
2004 BSL Division One A Northern Conference 3 6 1 0.335
2005 BAFL 1A Northern Conference 2 7 1 0.225
2006 BAFL 1A Northern Conference 0 10 0 0.000
2007 BAFL 2 Central Conference 8 2 0 0.800
2008 BAFL 2 Central Conference 9 0 1 0.995
2009 BAFL 1 South West Conference 2 8 0 0.200
2010 BAFL 1 South West Conference 1 9 1 0.115
2011 BAFANL 1 Central Conference 6 4 0 0.600
2012 BAFANL 1 Northern Conference 7 3 0 0.700
2013 BAFANL Premier Division 1 9 0 0.100
2014 BAFANL Premier Division 1 8 0 0.111
2015 BAFANL 1 Northern Conference 4 5 1 0.445
2016 BAFANL Midlands Football Conference 1 6 4 0 0.600
2017 BAFANL Northern Conference Division 1 South 7 3 0 0.700
2018 BAFANL Northern Conference Division 1 South 4 6 0 0.400
2019 BAFANL Northern Conference Division 1 South 5 5 0 0.500
2021 BAFANL Central East 3 3 0 1.000

Playoffs

Year Opponent W/L Score
2016 BAFANL Edinburgh Wolves Loss 22–6

Junior Team

The Nottingham Caesars also field a Junior team in the U19 competition.

Year Division Wins Losses Ties Percentage
2015 BAFANL U19 North Two 4 1 1 0.750
2016 BAFANL U19 South Two 3 3 0 0.500
2017 BAFANL U19 North 6 0 0 1.000

Playoffs

Year Opponent W/L Score
2016 BAFANL U19 Plate Semi London Blitz W 12–0
2016 BAFANL U19 Plate Final Highland Wildcats L 22–14
2017 BAFANL U19 National Semi East Kilbride L
2017 BAFANL U19 Plate Final Birmingham Lions L

References[edit]

  1. ^ "60 seconds with American Football team Nottingham Caesars head coach Barry Boseley". Nottingham Post. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Nottingham Caesars". britballnow.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Nottingham Hoods". britballnow.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Standings 15". dblcoverage.com. Double Coverage. Archived from the original on 14 March 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.

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