Nottingham Caesars
Founded1984; 40 years ago (1984)
LeagueBAFA National Leagues
DivisionNFC South 1
Team historyNottingham Hoods (1984–1992)
Nottingham Caesars (1992–)
LocationNottingham, Nottinghamshire
StadiumDavid Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham
ColoursBurgundy, Gold and White
ChairmanGrant Lawless
Head coachVanden Warner
CaptainWill Hobbs
Division titles6: 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2021, 2023
Playoff berths7: 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2016, 2023

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 David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham in Beeston, Nottingham . 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 six Divisional titles to their name having won their division in 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2021 and 2023. The club reached two Division 1 bowl games in both 1997 and 2003, both ending in defeat.

History

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.

In 2023, the Nottingham Caesars worked hard in the off-season with a solid recruitment drive of talented coaching staff and players to bolster their roster which marked a cultural shift within the team. The Caesars achieved their first undefeated regular season (10-0-0) in 28 years since 1995, coming top of the NFC South 1 and securing a first round bye in the playoffs. Following a successful semi-final at home vs the Scunthorpe Alphas, the Caesars lost in the final away at the Northumberland Vikings.

Stadium

The Nottingham Caesars play their home games at the David Ross Sports Village based at the University of Nottingham which it shares with the Great Britain Lions National team as their practice facility.

The Caesars previously held their home games at the Harvey Hadden Stadium in Bilborough. The club had been based at the Stadium since the 1980s except a one-year stay at Devon Park, Newark in 1996 and another year at Ilkeston RFC in 2022.

Coaching staff

Role Name
Head Coach United Kingdom Vanden Warner
Offensive / Special Teams Coordinator United Kingdom Grant Lawless
Defensive Coordinator United Kingdom Mike Holden
Assistant Defensive Coordinator United Kingdom Simon Hand
Quality Control United Kingdom Adrian Giles
Quarterback Coach United Kingdom Grant Scott
Offensive line coach United Kingdom Lloyd Stone United Kingdom Charles Eardely United Kingdom Jonathan Allred
Running Backs Coach United Kingdom Vanden Warner
Tight Ends Coach Cyprus Daniil Khazov
Wide Receivers Coach United Kingdom Alex Bartley
Assistant Special Teams Coordinator United Kingdom Grant Scott
Defensive Backs Coach United Kingdom Simon Hand United States Mike Romano United Kingdom Will Hobbs
Linebacker Coach United Kingdom Stuart Burgess-Lowe United Kingdom Ashley Matthews
Defensive Line Coach United Kingdom Josh Marriott United Kingdom Henry Scanlon
Sports Therapist United Kingdom Becky Stratfull
Offensive Analysts United StatesPhil Macgovern United Kingdom Robert Bryce
Defensive Analyst United Kingdom Karl Scott
Film Coordinator United Kingdom Mark Price
Junior Team Head Coach United States Sean Endicott

Roster

Quarterbacks

  • United Kingdom 'Baby' Alex Bladwin
  • United Kingdom Dan Johnson
  • United Kingdom Alex Stocks
  • United Kingdom Liam Macgovern (C)

Offensive linemen

  • United Kingdom Victor Sogbesan
  • United Kingdom Chris Singleton
  • United Kingdom Charles Eardley
  • United Kingdom Thomas Hunt
  • Italy Domenico Carroli
  • United Kingdom Daniel Nicholls
  • United Kingdom Jordan McCabe
  • United Kingdom Craig Bennett
  • United Kingdom Cameron Jones
  • United Kingdom Paul Mowbray (C)
  • Republic of Ireland Callum Oliver
  • United Kingdom Gus Bingham
  • United Kingdom David Grieve
  • United States Tom Gore
  • United Kingdom John Wildey
  • United Kingdom Josh James

Tight ends

  • United Kingdom Josh Hutchinson
  • United Kingdom Mark Martin (C)
  • United Kingdom Nathan Hall
  • United Kingdom James Cantrill


Wide receivers

  • United Kingdom Ben Harrison
  • United Kingdom Jaidan Abraham
  • United Kingdom Elliot Harvey
  • United Kingdom Joshua Oluwatosin (C)
  • United Kingdom George Tomlinson
  • United Kingdom Sam Adair
  • United Kingdom Bertie Piper
  • United Kingdom Thomas Cooper
  • United Kingdom Joel Meek-Orr
  • Republic of Ireland Stephen Ford
  • United Kingdom Scott Barnard

Running backs

  • United Kingdom Wellington Tafireyi
  • United Kingdom Chris Babay
  • United Kingdom Alex Sowerby
  • United Kingdom Niall Simpson
  • United Kingdom James Draper
  • United Kingdom Ben Pugh
  • United Kingdom Fredryco Gordon

Kickers

  • United Kingdom Danny Johns
  • United Kingdom Josh Jackaman

Defensive linemen

  • United Kingdom Aaron Anderson
  • Tunisia Adem Jammali
  • United Kingdom Chris Hutchinson
  • United Kingdom Elliot Ray
  • United Kingdom James Simpson
  • Algeria Karim Hamdi
  • Republic of Ireland Jack Bostock
  • United Kingdom Jamie Gatley
  • United Kingdom Sammy Robertson
  • Nigeria Theodore Okechukwu
  • United Kingdom Elliott Jeffrey
  • United Kingdom Xavier Marshall
  • United Kingdom Henry 'Hank' Scanlon
  • United Kingdom Lambi Demetriou

Linebackers

  • United Kingdom Matthew Barnard
  • United Kingdom Jack Rice
  • United Kingdom Jack Detlaff
  • United Kingdom Danny Johns
  • United Kingdom Will Jepson
  • United Kingdom Andrew Wilkins (C)
  • United Kingdom Isaac Saa
  • United Kingdom Alex Salmon
  • United Kingdom Adam Oliver
  • United Kingdom Boris Gavin
  • United Kingdom Brandan Duggan
  • Taiwan Yung-Ling Wang

Defensive backs

  • United Kingdom Sancqon Charlesworth
  • United Kingdom Will Hobbs (C)
  • United Kingdom Stefan Bryan
  • United Kingdom Premvir Johal
  • United Kingdom James Sordillo
  • United Kingdom Harry Johnson
  • United Kingdom Sam Fraser
  • United Kingdom Freddie Burton
  • United Kingdom Lucas Cornwall
  • Wales Callum Tinson
  • Republic of Ireland Micky Fisher
  • United Kingdom John Engstrom
  • Republic of Ireland Paddy Fisher
  • United Kingdom Josh Jackaman
  • United Kingdom James Larby
  • United Kingdom Cameron Murry
  • United Kingdom Cy Roche

Team records

As Nottingham Hoods

Year Division Wins Losses Ties Percentage
1984 Merit Table 1 0 0 1.000
1985 AFL Midlands Division 7 5 0 0.583
1986 BAFL National League Central Conference 9 3 0 0.750
1987 Budweiser League National Division Western Conference 7 3 0 0.700
1988 Budweiser League National Division Midlands Conference 4 9 1 0.270
1989 Budweiser League National Division Midlands Conference 4 5 1 0.450
1990 NDMA Northern Conference 5 5 0 0.500
1991 NDMA First Division Northern Conference 9 1 0 0.900
1992 NDMA Division One Northern Conference 9 1 0 0.900
1993 NDMA Central Conference 5 3 0 0.625
1994 BAFA Division One 2 8 0 0.200

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As Nottingham Caesars

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 8 0 0 1.000
2022 BAFANL Northern Conference Division 1 South 7 3 0 0.700
2023 BAFANL Northern Conference Division 1 South 10 0 0 1.000
2024 BAFANL Northern Conference Division 1 South - - - -

Covid-19 Amalgamated League Season*


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Playoffs

Year Opponent W/L Score
2016 BAFANL Edinburgh Wolves Loss 22–6
2023 BAFANL Scunthorpe Alphas

Northumberland Vikings

Win

Loss

20-6

34-13

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
2018 BAFANL U19
2019 BAFANL U19 1 North 1 4 0 0.200
2021 BAFANL U19 1 Midlands 0 2 0 0.000
2022 BAFANL U19 1 Midlands 4 1 1 0.750
2023 BAFANL U19 1 Midlands 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
2023 BAFANL U19 National Final London Blitz L

References

  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.
  5. ^ http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/NottinghamHoods.htm
  6. ^ http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/NOTTINGHAMCAESARS.htm