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    United Kingdom Football League


    The UK Football League has its origin with the arrival of US President Theordore Roosevelts Great White Fleet and a football game between the USS Idaho and the USS Vermont in 1910 at Crystal Palace in London, England. The game would be played before thousands of Londoners with the winners awarded the Daily Mirror Silver Cup which was presented by Duke of Manchester, William Montegu. A second game would be played with the Duchess of Marlborough Consuelo Spencer-Churchill presenting a second cup to the winners and a third game resulted with another Daily Mirror Silver Cup being awarded. For the next four decades, the only football played in the UK would be played between American and Canadian servicemen.

    One such game took place in 1944 between the US Central Base Section Pirates and Canadian Mustangs that became known as the Tea Bowl. The Canadians stacked the odds using enlisted CFL players winning 16-6 leading to a rematch dubbed the Coffee Bowl where the Infantry Division Blues defeated the Mustangs 18-0 using NFL players. Then, after D-Day, the Eighth Air Force Shuttle-Raders defeated the Navy Sea Lions 20-0 winning the G.I. Bowl which was followed by Tea Bowl II, this time contended by the Air Service Command Warriors who defeated the Shuttle-Raders 13-0. These games and others led to the formation of the United States Armed Forces-Europe (League or USAFE) in 1946 where the champions would, ironically enough; be from Ansbach, Germany.

    The UKSC (United Kingdom Sports Conference) was formed in 1951 with the Burtonwood Bullets losing to the Rhine Main Rockets in the championship game. A German team won again in 1952 when the Fustenfeldbrook Eagles defeated the Burtonwood Bullets but the championship fell to the London Rockets in 1954. American football would not gain broader support until 1982 with the debut of Channel 4 rebroadcasting NFL games and the Super Bowl. This led to an exhibition game between the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Cardinals at the start of 1983 that caused almost half a million dollars in losses for the NFL. But, enough had been done to encourage the formation of a native born team called the London Ravens which began play in 1983 against the USAFE Chicksands Fightin Chicks.


    The first "All-British" game would be played between the London Ravens and Northwich Spartans (Manchester Spartans 1984) later in 1983 with the Ravens winning 48-0. They then played French teams called the Paris Castors (Beavers) in 1983 and the Paris Spartacus in 1984 building support for American football in both nations. The USFL played a game between the Philadelphia Stars and Tampa Bay Bandits proved successful building more support for what became known as the British American Football Federation. The UK American Football Association and Amateur American Football Conference formed while the BAFL split leaving 7 teams in the league with the rest joining the new 22 team American Football League United Kingdom (AFLUK).

    Budweiser was investing in the development of American Football in the UK pulling strings behind the scenes creating the United Kingdom American Football Association in 1985. The Ravens had joined AFLUK winning its first championship game against the Streatham Olympians 45-7 in the Summer Bowl. The following year, the BAFF and AFLUK merged into the British American Football League (BAFL) and Budweiser created the Budweiser League to play alongside of it. But, the European American governing body refused to recognize the Budweiser League which dropped sponsorship of the BAFL causing it to fold by the end of the year. Womens football also began in 1986 when the East Coast Sharkettes defeated the Eastbourne Crusaders 30-12.

    The UK American Football Association and Amateur American Football Conference also existed by this time with the failure of the BAFL creating new leagues to replace them. Of these; the Budweiser League, the British National Gridiron League (BNGL), the United Kingdom American Football League (UKAFL), the Southwestern American Football League (SAFL), and the Caledonian American Football League (CAFL) proved strongest in 1987. By 1989, Budweiser had invested over £1,600,000 into developing American Football in Europe before dropping its sponsorship. Coca-Cola then began sponsoring the Budweiser League which replaced Bud Bowl with Coke Bowl but the series itself continued to be called Euro Bowl.


    Three new dominant leagues emerged during this transition called the National Division Management Association League (NDMAL), the British National Gridiron League (BNGL) emerged domestically and by the World League of American Football (later NFL Europe) in 1991. The World Football Federation now fielded teams in the UK as the UKFL and purchased the assets of the USAFE in 1993 when it folded due to America reducing its military presence in Europe. The London Ravens had been purchased in 1992 to join the league as the British leagues began to fold and merge into the British Senior League which continued to be corporate sponsored. In 2005, the BSL rebranded as the new British American Football League and its championship game became known as the BritBowl.

    The UKFL would bide its time seeking private ownership following the USA-AFL model and called their postseason the Crown Championship (fic) but the championship game itself would be the Crystal Bowl (fic) after the legendary Crystal Palace. They would play a standard 18 game season with the top six of sixteen teams entering the postseason. Like the USA-AFL, the UKFL has a female league counterpart and development leagues.





    All-England Conference

    HMS Dreadnoughts (Liverpool)
    Manchester Mariners
    Newcastle Reivers
    Yorkshire Harriers (Leeds)
    Birmingham Stallions
    Sheffield Crusaders
    Nottingham Rangers
    Essex Stags



    Crown Conference

    London Ravens
    British Bulldogs (Bristol)
    South Hampshire Saxons
    Brighton Harpooners
    Cardiff Dragons
    Belfast Kings
    Edinburgh Highlanders
    Glasgow Claymores







    United Kingdom Football League Division II

    Northern Conference

    Northumberland Reavers (Northumberland)
    Sunderland (Tyne and Wear)
    Carlisle (Cumbria)
    Durham (Durham)
    York Executioners (North Yorkshire)
    Blackburn (Lancashire)
    Leeds Crusaders (West Yorkshire)
    Hull (East Riding of Yorkshire, East Yorkshire)

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    Oldham Spartans (former Manchester Spartans, Northwich Spartans, Greater Manchester)
    Bolton (Greater Manchester)
    Wolverhampton (West Midlands)
    Cheshire East (Cheshire)
    Derby (Derbyshire)
    Nottingham Sheriffs (Nottinghamshire)
    North Lincolnshire (Lincolnshire)
    Stoke (Staffordshire)

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    Shropshire (Shropshire)
    Leicester Panthers (Leicestershire)
    King's Lynn (Norfolk)
    Warwick (Warwickshire)
    Northampton (Northamptonshire)
    Wychavon (Worcestershire)
    Rutland Hell Hounds
    (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire represents Rutland)


    Southern Conference

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    Cambridge (Cambridgeshire)
    Ipswich (Suffolk)
    Herefordshire (Herefordshire)
    Oxford Steamrollers (Oxfordshire)
    Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire)
    Dacorum (Hertfordshire)
    Colchester (Essex)
    London Monarchs (Westminster / Greater London)


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    South Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire)
    Wiltshire (Wiltshire)
    Reading (Berkshire)
    North Somerset (Somerset)
    Guildford (Surrey)
    Medway (Kent)
    London Rippers (Southwark / Greater London)

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    Central Bedfordshire (Bedfordshire)
    Plymouth (Devon)
    Bournemouth (Dorset)
    Brighton (East Sussex)
    Isle of Wight (Isle of Wight)
    Southampton (Hampshire)
    Arun (West Sussex)
    London Brawlers (Barnet / Greater London)
    Peterborough Brickies (Cambridgeshire)






    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers-Armstrongs

    http://canadasports150.ca/en/militar...p-champions/97



    United Kingdom Womens Football League
    UKWFL


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    So I have a couple of ideas for Peterborough & Rutland -
    Hell Hounds, Black Shucks (both of these from the legends of black hell hound(s) also known as Black Shuck(s) and the wild hunt ... prevalent in this Eastern area but first mentioned in the 11th & 12th century Peterborough version of the Anglo Saxon Chronicles. Said to have flaming eyes like saucers and jet black fur, and to be generally huge. Some say God gave it to Peterborough Cathedral because he didn't like the doings of one of the Abbots, or Bishops ...

    OR the brickies - from Peterborough's more recent history as country's main producer of bricks. Brickies is short for Bricklayers which isn't strictly correct really as Peebo is known for making bricks not laying them

    The Saxons - a lot of Anglo-Saxon history here, Rutland itself was part of Edward the Confessor's lands, part of which he gifted to his wife Edith.

    I'll have a think about some others
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    Northumberland - Reivers, or Rebels
    was one of the homes of the Border Reivers see this illustration
    https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgu...act=mrc&uact=8

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    Gave Rutland (Peterborough) the name Hell Hounds and Northumberland are the Reavers. Will be naming one of them the Saxons but not sure which and never would have thought of the Brickies (lol) but that does sound British and possibly something we might have named a team in the past.

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    Newcastle (on Tyne) - People from Newcastle are usually known here as Geordies - prob something to do with them supporting King George the something during the time of the Jacobite Rebellion in the 1700's

    Also they had the monopoly on shipping coal from very very early on, 1500's or something. Hence the term 'sending coals to Newcastle' as a term for a pointless exercise! So maybe the coalmen or even the hostmen as that was the name of the cartel who shipped the coal. Coalmen or Geordies would prob be better tho.

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    So then we call them the Rippers... can you figure out why?

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    Actually no, I thought of good ol' Jack, and then the Yorkshire Ripper, but nothing comes to mind for Newcastle!

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    Going to split it into two seasons. The Spring / Summer league is the semi-pro season with more teams. The pro season is the Fall / Winter season with all pro players from the semi-pro league.

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    And made Newcastle the Reivers since they're closest to the border with Scotland of the 12 English teams I put in the pro division.

    Now gimme more ideas as I obviously don't know much of anything here lol

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