||23 July 2017 - Leicester Falcons take Divison 1 title
||8 July 2017 - Falcons confirm playoff place
||2 July 2017 - Leicester Falcons 24 - Birmingham Bulls
||18 June 2017 - Falcons make it 2 : 1 against Sandwell
||11 June 2017 - Falcons shut out Bulls
||4 June 2017 - Falcons control Jets
||21 May 2017 - Falcons take revenge
||7 May 2017 - Steelers win by a short head
||30 April 2017 - Falcons go to Coventry...
||27 April 2017 - The season begins
||30 January 2017 - Falcons get into training
||23 January 2017 - Q&A with Noel Cassar
||19 January 2017 - Local Rivalries for Falcons in 2017
||18 January 2017 - Falcons Announce New Coaching Lineup For 2017
||3 April 2016 - Leicester Riders
Leicester Falcons take Divison 1 title
Leicester Falcons won their second consecutive divisional title
on Sunday after a solid 35-0 win against Nottingham Caesars at Harvey
Hadden Stadium. The win puts the Falcons in prime position for the
Division 1 playoffs, with a place in the Premier League at stake.
As has happened so often this season, the defence led the way.
Cornerback Dom Olney intercepted Nottingham's first
pass attempt of the afternoon and, although Leicester fumbled giving
the ball straight back to the Caesars, the defence held Nottingham
to three-and-out. On the next drive quarterback Troy Lee
Jackson threw a deep pass attempt to Ashton Clarke-Jackman,
who was unfairly contacted in the end zone. The subsequent penalty
put the ball on the one-yard line and running back Nat Eaves
plunged over the goal line for the first score of the day. On the
Caesars' next possession Olney again came up with
the interception, and Jackson wasted no time in
hitting receiver Kyren Watts for a 36 yard touchdown
pass and a 14-0 lead.
Nottingham's offence was given no space to manoeuvre, defensive
end Pete Sandham making it into the backfield to
sack quarterback Dan Johnson on two occasions,
and Bill Hefford making the Falcons' third interception.
Midway through the second quarter the Falcons were gifted another
score after Nottingham failed to down their own punt. With defenders
looking away, having either assumed the ball had been downed or
gone out of bounds, return man Taylor Brown picked
up the ball and ran through a stationary Caesars defence for a 55
yard punt return touchdown making the score 21-0. Before the half
Nat Eaves added his second touchdown, this time from 10
yards, and the Falcons looked unassailable at the halftime interval.
As the second half began fullback Adam Gumbs took
advantage of generous space to rip off a 60 yard run, being caught
agonisingly just five yards from the goal line. On the next play
quarterback AJ Mepstead threw to Clarke-Jackman,
who worked hard to stay in bounds and stretch for the goal line,
just getting the ball inside the pylon for the Falcons' fifth touchdown.
The Caesars switched quarterbacks but still couldn't make anything
happen on offence, Falcons defensive lineman Rob Rees
picking up a brace of sacks in the second half. As had happened
in the previous meeting between the teams, the second half began
to get indisciplined, with the Falcons racking up a few too many
penalty yards. On a punt return Jack Verling was
tackled out of bounds into the Nottingham sideline and the resulting
scuffle led to Verling's ejection for fighting, however the incident
shouldn't sour what was an impressive victory for the Falcons.
The win confirms the Falcons are unassailable at the top of the
NFC1 South with a game remaining, an impressive feat considering
the team were promoted from division 2 this season. Leicester go
into their final game of the season fighting for the number 1 seed
in the playoffs, needing a win and to concede less than 23 points.
Their opponents will be Birmingham Bulls, who need a win to escape
relegation. Kick off this coming Sunday is 3pm at Leicester Road
Leicester Falcons confirm playoff place
Leicester Falcons produced a fantastic all round performance to
beat close rivals Nottingham Caesars at Leicester Road on Saturday
to overtake them in the division standings and claim the lead in
BAFA NFC1 South. The win also confirms the Falcons' playoff place
with two regular season games to go.
For the fifth time this year, the Falcons scored on their opening
possession. Speedy receiver Kyren Watts took in
a short pass and sprinted past his marker for a 16 yard touchdown.
The Caesars defence proved they had some fight in them, putting
pressure on QB Troy Lee Jackson, mainly from linebacker
Andrew Willkins who put up three sacks on the night,
but their offence was unable to capitalise. It wasn't long before
the Falcons scored again, running back Nat Eaves
punching home from 4 yards out after Jackson completed
a huge pass to Tom Jarrett. On the subsequent possession
safety Dom Olney intercepted Caesars QB Dan
Johnson and the Falcons engineered another scoring drive,
Tolu Ogundana finishing this one off with a nine
yard touchdown. Just before the halftime whistle Nottingham got
on the board, Johnson completing a deep pass to
receiver Deivydas Merkelis for a 42 yard touchdown,
making the halftime score 20-7.
The second half was a bit more bad-tempered with penalties on both
sides. Nottingham were fortunate not to have a man ejected after
a flagrant foul on the opening kick off, and Leicester racked up
several penalty yards for numerous technical offences. After a long
drive starting on their own 11 yard line the Falcons finally broke
the second-half deadlock, Jack Verling brilliantly
taking in a 20 yard pass in the back of the end zone. On the very
next play from scrimmage Taylor Brown intercepted
a Dan Johnson pass and returned it into the end
zone for a touchdown, one of three picks for him on the night. Young
cornerback Matt Thomas also got in on the action
with an interception of his own to complete a five-interception
night for the defence.
Next up for Leicester is a return match with the Caesars in Nottingham
in two weeks, where a win will confirm the division title. The Falcons
must continue to perform better than Manchester Titans in the NFC1
North over their final two games in order to hold the #1 seed in
Leicester Falcons 24 - Birmingham Bulls 6
Leicester Falcons overcame a first half scare to beat Birmingham
Bulls 24-6 at Erin Go Bragh, Birmingham on Sunday. After trailing
at halftime the Falcons scored three touchdowns in an inspired second
half to clinch the victory and keep the pressure on rivals Nottingham
Caesars at the top of BAFA NFC1.
The Falcons defence started brightly, ripping the ball out of Bulls
RB Marc Bonazebi's hands on their first offensive
play for a turnover. Unfortunately, on the very next play the Falcons's
snap was fumbled and Birmingham got the ball straight back. The
turnovers continued as on the subsequent drive Falcons linebacker
Bill Hefford intercepted an errant pass and returned into
the red zone, with only a tripping penalty preventing a touchdown.
The Bulls defence stepped up to hold Leicester but Dan Burton
kicked the first points of the game with a short field goal.
As the second quarter began the Falcons defence began to bring
the pressure, and Nick Harry came up with a big
third down sack on Bulls quarterback Alexander Back.
The sack proved to be valuable as on the following play a wild snap
went over the head of the Bulls punter and out the back of the end
zone for a safety, and the Falcons were gifted two points for a
5-0 lead. After getting the ball back Leicester drove down the field
but quarterback AJ Mepstead was intercepted in
the end zone by Bulls safety Ryan Lloyd. Birmingham
got the ball back and engineered a long drive of their own behind
the power running of Bonazebi, capping it off with
a 10 yard touchdown run just before the half time whistle.
After a stern team talk from Head Coach Noel Cassar,
the Falcons came out all guns blazing in the second half. The defence
recorded a quick three-and-out then Mepstead orchestrated
a great drive, finishing with a 16 yard touchdown pass to Joe
Brammer. On their next possession the offence did it again,
Brammer this time turning into the passer on a
trick play and connecting with Kyren Watts for
a 38 yard gain. After Watts was stripped of the
ball at the one yard line receiver Tom Jarrett
was on hand to fall on the ball for the touchdown and an 18-6 lead.
In the fourth quarter the team mainly focused on running down the
clock but Mepstead found time for his third touchdown
pass of the game, this time hitting leading scorer Taylor
Brown from 30 yards.
The Falcons have little time to rest as this Saturday they host
their biggest game of the season as division leaders Nottingham
Caesars visit Leicester Road. A victory here will mean the Falcons
leapfrog the Caesars into first place and put them in pole position
for the playoffs. Kick off is 6pm.
Falcons make it 2 : 1 against Sandwell
Leicester Falcons 42 - Sandwell Steelers 0
Leicester Falcons produced a fantastic all around performance to
overcome their close rivals Sandwell Steelers 42-0 on Sunday at
Leicester Road. The victory, their fourth in a row, keeps the pressure
on division leaders Nottingham Caesars as the business end of the
Sandwell missed their starting quarterback Callum Davidson,
who was injured for this match, and replacement Joseph Reynolds
threw an interception with his first pass attempt of the game to
Falcons linebacker Parm Sidhu. Leicester were unable
to capitalise on this however, and the two teams exchanged punts
throughout the first quarter. The Falcons had the better of possession
but their best drive ended in a turnover following a fumbled snap.
Sandwell leant on the power running of James Jones-Cross
but were unable to get into the Falcons' red zone.
As the second quarter began Falcons running back Nat Eaves
ripped off a long touchdown run that was called back for a penalty.
Following a deep pass to Joe Brammer, Eaves
scored the touchdown on that drive anyway, going over from three
yards. The conversion attempt was blocked to give the Falcons a
6-0 lead. Sandwell were unable to move the ball as Leicester deployed
an extra linebacker to halt the running game, daring Reynolds
to go deep, to little success. As the half wound down Leicester
scored again, Troy Lee Jackson throwing to fullback
Adam Gumbs from 7 yards, to go into halftime with
a 12-0 lead.
the second half the Falcons started to run away with it. Jackson
added two more touchdown passes, to Jack Verling
from 29 yards and Ashton Clarke-Jackman, who took
a short pass and sprinted through acres of space for a 30 yard score.
The Steelers responded with their longest drive of the game, but
it ended when Leicester linebacker Rob Rees sacked
the quarterback and forced a fumble which was recovered by the Falcons.
On the subsequent drive running back Tolu Ogundana
broke away for a 38 yard rushing touchdown and a 34-0 lead. Towards
the end the Falcons began to use some of their depth players but
still managed to add another score, Sebastian Sansom
making the interception and returning it for the team's first defensive
touchdown of the year.
The win keeps the Falcons in second place in their division, creating
a two-game gap between themselves and Sandwell in third. Next up
for the Falcons is an away trip to Birmingham Bulls in two weeks,
before welcoming leaders Nottingham Caesars to Leicester Road on
Saturday 8th July (kick off 6pm). The two upcoming games against
the Caesars will be crucial to decide who wins the division and
gets the best playoff seeding.
Falcons shut out the Bulls
Leicester Falcons 30 - Birmingham Bulls 0
Leicester Falcons recorded their third win in a row against an
out of sorts Birmingham Bulls side on Sunday at Leicester Road.
The win leapfrogs the Falcons into second place in the BAFA NFC1
Birmingham received the opening kick off and drove down the field
behind the power running of running back Marc Bonazebi.
After being held in the red zone, Birmingham attempted the field
goal but the kick was blocked by the Falcons' defensive line. Leicester's
offence took a little while to get going, perhaps missing leading
touchdown scorer Taylor Brown who sat out injured,
and struggled to move the ball in the first quarter, Falcons QB
Troy Lee Jackson giving away a fumble at the end
of their longest drive of the quarter. The Falcons defence stayed
strong however and the Bulls struggled to move the ball, Joel
Gregoire among the defenders who made tackles for a loss.
In the second quarter Jackson threw an interception
but then finally found the breakthrough, throwing to a wide-open
Dan Burton from 32 yards for the first touchdown
of the day, with Tolu Ogundana adding the two-point
conversion. Birmingham had one last shot at points to end the half
but put a long field goal wide left and the Falcons went into halftime
The second half was all Leicester, however. To open the half Leicester
put together a long drive which was finished off by running back
Nat Eaves who ploughed over from one yard out, then Jackson
threw to leading receiver Jack Verling from 20
yards, who capped a 100 yard day with his touchdown. Adam
Edwards added the conversion to make the score 24-0. Birmingham
quarterback Richard Wilde was completely shut down
by the Falcons pass rush with Bill Hefford recording
a sack and a half. Relief quarterback AJ Mepstead
entered the game and added a touchdown pass of his own, throwing
from 20 yards to young receiver Ross Wilson who
scored his first Falcons touchdown and making the final score 30-0.
The Falcons defence have now recorded back to back shut outs, with
the offence scoring 30 or more in every game this season.
Next week is a crucial match for the Falcons as they take on closest
rivals Sandwell Steelers. The Falcons have won one and lost one
against their opponents already this season and this final clash
is sure to be a close-run thing, both sides needing a win to keep
the pressure on division leaders Nottingham Caesars. Kick off on
Sunday 18th June is at 3pm at Leicester Road Stadium.
Falcons control the Jets
Leicester Falcons 32 : Coventry Jets 0
Leicester Falcons recorded a convincing win against local rivals
Coventry Jets at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley. The win keeps
the Falcons in touch with their playoff rivals in the BAFA NFC1
The Falcons began the game well, keeping up their record of scoring
on their opening drive in every game so far this season. Leading
touchdown scorer Taylor Brown wasted no time in
taking a jet sweep run 45 yards to the house, and Nat Eaves
added the two-point conversion to take a quick 8-0 lead. The Falcons
defensive line was dominant, led by Oleg Stroi
and Luke Geary who consistently made tackles in
the backfield, and Coventry were unable to get anything going on
offence. As the second quarter began Falcons QB Troy Lee
Jackson engineered a long drive down the field,
mixing short passes with runs from Nat Eaves, and
completed a 30 yard touchdown pass to Dan Burton
for the Falcons' second score. Due to heavy rain the Falcons elected
to forego their kicking game, instead electing for two-point conversion
attempts each time, and managed to be successful every time. On
the subsequent possession a poor Jets punt gave the Falcons a short
field, and Brown ran over from a yard out for his
second of the game and a 24 point lead.
In the second half replacement QB AJ Mepsted stepped
in to lead the offence after Jackson opted to play
it safe following a knock at the end of the first half. On his first
drive of the game fullback Adam Gumbs ripped off
a huge 30 yard run, then Mepsted passed to Jack
Verling who came down with the ball inches from the goal
line. Brown ran over for his hattrick and the conversion
from Eaves made the score 32-0. Coventry tried
to respond, but were held every time by a spirited Falcons defence.
As the fourth quarter began they engineered a drive into the red-zone
but cornerback Dan Smith came up big with an interception
of Jets QB James Southall, and successive punts
by both teams ended the game.
The Falcons' next game is on Sunday 11th June, as Birmingham Bulls
visit Leicester Road. Kick off is 3pm.
Falcons take revenge
Leicester Falcons obtained revenge for their previous defeat as
they overcame Sandwell Steelers 31-13 at Wolverhampton Rugby Club.
The hugely important win keeps the Falcons in the playoff chase
with a run of home games to come.
Sandwell drew first blood, engineering a long drive down the field
behind running back James Jones-Cross, but were
stopped in the red zone and took a short field goal for 3 points.
Leicester equalised on their subsequent possession, a big pass from
Falcons quarterback Troy Lee to Taylor
Brown making up the majority of the yards, but also came
up short and Dan Burton, who had a 100% kick success
ratio on the day, kicked the tying points. The Steelers kept the
pressure up and immediately threw a long touchdown pass from
Callum Davidson to Josh Lawrence to end
the first quarter leading 10-3.
In the second quarter the Steelers were knocking on the door of
the Falcons goal line again, but recent acquisition Dom
Olney came up with an important interception on the goal
line to end the Steelers momentum. On the very next play Troy
Lee linked up with his fellow University of Derby alumni
Kyren Watts, throwing a quick bubble screen pass
which Watts took 65 yards for the touchdown. Sandwell
got the ball back, but not for long, as two plays later Davidson
threw his second interception, this time to Falcons cornerback Dan
Smith. Running back Nat Eaves wasted no
time in bulldozing through the Steelers defence for a 22 yard score
and, just like that, the Falcons found themselves in front 17-10.
Sandwell tried to end the half with another score but were stopped
by linebacker Parm Sidhu, who marked his return
from injury with a juggling interception.
The third quarter was scoreless and one for the defences, Falcons
receiver Jack Verling coming closest to scoring
but couldn't quite control a deep pass in the end zone. At the beginning
of the fourth quarter Sandwell added another field goal to keep
the pressure on the Falcons, but Leicester responded with a big
play, Lee throwing to Watts in
what would have been a carbon-copy of his earlier touchdown but
for accidentally stepping on the sideline ten yards out. The Falcons
scored on this drive anyway, quarterback Troy Lee
keeping the ball himself on an option run to make the score 24-13.
The Falcons linebackers came up big on the subsequent drive, effectively
removing the Steelers running game, and forced the Steelers into
punting. Taylor Brown added a late rushing touchdown
to make the game safe.
Next up for the Falcons are three games at home, beginning on 4th
June when they take on Coventry Jets in the “M69 bowl”.
The Falcons play at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley, and ticket
information is available on www.leicesterfalcons.co.uk.
Steelers win by a short head
Leicester Falcons were stunned by a second half comeback from division
favourites Sandwell Steelers on Sunday, after storming into an early
lead. In a spectacular game that was a great advert for British
Gridiron Leicester came up just short in a high-scoring encounter
at Tipton Sports Academy.
The match began in the best possible circumstances for the Falcons,
with gadget player Taylor Brown immediately running
for a big gain, and RB Nat Eaves pounding over
from ten yards for his first score of the season. The defence stepped
up to prevent a Sandwell score, with Dan Smith
breaking up a pass in the end zone on fourth down, and Leicester
immediately scored again. Troy Lee threw a deep
pass to Jack Verling for 85 yards on the first
play of the drive, and at this point the Falcons were up 14-0 having
played four offensive plays. Taylor Brown added
a touchdown of his own before the end of the quarter to give the
Falcons a 21-0 lead. Sandwell cut the score to 21-7 at the start
of the second quarter via a long touchdown pass from QB Callum
Davidson, but the Falcons defence held firm after that
to give Leicester the halftime lead.
As the second half began, a special teams error allowed Steelers
to pull a score back, but the Falcons immediately hit back with
a score of their own, Taylor Brown running a jet
sweep and running 60 yards for the touchdown. Both defences were
looking tired at this point in the 20 degree heat and before the
quarter ended both teams had scored again via rushing plays, James
Jones-Cross for the Steelers and Brown
completing his hat-trick for the Falcons. At the end of the third
quarter the score was 35-20 to the Falcons.
Sandwell deserved credit for keeping the pressure up on offence
despite their deficit and scored again at the start of the third
quarter, Davidson passing to rookie wide receiver
Luke Thompson to cut the gap to one score. Leicester’s
offence failed to get anything going and were forced into punting,
and Sandwell used their next drive to score their fifth touchdown,
missing the extra point to give Leicester a single point lead. Troy
Lee led a long drive down field thanks to an outstanding
if fortunate catch from Jack Verling, controlling
the ball after it had ricocheted off his feet, but gambled with
the fourth down attempt inside the red zone and came up just short.
Sandwell elected to take a deliberate safety, giving them better
field position at the expense of two points, and Leicester had to
defend a 37-34 lead with four minutes left on the clock. Davidson
and Jones-Cross engineered a long drive down the
field to force the ball over the goalline with just seconds remaining
to take the exciting but agonising match 42-37.
The defeat, the first since August 2015, leaves the Falcons in
third place in their division, albeit having played fewer games
than their rivals. Leicester will get a chance for revenge in two
weeks as their next match is also away to Sandwell before a run
of home games in June.
Falcons go to Coventry...
...and win 48:12. Leicester Falcons opened their 2017 season with
a win over their local rivals Coventry Jets on Sunday, at Bedworth
Rugby Club. The game was close until the final quarter where the
Falcons stepped up a gear and scored 35 unanswered points to take
home the victory.
began well, scoring on their opening drive. The Falcons ran the
ball well using running back Nat Eaves (No
32 left) before quarterback Troy Lee threw
his first touchdown pass of the year to receiver Jack Verling
(No 18 left) for a 32 yard score. Coventry hit straight
back however, with Jets QB Dom Olney immediately
throwing a long touchdown pass. The Falcons countered this with
another score of their own on their subsequent possession,
Lee this time throwing a short screen pass to Taylor
Brown (right) who took advantage of some poor tackling
to run 67 yards for the touchdown.
From this point the defences stepped up, and the Falcons’
offence began to stumble. Coventry scored through another Dom
Olney pass to make the score 13-12, and nearly took the
lead after a long drive before halftime but were stopped after Falcons
cornerback Matt Thomas made a spectacular interception
in the end zone, taking the ball right out of his marker’s
hands. The Falcons went in at half time leading by a single point.
The third quarter was error-strewn on both sides, with neither
offence making much ground. Coventry had the better of possession
and, after a turnover gave the Jets good field position, they managed
to move the ball right to Leicester’s goal line. They gambled
to go for the touchdown instead of making a field goal kick, and
were stopped on fourth down by defensive tackle Thompson
Oludairo. This seemed to give the Falcons a confidence
kick, and on the subsequent possession they marched the full length
of the field before Troy Lee connected with
Taylor Brown (No 3 right) for the second time, making the
In the fourth quarter Brown proved he could play
defence as well as offence, making a stunning one-handed interception
while filling in at linebacker and returning the ball to the Jets’
one-yard line. On the next play running back Tolu Ogundana
punched the ball home for the Falcons’ fourth touchdown of
the day, and once Jack Verling produced an athletic catch in the
end zone on the next drive the game started to look safe for Leicester.
In the closing minutes quarterback AJ Mepsted took
the reins of the offence and added two more TD passes, to Joe
Brammer and Verling for his hat-trick.
MVP for the Falcons was Taylor Brown, who scored
two touchdowns for over 100 yards receiving as well as his interception.
Defensive MVP was awarded to defensive lineman Oleg Stroi
who consistently disrupted the Jets’ backfield.
Leicester Falcons’ next game is on Sunday and likely to prove
a much tougher affair as they travel to Tipton to take on the early
division leaders Sandwell Steelers. A win here will undoubtedly
make the Falcons favourites for the division.
Left - Taylor Brown (3) running in for his touchdown.
Right - Running back Tolu Ogundana (41) breaking through a tackle
The season begins
Leicester Falcons begin their 2017 season on Sunday, and hopes
are high that the club can obtain a second consecutive promotion
following their unbeaten 2016. After dominating the British American
Football League division 2 (North) last year, the club have further
improved their squad and have a place in the BAFA Premier League
in their sights.
This season the Falcons will play in BAFA Division 1 NFC South,
which is effectively a ‘midlands’ conference as the
team will go up against Birmingham Bulls, Coventry Jets, Nottingham
Caesars and Sandwell Steelers. The local rivalries in these games
is sure to create some exciting match ups. Leicester’s campaign
begins away to Coventry, then travel to Tipton for two games against
the Steelers before hosting their first home game on June 4th, against
Coventry at Leicester Road Stadium. The club will play in Hinckley
for a third season and plan on providing once again one of the best
gameday experiences in British American Football, with cheerleaders
and a live DJ.
“I am very excited and confident ahead of this season”
shared General Manager Guy Kersey. “We want
to provide and entertainment and exciting match day experience and
want the people of Hinckley and Leicester to get behind us for another
Taking over Head Coach duties this season is Noel Cassar,
who joined the team from the successful university side Derby Braves.
“All the teams in our Division are strong teams which should
create some great competitive games” said coach Cassar. “We
can compete and beat any team on our day if we prepare correctly
and everyone is ready to play.”
Stars on the offensive side of the ball include American quarterback
Troy Lee, who joined the team this year after meeting
Coach Cassar at the University of Derby. Last season’s leading
touchdown scorer, running back Nat Eaves, is back
with the team and hoping to add to his touchdown record. Wide receiver
Jack Verling, who led the team in yards in 2016,
is also returning.
The defence is led by player-coach Wayne Gumbs,
who plays safety, the last line of defence. The defensive side of
the ball is making history this season as, for the first time, two
women have made the final squad. Ofure Ugiabe and
Emma Taylor both come from a rugby background and
will be playing at linebacker, the tough physical position in the
centre of the defence.
Leicester’s first game will be against local rivals Coventry
Jets at Bedworth Rugby Club, Coventry on Sunday 30th April. Kick
off is 1pm.
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Jack Verling scores in the Falcons' preseason match
against Oxford Saints.
Falcons get into training
Leicester Falcons held their first session of the new year on Saturday
28th January, open to both returning players and rookies. Over 50
aspiring players turned up to be put through their paces by Head
Coach, Noel Cassar, and GM, Guy Kersey.
"I was impressed with not just the turnout but the quality
on display" said Kersey. "We have had these camps every
year and I think this is the best intake, with some great prospects
to push the returning players".
The Falcons will host one more rookie session this Saturday,
Feb 4th, starting 11:30 at Saffron
Lane Athletics Stadium.
Q&A with Noel Cassar
We sat down with new Head Coach Noel Cassar to get his views on
football, the upcoming season and the NFL.
Why did you want to come to Leicester?
' Its my next step for me after 4 years as head coach at
Derby Braves (University of Derby). I wanted to get involved with
a local Senior team, and after speaking to Guy the Falcons were
the perfect fit for me.'
What's your offensive philosophy?
'To score more than we concede! To play every down like
it’s your last and give 100. To play fast attacking football
(pass on first down…. Run on 3rd and long) '
And for defence?
'3 Downs and out... Speed kills.'
What does a typical training session look like?
'Warm up, Fitness, Indy’s, O Install, D install,
O v D, 7x7, Special teams, Warm Down, Home. Midweek Classroom sessions
and a Saturday Walkthrough before games.'
How do you rate the team's chances this year? What do you
think of our opponents this year?
'All the teams in our Division are strong teams which should
create some great competitive games, we can compete and beat any
team on our day if we prepare correctly and everyone is ready to
What was your position as a player?
'I started football life as a linebacker before moving
to offensive line.'
Who's your NFL team?
'49ers ……we will leave that there!'
Who's going to win the Superbowl this year?
'Heart says Atlanta……Head is saying New England.'
What’s the best football movie?
Local Rivalries for Falcons in 2017
Leicester Falcons' opponents for the 2017 season have been announced
as Nottingham Caesars, Sandwell Steelers, Birmingham Bulls and Coventry
The Falcons have met Nottingham and Birmingham a number of times
over the years, most recently in 2012, always creating entertaining
games. The Falcons were in fact formed from a nucleus of Caesars
players back in 2006.
Sandwell Steelers have played the Falcons most recently, being
division opponents in 2015. The two met for three thrilling close
games, with the Steelers eventually eliminating the Falcons from
the playoffs 21-6.
Coventry, despite being the Falcons' nearest team geographically,
have never been in the same division as Leicester. National Champions
back in 2008, the Jets and Falcons have a number of players in common,
notably defensive coordinator Wayne Gumbs.
image courtesy Covenry Jets
Falcons Announce New Coaching Lineup For 2017
Leicester Falcons are proud to announce their new coaching line
up for 2017. In the off season, following his second championship
season, Head Coach Lester Hopewell has decided
to step down from his position, so he can spend more time with his
family. All of us at the Falcons would like to thank him and wish
him all the very best in the future. Replacing Coach Hopewell will
be Noel Cassar (right), who was special teams coach
in 2016, but has head coach experience at BUCS Premier University
of Derby Braves.
Coach Cassar introduced his tough style of coaching to the team
at this years awards presentation. Following an impressive rookie
season as Defensive Coordinator Coach Wayne Gumbs
remains in place and is looking to build on an impressive 2016 where
his unit only conceded 50 points in 13 games including 9 shut outs.
Returning with Coach Wayne will be Andy Davis
returning as Linebackers coach. Re-joining this formidable unit
will be Defensive Line Coach Bernie Hackshaw, A
legend of Britball who has a better Salsa move than Victor Cruz.
Bernie played alongside Coach Cassar at the Nottingham Hoods and
Coach Gumbs at Coventry Jets, as well as several seasons as a Falcon.
On the Offensive side of the ball, there is a new OC in position
to replace Stuart Franklin, but we cannot announce who this is at
this stage, but they have a wealth of international experience,
and will have the challenge of managing this high power offence
who scored 50 points on a number of occasions last season.
Incoming Offensive Line coach will be Richard Barratt
who Coach Cassar has brought in from Derby. Richard played with
GM Guy Kersey at their East Midlands rivals Nottingham
Caesars. Ady Edwards will be returning as running
backs coach alongside Guy Kersey as a double act
to help guide this talented group. Also on offence is wide receivers
coach Andy Plant, a longtime Falcons receiver who
will be passing on his wealth of experience to this group.
Sunday saw the first event of the Leicester Falcons partnership
with the Leicester Riders basketball team. Twenty of the Falcons
were introduced to the 2000 crowd at the game where the Riders convincingly
beat Plymouth. General Manager, Guy Kersey, was interviewed on the
court and the players walked the crowd handing out flyers to an