||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
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