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  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  
7 May 2017

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.

 
30 Apr 2017

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.

Leicester 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 and elected 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 score 20-12.

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

 
27 Apr 2017

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 great season.”

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.

General Manager - Guy Kersey – 07976 762983 guy@esatech.eu
Press officer – Joel Pearson – 07774 325942 coachjoelpearson@live.co.uk

Jack Verling scores in the Falcons' preseason match against Oxford Saints.

 
30 Jan 2017

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.

 
23 Jan 2017

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 play.'

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?
'The Waterboy'

 
19 Jan 2017

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 Jets.

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

 
18 Jan 2017

Falcons Announce New Coaching Lineup For 2017

The 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.

See Noel's views on the game and the season

 

 
3 Apr 2016

Leicester Riders

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 eager audience.