Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC: Our History

How Did It All Begin?



How did the Shooter phenomena begin? Well it really started in late 1997, when John Jofre left the Lions, as he could no longer bare to play with McCloskey, Aziz, Gil and co. So, in shear desperation, he joined the Germans. In May 1998, Steven Brierley had had enough of the Lions also, so we both agreed to start our own team. Sean Hutchings, Michael O'Neil, Peter Armitage, Rob Formon and Andrew Miles all left the Lions to join the ranks. As did Andre Arndt from the Germans and Daniel Craig from Oranje. Other original members of the 1st Shooters squad were, Paul Tshinga, Martijn de Bot, John Johnson, Skip Tomlinson, Claus Barasinski, Rick Howard, Pascal Marty, David Barr, Ben Thorns, Scott Stefan, Rob Goble and Stuart Dalglish.

We had our first meeting in the Longbar in June 1998. The fact that we were in the Longbar had a significant meaning also, as it meant that we had stolen the Longbar sponsorship from the Lions!! Our first duty was to come up with a name. It came down to 2, Shooters or Cherrypickers (After Bill Shankley's Glenbuck!!) With a vote of 5 to 3, from that moment on, the Shanghai Shooters were formed. We celebrated by "shooting" Kamikaze's into the small hours. It was the beginning of alcoholism, divorce proceedings, weight gain, and the occasional football flung in!! At this meeting, we also decided that Red & Black would become the infamous colours of the Shooters.

Then on a rainy, September Saturday morning, the Shooters played in their first competitive tournament. In this annual Opening Tournament, we remarkably reached the final, where we narrowly lost 1-0 to the Lions after an own goal from Andre. It was a taste of what was to come. In our first League campaign, 1998/1999, we finished 4th in the SIFL League. However, in the SIFL Cup, we defeated the Lions in the Semi Final to go onto play Oranje in the final. Martijn De Bot flew in from Hong Kong to play in this match, and his cross, and Jofre's 20 yard volley into the roof of the net, was enough to give the Shooters our first ever winners trophy!!

In season 1999/2000, we managed to win the Opening Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Shanghai United in the final. We eventually finished 3rd in the League. We also got to the final of the SIFL Cup again. This time we played the Lions, which will go down as the greatest final in SIFL history. The Lions took a commanding 4-0 lead in the first 20 minutes. We had reduced that lead to 4-2 at half time. We then got it back to 4-4, only for the Lions to go up the field and score. Then with 3 minutes remaining, Etoundi equalized. We went into extra time. Unfortunately 2 goals from Gil sealed a 7-5 victory for the Lions, but it was a great game to play in.

Then the SIFL format changed to real 11-a-side football in 2000/2001. Well, what can I say?? Our dream season. We went on to win the SIFL League Championship, for the first time, with a record of 16 wins, 2 draws, and NO losses! We then went on to claim the SIFL Cup, by beating the Lions 4-0 in the final. With the introduction of a SIFL Hebiguchi Cup, it gave us a chance to win an unprecedented treble. We duly obliged by beating the whinging Azzurri on penalties in the final. Treble Winners!! It also made us the first team in SIFL history to go a full season undefeated in all competitions.

In between the domestic campaign's, we have competed at tournaments in Manila, Phuket, Hong Kong and Bangkok. At these tournaments, we have done very well on the field (Winning Manila 6's 4 times, Phuket 7's once, Bangkok 11's once, as well as the Shanghai International 7's on 2 occasions), and superbly off the field. Legend's have been born on these tours and everyone has their own favourite moments. Then of course, there was Mongolia, to play against the National Team. TV interviews, newspaper articles etc. etc. It was a trip of a lifetime.

I would just like to thank everyone down the years who have all been a part of the Shooter family, and no matter where you are in the world just now, I know you will never forget those Shooter days, nights and tours.

What will the future bring??...well look below as it has only got better and better and long may it continue!!

*Update* Well can you believe that it has been 10 years already. 10 years of endless nights on the piss, 19 tours, 32 winners trophies, 9 runners-up trophies, and most importantly millions of laughs along the way. What a great 10 year celebration we had in our favourite tour haunt of Manila. To have 49 guys traveling from as far as Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and of course China...was a fantastic effort and really showed what the Shooters means to people who have been part of this great family. So to the lads still in Shanghai, keep winning the trophies.

*Update* 2013 saw our 15th Anniversary celebrations hit Phuket. The last 5 years have not seen as many trophies, but we still had the same fun on and off the pitch. 33 guys made the journey to Phuket. Guys traveled from USA, England, Scotland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and China for the event. Roll on Manila 2018 for our 20th anniversary celebrations.



Cheers Theme


Season 1998/99
SIFL Cup Winners
Opening Tournament Runners-Up


league 1998-99

Season 1999/00
Opening Tournament Winners
SIFL Cup Runners-Up
Manila 6's - 3rd place


league 1999-00

Season 2000/01 (The Season SIFL switched to 11-a-side)
SIFL Premier League Champions
SIFL Cup Winners
SIFL Hebiguchi Cup Winners


season 200001

Season 2001/02
Opening Tournament Winners
Closing Tournament Winners
Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up


2001-2002mod

Season 2002/03
SIFL Premier League Champions
SIFL Cup Winners
Hebiguchi Cup Winners
Manila 6s Winners
Opening Tournament Runners-Up


2002-2003mod

Season 2003/04
SIFL Premier League Champions
SIFL Cup Winners
Closing Tournament Winners
Bangkok Easter 11s Winners
Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up


league 2003-04

Season 2004/05
SIFL Premier League Champions
SIFL Cup Winners
Opening Tournament Winners
Shanghai International 7s Winners
Manila 6s Winners
Phuket 7s Winners


league 2004-05

Season 2005/06
SIFL Premier League Champions
SIFL Cup Winners
Opening Tournament Winners
Phuket 7s Runners-Up


2005-06

Season 2006/07
SIFL Premier League Champions
SIFL Cup Winners
Hebiguchi Cup Winners
Shanghai International 7s Winners
Christmas Cup Winners
Opening Tournament Runners-Up  
 

 GP

 W

 L

PTS 

 GF

 GA

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 18 17 1 0 51 116 21
Azzurri FC 18 11 6 1 34 38 49
Shanghai Japan FC 18 10 7 1 31 68 54
U-Team FC 18 9 5 4 31 55 44
Shanghai Vikings FC 18 7 10 1 22 47 71
Shanghai Krauts FC 18 3 15 0 9 22 66
Shanghai United 18 1 14 3 6 29 70


Season 2007/08
SIFL Premier League Champions
Manila 6s Winners
Soccer World 5s Winners
SIFL Cup Runners-Up
Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up
 

 GP

 W

 L

 T

PTS 

 GF

 GA

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 18 17 0 1 52 78 22
Azzurri FC 18 11 4 3 36 50 31
Shanghai Puxi Lions FC 18 8 7 3 27 54 45
U-Team FC 18 9 4 5 32 56 30
Shanghai Japan FC 18 8 10 0 24 43 60
Shanghai Vikings FC 18 6 9 3 21 33 55
Shanghai United 18 6 12 0 18 44 55
Shanghai Krauts FC 18 3 12 3 12 27 58
Voodoo 18 2 12 4 10 25 54



Season 2008/09
SIFL Premier League Runners-Up
Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up  
 

 GP

 L

 T

PTS 

GF 

 GA

U-Team FC 16 13 2 1 40 47 14
Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 16 11 4 1 34 49 20
Shanghai Vikings FC 16 9 5 2 29 37 32
Shanghai Japan FC 16 7 8 1 22 40 40
Azzurri FC 16 5 5 6 21 29 31
Shanghai Puxi Lions FC 16 5 6 5 20 43 35
Shanghai United 16 5 7 4 19 42 37
Qilin A 16 5 10 1 16 38 49
Shanghai Latino's 16 1 14 1 4 15 82
FC Oranje 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Season 2009/10
SIFL Cup Winners
Manila 6s Winners
SIFL Premier League Runners-Up
Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up
 

 GP

 W

 T

 PTS

GF 

 GA

Azzurri FC 16 12 2 2 38 82 20
Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 16 12 3 1 37 56 22
Shanghai Puxi Lions FC 16 11 2 3 36 53 22
Shanghai Japan FC 16 8 7 1 25 46 42
Shanghai Krauts FC 16 6 7 3 21 30 38
FC Oranje 16 6 8 2 20 38 49
Shanghai United 16 3 8 5 14 33 63
Shanghai Vikings FC 16 2 12 2 8 29 56
Shanghai Cosmos 16 2 13 1 7 17 72


Season 2010/11
SIFL Cup Winners
Manila 6's Runners-Up
                           
   GP  W  L  T  PTS  GF  GA
Azzurri FC 18 13 1 4 43 57 16
Shanghai Puxi Lions FC 18 12 3 3 39 50 23
Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 18 9 5 4 31 53 37
Shanghai Japan FC 18 8 6 4 28 65 50
FC Oranje 18 6 7 5 23 41 44
Shanghai Krauts FC 18 6 7 5 23 42 48
Shanghai United 18 6 10 2 20 43 49
Shanghai ReUnited 18 6 10 2 20 33 65
Shanghai Vikings FC 18 3 8 7 16 26 42
Voodoo 18 1 13 4 7 27 63


Season 2011/12

SIFL Premier League Champions

   GP  W  T  PTS  GF  GA
Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 20 19 0 1 58 100 20
Azzurri FC 20 16 3 1 49 88 36
Shanghai Puxi Lions FC 20 14 6 0 42 66 26
Shanghai Vikings FC 20 12 7 1 37 53 43
Shanghai ReUnited 20 11 6 3 36 70 35
Shanghai Japan FC 20 7 9 4 25 48 57
FC Oranje 20 6 11 3 21 34 50
Shanghai Krauts FC 20 6 12 2 20 50 67
Shanghai United 20 4 14 2 14 33 76
Shining HFC 20 3 15 2 11 31 85
Shanghai Nomads 20 2 17 1 7 19 97

 



Tuesday, June 18
Season 2012/13
Closing Tournament Winners
Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up
 
   GP  W  L  PTS  GF  GA
Shanghai Puxi Lions FC 18 16 1 1 49 87 20
D.I.B. FC 18 14 2 2 44 68 25
Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 18 11 5 2 35 56 32
Shanghai Krauts FC 18 9 8 1 28 41 47
Azzurri FC 18 8 9 1 25 55 57
Shanghai Japan FC 18 7 9 2 23 42 60
Shanghai ReUnited 18 6 10 2 20 40 41
FC Oranje 18 4 11 3 15 29 59
Shanghai United 18 3 13 2 11 36 72
Shanghai Vikings FC 18 3 13 2 11 22 63


Wednesday, July 2
Season 2013/14
SIFL Cup Runners-Up
   GP  W  L  T  PTS  GF  GA
Shanghai Puxi Lions FC 18 15 0 3 48 81 14
D.I.B. FC 18 13 1 4 43 67 25
Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 18 11 6 1 34 62 39
Shanghai ReUnited 18 10 5 3 33 57 30
Azzurri FC 18 8 6 4 28 46 33
FC Oranje 18 9 9 0 27 42 42
Shanghai Japan FC 18 4 10 4 16 26 52
Shentong Metro FC 18 3 11 4 13 21 62
Shanghai United 18 2 13 3 9 27 62
Shanghai Krauts FC 18 1 15 2 5 21 91


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