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Tuesday, August 28
Wolverines Fight Back to End Season on a High

Steve Norris in action one final time

The Lancashire Wolverines American Football Club completed their first season back in the British American Football League (BAFL) on Sunday with a gutsy comeback win against Scottish opponents Edinburgh Wolves. 

Trailing 7-28 at half-time, the Blackburn-based side fought back with 26 unanswered points to win 33-28; a comeback that is being hailed as one of the best in the Club’s 17 year history and the largest comeback of the BAFL 2007 season. 

Head Coach, Paul Horsburgh said after the game: That was an emotional rollercoaster of a game. A first half to forget and a second to go down in team history. We really pulled together today and played for each other. Only great things can come in the future 

Defensive Co-ordinator Darren Carr added: “We put ourselves in a hole in the first half but with a few minor adjustments and a lot of heart we pulled off the best comeback I can remember in my 14 years in British football. The offence were unstoppable in the second half, and deserve all the praise they get, but I was even more impressed with the defence, who all stepped up to put the offence in the position to win the game. It was fitting for me that the game was sealed by the interception by Lex Dunn. It would be difficult to pick out any one player, as it was a true team performance that I was proud to be a part of. This game shows how far we have come and proves to all those that doubted the Wolverines, that we are back and will be serious contenders next season.” 

Steve Norris, the Club’s chairman (‘Mr Wolverine’ as he is affectionately known), concluded: “This 1st season back in the BAFL was always going to be tough. We have had some big wins but we have also had some tough losses. In the second half today we played true Wolverine Football and I could not be prouder of the TEAM! We now have an amazing platform to build on for next season.” 

The Wolverines Senior Team would like to take this opportunity to thank their Game Ball sponsor, Perfect 10s for their support throughout the 2007 season. 

Preparation for the 2008 season is already under way off the field to ensure the Wolverines are competing for the BAFL 2 Trophy at next year’s Brit Bowl. If you want to join the Wolverines 2008 campaign as a player, coach, volunteer, referee or even just as a fan, please contact Head Coach, Paul Horsburgh at The Wolverines are always keen to hear from any potential sponsors and discuss the unique exposure they are able to offer! 

The Wolverines’ End of Season Presentation will take place at Blackburn RUFC on Friday 30th November, starting at 7:00 pm. There will be a buffet, disco, raffle and competitions. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for under 16's. 

For more information on American Football in Lancashire and how to get involved please visit The Lancashire Wolverines are 1 of 8 teams in the Lancashire Academy of American Football, which is able to offer the sport to boys and girls from the age of 7 upwards  

Defense In Action

Wednesday, August 22
2007 End of Season Presentation Evening

The Lancashire Academy of American Football is pleased to announce that this years End of Season Presentation will take place at Blackburn RUFC on Friday 30th November, starting at 7pm. All members of the academy are welcome to attend. There will be a buffet, disco, raffle and competitions. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for under 16's.

 Please check regularly for updates.

Sunday, July 8
Nothing could separate them

Chorley Buccaneers Cadets 25
All Saints Crusaders 25

A last second touchdown from the Crusaders left them 1 point behind with the extra point to play. A completion from quarterback Jonathan Read to Jamie Pratt left the scores tied, a fitting end to a game where the teams were neck and neck.

The Buccaneers weren't always in the lead. With the scores 0-0, they almost scored when they got a first down right near the Crusaders goal-line. They didn't convert. The Crusaders took an amazing 12-0 lead after a touchdown reception and then an interception return for a touchdown, both by Frankie Skofic. The Bucs came back, to see the score at 12-7.

The Bucs took charge in the second half, taking the lead 13-12, and then 19-12. Exception play all round from the Bucs was evident, as the Bucs' experience shone through. With seconds left, the Crusaders found themselves down 25-18, but not out.

Crusaders Coach and Buccaneers Manager Paul Mather had this to say, 'I was so thrilled that both sides enjoyed the game. I knew the Crusaders had some raw talent, but I also knew that the Bucs had the experience and organisation. It was always going to be a good game. I hope in the future I can get more playing at the school.'

Thursday, July 5
It's the Buccaneers versus the Crusaders!

This Saturday will be an historic day for the Bucs cadets. For the first time ever, they will play a team from within Lancashire, as they take on the All Saints Crusaders, a primary school team based in Hesketh Bank, near Tarleton. Click here for the school's website.

The All Saints Crusaders are a brand new team, made up mainly of Paul 'BJ' Mather's Year 6 class (or as they know him, 'Mr Mather'!). They have been training for only a few short weeks, but are ready to take on the Bucs in the friendly this Saturday.
All Saints Crusaders

Tuesday, June 19
What a great day to be a Buccaneer!!!

What a great day Saturday 9th June was for eveyone involved with the Bucs:

Every age level took part in competitive games, which some people may think 'ah that's no big deal we do that every year'....BUT... this year we had one team in the North West and 3 teams in the Midlands!!!

The Cadets got their very first win of the year, which you may think 'ah one win, is that all'...BUT... our cadets normally only ever play Woodham which have 2 excellent teams and are at the top age of the cadet level, so we have mainly a team of under 10's playing against teams full of 11 year olds! Yet every tournament our Cadets try their best and give it their all and finally got a very deserved win against the London Lions.

The Junior Flag entered 2 teams for the second year running which just shows the kind of numbers that the team is getting. Both teams did great and one team got in the playoffs and came 4th, plus they had a coach who has only just rejoined the club since leaving as a kitted player 3 years ago and he did an amazing job. They also had 2 new players, playing in their first tournament and both of them had amazing tournaments and one even got the tournament MVP by BYAFA.

The Junior Kitted team took part in their second tournament of the year and won it, beating the Titans and the Braves, with great play from every player and a real team peroformance in both games.

All this together means that there was around 30 players from 6 years old up to 16 years old, and around 10 coaches plus not to forget any parents all representing the Chorley Buccaneers American Football Club!!!

Let's hope we get to see more of this at the Festival of Football on Saturday 23rd June at Redditch. GO BUCS!!!

Monday, April 30
Wolverines Back on Track!

The Lancashire Wolverines got their first victory of the 2007 British American Football League season on Sunday when they defeated local rivals Merseyside Nighthawks 34-8, in a much-improved performance.


Sam Fogg - ever present threat on both offense and defense.
The Wolverines kicked off to the Nighthawks but the Wolverines defense, led by GB linebacker Alex Dunn and rookie linebacker Gareth Hindley, held firm and forced the Nighthawks to punt. The Wolverines offense immediately took control of the game with strong running from Sam Fogg and excellent passing from quarterback Jonathon Peachey. An eighty-yard drive culminated in the Wolverines first score of the game when Fogg caught a 1 yard Peachey pass in the end zone. Peachey slotted home his first of four PATs to leave the score 7-0 to the Wolverines.


A touchback on the ensuing kick-off gave the Nighthawks the ball deep in their own territory but they were unable to move the ball with any continuity and were forced to punt again. Once more, the Wolverines were able to move the ball on the Nighthawks and it wasn’t long before running back Chris Littler got the Wolverine’s second score of the game on a 13 yard touchdown run. A successful PAT gave the Wolverines a first quarter lead of 14-0.


In the second quarter Merseyside fought back and got on the scoreboard following some tough running on the ground. The Nighthawks successfully went for the 2-point conversion, making the score 14-8 to the Wolverines.


Soaring Ian Pearson makes the reception.
After allowing the Caesars to come from behind in their last game, the Wolverines were determined not to allow the Nighthawks to do the same. The Wolverines once again drove down field and scored off a 14 yard Peachey pass to wide receiver Iain Pearson. The PAT failed to leave the score at half time: Wolverines 20-8 Nighthawks.


Lancashire received the opening kick-off of the second half and were immediately back under way. Strong running from fullbacks Carl Rimmer and Andrew Farrimond assisting the Wolverines air-attack. A 30 yard grab from Pearson fell just short of the endzone but Rimmer made no mistake, driving the ball in from 1 yard. The successful PAT extended the Wolverines lead to 19 points, 27-8.



Again, strong defense from the Wolverines, including 2 sacks from safety Sam Fogg, prevented the Nighthawks gaining any momentum. Late in the third quarter tailback Chris Littler scored from 7 yards out, with the following PAT putting the score line at 34-8 in favour of the Wolverines.


The fourth quarter saw a determined effort from the Nighthawks defense, successfully holding out the Wolverines. However, the Wolverines defense were also determined to prevent any further score and, despite numerous penalties against them, sealed the game with an interception from linebacker Michael Stevens. Final score: Lancashire Wolverines 34-8 Merseyside Nighthawks.


Jonathon Peachey offensive MVP - with 2 touchdown passes and one interception.
After the game, offensive co-ordinator Paul Day was full of praise for quarterback Jonathon Peachey, who received the offensive MVP, throwing 2 touchdown passes and one interception; “There were numerous excellent performances today but for a second year QB, in his first ever start in a competitive League game, Jonathon Peachey’s performance was outstanding.”


Head coach, Paul Horsburgh added: “Today was a good result for us. There were several individuals who stood out but it was the team performance that pleased me most. There is still room for improvement, though”


The Wolverines now face back-to-back away games at Shropshire and Lincolnshire, two must-win games if the Wolverines are to keep their ambition of reaching the BAFL II playoffs alive. The Wolverines next competitive action at Blackburn RUFC comes on the 24th June when they welcome Glasgow Tigers to Ramsgreave Drive.


The Wolverines are still keen to hear from anyone who’s interested in getting involved with American Football in Lancashire. The Wolverines youth and senior sides are still looking for players and with plans for a junior team based in Blackburn, the Wolverines will soon be able to offer American Football from ages 14 upwards to the Blackburn community.


For more information on the Lancashire Wolverines see or email

Thursday, April 26
Bucs Flag Tournament 2 Report

On Saturday 21st the Chorley Buccaneers Junior and Cadet Flag travelled up to Woodham for their second tournament of the year. With the Cadets facing two very tough Woodham teams they knew that it was going to be challenge for them as they played Woodham 2 first and got shut out 0 - 35. Not have their spirits dampened the cadets then went on the stronger Woodham team and again were shut out 0 - 65 with the Warriors just having too much height on their team for the young Bucs to deal with. After a break the Cadets had to face the Warriors 2 again but this time gave them more of a run for their money and got themselves on the scoreboard early on with Aaron Taylor, and Bradley Hutchins picking up the first 7 points. The game went back and forth with Tom Proctor running his way into the endzone for 2 TD's, however the Warriors managed to stop the Bucs offense late in the second half and eventually break away to finally win 33 - 20. The cadets last was against Woodham 1 who by now had already won the tournament and just needed to beat the Bucs for a perfect day, again the Warriors height and experience came into play as they sailed past the Bucs 7 - 54. Tom Proctor picking up his third Touchdown of the day, and although may not have won a game they showed just how much they had improved along with their 2 young coaches James Hull and Lawrence Quinn.

The Junior Flag started off well against the Leicester Eagles getting the first score of the day with Nick Power Intercepting the Eagles and running it back for 6, QB Joe Ross then connected with James McGovern for the extra point. The Eagles put up a big fight though and scored just before the half and then got the extra point to make it 7 - 7 at half time. In the second half the Bucs decided to take it easy and got stomped over by the Eagles who could not put a foot wrong and won the game 7 - 33.
The Bucs now demotivated knew that they had to liven up or it was going to be a long day for them and went into their second game against Woodham Warriors 4 with a lot of energy and confidence. Connor Ellison made his Tournament debut one to remember for himself as he got some good yardage on his first run and then ran 18 Yards for his first ever Touchdown and then caught the extra point conversion to make it 7 - 0 to the Bucs. The Bucs defense also full of Confidence managed to stop the Warriors Offense for the first 3 plays but then Warriors Sam Curry caught a long pass over the middle for a first with Nick Power making the Touchdown saving tackle. The Warriors thought their way closer to the endzone and eventually grabbed themselves 6 points with the Conversion unsuccessful. The Bucs Offense took the field again and let Ellison on the loose again who after a long catch from Power, ran the ball into the endzone for the second time this time the conversion was no good and took the Bucs into the half 13 - 7 up. The second half the Bucs Defense took the field and shut out the Warriors offense giving their own Offense i boost of confidence. The Warriors defense wanted the ball back though and let the the Bucs get a handful of yards until QB Rachel Hull connected with Center Mark Balcombe who ran an extra 10 Yards for the first down, James McGovern then ran the ball into the endzone making it 20 - 7, again the conversion was unsuccessful. As the Warriors regained possession, quick short passes saw them get a first down and then some as they scored to make it 20 - 13. The Bucs wasn't going to let that stop them though as they took the field and used Centres Balcombe and Chris Hutchins to get short gains and the first down, QB Ross connected with receiver Power in the endzone for 6 and then again for the extra point to give the Bucs their first win of the day ending the score 27 - 13.
In the Bucs third game the Bucs managed to cruise past a great Team Spirit all female Woodham Warriors 6, McGovern himself got 2 Interceptions along with Ellison and Power both getting one, Power returned his for a TD, his second defensive touchdown of the day.McGovern also ran himself a full length touchdown and Rookie Thomas Schofield also got himself his ever Touchdown in the last few minutes of the game ending the score at 33 - 0.
In the Semi Final, the Bucs faced Woodham 3 who although didn't start strong made a mockery of the Bucs who looked totally lackless in everything they did. The Warriors got themselves an easy win into the final beating the Bucs 7 - 53, the only good thing coming from the game was an amazing catch from James McGovern who then ran the ball for a score.
The 3rd and 4th place game was between the Bucs and the Sheffield Tomahawks, and was a very close game all the way through but in the end the Bucs threw away a good lead and finished up getting beat 21 - 19 by the Tomahawks and ended up finished 4th on the day.

Back on the way home, Coach Nicolson said "We haven't played our best today but the main thing is that we came and had fun. We have a tournament next Sunday so will just have to train hard and then go and give it our best down there."

Sunday 29th April not only sees both Cadet and Junior Flag in action again but the Bucs Junior Kitted team have their first tournament of 2007.

We wish all 3 teams the best of luck.

Monday, April 16
Caesars Sneak Past Wolverines

QB Adam Purcell

Lancashire Wolverines were narrowly defeated by the Nottingham Caesars, 21-20 on Sunday in the Wolverines second game of the 2007 BAFL season at Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club.


The Wolverines made the perfect start to the game when Iain Pearson returned the opening kick off 95 yards for the first score of the game. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful. Nottingham then took charge of the ball and following good work on the ground, Caesars running back Abdulmalik Lawal evened the scores with a 2-yard touchdown run. Kicker Lea Stone’s extra point was successful to give Nottingham the lead, 6-7


After a number of exchanges of possession the Wolverines regained the lead when Iain Pearson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Wayne Glover. Again the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful leaving the score at the end of the first quarter 12-7 to the Wolverines.


The second quarter saw both offences struggle to get into any clear rhythm with only a 4 yard touchdown run from Caesars running back Scott Messom, followed by Devan Alleyne’s reception for 2 points adding to the scores. At half time the Caesars led 15-12.


In the second half a fired up Wolverines were determined to regain their hold on the game and after good running from Chris Littler and receptions from Pearson and Keane, Sam Fogg scored for Lancashire on a 7 yard run. The 2-point conversion was successful with quarterback Adam Purcell finding tight end Stuart Clarke in the end zone to leave the Wolverines up 20-15. An injury to a Nottingham player at the end of the third quarter meant the game was delayed as the player was taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated knee.


The Caesars responded positively to the delay and drove down field to regain the lead when Messom scored his second touchdown of the day with a 2 yard run to leave the score 20-21 in favour of the Caesars.


With 5 minute remaining in the game and the Wolverines behind, Caesars line backer Chris Davies recovered a Wolverines fumble to recover possession for Nottingham. Lancashire’s defence stood firm, however, to give the Wolverines one last attempt to drive down field and take the lead.


The Wolverines drove to midway but a fourth down incompletion gave possession back to Nottingham who ran out the clock to seal the victory. Final Score: Lancashire Wolverines 20-21 Nottingham Caesars.


After the game, Wolverines head coach, Paul Horsburgh was upbeat: “We were unlucky today. Some key decisions didn’t go our way but we have improved and need to continue to build on that achievement”


The Wolverines now have a break before the visit of Merseyside Nighthawks to Blackburn on the 29th April. Kickoff is 2.30pm and admission is free.


For more information on the Lancashire Wolverines visit

Game MVP Sam Fogg

A Purcell
Adam Purcell dives for the First Down
Monday, April 9
Titans Edge Wolverines

Iain Pearson makes a Spectacular Grab

A crowd of almost two hundred made the journey to Blackburn on Easter Sunday as Manchester Titans narrowly defeated the Lancashire Wolverines, 26-14, in the first game of the 2007 British American Football League season.

The Wolverines received the opening kick-off and returned the ball into Manchester territory before driving down field for the opening score of the game, courtesy of a sixteen-yard run by Daniel Bowles. Quarterback Adam Purcell’s pass to Iain Pearson ensured the 2-point conversion was successful. Manchester immediately struck back on the next possession with a touchdown run from Stephen Gayle, to make the score 8-6 to the Wolverines. After a Wolverine’s punt the Titans drove downfield looking for the go-ahead score but rookie linebacker, Gareth Hindley, intercepted an errant Titans pass to maintain the Wolverines advantage as the quarter expired.

The second quarter saw both the Wolverines and Titans move the ball effectively on the ground as each team scored again, the Wolverines through a 7-yard run by fullback Carl Rimmer and the Titans through a James Keogh pass to Anthony Bingham. The Titans suffered a blow on the last play before half time as the workhorse of their offense, running back Stephen Gayle suffered a knee injury.

The Titans defence began to limit the Wolverines in the third quarter while the Wolverines defence struggled to contain the Titan’s momentum. With the end of the third quarter approaching a pass from Keogh was adjourned to be caught by Titan tight end, Ryan Farrell for a touchdown, much to the amazement of the Wolverines who thought the ball had in fact been intercepted! The Titans were ahead for the first time in the game, 14-18.

The fourth quarter followed a similar trend to the third with the Titans seemingly moving the ball at will on the Wolverines defense. With five minutes remaining in the game a fumble by the Wolverine’s running back bounced straight into the hands of Titan linebacker Guy Mansfield who ran the 15 yards into the endzone to make the score 14-24 in favour of the Titans. The two-point conversion was successful to leave the Wolverines chasing a 12-point lead. Strong running from Rimmer and a 30-yard completion from Purcell to Michael Keane took the Wolverines to the Titan’s 3-yard line but an intercepted pass effectively killed off any hopes the Wolverine’s still had of a comeback. Final score: Lancashire Wolverines 14 – 26 Manchester Titans.

Wolverine’s head coach, Paul Horsburgh said after the game: “Today was a wake up call. Too many mistakes were made. We need to regroup and build from the positive aspects of today’s game. This was the Wolverine’s first League fixture since 2004 and we have a lot to be proud of.”

The Wolverines now look ahead to their next challenge, and the visit of the Nottingham Caesars on Sunday 15th April. The Caesars were demoted from BAFL I last season so the Wolverines expect an equally tough game. Kick-off is 2.30pm at Blackburn Rugby Union Club.  For more information on the Lancashire Wolverines see

Running Back Chris Littler

Monday, April 2
Wolverines Move Home to Lancashire!

BRUFC Sponsor's Lounge

The Lancashire Wolverines American Football Club is delighted to announce that they have secured a fantastic new home venue for the imminent 2007 British American Football League season.


Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club will be the new home of both the Wolverines Senior and Youth teams with immediate effect.


The Wolverines have been in talks with numerous venues over the last few months with a view to upgrading their facilities for the 2008 season. However, after meeting with the executive committee of BRUFC and experiencing the facilities on offer first hand, the Wolverines committee made a unanimous decision to switch venues in time for the 2007 season.


Chairman Steve Norris, explains: “The Wolverines ultimate aim is to be playing in the topflight of the British American Football League, in a stadium venue. With this in mind the Club is eager to build a local fan base and begin to develop the ‘Gameday experience’. At BRUFC we will be playing on the showcase field, directly overlooked by the Clubhouse, sponsors lounge and raised spectators viewing area. This will enable us to market ‘Wolverines Football’ much more effectively.”


Norris added: “This is definitely an upgrade in facilities and we look forward to Easter Sunday when we play our first game at BRUFC against Manchester Titans”


Gameday manager, Pete Summers is excited about the prospect of staging games at the Wolverines impressive new venue. “Ideally, we would have made the switch in the off-season, but I am confident that we will be able to create a great family day out here at BRUFC. The feedback we’ve had so far has been amazing and we’d like to extend the invitation to the Blackburn and Preston community to come and get a taste of American Football when we play Manchester on 8th April’.


Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club hosts its first game of American Football on Sunday 8th April when the Lancashire Wolverines take on local rivals Manchester Titans. Kick-off is 2.30pm and admission is free.


The Wolverines would like to express their sincere thanks to Douglas Valley, home of WRUFC, who supported the Wolverines throughout their associate year.


For more details please see


The Wolverines new address is:


Blackburn RUFC

Ramsgreave Drive



Where we are

Kick off
Wolverines Kick Off
Monday, March 26
Wolverines Raid Hornet's Nest


The Lancashire Wolverines’ preparation for their 2007 BAFL 2 campaign stepped up a gear on Sunday as they travelled to Hull for their second pre-season scrimmage against the Hull Hornets.


Both teams had clearly made adjustments and had improved significantly since the two teams last met in Lancashire. It’s the Wolverines who will be feeling most confident though after impressive displays on both sides of the ball.


Wolverines Head Coach, Paul Horsburgh, said: “Today we showed significant improvement. Our performance took us another step towards where we need to be. Now our focus must turn to the season and Manchester”

Offensive Co-ordinator, Paul Day added: “We made big plays at critical times and were in rhythm for large parts of today’s scrimmage. We are on track, and improving every aspect of our offensive strategy”


The Wolverines now have only three more sessions to prepare for the visit of the Manchester Titans on Easter Sunday, when they kick off the 2007 BAFL season! The Wolverines hope to be able to offer a great day for all the family with support from the Blackpool Scorpions Cheerleaders, as well as a BBQ and refreshments available throughout the game. Kick-off is 2:30 pm at Wigan Rugby Union Club.

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Thursday, March 22
The Men in Black are Back!

The Lancashire Academy of Football is proud to announce that their Youth Team, the Lancashire Wolverine Colts will the competing in the 2007 BYAFA Youth Kitted Season after a year of absence from League Football. 


Youth graduate Alex Dunn playing for the Colts in 2004
The “Men in Black”, now into their tenth competitive season, will be hoping to continue a Youth Football Legacy that accounts for 2 National Championships and seven Conference titles since their formation in 1995/6.


Youth head coach Ian Kay said: “This team has a proud history of success and after a year’s absence we are fully focussed on the upcoming season and re-introducing ‘Wolverines’ football to the youth league.” Kay added: “The decision by BAFA to stage the BYAFA Final alongside Britbowl XXI is a huge boost for our young athletes. Our ultimate goal is now to be one of the first youth teams to compete in the inaugural BYAFA bowl at Don Valley Stadium in September. However, we recognise that this season is going to be one of the most competitive season’s in recent history and there is lot’s of work to be done before our season opener.”



The Colts have been boosted by no fewer than ten players joining them from the Lancashire Junior Wolverines, whose two teams the Chorley Buccaneers and the Bolton Braves act as a direct feeder into the youth program. Club Chairman, Steve Norris commented: “For a number of seasons we have had Youth players with 5 years playing experience joining the senior team and immediately adding strength and depth to the squad. We are now seeing the rewards of the junior section of the Academy with players aged 16, already having played the sport for up to 5 years, joining the Colts. With the Academy looking to add two more teams to the junior set-up we are laying strong foundations for the future of American Football in Lancashire”


The rebirth of the Colts is also a boost for the Wolverines senior team, which is itself preparing for its first season back in the British American Football League after a period of absence. Senior team head coach, Paul Horsburgh said: “Our football program has seen a large influx of personnel lately, both rookies who are completely new to the sport and junior and youth graduates stepping up to the next level within the Academy. There is so much anticipation about the upcoming seasons and future developments within the Academy. These are exciting times to be a Wolverine!”


Although preparations are well under way for the 2007 season, new blood is always welcome for any of the Academy’s teams. So, if you live in Lancashire, want to get into football and are aged from 7 upwards contact headcoach@wolverineden or see

Monday, March 19
Bucs Flag at Woodham

On Saturday 17th March the Buccaneers Junior and Cadet Flag teams travelled up to Woodham to enter their first tournament of the year.

The Cadets played 4 games and although lost all 4, showed great team spirit throughout the whole day and gained a lot of experience as the 2007 team. With the new young Head Coach James Hull not able to make the tournament, it was up to assistant Head Coach Lawrence Quinn to take the team. Quinn who is also very in his first year of coaching did a great job all day and showed the makings of a great young coach.
The Cadets lost their first game to Woodham 2 16 - 31, and then lost to tournament winners Woodham 1 0 - 46, but in their third game against Woodham 2 they stepped up a gear and narrowly lost by just one point with the score ending 19 - 20. In the fourth game, Woodham 1 appeared too strong as they beat the Bucs 34 - 0.

The Bucs Junior Flag started their tournament very strong against Woodham 5 by going into the half of the first game 12-0 up, but in the second half they let missed tackles get the better of them and got beat 19 - 20. Rookie Safety Nick Power got 3 interceptions and returned 2 for Touchdowns, Rookie QB Joe Ross also threw his first ever TD to teammate Nick Power.
In their Second game Woodham 4 out played the Bucs and beat them 28 - 12, with Mark Balcombe and James McGovern both keeping the Defense going with their tackling. Joe Ross also got himself another 2 TDs by throwing a short pass to McGovern who then ran 20 Yards for the score and then the second to Rookie receiver Power who now had got himself 24 points in 2 games.
Tournament winners Woodham 3 beat the Bucs 31 - 12 in the third and although did out play the Bucs, the Bucs did play extremely well against them but again let sloppy tackling get the better of them hence the high score. Although QB Joe Ross not only threw his first ever Interception but another 2 TDs one of which was his first ever Full Length TD which connected in the Endzone to once again Nick Power for a 38 Yard Pass. McGovern also got himself another TD and Rookie Wide Receiver Christian Cartwright got 4 receptions and Power got another great Interception in the endzone to stop the Warriors getting another score, and Rookie Jessica Smith making a great tackle to stop a 2 point conversion.
After a well deserved break the Bucs got ready for their 4th game against the Sheffield Tomahawks and immediately stepped up their game with James McGovern running a full 35 Yards for a TD on the Opening play with Nick Power getting the extra point. Some great defensive work held out the Tomahawks Offense and the Bucs took the field again but a bad pass from QB Ross which was Returned for a TD and converting the extra point took the game to 7 - 7. The Bucs restarted the game and got some rhythm going and eventually found themselves in the Endzone with Ross connecting with Power again, and once again Power got the extra point ending the half 14 - 7 to the Bucs. The second half became very defensive with the teams both going 4 and out, then James McGovern turned on the heat running for another long yardage Touchdown and then Chris Cartwright getting the extra point which then ending the game at 21 - 7 getting the Bucs junior flag their first win of 2007.
On a high, the Bucs went into their last game against Woodham 6 firing on cylinders with QB Ross connecting McGovern twice, Mark Balcombe once, and Power once all for Touchdowns and then connecting with Rookie Thomas Schofield for his 3rd reception of the day and for an extra point. Great tackling from Balcombe and McGovern yet again kept the Bucs Defense going who ended up winning the game 25 - 0 ending their day with a record of Won 2 and Lost 3.
Head Coach Ian Nicolson said "It's been a great day for the Junior flag who have all got some great experience. The Rookies have all been amazing especially seen as 4 of them having only been training for 3 weeks and then have to play in a tournament and one have to play QB. We have a lot to work in training but it will come and the main thing is that we have all had fun."

We look forward to seeing some more wins for the Bucs teams in 2007.

Bucs Junior Flag at a very windy Woodham

Tuesday, March 13
Hornets Enter The Wolverines Den

The Lancashire Wolverines and the Hull Hornets got their first taste of competitive football for 2007 on Sunday as the teams conducted a joint training session/scrimmage. Both teams showed good potential but were obviously in need of game experience.

Wolverines Head Coach, Paul Horsburgh said: “Today’s scrimmage gave us chance to see how far we have progressed during our pre-season camp and what we still need to do before our season begins. Overall, the performance was adequate but not yet where we would like to be. There is still a lot of work to be done and we will look to make those adjustments over the next few weeks

The Wolverines travel to Hull in a fortnight’s time for the second of their planned scrimmages, before their season opener against local rivals, the Manchester Titans, on Easter Sunday (8th April).

Please email HeadCoach@WolverineDen.Com or see WWW.WolverineDen.Com if you are interested in joining the Wolverines.
Lancashire Wolverines' defence takes down a visiting Hull Hornet
Lancashire Wolverines' defence takes down a visiting Hull Hornet

Tuesday, March 13
Wolverines Call to BCAFL Players

With the BCAFL season almost complete, the Lancashire Wolverines are calling for BCAFL players from the region to join them for their 2007 BAFL II Campaign.

Although not affiliated with any BCAFL outfit the Wolverines recognise the number of athletes playing in the College game and are keen to welcome both graduating players and players who are ‘home’ for the Summer. Head Coach, Paul Horsburgh says: “Our pre-season is almost complete but we will still welcome BCAFL players who wish to commit to the Wolverines over the Summer months. Many of our coaches have either coached or played in BCAFL so you will be made to feel welcome and introduced to Wolverines Football”

Club Chairman, Steve Norris added: “Our Youth Programme has produced some exceptionally talented player over the last 10 years who are now helping push the Senior side to the next level. We now recognise the role of BCAFL players in our development and, as a Club, are currently in the preliminary stages/looking into the possibility of setting up a BCAFL team at the University of Central Lancashire

The Wolverines already have a number of current and ex-college players/coaches from the following Universities:

Cardiff Cobras – Simon Purcell
Birmingham Lions – Liam Twigg
Warwick Wolves – Chris Bradley
Staffordshire Stallions – Alex Dunn
Liverpool Fury – Dave Barton
Leeds Celtics – Danny Bowles, Darren Carr
Hull Sharks – Ian Kay
Teeside Cougars – Josh Kreft, Geoff Leigh, Paul Horsburgh

If you feel you have what it takes to contribute to the Wolverines BAFL II Championship campaign contact HeadCoach@WolverineDen.Com or see WWW.WolverineDen.Com. First year players, who don’t feel ready to play Senior Football may be eligible to play for the Wolverines Colts Youth Team.

Saturday, March 10
Full Steam Ahead for the Lancashire Wolverines

The Lancashire Wolverines have completed Part One of their preparations for the 2007 BAFL season. The Wolverines 10-week camp at their indoor facility has seen both senior and youth squads grow in size and strength. They now move to their Summer home of Wigan RUFC to complete their preparations in order to be achieve their goal: To be crowned 2007 BAFL II Champions.

With a senior squad of 50+ and a Youth squad approaching 30, the Wolverines are excited about the upcoming BAFL and BYAFA seasons. 2007 has already seen SEVEN players called up for international duty. Youth player, Jason Logan recently starred in England’s victory over Scotland in the Home Nations Youth Trophy while Sam Fogg (DB), Simon Purcell (DB), Alex Dunn (LB), David Mead (QB), Iain Pearson (WR) and Daniel Bowles (WR) have all been called into the GB Senior team.

Paul Horsburgh, senior team head coach comments: “We are moving in the right direction on and off the field, though we still have some way to go before we achieve our goals for 2007. It is up to us now to fulfil our potential.” Horsburgh is in his second year in charge of the Wolverines and has assembled a young, talented coaching staff who are helping transform the largely-rookie squad into serious title contenders. Their first challenge will come on the 11th March when they face the Hull Hornets at Wigan RUFC in a controlled scrimmage.

Off the field, Club Chairman, Steve Norris, has re-structured the Management Committee to help drive the Club forward and compete with the Top club’s in the BAFL. The Club’s sponsorship pack will be officially released next week and with the appointment of a Marketing and Sponsorship Manager the Wolverines hope to gain sponsorship to enable them to push the Club onto the next Level.

As part of the Lancashire Academy of American Football, the Wolverines are able to offer contact and non-contact football to boys and girls from the age of 7 upwards. To get involved, visit or email

Monday, December 4
Chorley Bucs End of Season Do a Great Success

Yesterday (Sunday 3rd December) the Buccaneers held their 4th End of Season Presentation and it was a massive success. The Bucs who normally hold the 'do' at The Crown Inn (worthington) had a change of venue this year and moved to Victory Park which is the home of Chorley FC. It can only be said that this was the best end of season do that the Bucs have had so far out of the past 3, with over 100 people attending and over 60 of that number being family and friends of the players it truly was a celebration.

The day started off with a good summary from Club Manager Paul Mather of the year that the Bucs had, had just so that the parents could get a feel of what the players and coaches had been through - from starting the year in the freezing cold weather in January to ending the year in not surprisingly the freezing cold in November.
The Cadet awards where then announced from Cadet Head Coach Paul Mather and his assistant coach Kevin Taylor. Each player got a medal to show just how much their efforts this year were appreciated and then special awards were awarded to the following:
Rookie of the Year - Matthew Kenyon - not just for how good he plays but also for his great attitude towards the team this year.
Most Improved - Josh Harrison - he has been great all year round and at only 8 years old he is sure to get even better.
Iron Man - Tom Proctor - for his outstanding efforts on both sides of the ball this year.
Coaches Player - Mark Taylor - for his great attitude towards the team, and really leading them in his first year as Team Captain.

After the Cadet awards, special certificates were handed out by Coach Ian Nicolson, the certificate called Certificate of Great Achievement was introduced by Ian at last years do and so he thought it was only right to keep it going. Firstly Junior Flag player James McGovern won one for his outstanding achievement of being selected to play for Team England Cadet Flag Team 2006, then Junior Kitted players Dom Gough, and Sam Bloomfield both got one for being selected to play for Team England Youth Flag B Team 2006, and finally Junior Flag player Rachel Hull was awarded one not for being selected to play for her country or her nation, but because of her being specifically 'Head Hunted' to have Great Britain trials to try and make the team better, this in itself is a great achievement as it just goes to show how good Rachel is as a flag player.

After a couple of Joke awards presented by Paul Mather, it was time for the buffet which can only be said was an outstanding buffet supplied by Chorley FC, though at times the players seemed to be focusing more on the cakes rather than the sandwiches!!!

After the buffet it was time for the Raffle which was the biggest raffle so for with over 40 prizes which had kindly been donated by; Wendy Bamford from BYAFA (the organisation that runs the season tournaments that the Bucs attend)made a great contribution of 7 jerseys which said Buccaneers on them. Gerry Anderson from NFL International made a massive contribution to the raffle sending footballs, jerseys, hats, keyrings. Chorley FC made a donation of a signed football. Club Sponsors Harmony Blinds made the donation of a £200 gift voucher for Harmony Blinds, and the Bucs out in some gloves, wine, and games not forgetting the set of Should Pads and Helmet that one lucky prize winner won. It certainly seemed that there was a prize for every ticket called.

The Junior Flag awards followed after that with Head Coach Ian Nicolson, and his offensive coordinator Dom Gough handing out medals to every player and also the 3 positional coaches to thank them for all their efforts this year and then some special awards. With 13 out of 17 junior flag players attending it certainly did look impressive with them all standing as a team showing everyone how good they had been this season. The special awards went to:
Offensive MVP - James McGovern - for his great versatility on the offensive side of the ball both running and catching.
Defensive MVP - Elliot Hindle - for being everywhere on the field when he was playing defense and making over 50 tackles this season.
Rookie of the Year - Dan Harrison - for his great performance in his first ever year of playing.
Most Improved - Mark Balcombe - for getting better and better as the season went on becoming a great impact on the offensive side of the ball.
Players Player - Elliot Hindle - for always playing well on both sides of the ball and making the team want to play better.
Coaches Player - Lawrence Quinn - for striving to be best he could be and leading the team this year.

The players of the Junior flag team had their own awards to hand out though unknowingly though to both Coach Nicolson and Coach Gough, who were both presented with amazing glass trophies, it even brought a tear to Coach Nicolson eye.

The Junior Kitted awards followed that, presented by Head Coach Mark Greally and his 2 assistant coaches Chris Martin, and James Lago. Again medals were handed out to all the players and coaches for all their hard work, and then the special awards followed:
Offensive MVP - Dom Gough - for being an 'on the field' coach and really leading the junior kitted team this year.
Defensive MVP - Eden Quigley - for getting involved so much on the defensive side of the ball and really making an impact to the defense.
Rookie of the Year - Sam Bloomfield - for an outstanding year on both sides of the ball in his first ever year at kitted football.
Most Improved - Kyle Martindale - for his constant improvements throughout the season.
Players Player - Eden Quigley - the players really admired his football skills this season and his great attitude.
Coaches Player - Dom Gough - the coaches could not fault his attitude, commitment, and football skills.

The 2 junior kitted captains Craig Davidson and Dom Gough then made a special presentation to Coach Greally for all his hard work he had done this year.

Club Manager Paul Mather then made his own presentation to both Coach Greally and Coach Nicolson for the never ending commitment and enthusiasm throughout out the year. With a quick word from Club Sponsor Colin Mather and then a thank you card presented to Peter from Chorley FC for all his work in helping organize the event, and to Paul Mather for his great work running the club this season, it was time to talk a bit about 2007 with Coach Nicolson revealing his plan to start up a Youth Flag Team for the Bucs before ending the presentation.

A massive thank you has to go Readey's Trophies, Wendy Bamford (BYAFA), Gerry Anderson (NFL International), Colin Mather (Harmony Blinds), Chorley FC, and everyone of the Bucs players and supporters for helping us celebrate this great event.

Ian Nicolson who organised the event this year got a massive abundance of praise from everyone but after the event said "it was hard work yes, but after tonight it was definitely worth it. Also i had a lot of help from my girlfriend Kim so i can not take all the credit."

Well Done on a great season Chorley Buccaneers 2006, let's hope they have just as much if not more success in 2007. GO BUCS!!!

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