||5 May 3013 - Romans Conquer Falcons
||28 April 3013 - Titans Crush Falcons
||21 April 3013 - Crewe Derailed
||15 April 2013 - State of the Franchise:
||31 March 2013 - State of the Franchise:
||26 March 2013 - Falcons Swoop for Championship Transfer’s
||25 March 2013 - Falcons Juniors Step Up:
||19 February 2013 - Leicester Falcons Go Viral
||16 February 2013 - Another New Hatchling in the Falcons
||18 January 2013 - Leaving a Legacy: Guy and Kate Kersey
||12 January 2013 - Falcons Baby Boom
||4 January 2013 - New Club Sponsor
||3 January 2013 - New Blood for Head Coaching Role
||1 January 2013 - New Coaching Line-up for 2013
||31 December 2012 - Congratulations Alan and Shannon Bedford
||31 December 2012 - Jay Dhesi - RIP
||5 March 2012 - Karl Burgess to head Falcons Academy
Romans Conquer Falcons - Falcons 0 : Romans
The Leicester Falcons hosted the Chester Romans on bank holiday
weekend at what was seen by the Falcons management as a bounce back
game after a heavy defeat by the Manchester Titans the week before.
However this day turned out to be another football lesson learned.
Having no fewer than 10 players unavailable on the day due to
illness, injury or other commitments including the Falcons Head
Coach, Saul Freer, Defensive Co-ordinating
Assistant, Lee McMahon,
took the reigns as acting head coach for the afternoon.
Starting the game on defence, Defensive Back Nick
Byrne, came up with the first big play of the game by intercepting
a Romans pass, only for the ball to be stripped from his grasp and
retained by the Romans Offence. This was to be the only real big
play for the Falcons during the whole game as the Romans went on
to open the scoring and, coming off a 2nd placed finish in 2012,
looked to continue their winning ways into 2013.
Falcons 0-7 Romans.
The Falcons started for the second week running with Ryan
MacDonald at Quarter Back. He turned a errant snap on the first
play into some good yards up the middle of the pack, but the drive
was stopped after the Romans sent several blitz packages that confused
the Falcons Offensive-line and forced Leicester to punt after just
3 plays. The Romans offence then came out passing and, although
they found it difficult to make the big play due to the outstanding
coverage by the returning Defensive M.V.P, Sam
Taylor, they were able to punish the Falcons Defence with their
Quarter Back option game with short passes to Wide Receiver and
mismatches on the Falcons Linebacking core. This quickly led to
the Romans extending their lead.
Falcons 0-13 Romans.
The Falcons Offence once again took the field looking to get their
ground game back up and running by installing a heavy package which
included 3 running backs in the form of last weeks Team M.V.P Nyadbadza,
opening game hero Bedford
and veteran Lawrence
Grugeon 2. With Alex McCormick and Rookie Ashton Clarke-Jackman
returning from injury and stepping in at the Wide Receiver positions
the Green Machine had high hopes this time around. After several
short runs for gain the Falcons went to the air for the first time
with similar results as previous weeks - an Interception! (The first
of 5 on the day).
The Green Machine Defence then came out fighting, dishing out
some of the same service as our own Offence was receiving and, with
the home debuts of Defensive Lineman, Gareth Barry,
and the constant warrior that is Carl Leonard,
the Romans were stopped after going for it on 4th down rather than
taking the Field Goal. The Falcons Offence had a chance to get back
into the game.
The Falcons 3rd drive of the game saw Quarter Back MacDonald
replaced by the returning and out of re-tirment Quarter Back, Rob
Wylie, but with the same results - an Interception. On
only his second pass of the game Wylie was forced out of the pocket
and as he hauled the ball downfield an athletic Romans secondary
was able to come down with the ball and return it deep into the
Leicester half of the field.
With the Falcons continuously giving the Romans the ball in their
own half, Chester made the Falcons pay at every opportunity by putting
points on the board. The Romans continued to dominate the Falcons
injury hit Offence and Defensive lines for the rest of the half,
and when Leonard went down with a suspected broken
finger Offensive Lineman, Captain and Offensive M.V.P on the day,
Richard Swain, was
the first to step up and help out the defence.
The half ended with another Romans score and gave the Leicester
coaching staff a lot to think about at the interval.
Falcons 0-21 Romans.
With the Falcons receiving the ball in the second half this gave
them a chance to get back into the game and for a while the Offensive
seemed to click going back to basics the Falcons ran the ball down
the Romans throats. With the 1-2 punch of Nyadbadza
and Lawrence Grugeon
2, yards and first downs were made. The highlight being a 4
yard run by Lawrence
Grugeon 2 crossing the line for a first down whilst dragging
three would be Roman tacklers with him. Unfortunately this is where
the offensive stalled and on 2nd down on the Romans 10 yard line,
2 bounced off a brick wall and, although he tried to convert
the play, was forced out of bounds for a loss. This lead to the
decision to pass on 3rd and long. Wylie stepped back and tried to
force the pass under pressure only to see it tipped into the hands
of a Romans Defensive Back and returned once again deep into Falcons
The Falcons Defensive seeing their Offence start to click also
decided to take matters into their own hands and with the ever working
engine's of Line Backs, Sturgess,
Jagger and Gibbs
forced the Romans to Punt on their first offensive drive of the
half. The ball however was downed at the 1 yard line giving the
Green Machine no room to work and with a strong Blitz and some mis-understanding
Running Back Nyadbadza
was tackled deep in the endzone giving the Romans another 2 points
and with it the ball back as per the rules of the game.
Falcons 0-23 Romans.
As the 3rd quarter neared its end the Romans went back to their
short option passing game and, with bodies dropping and legs becoming
weary, the Falcons Defensive called on Quarter Back, Ryan
MacDonald, who stepped back into his former position of Linebacker
and made some big stops to help out the Defence. Defensive Tackles
Edson and Mabbott
fought tirelessly all game and showed passion and heart as did all
who wore the green this day. But with a few missed tackles and the
opponent's M.V.P, Quarter Back Brad Chilvers, using his feet as
well as his arm, the Romans eventually marched all the way to the
1yard line and duly punched it home to extend their lead further.
Falcons 0-30 Romans.
The 4th Quarter started with Alex
McCormick returning under centre and last week's rookie debutants
Running Backs Steve O'Hare and Vladamir
Maximov looking to impress. O'Hare took his
time and found an open lane as he had done the week before and made
some great yards, proving he has the caliber to step up his work
load as the season moves on. However on Maximov's
second touch of the day the ball bounced of his chest and was recovered
by the Romans at midfield.
The Falcons Defensive returned to the field and put out an outstanding
3 and out behind the strong secondary of the Taylor
Brothers, Sced and
Grant, forcing the
Romans to punt back to the Green machine and giving Alex
McCormick another chance to stop a second consecutive shut out.
However the Romans had other plans and blitzed heavy. A,fter O'Hare
and Bedford were
both stopped for losses McCormick took to the air and again it was
a Roman that came down with the ball this time returning it to the
house for what would be the final score of the day.
With the 2 min warning sounded the Falcons offence were once again
forced to punt and the Romans knelt on their final two plays of
the game sending them joint top of the conference (2-0) and dropping
the Falcons to their second loss in this early part of the season
Final Score Falcons 0-37 Romans.
To summarise, with no passing game and the shut down of the Leicester
Smash Mouth Football play, the Falcons failed to register a point
for the second game running. Now, with a two week break before taking
on the Staffordshire Surge in Stoke, the Falcons coaches will be
looking for some intense practices and a re-think into what can
be done to turn things around before it's too late.
The Falcons plus points of the day were welcoming back Rookie
Wide Receiver, Ashton Clarke-Jackman, from a leg injury which had
kept him from making his debut this season and the Debut of Rookie
Defensive Lineman, Gareth Berry. Both showed they will be a big
help in the remaining seven games as the Falcons must now go 'undefeated'
if they are to have any chance of making the Playoffs.
End Result: Falcons 0 - 37 Chester Romans
Titans Crush Falcons - Falcons 0 : Titans
On a Cold and Wet Sunday afternoon the Falcons traveled North to
Division leaders, Manchester Titans, and on this occasion were taught
a Football lesson the hard way.
Suffering the bad news only 24hours before the game that no1.
Quarter Back, Alex
McCormick, will miss the next few weeks of the season with an
appendix problem, his back up, Ryan
MacDonald, would make his debut under centre under the toughest
The Titans made their dominance pay from start to finish in this
game controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
The Falcons strong core of Running Backs had some early success
on the ground with Eman
Nyadbadza picking up some hard yards at the start, but with
a non-exsistant passing game the Titans were able to throw caution
to the wind and blitz all day stopping the ground game of the Green
Machine in its tracks.
With the Falcons struggling on Offence, the Defence was on the
field for over three quarters of this game and it showed with tired
legs and a pick up of injuries to defensive Captain Line backer,
Ian Sturgess, and Defensive Linemen, Tom McCormick, and Saul Freer.
The Titans made use of good field position on a number of turnovers
the Falcons offence made turning all 7 (5 Interceptions and 2 Fumbles)
into points on the board.
With the game out of reach late in the 3rd Quarter the Falcons
Coaches decided to debut some Rookie players for their first action
of the season. Rookie Quarter Back and Junior team graduate Ryan
Cummings came in to the fray alongside Running Backs Steve
O'Hare and Russian Vlad
Maximov, all 3 showed promise with O'Hare
making the most of his opportunity with a pair of solid runs for
some good yardage.
The two standout players of the day were on Defence as Linebackers
Tommy Gibbs and Chris
Jagger covered every blade of grass and put in outstanding performances
from start to finish, but in the end the Titans were just too strong
on the day.
The Falcons will now look to re-group and prepare for another
game in quick succession as they return to the Nest to host the
Chester Romans next Sunday at Fortress Babington and get back to
The Leicester Falcons opened their 2013 Season on a Sunny Sunday
with a hard fought victory over a spirited and much improved Crewe
The Railroaders won the coin toss and elected to start with the
ball and with it shocked the Falcons by taking an early lead, but
with the conversion kick missed the score stayed at 0-6. The Falcons
countered this by hitting back straight away with a score of their
own. On a day of debuts for the men in green former Junior player
Chris Sansom caught the Kick-off and returned it
to the half way line. New Quarterback Alex
McCormick debuting under Centre then came on to lead his Offence
straight down field, but it was another two debutant's that connected
for the Falcons opening score of the season in the guise of Lawrence
Grugeon II AKA 'LG2' connecting with rookie Wide Receiver, Bill
Hefford, for an easy 27yard Touch Down pass. With an errant
snap on the extra point conversion the score stood level at 6-6.
Head Coach and Defence Coordinator, Saul
Freer, made several adjustments to his Defence and
they paid off straight away by holding the Railroaders to 3 and
out on their next drive forcing them to Punt. The Falcons offence
this time showed the Railroaders what the term 'Smash Mouth Football'
was all about as Running Backs Eman
Nyadbadza, Alan Bedford
and Stuart Rawlings
were unstoppable in running with the ball on this drive which ended
up with a 6 yard Touch Down Run for Rawlings. With Nick
Byrne hitting the extra point the Falcons had their first lead
of the game 13-6.
Another 3 and out by the Falcons Defence led by the example of their
Captain, Linebacker and long time Falcons servant Ian
Sturgess led to another Railroaders Punt. This time however
the Railroader's Defence created the first turnover of the game
after hitting McCormick as he was about to release the ball causing
a fumble which was recovered by a Crewe defender in front of their
own sideline. Several plays later feeding the ball to their very
own talented Running Back the Railroaders soon found the endzone
again and after adding the extra point kick the scores were level
again at 13-13.
Again the Falcons Offence hit back straight away. Sticking to
their game plan, running the ball down field and, after a mazy 29yard
break away run by Rawlings,
Nyadbadza took the ball
around the edge for a 15yard score; the first of his career. Byrne
hit the extra point and the Falcons had the lead again 20-13.
Yet another strong showing from the Falcons Defence led to the
Railroaders punting again but with time running out and a Rawlings
Touch Down run called back for a penalty the Falcons offence ended
the half with a 23yard Field Goal attempt with Byrne
just dragged wide leaving the half time score at 20-13.
Q3. The Falcons opened up the second half with
a 3 and out after the kick-off left them deep in their own territory
but a shanked Punt by another former Junior debutant, Ryan
Cummings, gave the Railroaders the ball just outside of the
Falcons Redzone. In one play they broke free to score and again
with a good extra point kick the scores were tied at 20-20 for the
third time in the day.
Re-grouping the Falcons Offence once again paved the way on the
ground this time behind the surprising play off 2nd year Fullback,
Alan Bedford, who broke
away on the ground on several occasions for long gains which ended
up with the man himself taking it home for the score from 2yards
out and a well deserved career-first score for the club. A Byrne
KIck made the score 27-20. Defences then took centre stage in the
game as both sides stepped up their efforts forcing the other to
3 and outs and punts ending the 3rd Quater.
The 4th Quarter again was all about the defence as weary legs started
to tire and neither team could find a way past the other. In this
period McCormick threw his first Interception of the year which
nearly resulted in the Railroaders taking it back for the score
were it not for a last ditch tackle by Rawlings
to stop his progress into the endzone. On the back of this, with
the Railroaders looking to force their way in, they made the error
of floating the ball in the air only to see it Intercepted by the
ball hawking, Carl Sced,
who caught it on the 1yard line and returned it 8yards to give the
Falcons Offence some wiggle room. Unfortunately after a bad exchange
which saw the ball fumbled and recovered back on the Falcons 1yard
line by Falcons Debutant Wide Receiver, Peter Cleaver.
The Punt was short and gave the Railroaders an short path to the
endzone. The Falcons Defence did their best to hold firm but on
4th and 1 Crewe were able to make the first down and then on their
next play crash in for the score to make it 27-26.
However the decision was made by the Railroaders Head Coach to
go for 2pt conversion and the win rather than the tie. A bold move
had it paid off but on the occasion the Falcons Defence held firm
when it counted and the Crewe sideline sank as the pass dropped
to the ground leaving the score 27-26 with just 1minute 30 seconds
of the game left to play.
All the Falcons had to do was keep the ball which would hand them
the victory they had fought hard for. After Crewe surprisingly did
not attempt an onside kick, Bedford
put the game to 'bed' by breaking away on the very first play for
a 48yard score on what would be a career day of 120 yards and 2
Touch Downs. Alec Grant
kicked the extra point to give the Falcons a flattering 34-26 score
line and with 30 seconds on the clock remaining the game was ended
with 4 failed attempts by the Railroaders offence.
Final Score: Leicester Falcons 34:26 Crewe Railroaders
State of the Franchise:
With two weeks to go before the Falcons kit up again to kick-off
their 2013 season vs Crewe Railroaders we take a closer look at
who has been charged with the task of making their offence tick
on the field.
Quarter Back position on the Falcons roster will look very different
going into 2013. With the departure of Franklin and Thompson the
new coaching staff had a hard time finding suitable re-placements.
In the end the training camp competition came down to 3 names, Alex
McCormick, Ryan McDonald and Junior team graduate Ryan Cummings.
Alex McCormick (right) has been looking hot favorite to start under
center come game day, a stand out Wide Receiver for the Falcons
over the last 2 years he has decided to make the positional switch
and take on the task of leading the Falcons offence in 2013. Alex
reads the game well, shows poise when under pressure and has the
arm to stretch the field when needed. Alex better known as ‘Kenny’
by his teammates stated: “Practice has been intense, our offence
is looking strong both in the air and on the ground, with a large
number of experienced players across all positions and the good
pick ups of some talented rookies gives us great depth and durability.
I'm excited to the start the 2013
season!”. Alex however will have to show he can handle the
pressure with the two Ryan’s hoping to step in if needed.
Ryan McDonald (left) is a Former Flag Quarter Back who, after a
season at the linebacker position, has decided to return to his
roots and concentrate on his position of choice. McDonald is the
duel threat of the bunch. Having outstanding strength and speed
he is an equal threat on the ground as well as in the air.
Ryan Cummings (No 16 right) is the second of his name, graduating
from the Junior ranks he’ll look to follow in his father’s
footsteps by representing Leicester, and with his father, Darren
Cummings deciding to give one more season a shot at his Wide Receiver
position will we see a father and son touch down combo at some point
in the year?
With McCormick, McDonald and Cummings at the Quarter Back position
we have 3 players eager to prove they belong and can lead the Green
Machine to glory.
State of the Franchise:
With the Season just 4 weeks away we take a look ahead at the ‘State
of the Franchise’, position by position and what the future
could hold for the players that dedicate them selves to the Green
Machine. We start with the Offensive back field.
The Running back position in 2013 is one filled with depth
of experience and raw rookie talent. Boasting 3 Full Backs and 5
Tail Backs the competition for game time will be tough, but on a
team that likes to pound the ball down the oppositions throats everybody
will get there chance.
The Full Backs consist of 3 hard hitting individuals who all bring
with them an attitude that will shape the running lanes for their
trailing Tail Backs. Tom
McCormick AKA Macca (upper left), is a cross over from the Defensive
End position and, with his quick foot work, will not only be a danger
as a blocker but will also see his fair share of the ball. Macca
will be challenged for playing time at the position by 3rd year
veteran, Mitz Mistry (upper
right), and 2nd year returner
Alan Bedford both of these players bring with them a desire
to step in and step up and will not look out of place in the line-up
come game day.
Tail Backs are an intriguing combination of veteran experience and
raw rookie talent and with the loss of Star Running Back and 1000
yard rusher Timi Dada a hand full of players will look to fill the
void. The Falcons Management moved quick to add to this core in
late November 2012 by adding 12 year veteran and 2008 Brit Bowl
Championship winning Running Back, Lawrence
Grugeon II AKA Maverick (left), from cross city rivals the Coventry
Jets. Having had a previous stint in green back in 2009 as the back
up to the departed Dada he rushed for over 300 yards and 4 Touch
Downs in just 4 games that year. Grugeon II has also been tasked
with the continued development of the Running Back core as the Running
Back positional coach.
Two Tail Backs who will be looking to step out of the shadows in
2013 are returning 3rd year veterans Eman
Nyabadza (below left) and
Stuart Rawlings (below right). Nyabadza brings with him a ‘me
against the world’ attitude and looks to punish all defenders
that stand in his way. Using his combination of strength, speed
and skill Nyabadza is just as comfortable running either up the
middle or around the edges and embraces first contact. Rawlings
is the quickness of the group, small in stature but fleet of foot,
one step cutting ability makes him a nightmare for all defenders
and once he sees daylight only the most athletic of the opposition
has a chance of catching him, and with a pair of hands you may see
him line up from time to time in the slot.
The Running Back core will be bolstered in 2013 by the addition
of two rookies to the position and the game in sporting cross overs
Steve O’Hare and Vladimir Maximov.
O’Hare has decided to try his hand at American Football in
his mid 30’s a late comer to the game crossing over from the
more traditional Rugby Union but a welcome addition nevertheless.
O’Hare has already showed in training that he is quick to
pick up the basics and looks to continue his learning by proving
himself against the veterans as he battles for game time in 2013.
Maximov is the most intriguing of the group, a Russian by birth
and a former Ice-Hockey player by trade he has decided to hang up
his skates and try on some cleats as he looks to try his hand at
American football. Showing good speed and awareness Maximov might
be the difference on ‘Any Given Sunday’.
Falcons Swoop for Championship Transfer’s
Leicester Falcons can finally announce that they have completed
the transfers of two former National and BritBowl Championship Players
from local rivals the Coventry Jets.
Running Back Lawrence
Grugeon II and Wide Receiver Peter Cleaver
have over 25 years football experience between them. They have both
played at the top level in the UK as well as stints abroad. Both
players have also accepted the roles of positional coaches and look
to nurture the existing and new talent in their respective areas
Lawrence Grugeon II (above) who will be back for
his second stint in Green was on hand to comment; “I have
been a part of successful teams all my career and it was a real
wrench to walk away from a team that is so close to my heart (Coventry
Jets). However, being in the twilight of my playing career, I felt
that not only did I need a new challenge but the chance to settle
unfinished business from the last time I wore the green in 2009.
Also being offered the chance to step in as a player coach was too
good an opportunity to turn down. I look forward to the challenge
Peter Cleaver (below) brings with him an equally
impressive C.V and can boast spells with the Great Britain Spartans
League of Europe as well as the French Axe Arenaball team. The Warwickshire
native and management consultant has kept himself in peak physical
condition and will be looking to help the Falcons compete for the
National title. Peter replies “After a few weeks at the Falcons
I see a great team spirit and that is key in any winning team”.
The Falcons are extremely excited by these two signings which offset
the departures of RB Timi Dada and QB Brad Thompson (Phoenix).
Head Coach, Saul Freer, commented; “We are extremely lucky
to be able to attract such players as Lawrence and Peter. Having
played with both of them at the Coventry Jets in 2005/06 I know
they will bring a lot to the team in character, skill and experience.
They are winners and that’s what we intend to be once again.
This not only proves our intent on restoring the reputation of the
Falcons off the field but on it as well”
Falcons Juniors Step Up:
is with great pride that the Leicester Falcons can announce that,
with the withdrawal of the Junior’s in 2013, there comes some
good news as 4 players decide to continue their growth in the game
by stepping up to the Senior Team.
Quarter Back Ryan Cummings
(right), Wide Receiver Nathan Brawn and Defensive
Back Chris Sansom trained for the first time this
week with the Senior Squad and didn’t look out of place. They
will join Lineman Perry Summers in becoming the
2nd generation of Junior players to step out of the Academy and
prove that having an Academy system in place benefits the club as
Academy Director Karl Burgess who
has worked with the 5 players stepping up for the last 3 years said:
“It gives me great pride to see these young men make the move
to senior ball, and proves with hard work, dedication and commitment
what an individual can really achieve., I believe they will go on
to not only make a contribution this season but help the Falcons
for season’s to come.”
Leicester Falcons Go Viral
The Leicester Falcons today release their version of the 'Harlem
Shake' which is a new dance craze that has gone viral worldwide
in attempts to attract new blood to the organisation and show the
fun side of our ever growing American Football Family. Watch
it on YouTube
New Hatchling in the Falcons Nest
The Leicester Falcons are pleased to announce another new addition
to the ever growing Falcons family. Tayvon Jeremiah Burgess was
born Monday 11th February at 3.10pm, weighing 8lb 9oz. Mother and
baby are doing fine.
Proud father and Academy Director, Karl Burgess, was on hand to
comment: "The past 24hrs have been an emotional roller coaster,
but I have not been this happy since the birth of my first son Terrell
and love my Wife so much for gifting me these special moments in
Leaving a Legacy: Guy and Kate Kersey
was a tough year for the Falcons. Having made it to the Premier
Division of British American Football the Leicester Falcons broke
down on and off the field with the sudden mid-season departure of
Founder Member and Club Chairman, Guy Kersey, who could not turn
down the opportunity to transfer his life with his new wife and
Club Secretary Catherine (Kate) Kersey to the Bright Lights of Las
Vegas, U.S.A. (Picture Kate & Guy at their wedding in May
New Club Media Manager Lawrence Grugeon was able to catch up with
Guy on a recent visit back home in the UK and ask him what he feels
he has left behind and his hopes for the club in the future;
Guy: "Back in 2005, after the winning Division 2 with the
Coventry Jets, I was approached by a number of players from both
Nottingham and Coventry to start a new team. So, with the help of
a few others, I started the process of setting up a new team and
the obvious location was between the two cities in a city that already
had a proud Britball heritage. This city was Leicester. A city that
used to be national champions. So I made the decision to sacrifice
the last years of playing to build something new and leave a permanent
mark on a sport I was passionate about and had played since the
age of 13.
the humble beginnings on a Sunday afternoon at Belgrave Park with
13 players, to build a club into one of the best in the country
was a very proud time for me. The highlights in 2008 were certainly
taking 17 player's to Shropshire in the mud and competing but never
forgetting how they cheap shotted us the whole game. However this
game has a way of going full circle, so in 2009 when we went back
to Shropshire for the last game of the season for a winner take
all match and the final playoff spot up for grabs it was very poetic
and satisfying as with 30 seconds left Quarter Back Arturo Sanchez
scores the most amazing Touch Down on a naked bootleg to give the
Falcons their first ever post-season berth. Topping that year off
with winning the Division 2 title was incredible, such a great team
spirit. A time that will never be forgotten, and to win in what
was arguably one of the best finals ever made it even sweeter. (Picture
Kate & Guy hold up the Division 2 Trophy at Britbowl 2009)
My ambitions were high and, when I got the opportunity to bring
in a former NFL Quarter Back, I wanted to raise the level of not
just the Falcons but the entire league. And we did, but with everything
there is always pettiness and jealousy and people who want to try
and stop you to protect their own little empires. The level of hatred
to Brad Van Pelt disgusted me. But we had a great year and to have
rules changed in order to stop you is a kind of compliment.
I am also incredibly proud to have found a permanent facility
and having built a football academy with 4 levels of football, and
although the facilities aren't there yet knowing that the development
of the site has american football and the Falcons involved is a
huge achievement in changing the mindset of the local authority.
Karl Burgess in particular has been a total asset to the Falcons.
I have now left to pursue a career in the States and will miss
my Football Family immensely. I am so proud of my time with the
Falcons, and with the people now in charge I know the future is
bright, the future is Green".
The Falcons Would like to wish Guy and Kate all the best in their
new chapter of life and thank them both for the Legacy they have
left behind and the one we hope to continue to build into 2013 and
"One Team, One Dream = We are Falcons, We are Team"
Falcons Baby Boom
The Falcons are once again proud to announce the arrival of another
New Born into our ever growing family. Former Falcons American Free
Safety and Stand out player Nick Surface became
a father for the first time on the 7th of January to a baby girl
'Hope Elizabeth'. Both Mother and baby are doing well.
This is just the start of what is becoming a Falcons Baby Boom
as both Academy Coach, Karl Burgess, and Senior
Coach, Johnny Hopewell, are expecting their partners
to give birth to their second child within the next 4 weeks. Watch
this space for more baby announcements.
Picture below courtesy of Falcons Quarter Back Rob Wylie
of his little girl, Sienna Lucia Wylie, who was born last year.
Belated congratulations to the Wylie Family.
|4 January 2013
New Club Sponsor
The Leicester Falcons are proud to announce there New Headline
Sponsor for the 2013 British American Football Association National
Leagues Season, Rileys
Sports Bar. Rileys is situated on the corner of Deacon Street
& Grange Lane, Leicester LE2 7EE. The Falcons will now use Rileys
as our official club house for Team events, a meeting point before
away day games and a place to hold team functions and general get
togethers. Team Manager and Academy Director Karl Burgess
who put a lot of time and effort into brokering this great deal
commented: "It's an exciting partnership for both parties which
I hope will stretch past the 2013 season, and it all starts next
month with the annual Falcons Super Bowl party."
Watch this space for the Falcons 2013 Super Bowl Party
details which will be held at Rileys on Sunday February 3rd.
|3 January 2013
Leicester Long-Horns attract New Blood for Head Coaching Role
Leicester Falcons are Proud to announce that Senior Team Full Back
and Club Treasurer, Tom McCormick, has accepted
the role of Head Coach of the Leicester
University Long-Horns American Football Team. This follows the
departure of former Head Coach Lee McMahon who
has now committed the the Falcons Senior Team Coaching Staff.
Tom will take the step up into the Head Coaches role and with
it hopes to build an attractive and successful football programme
into 2013 and beyond. Tom Commented, "I have been part of the
Longhorns for the past four seasons as a player and a coach and
it is an honour to be asked to take over as the Head Coach of the
Team.I look forward to leading the team and helping the program
develop both on and off the field."
The Falcons family wish Tom and the Long-Horns all the best for
the rest of there 2012/13 season and hope to bear the fruits of
some very talented young players when its time for them to make
there next steps towards Senior Football with the Falcons.
|1 January 2013
New Coaching Line-up for 2013
The Leicester Falcons are happy to announce their Senior coaching
line-up for the 2013 British American Football season. After a unanimous
vote by the Falcons Board the Falcons would like to welcome back
Saul Freer to the position of Head Coach. He will
also undertake the role of Defensive Co-ordinator and has acted
fast in assembling
and surrounding himself with a coaching team to the envy of any
National Conference Club.
Saul will be assisted on Defence by former Falcons player and Leicester
Longhorns Head Coach Lee McMahon who brings a wealth
of experience and will also be tasked with leading the Special Teams
Unit. Falcons Academy Director Karl Burgess will
assist in developing a young and talented defensive backfield.
Johnny Hopewell has been promoted from O-Line Coach
to Offensive Co-ordinator, and will bring his 'Smash Mouth Football'
style of play back to the Falcons which did them so well back in
their Championship Season of 2009. Johnny will be assisted on Offence
by his brother and former 2009 championship winning Head Coach Lester
Hopewell. Lester will step into the O-Line coach's role
vacated by Johnny. Johnny has also been very happy to have recruited
former player Lawrence Grugeon from local rivals
Coventry Jets to be his assistant Offensive Co-ordinator and undertake
the development of the Falcons Running Back core.
Saul commented "The new committee has been striving to rebuild
the team and are proud to announce that the Green Machine is back
and looking forward to the 2013 season."
The Falcons are always actively seeking Coaches, Players and anybody
who just wants to get involved in Falcons Football., Please feel
free to get in contact and show your interest in becoming the latest
recruit in the Leicester Falcons ever increasing Falcons Football
Family, "One Team, One Dream - We are Falcons, We are
Congratulations Alan and Shannon Bedford
Leicester Falcons would like to Congratulate Alan and Shannon Bedford
on their new addition to the Falcons Family, Alan commented: "I'm
glad to let people know my son Alfie Jack Lorenzo Bedford was born
this afternoon 18/12/12 at 16:22 weighing 8lbs 1.5oz. Both Alfie
and my beautiful wife Shannon are well. She was amazing; after 23
hours of contractions her waters had to be broken at 15:30, 30 minutes
later she started pushing and after 22 minutes he was born. This
is the greatest I have ever felt! — at Leicester
Royal Infirmary Maternity Unit."
Jay Dhesi - RIP
It is with the greatest of sadness that late last night we at the
Falcons found out that the Peterborough Saxons have lost one of
there Football Brothers Jay Dhesi in a tragic accident.
White, Head Coach of the Saxons, commented: "Myself and some
other saxons met up to have a drink in Jay's honour and support
his Vikings. It was very emotional but an awesome way to pay respect
to a great young man!!
It was my pleasure to be his head coach and one the many friends
he had; he made an instant impact at the Saxons, with drive &
determination to be the best!!
R.I.P Jay Dhesi you are in football heaven looking down on us!!
You have achieved Greatness my Saxon Brother, you will be sorely
missed but never forgotten!!
We Love You!!! Peterborough Saxons v2.0 1 Heart 1 Team!!!
The Leicester Falcons Family would like to send our condolences
to all at the Saxons and to Jay's Family at this sad time.
Karl Burgess to head Falcons Academy
Falcons are pleased to announce that, with immediate effect, Karl
Burgess is to head the Falcons Acadamy junior and youth teams. This
change has been made as the youth Head Coach, Brad Thompson, has been
unable to give as much time to the programme as he would like. He
will concentrate on his work at Quarter Back with the senior team,
and has of course offered to help as and when he can.
Karl is keen to develope the Acadamy programme which is seen as the
future of football.
It is also great to see former Senior Head Coach, Saul Freer, back
on a the field coaching the future talent.