Stallions Clinch #1 Seed

Stallions Clinch #1 Seed

A 44-12 and 25-20 win over East Essex Sabres and East Kent Mavericks respectively clinched Wembley Stallions the #1 seed in the Southern half of the SFC2 playoffs, with a perfect 10-0 W-L record.

A 25-20 win against East Kent put Wembley on a 9-0 record, before finishing off the regular season with a 44-12 win against East Essex.

Two rushing touchdowns from Junior Ejehu, a pick six from Zoltan Kadar, and 2 safeties earned Wembley the win against East Kent.

While another touchdown from Ejehu, as well as 2 rushing touchdowns from Emmanuel Olagbaju, and receiving touchdowns from Casey Walker, Charlie Douglas, Sharif El-Fiky and Brett Parnham gave Wembley a 44-12 victory of East Essex.

Stallions Clinch #1 Seed

The game against East Kent was one of two very strong defences, with both teams forcing turnovers, with East Kent leading 13-7 after the first quarter, Wembley’s lone score coming from a defensive pick six from Kadar.

A safety brought the gap between the two teams to just 12, with Tom McGinty returning the resulting punt to the East Kent 30-yard line. A strong run game saw Wembley get their first offensive touchdown, Ejehu running it in. The score now being 21-15 at the half.

The third quarter saw both teams fail to score any points. But the Wembley stepped up once again like it had all season, forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter, recovered by Kadar.

A second rushing touchdown from Ejehu, and a 2-point conversion catch from Seb Pettican, made the score 23-20 to Wembley, before a second safety forced by the Wembley defence put the game out of reach for East Kent.

Stallions Clinch #1 Seed

While the game against East Kent showed Wembley’s power in the running game, and their strength in defence, the game against an East Essex side who had improved greatly over the course of the season showed Wembley’s efficient passing game, with Art Bakmanidis, connecting with Walker, Douglas and El-Fiky all the first half, to put Wembley up by 13 after two quarters, with the score 19-6 to the visiting team.

Rotations at quarterback didn’t hinder Wembley’s creative passing game, with tight end Parnham adding a further touchdown on Wembley’s first drive of the half.

East Essex scored another 6, before Wembley began to run down the clock, as well as putting up a further 12 points thanks to Olagbaju and Ejehu touchdowns.

With the regular season now complete, Wembley turn their heads towards the playoffs, with their quarter final home game against #8 Hertfordshire Cheetahs on Sunday 20th August.

Stallions Clinch #1 Seed


Stallions Go Unbeaten at Home

Wembley Stallions beat Essex Spartans 40-14 to go all season unbeaten at home. The win puts Wembley at 7-0 with 3 games remaining.

5 Running touchdowns from Aaron Greenidge, and a receiving touchdown by Chris Treacy were the difference between the two sides.

Wembley kicked off the game, with Essex returning the ball back to their own 27-yard line. It was a quick three and out and Wembley were soon on the field, and soon on the board.

Runs from Greenidge got Wembley into the Essex half, where quarterback Lawrence Wild threw a dime straight to Treacy to get the first touchdown of the game.

Essex tried to get back into the game. Moving the ball from their own 15 up to their 37-yard line. With 4th & 2 looming Essex decided to go for it. A sack however resulted in the possession of the ball changing hands, with Wembley taking charge on the Essex 34.

Another run by Greenidge earned Wembley a first down. He was soon to add a further six points, running into the end zone on second and goal. The failed point after attempt however meant the score was 13-0.

Wembley soon had the ball back, with Dylan Flanaghan recovering the fumbled ball on the kick return. Once again, Wembley started on the Essex 34-yard line. Wembley moved the ball all the way down into the red zone before the end of the quarter.

An array of errors put all the work to waste however. A false start penalty and a sack led to 3rd & 18. It got worse when Essex picked off the ball, returning it to the Wembley 38.

For the first time in the game Essex were in the Wembley half. However, the home sides defence was on point to show why they are undoubtedly the best defence in the division, Glenn Trafford-Smith showing up with a pick of his own.

Unfortunately, another drive for Wembley ended with a pick. This time Essex took the ball all the way in for a pick six, putting the difference between the two sides a one score game.

Wembley’s special teams did a great job of returning the kick off to the Essex 45-yard line. Turnovers once again cost the home side, this time fumbling the ball, Essex recovering.

The Wembley defence however held firm and got their offence the ball back. Greenidge took the burden of the ball, running the ball on multiple downs to give Wembley a 12-point cushion.

Essex were keen to make the game a tight affair. Starting on their own 30-yard line, they ran the ball all the way down to the Wembley 1-yard line. The bunch formations were brought out by both teams, but it was Essex who got the best. Bundling the ball over the line to make it 19-13 at half time.

Wembley received the ball to start the second half. Emmanuel Olagbaju and Greenidge were once again the work horses of the Wembley offence, with the later running in for his third touchdown of the game.

Essex started on their own 35 and moved the ball well up to the Wembley 45. Another run moved the ball up to the Wembley 34 as Essex looked to once more get back in the game. Essex were eventually brought to 4th & 11 where they set up to punt the ball. It wasn’t a punt however and was a trick play, Wembley were sharp to the decoy however and Essex failed to move the chains.

Ben Lyons was next to join in being to one to carry the workload of moving the chains for Wembley, with Tom McGinty also making a crucial catch to put the ball on the Essex 12-yard line. From there Greenidge once again took charge to put another score on the board.

Going into the last quarter Essex found themselves on the Wembley 45. Essex once again fumbled the ball which was picked up by Danny Hounslow. Wembley’s running game which had been effective all day came out once again. With Kushal Upadhaya and Olagbaju moving the ball into the Essex half.

McGinty once again found himself open and made a strong catch to move down to the Essex 29. Penalties and misses throws cost Wembley once more who saw the ball turn over and Essex once again take charge, looking for a miracle to come back.

It wasn’t to be however. With Wembley once again forcing a fumble through Johann Johnson, with the drive eventually seeing Greenidge get his 5th touchdown of the day.

The game ended 40-14, with the teams due to play the reverse fixture tomorrow.

5 truths of the female American football player  

Stallions shut out Dread-‘noughts’ to win 2017 Sapphire Series

American football is a fairly niche sport in this country. Despite that, it’s growing – especially in the female game. As a current player for the Wembley Stallions, it has quickly become my life. In my opinion, it’s the best sport you can play, but with it being relatively unknown the thought of joining a team can be intimidating. However, if you are considering it, here are some truths about the sport from a female perspective.

  1. No one looks good in spandex

There’s a phrase in football – Look good, play good. Whilst I appreciate the sentiment, I can’t help but question its truth. Sure, there’s the aesthetic pride you feel when an action shot makes its way on to Facebook, but in reality football is not an attractive sport. If helmets and shoulder pads weren’t bad enough, the creators of this wonderful activity decided to team it with stretchy, and often shiny, spandex leggings. In case you still feel a sense of body confidence after squeezing in to the dreaded pants, you’re then required to stuff blocks of polystyrene over your thighs and hips until you’re so bulky you feel worse than you do after powering through a whole tin of Quality Street on Christmas Day.

Despite that, this complete lack of importance for appearance is what’s refreshing about the sport. There’s never an expectation for you to look a certain way. No one cares if you wear a full face of make-up; no one cares if you don’t. You can walk around freely in sweats all day and there’s no Netflix in sight. The only thing you need to do is turn up and give your all.

  1. The first five minutes of training are the worst. The remaining hours are the best

After working all week, the idea of waking up early on a Saturday to run around a field isn’t very appealing. As a team, no one is happy when we’re kitting up and we often discuss why we’re so stupid to get up and do this.

However, after a few minutes those feelings begin to fade away. You look around and realise that you’re playing a sport that is truly awesome and that so few people in the U.K. get to experience. It takes a lot of effort to play and you have to be committed, but it rewards you like you wouldn’t believe. Be it fitness, friendship or competition, this is a sport that has it all. Whilst finding the effort to go to training may be difficult, it’s always worth it in the end.

  1. Losing is painful but the winning makes up for it 

No one likes to lose. It goes against our very nature of survival to come in second place. A loss is worse in American Football. When you have spent the last hour pushing your body to the limit and quite literally throwing yourself in the way of defeat, it hurts more than ever when the result doesn’t go your way.

While the hurt of a loss aches, it makes the winning that much better. This season, the Wembley Stallions women’s team won our first divisional title. It made up for all the early mornings spent practicing. It made up for the bruises and exhaustion. While you may have to harbour the pain of a loss from time to time, there is no reward greater than winning in this game. It’s one of the reasons you’ll keep coming back for more.

  1. You’ll have more WhatsApp groups than actual team mates 

Offence, defence, coaches, captains… these are a few of the WhatsApp groups I’ve had over my time playing football. As a footballer, you’ll need to brace yourself for the ongoing notifications for the foreseeable future. While that may not seem too much of a plus, it’s quite nice knowing there’s always someone on the end of the phone. There’s always an answer to your question should you have one. There’s always someone up at 1am when you can’t sleep to help go through the playbook with you. It’s a support system as much as it is a team.

It also reflects the diversity that comes with this sport. You are not limited to one position. You can choose to play offence or defence or both. If you feel like your size and strength are your main weapons there’s a position for that. If you feel that your speed and agility are your go-to skills, there’s a position for that. If you think you have nothing to offer, this sport guarantees that you do. It encompasses the best that everyone has to offer and while tens of WhatsApp groups might not sound appealing, at least you’ll know there is most definitely a place for you.

  1. A group of strangers will become your family 

Joining a new team can be nerve wracking, but after the nerves from the first few sessions have gone, you’ll start to realise just how much your team mates begin to mean to you. Sport brings people together. You understand what each other is going through, be it good or bad. You realise that despite the occasional tiredness or stresses that come with playing competitive sport, you get to spend a day of the week with some of your favourite people.

Being on a team means you always have each other’s back, even when things are their rockiest. In American football, that is something that you are guaranteed to have. People always say you find your best friends in school, but I’ve found more than that. I’ve found a group of women I consider to be my family. You can’t pick your family and you can’t pick your team mates, but somehow you always end up loving them just the same. This will always be the greatest reason to play this sport.

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Sensational touchdown helps Stallions move to 3-0

Sensational touchdown helps Stallions move to 3-0

An 86-yard blocked field goal return by Alex Brockhurst helped the Wembley Stallions move to 3-0 in the BAFA SFC II Eastern division.

Offensive touchdowns from Emmanuel Olagbaju and Tom McGinty saw Wembley Stallions beat London Blitz B, 21-0.

For the first time in the season Wembley received the ball to start the game. A penalty on the London defence moved the chains for Wembley before QB Art Bakmanidis connected with TE Brett Parnham for a 15-yard gain. London once again helped move the chains for Wembley with their second offside penalty of the drive. The ball was placed on the 3-yard line, from which Olagbaju rushed into the end zone for the first score of the game.

After adding the extra point, kicking the ball to London, and quickly holding them to a three and out, Wembley had the ball on offence once again. The drive didn’t start as hoped, with a holding penalty pushing Wembley back a further 10-yards. Runs from Aaron Greenidge and Junior Ejehu helped move the chains. A pass interference call on London moved the ball down to the 13-yard line, however the travelling team held strong, forcing a change in possession after Wembley went for it on 4th down.

Sensational touchdown helps Stallions move to 3-0

The game suddenly became one of defence as three, three and outs followed back to back. Throughout the three drives the clock ticked close to the 2-minute warning. Wembley started the drive on their own 35-yard line, and after successfully running and passing the ball downfield, found themselves into the red zone.

Bakmanidis looked to link up with McGinty on 2nd down, however a drop in the end zone meant Wembley would have to wait for their second score.

The wait wasn’t long however. With Wembley going straight back to the air, McGinty this time hauling the ball in for an 11-yard touchdown. The successful PAT gave Wembley a 14-0 lead at the half.

Sensational touchdown helps Stallions move to 3-0

Wembley’s offence didn’t see the field in the 3rd quarter, with London’s first drive of the half chewing away almost all the clock. A holding call on defence during a London punt caused frustration amongst the Wembley side-lines, with the call giving London a first down. The defence mounted 4 sacks during the drive, with Kwame Sarfo, Drew Fisher and Johann Johnson amongst the action.

Sensational touchdown helps Stallions move to 3-0

London eventually brought out the field goal team, and what followed was something sensational. The Wembley line bull-rushed through the London blockers, tipping the ball. After bouncing down to the 14-yard line Alex Brockhurst swept up the ball, and made way for the other end of the field. The 86-yard run (the last 10, looking extremely tiring) put Wembley up 20-0. The PAT eventually made it 21-0.

Sensational touchdown helps Stallions move to 3-0

After a long break, the Wembley eventually made it onto the field in the second half, the drive could only result in a three and out however.

London looked to get into the game and were essentially forced into going for it on 4th down, however an interception by Zoltan Kadar put away any chance of a London comeback.

Wembley took over on their own 25-yard line. Once again passes into McGinty and runs by Olagbaju and Greenidge moved Wembley deep into the London half.

The only memorable moment for the travelling side may be the pick which followed, denying a sure touchdown for Wembley.

The clock eventually ran down, with Wembley coming out on top with a 21-0 victory.

Wembley Stallions next game will be the reverse fixture on the 11th June.


Second half comeback see’s Stallions beat Mavericks

Wembley Stallions East Kent Mavericks


Wembley Stallions came from 14-0 down at half-time to beat East Kent Mavericks 23-14 in what was considered a top of the division match up.

Sunday saw Wembley trailing by two scores after the first quarter, however two second half touchdowns by Emmanuel Olagbaju and one from Aaron Greenidge earned the Stallions the win.

A Drew Fisher sack forcing a safety was the momentum changer halfway through the 3rd quarter. Plays on special teams were also crucial in keeping Wembley firmly ahead of their rivals.

Wembley got off to a slow start in Sunday’s big clash against East Kent. Having deferred the kick off, Wembley kicked the ball to East Kent who returned the ball past the 50-yard line. Shortly after the travelling team were celebrating, with a 39-yard screen pass resulting in a touchdown. Consolation for a poor start was a field goal block, keeping the difference between the two teams at 6.

Wembley’s offence also got off to a slow start also. Only gaining one first down on their first drive because of an offside penalty. Wembley punted to East Kent’s 35-yard line, where they were held for a quick three and out.

Wembley Stallions East Kent Mavericks

The punt was bodged by East Kent and ended up on their own 23-yard line. In a good starting position, Wembley failed to capitalise, with a 15-yard penalty eventually pushing them out of field goal range.

East Kent started the drive on their own 20, and put a strong drive together working the ball all the way down to the red zone. A QB run gave East Kent their second score of the game, and a pass on a 2-point attempt was successful making the score 14-0 after the first quarter.

A pass from Art Bakmanidis to Brett Parnham earned Wembley a first down deep in the East Kent half. With nothing to lose the home side eventually went for it on 4th down, but consequently failing to convert.

After holding out the East Kent offense once more, Wembley looked to put a scoring drive together before half time. However, the drive came to a halt after an interception turned possession back over to East Kent with the clock hitting 0:00.

Both teams failed to put together a strong opening offensive drive at the start of the second half. Wembley’s second possession of the quarter saw the ball ran down all the way to the goal-line where Wembley wouldn’t fail to ground and pound the ball in over the 4 downs, leading to East Kent taking over on their own goal-line.

The turning point in the game came moments later, when Fisher forced a safety, sacking the East Kent quarterback.

Wembley Stallions East Kent Mavericks

After returning the placekick Wembley made another trip into the red zone. Another penalty against the offense seemed to hinder the drive once again, but a well-placed pass out wide by Bakmanidis put Wembley on 1st and goal, where Greenidge plough his way into the end zone for Wembley’s first touchdown, putting the score within 5-points.

After keeping East Kent to another three and out, and returning the punt to the East Kent 48, Wembley put themselves in a strong position to start the 4th quarter.

After working the ball further down field, the ball was eventually handed into the arms of Olagbaju who steamrolled through the East Kent defence for a 21-yard rushing touchdown, putting Wembley in the lead for the first time in the game.

The tide in the game switched even more when a short kick off by Nick Glenday was caught by a Seb Pettican, halfway in the East Kent half. This time however, Wembley failed to score any points.

East Kent gained possession on their own 21-yard line. A 5-yard penalty against the offence and another sack on the East Kent quarterback pushed the away side back to their own 11. Noise from the side-line erupted with East Kent looking to punt the ball away on 4th down. The noise caused confusion amongst the East Kent players, with the punter kicking the ball laterally, going out of bounds on the 6-yard line.

Olagbaju soon earned his second touchdown of the game, running in once again, this time from 6-yards. The converted field goal gave Wembley a 23-14 lead with the clock running low.

Wembley Stallions East Kent Mavericks

East Kent would need to put together two scoring drives if they were to take the win, and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Wembley gave East Kent 15 yards, moving the ball up to the 40-yard line.

The following play looked to have put the game out of sight, when a swatted pass fell into the arms of Rickel Ricketts, with the linebacker running the ball all the way into the end zone, however a flag on the field called the play back for a push in the back.

The ball was placed all the way back at the 50. A couple of successful runs ran the clock down even further before another interception gave East Kent the ball.

Flags thrown on the field became on common occurrence on the drive. To start with an offside gave East Kent 5-yards, then the ball went back 5-yards after a false start on the offence. A holding call the Stallions and an offensive pass interference soon saw East Kent go for it 4th and 21. Somewhere amongst all of this, the 2-minute warning.

After holding out East Kent and running the clock down, Wembley held on to win 23-14, beating their main rivals for the division title, as well as moving to a record of 2-0.

Cardinals crushed as Stallions storm to 1-0 record

Wembley Stallions Ipswich Cardinals

Wembley Stallions stormed to a 1-0 record after beating Ipswich Cardinals 42-0 on the opening day of the 2017 season.

Three rushing touchdowns from Aaron Greenidge, two from Junior Ejehu and a receiving touchdown from Brett Parnham helped ease Wembley to an opening day win.

After winning the coin toss, Wembley decided to defer allowing Ipswich to make the first move on offence. Ipswich gained little yardage on their first drive and punted the ball to Wembley who returned the ball to midfield.

Shortly afterwards Wembley took the lead after a long run by Greenidge found the end zone, the resulting field goal converted.

Ipswich responded with a strong drive, a deep pass finding their way into the red zone. Ipswich were then gifted an extra few yards after a face mask penalty was called on Wembley. Ipswich were now 12 yards from the end zone, however a poor hand off led to a fumble, which Wembley recovered. Ipswich wouldn’t come across a better scoring chance all game.

On the resulting drive Art Bakmanidis connected with Nick Glenday for a 30-yard reception. After running the ball into scoring position, Bakmanidis found Parham for Wembley’s second touchdown. The field goal this time, unsuccessful.

As the quarter came to an end, Wembley held Ipswich to a quick three and out, with the ball being returned to the 45-yard line after the punt. A great catch by Tom McGinty got Wembley down to the 9-yard line. Shortly after Greenidge ran in for his second touchdown.

Wembley then pulled out the trick plays, with a fake field goal seeing McGinty catch the ball in the end zone for a 2-point conversion making the score 21-0.

Ipswich were once again forced to punt despite putting together a rather productive drive. Wembley were quick to put some distance between themselves and the visiting team, running the ball down the field, with Ejehu eventually taking it in for 6 points.

The woes continued for Ipswich who were once again forced to a three and out after some great pressure by the Wembley defence on the quarterback. After receiving the ball back, it took the Wembley offence two plays to get the 5th touchdown of the game.

Wembley could have easily added more points before the half, having worked the ball down the field thanks to another big reception from Glenday. Complacency may have seeped into the team however, seeing a fumble on the snap which was recovered by Bakmanidis, and then an interception thrown the play after.

35-0 up at halftime saw the officials bring in the Mercy rule. Meaning the second half would see a continuous rolling clock unless Ipswich scored.

The second half started slower, Wembley being held to punt the ball after a false start pushed them further away from the first down marker. Ipswich once again were held to a three and out.

A call from the officials looked to displease the Wembley side line. With Bakmanidis rushing for what looked like a first down. However, the officials spotted the ball 2 yards short of the first down. Bakmanidis rushed once more this time gaining a first down after rushing out of the bootleg. Wembley however couldn’t put more points on the board after another false start hindered their chances.

As the game headed into the 4th quarter Wembley were gifted their 6th touchdown. After a poor punt from Ipswich saw the ball end up on their own 28-yard line, Wembley were in prime position to score.

The first play of the drive saw Ejehu run 31 yards to the end zone. Ipswich tried to score late on, going for it on 4th down on the Wembley 30. An unsuccessful pass however saw a change of possession, and by the time Wembley were out on the field, the whistle had blown.

Stallions shut out Dread-‘noughts’ to win 2017 Sapphire Series

Stallions shut out Dread-‘noughts’ to win 2017 Sapphire Series

The Wembley Stallions women’s team have won the 2017 Sapphire Series Division II South and East title after shutting out Portsmouth Dreadnoughts in a title deciding clash.

Scores of 52-12 against Oxford Saints and 24-0 against Portsmouth Dreadnoughts earned The Stallions the divisional series on home soil, with Women’s Head Coach Andrew Kendall stating “13 individuals performed as a team.”

Four first half touchdowns and a stout defensive performance shocked the Dreadnoughts who came into the weekend seeing themselves as favourites for the title.

The first round of fixtures on the day saw Wembley play off against Oxford Saints. It didn’t start as planned with Oxford taking an early lead, however Wembley were quick to respond, with Angie Sowerby running the ball into the end zone, the conversion complete to Grace Hilbourne.

Head coach Andrew Kendall opened the trick play draw with a flea flicker, QB Emma Arnold and RB Chloe Flowers link up to extend the lead. The defence were also making big plays, forcing a fumble in the Oxford half, however the offence couldn’t capitalise.

Oxford made things interesting by running the ball for 6 once again, and drops in the end zone just before half time saw the score at 14-12 to the Stallions going into the break.

The start of the second half saw some dramatic action. Wembley started with the ball. A throw from Emma Arnold was intercepted by the Oxford defence, but showing true character, Wembley forced another fumble, recovering the ball and giving themselves 4 more downs to move the ball.

The drive was capped off when Emma Arnold connected with Tamarra Croucher, with the conversion once again finding Grace Hilbourne.

Oxford tried to get back into the game, but Wembley’s defence held out strong on their own 2-yard line. After coming back out on offence, Angie Sowerby ran in another touchdown. Further touchdowns from Chloe Flowers and Grace Hilbourne gave Wembley a 44-12 lead.

The game was topped off with a pick 6 for Lina Malten, the resulting completed conversion gave Wembley a 52-12 victory.

With Portsmouth beating Peterborough in the first round of the days’ fixtures, the game between Wembley and Portsmouth would decide who came out on top in the division.

The two best defences in the division proved so, with both teams being held to a 4 and out.

Portsmouth who originally looked to run the ball tried to move the ball with the pass but failed to do so. After a turn of possession, Emma Arnold linked up with Grace Hilbourne once again for a 30-yard touchdown.

Portsmouth gained their first, first down in response, however failed to pass the ball into the end zone.

Wembley came out once again and eventually saw Angie Sowerby find her way to the house once again, the conversion attempt was unsuccessful once again as Wembley led 12-0.

A false start on the first play of Portsmouth next drive pushed them 17 yards away from a first down. The Wembley D piled on the pressure forcing a fumble and recovering on the Portsmouth 3-yard line.

The chance was capitalised on with Chloe Flowers receiving the ball in the end zone. Portsmouth tried to respond once again, however failed to get past a resilient defence.

The play of the game came with 23 seconds left for #23. A wonderfully executed one handed catch from Grace Hilbourne gave QB Emma Arnold her 4th touchdown pass, and Wembley a 3-score lead going into the half.

Soon after the second half began Wembley had the ball in the end zone once again through Angie Sowerby, however a holding foul called the play back. Portsmouth forced a fumble and took over possession diving on top of the ball on the Wembley 8-yard line.

Wembley remained firm once again and stopped Portsmouth from mounting a comeback. Another possession from each team saw both teams defence hold out strong, with Delta Npuna piling the pressure on the Portsmouth quarterback, and Demi Adesanya denying the run game.

Another Wembley touchdown was called back for a holding foul, and with 5:40 left Portsmouth looked to get back into the game. Ny Clarke-Williamson stepped up late on with a big hit to stop which could have become a scoring play, as well as pulling off an interception to deny Portsmouth any points in the game. As well as earning the Stallions the divisional title.

After the game Women’s Head Coach Andrew Kendall emphasised the steep learning curve which the team has gone through, throughout the season. Stating “It is better as a coach to be around players who want to learn and want to win.”

Wembley Stallions Head Coach and Chairman Warren Smart applauded the amazing achievement from the women’s team, and ahead of the senior teams season said that it should motivate all teams around the club to perform to the standard the women have set.

Next up for the Wembley Stallions Women’s team will be an exhibition game against London Warriors who could arguably be regarded as the biggest women’s team in London. Coach Kendall noted that it will be a step up in class for his team, but after the days’ performances, they will be ready.

Wembley Stallions recruit volunteers from UCFB Wembley

Written by Ben Clubley

The Wembley Stallions have recruited several students from UCFB Wembley to help out with the running of the club.

The students will help with the organising of all events and match days, working on the camera’s, as well as more behind the scenes operations such as marketing, finance and social media aspects.

Volunteer Samantha Read said that working for the Stallions allows her to learn practically, and put theory into action. “I can also use my past experience and apply them to the job role.”

Students were interacted with at the universities freshers fair, which not only looked for students to help with the running of the club but also playing for the club.

Several students attended the trial day with a selection of them helping out with the running and filming of the event, and many also taking part.

Kerry Fothergill who is also a volunteer for the Stallions says that working with the club gains her real experience and she wants to be part of the team and help them develop.

With the Wembley Stallions looking to push fan experience at games and make the game more of a spectacle sport, the link up with students from UCFB Wembley is highly beneficial for both parties.

The club gain extra help in the running of events and bring in fresh new ideas as well as expanding the size of the family, while the students gain working experience from their time.

Wembley Stallions’ plans for the future

Written by Ben Clubley

The future looks bright for Wembley Stallions, with head coach and chairman Warren Smart looking to win the top division within the next few years and bring a large crowd to games.

The main target for head coach Warren Smart is to be the best, having both male and female players from the Stallions representing Great Britain across Europe, and to go on to win the Southern Premier Division within the next few years.

There is also the hope of bringing in large crowds in the hundreds for home games. American football is growing fast in England and especially around Wembley. Over 80,000 people turn out for the NFL International series games every year, a fraction of that will be greatly beneficial for the Stallions.

Head coach and chairman Warren Smart states how he remembers when he started playing American football back in the 1980’s and how they would play using bicycle helmets instead of the proper equipment.

Equipment however is easier to come across in Britain now with the Stallions having enough pads and helmets for the team, and necessary training equipment. The club also boast a full 100-yard field which is rare in the country.

In the near future Coach Smart would like to have the club purchase a scoreboard so that the supporters can clearly see the score line adding to their experience.

Further down the road there are hopes of improving the facilities on site, bringing in portable toilets, and maybe even adding portable stands to give the fans a better view of the game.

Another idea which Coach Smart talked about was of having special themed games like they do in America. College and high school football in The States is filled with themed games such as homecoming and senior games. Doing so could help increase the interest in the game within the local area and improve match day attendances.

One of the rising tools online is that of YouTube and Facebook live streaming. With Wembley Stallions already owning a camera tower there’s the potential of using the equipment to live stream games online for followers to watch. This could also help increase the clubs fanbase.

With all these ideas circulating around the Stallions camp, and American football on the rise in the country, the future of the side looks strong. The plans will improve the fan experience at home games, which may entice more people to come down and watch the games. All this will make the sport more of a spectacle, challenging that of other sports.

Trial and Combine Day

Written by Ben Clubley

Preparation for the 2017 season kicked off on the 26th November as the annual Wembley Stallions try-outs and combine day took place.

The new season may not start till April, and pre-season may still be 2 months away, however the Stallions have already begun their preparation for the 2017 season with the hosting of the try-out and combine day.


Over 106 faces showed up early for the try-outs, with participants spending 15 minutes at each of the 7 stations, each station dedicated to a different position amongst the team.

The day put players new and old from ages as young as 13 to the test, with over 3 hours of drills and testing taking place on what was a very cold but clear day.


Pulo, one of the young new-coming participants trying out for the under 19’s team, stated that the experience was “really good” and that they “got to try everything on the day.”

Try-outs were held for all 5 teams, from the under 14’s, all the way up to the senior and women’s sides. The new female players joined in with the fully paced women’s practice session ahead of their trip to Sheffield for their final tournament in the Opal Series.


One of the spectacles of the day was the hard hitting, 2v2 Oklahoma drill which was put on show by the returning players. Showing the new-comers to the team what they were getting themselves into.

After a short break the players were on to the second half of their day and the NFL styled combine. Individuals were put to the test physically, with drills focusing on speed, strength and flexibility.


The day was ended with players taking part in what seemed a gruelling 1 mile run around the field.

The next time the players will be back playing will be January 21st when the first day of pre-season commences.

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