National Champions Merchandise

Tamworth Phoenix have recently released a line of National Championship merchandise!

Alongside the National Champions merchandise, you will also find the regular season t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, hats and more! All designed and created by Football America UK who provide quality, professionally branded merchandise for over 200 teams across the UK and Europe. They have been Tamworth’s #1 provider of all American Football related equipment and merchandise since the team was first established in 2007.  Head over to the Football America website or click on the store link to see the new editions to the range!

Appointment of New Head Coach

Following the Tamworth Phoenix AGM last week, the team are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Scott to the position of Head Coach for the 2018 season.

After former Head Coach Martin Hilton stepped down, following an undefeated season, the committee knew that the position would need to be someone with the ambition and ability to continue to lead the Phoenix and retain the National Title. Club President, James Hossack explains “Obviously, Martin Hilton is a massive loss as Head Coach, considering the success he has brought to the team. But, with Jason’s infectious enthusiasm, desire to win and deep knowledge of the game, I have no doubt he is the best possible replacement. I am sure he will continue to lead the seniors to even greater heights.”


Coach Scott – Adelie Hernandez Photography

With Coach Scott’s fourteen years of coaching experience, including six years as the Head Coach for Loughborough University, and currently Head Coach of University of Nottingham, he has also had the opportunity to coach ‘across the pond’ at Endicott College and Mississippi State. Coach Scott has also spent two years on the BAFA board as Vice President. As an experienced Phoenix coach, he lives and breathes the Phamily ethos and was the prime candidate for the Head Coach role.

Coach Scott is excited and ready for the challenge, he comments “It’s a great privilege and honour to be asked to become head coach of the Tamworth Phoenix. I’ve been at Tamworth from the very beginning, and have seen the program grow to the team it is today. I’ve been there at the highlights, but I’ve also been there at the low points. I know what it takes to succeed at Tamworth, and I don’t want to let the PHAMILY down. Following coach Hilton is going to be a tough act, he’s transformed the program, and turned the Nix into National Champions. Every team will be gunning for us, as we attack a second consecutive National championship. I’m confident that – with the family first ethos, we’ve installed – we will go from strength to strength, as we look to build on our strengths and develop our weaknesses. I’m excited to get going and am ready for the challenge.”

The Tamworth Phoenix are ready and preparing for their next chapter, check out the Tamworth Facebook page for latest updates and events.

#Phamily                     #Ambitious                   #Selfless                      #Relentless                   #RI2E






MATCH REPORT: Phoenix 27 – 20 Edinburgh Wolves

Game two of the season saw Tamworth head north of the border to face Premier Division new boys Edinburgh Wolves, a side that will be confident of testing the Phoenix defence after an impressive result at Sheffield and a missed extra point away from beating fellow Scotsmen East Kilbride in week 1.

And indeed the defence was well tested when in the opening drive the Wolves QB marched the Edinburgh offence slowly but surely up the field with precision short passes, eventually scoring the opening touchdown with a 9 yard QB keeper. The point after try was well blocked by #34 Lewis Freeman coming in from the side.

The pressure was on the Tamworth offence to respond, and they were on the scoreboard quickly after an excellent 50-yard run by RB Elliot Walters and a nice 20-yard catch by WR James Hossack put the ‘Nix on the Edinburgh goal line. The touchdown eventually being punched in on 4th down by #25 Deji Ali.

7-6 to Tamworth is how the first quarter would end, the sides exchanging possession after some good work but both unable to find a way through the defences.

The Phoenix got their second score early in the second quarter with some excellent running by Walters & Ali all being made possible by the offensive line getting some good push against the Wolves defensive front. Marcus Boswell catching the 1-yard touchdown pass.

Soon the Tamworth offence grabbed their third TD, this time entirely through the air with 94 passing yards in just 5 attempts by QB Pat Daley who supplied two consecutive 30+ yard passes caught by Will Hussey and Ben Burslem, the latter getting the final catch of the drive for the score.

With half time fast approaching Edinburgh needed something to keep them within touching distance, and they managed to get what they needed after the impressive Wolves QB got them down to the goal line in double quick time and then tossed the ball to the running back for the touchdown to make the score 20-13 at the half.

The second half started with some stern defence from both sides, Tamworth quickly forcing the Wolves 3 & out, and them replying with a fumble recovery. Fans of defensive football will have loved what they were seeing with some proper battles in the trenches taking place and good drives by both offenses being stopped. That is until a cheeky pass over the top outfoxed the Phoenix defence, tying the game at 20 and making for a grandstand 4th quarter.

The promise of an exciting last 15 minutes was granted when the Phoenix quickly got themselves into the red zone and onto the 1 yard line after a 90 yard drive, but the Edinburgh defence remained strong and forced the turnover on downs.

The Tamworth defence were more than a match however and quickly handed the ball back to the offence and this time they got the points they desperately needed with the clock running out. Excellent protection when it mattered let Pat Daley do what he does and stellar work by the backs resulted in the 3-yard rush by Walters for the touchdown. Edinburgh had little time for a response and couldn’t crack the Phoenix D, not converting on 4th down allowing the offence to kneel out the game for the win. Final score 27-20.

A hard fought victory for Tamworth shows that Edinburgh more than belong in this division and they can certainly hold their own amongst the eilte in the league. This win leaves Phoenix joint top of the division with the Merseyside Nighthawks which are the opponent for the ‘Nix next Sunday, and with two close contests between the sides last year it promises to be another cracker of a game.

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Match report by Dan Myatt.