IPSWICH CARDINALS

Based: Northgate International Stadium, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk (also played at Gainsborough Sports Ground, Ipswich and also at Ipswich YMCA, Rushmere Road 1990 and 1991. Juniors played at Westbourne High School, Marlow Road, Ipswich in 1992)
Career Record (senior kitted): 117-77-4
Colours: Blue/White/Red
Website: http://www.eteamz.com/ipswichcardinals
Honours: BNGL National champions 1990. BNGL National runners-up 1989. UKAFL runners-up 1987. BSL Division Two champions 2001. BSL Division Two runners-up 2000. Conference champions 2000, 1990, 1988, 1987

Senior Kitted

2004 BSL Division One Southern Conference 5-4-1
2003 BSL Division One Southern Conference 4-4-0*
2002 BSL Division One Southern Conference 6-4-0*
2001 BSL Division Two Southern Conference 5-2-1*
2000 BSL Division Two Eastern Conference 8-0-0*
1999 BSL Division One Eastern Conference 2-6-0
1998 BSL Division One South Eastern Conference 2-8-0
1997 BSL Division One South Eastern & Midlands Conference 4-6-0
1996 BSL Division Three South Eastern Conference 8-2-0*
1995 BAFA Division Three East Midlands Conference 3-7-0
1994 BAFA Division Two South Eastern Conference 1-9-0
1993 BNGL National Division Midlands Conference 5-5-0
1992 BNGL National Division South/East Midlands Conference 5-5-0
1991 BNGL National Division South Eastern Conference 6-2-1*
1990 BNGL National Division South Eastern Conference 9-1-0*
1989 BNGL National Division Southern Conference 7-2-1*
1988 Budweiser League Division One Eastern Conference 9-1-0*
1987 UKAFL Southern B Conference 12-0-0*

Head Coaches

1990-92 JJ Johnson

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HC JJ Johnson with the BNGL National trophy in 1990

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QB Mike Breedlove, 1991

Youth Kitted

1992 BYAFA Southern Conference 7-0-0* Lost quarter-final 22-6 to Southend Sabres
1991 BYAFA Eastern Conference 2nd* Lost quarter-final 23-0 at London Capitals
1990 BYAFA Anglian Conference 4th

Youth Flag

1997 JGL Eastern Conference 0-6-0

Youth Two Touch

1988 JAFL East Anglian Conference 4-3-1

Team Notes: Ever present since 1987. Played their first game in 1986, a 12-12 tie with the Stevenage Aerostars. Tremendously successful for their first 5 years reaching 4 finals winning 1 (1990 BNGL First Division title). Picked up 17 players from the East Coast Leopards in 1990 after they folded. As a result of their 1990 successful they became GB’s representatives in the 1991Eurobowl competition. Their biggest achievement to date. Alas they were soundly beaten 51-0 by the French team Aix-en-Provence Argonauts in the second round. Signed a

Reached the BSL Division Two final in 2000. Have also run youth flag, two touch and kitted sides over the years from 1988 to 1997. Won the Division Two bowl in 2001 with a 47-15 win over East Anglian rivals Norwich. Promoted to Division One in 2002, where they reached the quarter-finals in their first season. In 2003, improved again and defeated the PA Knights in the wild-card game in the playoffs before losing to the East Kilbride Pirates 12-7 away from home in the semi-finals. Despite losing their coach James Mitchell, after the 2003 season, they continued their good form in 2004 finishing third in the tough Southern Conference and clinching a wild-card slot.

Youth team formed in 1990, but they split from the Cardinals midway through the 1992 season after a series of rows between the management teams. They became known as the Ipswich Phantoms in 1993.

Game notes

15th June 1997 - Paul Borstal ran for 246 yards and 4 TDs on 27 carries vs Cambridge Cats