Based: Stonehouse Creek, King's Road, Plymouth (also played at Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, at Weston Mill Oak Villa, Plymouth & Plymouth Sports Centre and also at College of St John and St Marks)
Career record: 109-82-7
Colours: Green/Green/Yellow
Honours: BAFA Division Two runners-up 1995. BNGL Premier Division champions 1991. Conference champions 1995, 1992, 1991, 1986

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2004 BSL Division Two South Western Conference 2-6-2
2003 BSL Division Two South Western Conference 0-10-0
2002 BSL Division Two Southern Conference 7-2-0*
2001 BSL Division Two Southern Conference 3-4-1*
2000 BSL Division Two Southern Conference 0-7-1
1999 BSL Division Two Southern Conference 4-4-0*
1998 BSL Division One South Western Conference 0-10-0
1997 BSL Division One Southwest & Midlands Conference 5-5-0
1996 BSL Division One Southern Conference 4-6-0
1995 BAFA Division Two South Western Conference 8-1-0*
1994 BAFA Division Two South Western Conference 7-1-2*
1993 BNGL National Division Southern Conference 6-3-1*
1992 BNGL National Division South Western Conference 9-1-0*
1991 BNGL Premier Division South Western Conference 10-0-0*
1990 BNGL Premier Division South Western Conference 6-4-0
1989 BNGL Premier Division Southern C Conference 7-3-0
1988 SWAFL 7-4-0
1987 Budweiser League Premier Division South Western Conference 8-2-0
1986 Budweiser League Channel Division Two 10-0-0*

Plymouth's O against the Southern Sundevils in 2003
Photo courtesy of Russ Hewitt

Plymouth in action against the Kent Exiles in 2002
Photo courtesy of Martin Jefkins

Team Notes: The Plymouth Admirals American Football Club was founded in 1984, and entered league competition in 1986, recording a 10 - 0 record. Promoted to the SW Premier division in 1987 the club were divisional runners up to the Cotswold bears. In 1988 Plymouth played briefly in the SWAFL league, with a 6 - 4 record before returning to national competition in 1989. The new coach Bill Benson rebuilt the team and achieved a 7 - 3 season. 1990 Bill returned to the states and Marty Shanks took over as player/Coach. He maintained the Club's stretch of successful seasons. In 1991, following a 10 - 0 season, the team fought through the Quarter Finals to play in the Semi Finals against Midlands Champions the LA Panthers. The Admirals 34- 30 win took the team to Saffron Lane in Leicester for the Bowl. Here we beat the Sutton Coldfield Royals taking the UK Premier Bowl with a 26 - 16 victory.

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RB Jim Tuggle, 1995

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QB Glen Harling, 1994

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Nigel Hoyte, 1994

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Plymouth v Sutton Coldfield, BNGL Final 1991

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RB Paul Sunderland, 1991

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Higgs leaves a trail of Plympouth defenders, 1993

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Bristol Blackhawks v Plymouth Admirals, 1990

In 1992 in the National Division the Admirals 21 game winning streak was broken by Delonghi Knights at Camberly. The Admirals hosted the Kent Cougers for the Quarter Finals, the Cougers stole the game 22 - 21. 1993 was a year of close tense games. Plymouth earned a 'wildcard' playoff slot, losing out to Bournemouth Buccaneers. 1994 was another tense season for the club. They signed Operation Discovery LB Nigel Hoyte who came out of retirement to play for them whilst living in the area. They also gained a number of players from the defunct Torbay Trojans. This year the teams had to play 2 inter conference games, with Plymouth meeting the London Rockets and Milton Keynes Pioneers. The season saw 2 tied games with the Southern Seminoles. The Admirals came 2nd in the division with a 7 -1 - 2 season. Plymouth travelled to Milton Keynes for the Quarter Finals. The game was tense and impressive, the Pioneers won 12 - 0. In 1994 Jim Tuggle ran for 1,177 yards and he returned in 1995 with newly signed star RB Justin Oke from Swindon, and the Admirals won the Division 2 South West Conference with an 8 - 1 regular season and home field advantage for the playoffs. In the Quarter Finals we beat the London Olympians 2 with a 28 - 20 score, and went on to beat Crawley Raiders 25 - 14 in the Semi Finals. The Admirals lost in the Final at Birmingham 26 - 13 against Cambridge Cats. 1996 saw changes for the Admirals with a new Head Coach Simon Nash and a change of home venue. The Admirals also moved up to Division 1 to play the toughest teams in the country who also had some big sponsors. This was the teams first losing season in its 10 year history finishing up with a 4 -6 season. At the end of this season many of the longest serving players retired from the Club. Some had been with the Admirals from the beginning. 1997 saw the beginning of a new ere for the Admirals, as the team began to rebuild. The team stayed in Division 1 and finished with a 5 - 5 season. 1998 saw the true impact of football at the highest level with a new team. More of the veterans retired and the team now consisted largely of rookies and players from the youth team. Defensive lineman Steve Howard took over as Head Coach and with an inherited system. This year truly marked new ear for the Admirals with new home ground at Weston Mill Oak Villa. The Admirals fought a valiant season in Division one. The 0 - 10 season did not reflect the determination and new spirit within the Club. In 1999 the Admirals returned to Division 2. Coach had devised a new Offensive and Defensive system hoping to develop a young team and build upon the skills and experience of playing the top-flight teams. Again this season had 2 inter conference games. The season ended with a 4 - 4 which could have been 6 - 2 but for two games lost in the last minute of time. A 'Wild card' slot pitted them against Tiger Bay Warriors for the third time in the season, each team had won a game. The Admirals lost a great game 23 - 16. 2000 saw the Admirals ready to go to the final, but it was not to be with a 0 - 1 - 6 season. It could have been so different with 4 of the 6 losing games going to the wire. Made playoffs in 2001, but fell at the quarter-finals stage to Oxford. Reached the semi-finals in 2002. Had a very tough year in 2003, when they failed to win a regular season game. Improvement in 2004, when they finished 2-6-2 in the South West Conference of Division Two - Montrell Turner led Division Two in tackles with 75 solos and 50 assists.

Game notes

7th July 1996 - Paul Sunderland ran for a career high 204 yards and 3 TDs vs Brighton B52s
16th July 1995 - Justin Oke ran for 165 yards on 20 carries vs Olympians II in the quarter-final
19th June 1994 - Glen Harling threw for 5 TDs vs Bath Gladiators
7th June 1992 - Paul Driver ran for 196 yards on 37 carries vs Hampshire Cavaliers
4th April 1992 - RB Paul Driver ran for 223 on 41 carries vs Great Western Oilers
4th May 1991 - QB Glen Harling passed for 6 TDs vs Gwent Mustangs
24th June 1990 - RB Paul Driver ran for 213 yards vs Hereford Chargers