British Student American Football Hall Of Fame – The Players

Hall of Fame – The Players

 

In honour of thirty years of University American Football we have been dusting down the history books to uncover the British Student American Football Hall of Fame. Incorporated by the older version of the league, BCAFL and their governance body BSAFA, the Hall of Fame had fifty eight inductees by its last intake in 2007. Under new governance of BUCS it means there is no longer a board or committee who can oversee the game and appoint any new members.

Original Hall of Fame part 1.
Original Hall of Fame part 1.

 

Rather than lose all trace of these records we at Double Coverage are undertaking a project that will firstly shine a light to our Uniball pioneers and then revisit the last 8 years with an eye on a fourth intake. Today we present to you our 22 inductees for enshrinement as Hall of Fame Players.

 

Original Hall of Fame part 2.
Original Hall of Fame part 2.

 

The Hall of Fame consists of individuals who had arguably made the greatest contributions to the development, progress, and success of British university football, on and off the field.  Individuals were selected to the Hall of Fame by a nominations committee in recognition of major contributions to British university American football.  The panel comprised of Pete Laird (as Chair and HoF member), Paul Sherratt (previous coach of the Year and HoF member), Wayne Hill (GB National coach and HoF member), Simon Hatcher (newly elected HoF member), Tony Athersmith (newly elected HoF member), and Rob Orr (newly elected HoF member). The panel was selected to best comprise long serving coaches who had been involved since 2007 and represented geographical spread of teams.

 

Original Hall of Fame part 3.
Original Hall of Fame part 3.

 

An initial 41 player short list was collected using an open nomination system and then a final ballot was held. Each of the 22 nominees received over 50% of the panel votes. Whilst the Hall of Fame list has possibly missed some deserving names the panel tried to cover all positions and a spread of teams from 2007 to present.

 

Original Hall of Fame part 4.
Original Hall of Fame part 4.

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Frankie Pankhurst

Francis began his football career with the Maidstone Pumas Youth setup before representing the Great Britain U19 team and transferring to the Farnham Knights. He spent one season playing for the London Warriors during the Knights brief hiatus from football and has spent 5 seasons as a key member of the Challenge Trophy winning Swansea Titans University Team where he was President for 2 years. He now currently plays for the Allgau Comets in GFL1. Francis excels at writing about himself in third person and does not find this awkward at all. Follow Francis on twitter @FRP74