London Blitz 19+ Schedules Announced

London Blitz 19+ Schedules Announced

We're pleased to announce the official 2018 schedules for the London Blitz A and B teams. 

For those looking to get their full fix of Blitz football, three of the weekends are double-headers, with both A and B teams hosting opponents at our home ground in Finsbury Park: 20th May, 3rd June and 24th June.

Lock the dates in your diaries now!

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Interview with Blitz A's HC, Damian Anderson

Interview with Blitz A's HC, Damian Anderson

Blitz reporter Raphael Uribe chats to London Blitz A's Head Coach, Damian Anderson, about all things football:

Why did you become a Football Coach? What makes being a football coach so appealing?

I got into coaching after playing the game for 12 odd years.  When I finally hung up my cleats, it was just the natural progression.  Football is a huge part of my life, so to walk away because I couldn't play just didn't feel right.  Since that time, I've grown to love the coaching side and what that brings working with players in the sport.

What makes London Blitz such a successful team at junior and senior level?

London Blitz has a great catchment area, and access to more players should mean more wins. However, if you look at the coaches, the admin and the players, you find a passionate bunch of people, all willing to do their job at the best of their abilities.  You get that kind of commitment, and it's hard not to produce good results.  Speaking as the A team Head Coach, we still have one more hurdle though.

What are your hopes and aspirations for the upcoming season?

I think everyone knows what we want this season... it's a National Championship.  The problem is, we're not the only ones after that.  So we need to focus on being successful at each practice until the season starts...then each game...and you can see where this is going.

How has American football changed in the UK since you became head coach at the London Blitz?

I think the biggest thing in coaching that's changed over the last decade is the education of the players.  We don't just teach the plays anymore, it's now about player safety, tackling techniques, training for your sport and the tactics of the game. Those are all positive changes, and that's why the players are now branching out into Europe and/or the US.

Quick-fire round: What is your favourite pastime outside of football?

Outside of football, I'm an easy-going guy. Give me a beer and let me just chill the hell out, watching the world walk by.

Favourite food?

Food wise - anything Mexican. Give it a little kick and a beer on the side.

Favourite music?

Music? No clue. I keep having to listen to some crazy stuff at our practices, and I don't have a damn clue what the hell these people are shouting about! Think next practice session I'm putting on some Otis Redding.

Favourite football team?

Favourite NFL team is the Steelers. I've followed them for 20 odd years. They've gone a little O oriented nowadays, but I'll let them off for that.

Favourite player?

Favourite player of all time is Casey Hampton - Former NT for the Steelers, 6-1 330lbs, just eats and hits... friggin' hilarious! (Nickname Big Snack).

Football player you look up to the most?

Can't say I look up to any player. Just because you're a football player doesn't make you a role model or some form of idol. I do respect a lot of guys for what they seem to do outside football and how people live their lives. I guess I'll go with Dick Lebeau....played the game, now coaches the game, but just holds himself like a man.  No BS about him.

Thanks Coach, best of luck for the upcoming season! #TPBF

Football at the next level: Team Europe vs. Mexico U19s

Football at the next level: Team Europe vs. Mexico U19s

We were very proud to have three members of Jason Henry’s U19 National Championship-winning team represent the Europe Warriors in Mexico against the Mexican U19 team in December. 

We interviewed Aaron Mahoney-Jones, Domonyc Steer and Kobi Champion about their experience, and about how they first got into American football.

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How did you first get into American football?

Domonyc: I was always a big kid who liked contact. I never really enjoyed soccer because they would always call fowl, and I found rugby boring, so my cousin started to train me in American football.

Kobi: I watched a YouTube video of college football and thought to myself: 'I could do that’

When did you start playing, and when did you start at the London Blitz?

Aaron: I started playing properly for the Blitz in 2014. I was actually thinking of joining the Warriors after seeing my uncles play, but a friend from school told me I should join the Blitz instead.

Domonyc: I started playing in 2014 at the Warriors, but in 2017 they didn’t have a full team, so I transferred to the Blitz.

Kobi: I started playing July 2015.

What was the selection process for the Europe Warriors?

Kobi: Bart Iaccarino, the athletic director of the Europe Warriors, messaged me on Europlayers asking me if I wanted to play for them.

Domonyc: Aaron told me that the team needed a player like me, so I enquired and they gave me the opportunity.

What were the preparation in the run up to the Mexico game?

Aaron: I’ve been preparing for two years for situations like this with likes of Germain, Dom, Mike, the rest of DSA, and the Blitz, so it was the same prep, and then 2-a-days and film when we hit Mexico.

Domonyc: We would train together outside of the scheduled training, working on routes and foot drills. Aaron and I would work each other to our limits to ensure we were totally ready.”

What were the most challenging parts of the experience?

Aaron: Not being able to speak Spanish.

Domonyc: Forming a team with people you don’t know in a week.

Kobi: Mentally preparing for the game.

What were your favourite parts?

Aaron: Being able to play 11-a-side for my first time, being on the starting line-up, and making new friends.

Domonyc: Playing and training one last time with my boys, and knowing that I was representing Jamaica and Britain.

Kobi: Meeting new people, making new friends, and playing in México

What will you take on with you from the experience?

Aaron: Understanding football from an 11-a-side perspective at a high level.

Domonyc:That this is just the beginning, and I can go a lot further than where I am right now.

Kobi: The new techniques our DB coach taught us, and an understanding of where football can take me in life.

The Final score in the game was 57-7 to Mexico. Whilst the final result was not what the team had hoped for, considering they had only met and trained together for the first time that week, they put in an incredible performance.  The experience itself will be something Aaron, Domonyc and Kobi will remember for a long time, and could well be the stepping stone to further experiences and success at an even higher level.

After his experience with Europe Warriors, a successful season with the London Blitz U19s, and training with DSA, Aaron will be joining Blitz alum Bamidele Olaseni at Garden City Community College in Kansas.  He has already flown out and is working hard to establish himself. Aaron also wanted to thank the DSA and the Hertfordshire Hurricanes for helping him prepare for the trip.

Kobi is currently rehabbing from an injury he sustained during the Mexico game. He plans to attend the ‘pro football hall of fame’ camp he was invited to, and then to take it from there.  It’s a really exciting opportunity for Kobi and we wish in all the best.

Domonyc’s plans for the year are to go to America, and he will be training with the London Blitz senior team during pre-season.

We will be following the guys in their quest to be part of the next group of successful Brits to make it in the US, and will be routing for them all the way!


Rookie sessions for Over 19's: Join the Blitz in 2018

Rookie sessions for Over 19's: Join the Blitz in 2018

All are welcome to come and try their hand at American Football with the London Blitz. Whether you are an experienced player or keen to play for the first time, come down to the session to become part of the club.

The sessions will take place at:

Market Road Pitches
Market Road, Islington
N7 9PL
United Kingdom

Please see the Facebook event below for more detail and the dates below:

January 21st 11:30-14:00.

January 28th 11:30-14:00.

Just come along with football boots, warm sports kit and water, everything else will be provided.

Visit for all the information you'll need.

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2 min survey - Win a £25 Amazon Gift Card

2 min survey - Win a £25 Amazon Gift Card

Got two minutes to spare and want to help us out?

As we prepare for the 2018 season, we want to know YOU think about the club, and what you want to see more of next season, so we've created a really short survey:

It only takes two minutes, and one person will be selected at random to win a £25 Amazon voucher.


The London Blitz Marketing Team

Surprise visit from Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi

Surprise visit from Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi

London-born star of the Miami Dolphin's running game, Jay Ajayi, surprised two of his biggest fans by turning up to training while in town to promote the upcoming London NFL games.

Click on the image below to watch their reaction.

'The Jay Train' was a huge inspiration to the players, showing that with enough hard work and dedication, anything is possible in this great sport!

We can't wait to see him back in his home town on October 1 when the Dolphins take on the Saints at Wembley Stadium.

 Group photo with the players

Group photo with the players

Match Highlights: London Blitz @ London Warriors

Match Highlights: London Blitz @ London Warriors

Click on the image below to check out all of the big plays from the London Blitz's final regular season away against the London Warriors, which finished 21 - 40, crowning the Blitz as division champs after a tough season.

Blitz player off to USA's #1 ranked Junior College

We're proud to announce that Blitz LT Bamidele "Bam" Olaseni is departing this weekend for Garden City Community College, to pursue education and football.

The Garden City "Broncbusters" are currently the #1 ranked Junior College in the USA, winning their first ever national championship last season, beating Arizona Western in the El Toro Bowl in a nail-biting finish.

Bam, 21, joins a growing list of talented and dedicated Blitz alumni who have risen through the Blitz Under 19 programme, and who have gone on to pursue careers in American Football outside the UK. We're incredibly sorry to see him leave, but we know he has a bright career ahead of him. We look forward to watching many highlight reels of him 'pancaking' edge rushers in the very near future!

London Blitz: Models in the Matrix

A couple of weeks ago, the London Blitz partnered with a UK-based tech consultancy called Fanview to help them show off their ground-breaking real-time 3D scanning technology.

Three players, Temi Oduyemi, Jamie Charles and Oliver Bishop volunteered to take part in the trial, hosted at Repronauts’ 3D content creation studios in North London.

The technology itself is a bespoke, highly portable, high speed scanning rig, optimised for 3D body scanning. It lets you capture high accuracy, full photorealistic colour scans, on location, quickly. Together, Fanview and Repronauts have developed an efficient process which allows them to rapidly rig and animate the models to produce high quality virtual characters, which can be used for 3D broadcast as well as game engines.

In just a couple of days, Temi, Jamie and Oliver were transformed into 3D digital versions of themselves, which look like they’ve come straight out of the latest Madden demo.

Click on the images below to see the 3D models for yourselves. We think you’ll agree that they look fantastic!

Blitz A move to 5-0 with comeback win vs Bristol

Blitz overcome shaky start to beat Aztecs

London Blitz A continued their #perfect season after a fourth quarter Oliver Bishop sack, safety and Kyle Jervier kick return sealed a tight game.

The Blitz v Aztecs game started brightly for the Blitz defence who picked up a fumble and gave the ball to their offense on their 29 yard line. The offense, led by Joe Thompson, couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity and turned the ball over on downs after going for it and missing on 4th down.  On the Blitz’s next drive, things took a turn for the worst as a fumble gave the ball to the Aztecs’ offense in the redzone. Two pass interference calls on the defence had the ball inside the 5 for the visitors and they took full advantage, scoring the first TD of the game with a run by #34. Aztecs missed their PAT and led 0-6.

With the Blitz down, Remmy Ezeabasili returned the kick-off to the 31 yard line. The offense moved the ball well and on 2nd down at their own 44 yard line, with Remmy Ezeabasili in at RB, they broke off a 56 yard TD run to put 6 on the board for the Blitz.  With the PAT converted, they led 7-6. The game remained 7-6 for the majority of the 2nd quarter and with the clock winding down, Mike Aboujaoude converted on 4th down with a pass from QB Joe Thompson. Then with only seconds on the clock, a pass interference foul called on the visitors’ #4 on Sam Rodgers gave the Blitz a chance to hit a field goal. Jasper Van-Dooren converted the field goal and the Blitz went into the half 10-6 up.

The 3rd quarter went scoreless as both defences dominated with the offenses concentrating on their run game. Into the 4th quarter and the Blitz put Temi Oduyemi in at RB. Oduyemi carried the ball a few times before breaking a 25 yard gain to put the ball in the redzone. After a holding call pushed the offense out of the redzone, the Blitz had a 3rd and 17 on the 27 yard line. The Blitz couldn’t pick up the 1st down but set up a 30 yard field goal which Jack Daley converted giving the home side a 13-6 lead. After both offenses punted on their next drives, the Aztecs’ offense started from their 15 yard line. A big sack by Oliver Bishop on 3rd down forced the Aztecs into a punting situation. On the 4th down, a high snap over the punter’s head and out the back of the endzone resulted in a safety which made the score line 15-6 in favour of the home side. On the ensuing kick off, Blitz WR Kyle Jervier returned the ball for another TD and after the PAT, the Blitz lead stood at 22-6.

The Aztecs offense took the field with hopes of a miracle but the Blitz’s winning mentality shone through as Kodjo Davis came up with the interception to end the game and give the Blitz a 22-6 win.

Blitz reporter Yonis Aden

Blitz U17s go 3-0 at home to lead the division

On 13th May 2017 the London Blitz under 17 kitted team welcomed the Hertfordshire Cheetahs, Wembley Stallions and the London Warriors to Finsbury Park for their home tournament. This was the second tournament of the season for the London Blitz team, as three weeks before the Hertfordshire cheetahs had hosted the season's opening tournament.  There the London blitz had started the season 2 and 1, losing their final game to their hosts the Cheetahs in a close fought contest following wins over the Stallions and Cougars.

The London Blitz started the tournament in Finsbury Park against the Wembley Stallions, and going into halftime the game was tight with the Blitz leading by 1 touchdown.  However, the Blitz pulled away in the second half and ended up comfortable winners with a final score of 38-12.

In the second game the Blitz faced off against long time rivals the London Warriors for the first time in the 2017 season. The Blitz started strongly and at half time the Blitz had built a commanding lead of 25-7. However some errors in the second half from the Blitz and a never-say-die attitude from the Warriors saw a tight finish to the game, with the Blitz able to knee out the game with a 38-34 victory.

In the final game of the tournament the Blitz faced the Hertfordshire Cheetahs who had beaten them in the previous tournament. The Blitz went into the game looking for a perfect 3 and 0 for their home tournament and to avenge their only defeat of the season so far.  The Blitz started strongly and pulled out to 25 - 0 lead, and in the second half the Cheetahs pulled a couple back for a final score of 25 - 12 to Blitz.

The Blitz finished the tournament 3 and 0 which takes them to 5 and 1 on the season and the early pace makers in their division.

Written by Alex Wingrove

London Blitz return home with a bang

London Blitz mark return home with nail-biting win over arch rivals.

On a sunny spring afternoon in North London, London Blitz marked their return home after a year away from Finsbury Park with a hard fought win over cross-city rivals London Warriors in front of an atmospheric crowd. Having played “home” games at three different pitches last season, their much-anticipated return home didn’t disappoint as the A team moved to 3-0 whilst the B team beat the Essex Spartans to move to 1-1.

London Blitz B team kicked off proceedings for the day with a come from behind win against the Spartans. A low scoring first half finished 0-3 to the visitors but a second half rally from the home side saw the B team score 19 unanswered points to win 19-3.

This set the stage for the season’s first meeting between London Blitz and the reigning champions London Warriors. The game got off to a slow start with both teams going 3 and out on their first drives. But things didn’t take long to get going as Blitz linebacker Luke Prendergast picked off Warriors quarterback Jerome Allen inside the Blitz 10-yard line. The Blitz offense couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity and was forced to punt. The Warriors got an interception of their own but also couldn’t put points on the board as the Blitz defence stood firm.

Running backs Temi Oduyemi, Glen Toonga and Gabriel Quartey ground out yards on the ground; the Warriors offence dinked and dunked in the pass game, but both defences remained resolute. The Warriors deepest drive into Blitz territory was ended by an interception from cornerback Dotun Ademiju – his second in his first two games for the Blitz. The Warriors took a deep shot at the end of the 2nd quarter but what looked like a certain TD was broken up by Sam Jeater in the endzone, to end the half 0-0.

The second half started as the first ended, as the two teams offenses were met with strong defensive stands. The breakthrough came in the 3rd quarter as the Warriors capitalised on a Blitz turnover and running back Dwayne Watson found the endzone. With the PAT converted, the visitors lead 0-7.

With the Blitz pushing to put points on the board in the 4th quarter, a fumbled snap turned the ball over to the visitors who couldn’t take advantage. As always, the Blitz ‘never-say-die’ attitude shone through and the home side finally put their own points on the board with a screen from QB Joe Thompson to RB Dwight Caulker who took it to the house, the second year Blitz Juniors graduate scoring touchdowns in consecutive games. London Blitz went for two after the TD and RB Gabriel Quartey ran the ball in and the home side led 8-7. 

The lead didn’t last long as the Warriors returned the ensuing kick off for a TD, after a missed PAT, the score line read Warriors 13 Blitz 8 deep into the 4th quarter. The Blitz drive started from their 34-yard line and had to go for it on 4th down to keep their hopes of a comeback alive. Joe Thompson converted on 4th down with a pin-point pass to Mike Aboujouade. The Blitz then needed to convert another 4th down with Gabriel Quartey coming up with the yards after being hit in the backfield. Quarterback Joe Thompson then found Mike Aboujouade down the sideline for a long completion. Swift feet from Aboujouade led him into the endzone, finally giving the Blitz a well deserved lead. Blitz went for two after the TD and couldn’t convert. 

The Warriors once again had a big return on the kick off, after a Blitz penalty was added to the return, the Warriors offence started within field goal range with little over a minute on the clock. The Blitz defence stopped the Warriors from advancing much further and it was left to Warriors kicker Ian Jacquet. As the Warriors attempted their field goal, the Blitz side line called a time out to freeze the kicker, this piece of game-management paid dividends as the Warriors missed their field goal and Blitz won a nail biting game 14-13.

London Blitz move to 3-0 and on to the next game, away to Farnham on May 21. 

Written by Blitz reporter Yonis Aden

Homecoming Programme - Download now

Click the image below to download the match day programme for our homecoming double header against the Essex Spartans and London Warriors on Sunday 14th May. (File Size: 1.2MB)

Homecoming Double Header 14/05

After a tough 2016 season on the road, the London Blitz finally return to Finsbury Park, kicking off the home slate with a double header! The B team take on the Essex Spartans, while the A team sees a showdown with arch-rivals London Warriors in what could be a preview of BritBowl XXXI.

After playing “home” games on stages like Mill Hill Rugby Club last season, the Blitz make their long-awaited return to Finsbury Park on the 14th May. Now that the field has been re-turfed, great gridiron action can commence once more! The B-Team are the first to kick-off, with their fixture against the Spartan beginning at 12 noon. The titanic clash between the Blitz and the Warriors follows at 3pm.

The Spartans went 2-8 last season, finishing second-to-last in the SFC 2 East division. Neither of those wins came against the Blitz B team, who swept the Spartans 2-0 en route to a 4-6 finish. The Spartans opened this season with a 20-14 road win against division debutants East Essex Sabres that came down to the final seconds.

Coming off a difficult 36-15 loss to the Warriors in BritBowl XXX last season, the Blitz will be eager to take revenge as they eye a sixth BritBowl title. After a 36-23 road win against the Bristol Aztecs in the season-opener, the Blitz will be confident of a good season. However, the Warriors will prove to be a tough opponent once again after posting an unbeaten record last year. The Warriors are already 2-0 this season after following a 57-21 beat-down on division newcomers Bury Saints with a 27-7 win over the Farnham Knights.

In BritBowl XXX, the Blitz couldn't break through a stout Warriors defense and also struggled to stop eventual BritBowl MVP Dwayne Watson and the Warriors' rushing attack. Woefully wet conditions in the first half saw the Blitz down 23-0 early, and by the time the rain stopped in the second half, the damage was done.

After BritBowl XXX left the Blitz with a bad taste in their mouths, the boys are back and they mean business, gunning for a sixth title. Stopping Watson will be key to a homecoming win, as will finding a way to break through a Warriors defense that has allowed just 14 points per game so far this season.

With a scintillating slate of games to celebrate the Blitz's return to Finsbury Park, join us on Sunday 14th May from 11:30am! Tickets cost £3 per person (cash only) while under-16's can get in for free.

So join the London Blitz as we finally bring great gridiron action back to Finsbury Park!

Bristol Aztecs vs. London Blitz - Match Report

The London Blitz opened their 2017 campaign with a win against the Bristol Aztecs. Eager to get to work after what has been a long preseason, the Blitz found themselves against a very familiar opponent, a team who handed them their first loss outside of London in some time. With that memory fresh in the minds of all that played last year, the Blitz knew that their opponent was not to be underestimated.

 Photo courtesy of the  Bristol Aztecs

Photo courtesy of the Bristol Aztecs

Welcomed off the bus by a cold and dreary day, the Blitz started out as they intended to go on, running the ball behind a strong offensive line, made up of a mix of experienced veteran stalwarts and fresh new faces, there were opportunities for running backs Glen Toonga and Gabriel Quartey to impose themselves on the game. The first drive was capped off by a Toonga coast into the endzone with quality blocking on the right side of the line.

The Blitz continued to move the ball effectively in the air as well as the ground as Joe Thompson led the team down the field, engineering a drive that ended in a field goal, putting the Blitz up 9-0. Down early, the Aztecs offense began to show signs of life, moving the chains in the air, attacking the Blitz defence at the perimeter, scoring with a jump ball in the left corner of the end zone. All too aware of what occurred last year, the Blitz did not take their foot off the gas and continued to intersperse power running with effective passing and added to the score when Joe Thompson went to his third read and found Jasper Van Dooren crossing the back of the end zone. After another Aztecs score through the air, Thompson would find Van-Dooren again with a back shoulder fade. A long Quartey run put the score at 36-23

Defensive highlights included a diving interception by rookie Dotun Ademiji who left mouths gaping on both sides with some uncanny ball skills, picking the ball off millimetres above the turf, and another pick by Jose Van Ooten, who weaved his way through attempted tackles before being downed in the opposing red zone, put the game to bed.

Finishing with 196 all purpose yards and a score, Gabriel Quartey made an immediate impact on his first game in navy and white, his first touchdown of his Blitz career promises to be the first of many.

As ever after the first game of the season, there are a host of things to work on, especially as the next two weeks will bring some very stiff competition versus the Bury Saints and London Warriors, but the foundation was laid for a competitive season and young playmakers have already emerged. The Warriors fixture, the first of three this season, will see the Blitz return to their home field at Finsbury park and after a year on the road, the team certainly realise that there’s no place like home.

 Click the image above to view the video highlights on Hudl

Click the image above to view the video highlights on Hudl

LB Matt Eva signed to Potsdam Royals

In yet another recognition that the Blitz grows some of the top football talent in Europe, linebacker Matt Eva has been offered a contract at the Potsdam Royals for the '17 season. 

We're incredibly sorry to see him go, but we wish him all the best, and we can't wait to see him terrorising offenses over in Germany this season!



Final Pre-season Preparations

Training Camp 2017

Next weekend, the London Blitz will be heading to their annual training camp as they ramp up their preparations for the 2017 season, and their chase for BritBowl glory.

Chairman Henry Charlton-Weedy stated: “Training camp is one of the most important events in the Blitz calendar. Not only do we rack up hundreds of man hours on the pitch and in the classroom, but we we also get the chance to come together and gel as a team. The Blitz has a family atmosphere and it’s these types of events that help us keep that ethos going, whilst getting some quality football in."

Head Coach Damian Anderson said: “With a number of top players being offered contracts over in Europe, and a couple of high-impact players hanging up their boots last season, preparing the next bunch of players to fill those shoes is critical, and events like camp give us the best opportunity to do that – 2 days of pure football”.

The team is still recruiting so if you're interested in playing for the club, please visit our website.

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