European American Football Leagues, European League of American Football (1993), World Gridiron

European League of American Football 1993

Final Standings

PWLTPFPAPct
Continental Conference
Hamburg Blue Devils330089621.000
Cologne Crocodiles10102131.000
Munich Cowboys1
Manchester Euro Spartans30204158.000
UK Conference
EuroSteelers220046201.000
EuroRaiders21103636.500
EuroMonarchs21104652.500
EuroBears20203656.000
European League – Continental Conference Standings 1993 [Ref: Compiled from 1-3; 5-7]

Note: + One fixture between the Cologne Crocodiles and Hamburg Blue Devils was an exhibition match. The Cologne Crocodiles and Munich Cowboys played in the German Football League in 1993 – they met in the German Bowl, the other Continental Conference Semi-Final. Manchester Spartans and Hamburg Blue Devils left their respective leagues to play in the European League with an ad-hoc schedule apart from two games against each other. Manchester Spartans played as Euro Spartans to signify they were now a European League team.

Continental Conference Final Four Tournament

DateHome TeamAway Team
Semi-Finals
26.09.1993Hamburg Blue Devils41Euro Spartans0
26.09.1993Cologne Crocodiles36Munich Cowboys42 (2ot)
3rd PlaceVenue: Hamburg
02.10.1993Cologne CrocodilesEuro Spartans
FinalVenue: Hamburg
02.10.1993Hamburg Blue Devils53Munich Cowboys30
European League – Continental Conference Final Four Tournament 1993 [Ref: 4-5]

UK Conference Final Four Tournament

DateHome TeamAway Team
Semi-Finals
24.10.1993EuroSteelersLEuroBearsW
24.10.1993EuroRaidersWEuroMonarchsL
Final
31.10.1993EuroBears14EuroRaiders12
European League – UK Conference Final Standings 1993 [Ref: Compiled from 7-8]

Continental Conference Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
09.05.1993Manchester Euro Spartans20Hamburg Blue Devils35
Week 3
14.08.1993Hamburg Blue Devils31Cologne Crocodiles21
14.08.1993Munich CowboysManchester Euro Spartans
Week 2
22.08.1993Hamburg Blue Devils23Manchester Euro Spartans21
European League – Continental Conference Regular Season Results 1993 [Ref: 1-3]

UK Conference Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
10.10.1993EuroMonarchs14EuroRaiders22
10.10.1993EuroSteelers24EuroBears6
Week 2
17.10.1993EuroBears30EuroMonarchs32
17.10.1993EuroRaiders14EuroSteelers22
European League – UK Conference Regular Season Results 1993 [Ref: Compiled from 5-7]

Report

Terry Smith’s Manchester Spartans entered the European League – Continental Conference in 1993, losing two games to Hamburg Blue Devils. They changed their name to the Euro Spartans to reflect that they were not only playing in a European League now, rather than the BAFA member league the NDMA, but also that they were playing their home games at Saffron Lane in Leicester.

They lost the Semi-Final 0-41 to the Hamburg Blue Devils, who went on to meet the winners of the German Bowl, Munich cowboys, who had defeated Cologne Crocodiles to take the German title. The Hamburg Blue Devils won the Continental Conference Final 31-21. The Hamburg Blue Devils had not played in the German Football League in 1993, only playing an exhibition schedule and Continental Conference matches.

As well as playing in the European League – Continental Conference in 1993 as the Euro Spartans, Terry Smith’s Manchester Spartans organised the European League – UK Conference. Teams were named after NFL teams, but the prefix Euro- added to avoid confusion. All matches were played at Leicester’s Saffron Lane Stadium.

While the Spartans themselves didn’t play in the League, there were four teams: EuroSteelers, EuroRaiders, EuroBears and EuroMonarchs, the last one named after the London Monarchs, who had played in the World League of American Football – a AAA Development League of the NFL – from 1991 to 1992 (and would again play in 1995 when the League returned as a Europe-only league.

The UK Conference had a unusual format – the four teams played a two-game schedule with all four teams qualifying for the playoffs, rather than a 3-game schedule followed by a Final. The EuroSteelers had finished top of the Standings with two wins from two, but lost to the EuroBears (who had lost both matches in the regular season) in the Semi-Finals. The EuroBears then went on to claim the Championship with a 14-12 victory over the EuroRaiders in the Final.

References

Newspapers

[1] Berry, Lee (1993) “Spartans Humbled in Hamburg” First Down. May 15, 1993. pg. 17

[2] (1993) “Happy Campers” First Down. August 14, 1993. pg. 20

[3] Berry, Lee (1993) “Germans Get Away with Blue Murder” First Down. August 28, 1993. pg. 18.

[4] Berry, Lee (1993) “Spartans humble” First Down. October 2, 1993. pg. ??.

Internet Archive

[5] Hamburg Blue Devils Fansite| Wayback Machine (2000) Die Hamburg Blue Devils 1992-2000 {internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/19991012165353/http://devils.de/ [Accessed 13 June 2020]

[6] Cologne Crocodiles (2020) Seniors Saison 1993 [Internet] Available from: https://cologne-crocodiles.de/seniors-saison-1993/ [Accessed 13 June 2020]

Newspapers

[7] Berry, Lee (1993) “They said it couldn’t be done” First Down. October 16, 1993. pg. 20

[8] Berry, Lee (1993) “Nuttall mints it with Raiders” First Down. October 16, 1993. pg. 20.

[9] Berry, Lee (1993) “Semi-Conscience” First Down. October 23, 1993. pg. 20.

[10] Berry, Lee (1993) “Near-Miss!” First Down. November 6, 1993. pg. 21.

Internet Archive

[11] Hamburg Blue Devils | Wayback Machine (1999) Devils History 1993 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/19991012165353/http://devils.de/ +[Accessed 13 June 2020]

[12] Cologne Crocodiles (2020) Seniors Saison 1993 [Internet] Available from: https://cologne-crocodiles.de/seniors-saison-1993/ [Accessed 14 June 2020]

[13] Football-History (2020) GFL 1993 [Internet] Available from: http://www.football-history.de/?fbclid=IwAR2E2J86wMTRYljCjLjwKPjOJOzZHRXsNAo8sSrwuvh5UtckiLU_QLSTQGU [Accessed 14 June 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Shane Mulcahy and Ciaran Simms

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