BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division 1987

Final Standings

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Borders Conference 1987

1*Edinburgh Eagles701.93818085
2Granite City Oilers620.75015864
3Musselburgh Magnums350.375110131
4Strathclyde Sheriffs152.25094193
5Glasgow Diamonds161.18895164

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Northern Conference 1987

1*Leeds Cougars10001.00049038
2Scunthorpe Steelers640.600266139
3Wrekin Giants550.500210330
4Locomotive Derby550.500242412
5Manchester Heroes370.300151218
6Crewe Railroaders190.100194416

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Central Conference 1987

1*Dunstable Cowboys910.90031455
2*Oxford Bulldogs820.80031971
3Rockingham Rebels640.600173102
4King's Lynn Patriots550.500150251
5Birmingham Huskies181.150126262
6Reading Renegades091.05032373

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division South East Conference 1987

1*Colchester Gladiators910.900317103
2*Heathrow Jets910.90027077
3Windsor Monarchs640.600194142
4London Capitals460.400172204
5City of London Stags280.200115247
6Walthamstow Warriors0100.00026231

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Southern Conference 1987

1*Bournemouth Bobcats820.800352118
2Brighton B-52s820.80030990
3Kent Rams640.600218166
4Crawley Raiders460.400196263
5Portsmouth Warriors460.400211239
6Southern Bengals0100.00057467

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division South West Conference 1987

1*Cotswold Bears910.900336112
2Plymouth Admirals820.800300131
3Hereford Chargers640.600199167
4Torbay Trojans550.500223174
5Witney Wildcats280.20090321
6Taunton Wyverns0100.000104347


BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Playoffs 1987


Bournemouth Bobcats and Leeds Cougars gained promotion to the Budweiser League National Division for 1988 after reaching the Premier Bowl, which was won 43-6 by the Bournemouth Bobcats in a surprisingly wide margin. Bournemouth had won the Southern Conference with an 8-2 record, qualifying on head-to-head for the Playoffs over Brighton B-52s (37-33 on points). From there they had defeated Central Conference champions Dunstable Cowboys 30-14, and then South East Conference runners-up Heathrow Jets 28-8 before triumphing in the Premier Bowl. Leeds Cougars had first knocked out Central Conference runners-up Oxford Bulldogs 46-14 before defeating South East Conference Champions Colchester Gladiators 44-22. The other two Playoff Qualifiers were Borders Conference Champions Edinburgh Eagles, eliminated 28-7 by Heathrow Jets in the Quarter-Finals after the Jets had made a 400km journey to Edinburgh from London; and South West Conference Champions Cotswold Bears who were no match for Colchester Gladiators who won 66-0 in their Quarter-Final [1-4].

After the season both Premier Bowl contestants were promoted to the National Division for 1988 [4], and Newcastle Senators, Cardiff Tigers, Swindon Steelers, Cambridge County Cats and Steel City Giants were relegated. After merging as CMK Bucks to compete in the National Division both Coventry and Milton Keynes again went their separate ways and were to compete in the Premier Division for 1988.


The British American Football Association united 100+ teams under the BAFA umbrella for 1987 as the BAFL (British American Football League) ceased to exist with the top three divisions in a league simply called the Budweiser League for sponsorship reasons. The top division was called the National Division, the second level the Premier Division and the third level Division One. Below these three divisions was the UKAFA (United Kingdom American Football Association) as a fourth level and then regional leagues making up a fifth level (Thistle League in Scotland, NWWCAFL – North Wales and West Cheshire American Football League, BNGL – British National Gridiron League – in the North and Capital League in the South East).


[1] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 8, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[2] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 22, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[3] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Fixtures: National” First Down. August 29, 1987. pg. 17. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[4] Nick Richards (2009) “V – Over to You Bud” TD UK. Touchdown UK. pg,. 79-80Author House UK Ltd. Milton Keynes. England. UK.

[5] Keith Webster (1987) “Bud Announces New-Look Elite” First Down. October 24, 1987. pg. 22. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.


[6] Vivid Maps (2022) Geo-Geneology of Irish Surnames [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 January 2022]


Thanks to Enda Fahy.


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