In the first part of our series taking a closer look at 2016’s MFC1 (Midland Football Conference 1) opponents we concentrate on last season’s SFC2 South Champions, the Sandwell Steelers…
The Sandwell Steelers were formed in 2013, and in their first associate game against Shropshire Revolution were defeated 42-12.
They entered the BAFA National League Central in 2014, where they would meet the Leicester Falcons, Lincolnshire Bombers, Oxford Saints and Peterborough Saxons and Shropshire Revolution,
They picked up their first competitive victory by beating the Bombers 19-14 and finished the season with a 2-8 record, but after a strong recruitment drive 2015 would be a breakout year for the team from the Midlands in the newly-aligned BAFANL NFC South 2.
2015 NFC2 South Champions
The Steelers went unbeaten on their way to the Division 2 title which included play-off victories over Leicester Falcons, Newcastle Vikings and Peterborough Saxons, and head into the 2016 with momentum well and truly on their side.
Sat April 4th vs Leeds Bobcats WON 44-0
Sun April 26th @ Leeds Bobcats WON 56-6
Sun May 3rd @ Leicester Falcons WON 22-16
Sun May 10th vs Lincolnshire Bombers WON 25-17
Sun May 24th @ Humber Warhawks WON 70-0
Sun 7th June Peterborough Saxons WON 41-14
Sun June 28th @ Lincolnshire Bombers WON 39-13
Sat July 18th vs Humber Warhawks WON 61-0
Sat July 25th vs Leicester Falcons WON 24-20
Sun August 9th @ Peterborough Saxons WON 28-24
They faced divisional rival Leicester Falcons in the quarter-final of the play-offs who they beat 21-6, and after seeing off Newcastle Vikings in the semi-final beat the Saxons in the Division Two final to clinch promotion.
The Steelers club colours are steel, black and yellow. They wear black helmets with yellow face cages, and all steel-grey uniforms.
Dates for the Diary
Home Ground & How to Get There
The Steelers home stadium and training base is Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0BS.
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