Senior History > 1998




Coaches

RoleName
H/CWHALLEY, Andrew
OFFCAMPBELL, Martin
STATCLARKE, Simon
SIDEBRIDGELAND, Steve

Players

#PosName
0RBHOLNESS, Ryan
0DLTYMON, Chris
0OLBRIANCE, Scott
0DBFOSKETT JNR, Paul
0WRHALL, Rob
0WRHAMMOND, Chris
0WRDOWLING, Simon
0DBNASH, Matthew
2DBFIELD, Colin
3RBJEACOCK, Terry
5RBNASH, Lee
10QBDART, Dan
11RBDART, Nick
13QBWORSELL, Richard
17WRWRIGHT, Spencer
21DBWEBBER, Hayden
25DBWORDEN, Paul
26LBDEACON, Graham
28DBSAM, Simon
30DBTOMPSETT, Mat
33DBBERRY, Steve
35RBWARD, Andy
36RBWHITTINGTON, David
37DLREYNOLDS, Nick
40LBFISHER, Peter
44LBCROUCHER, John
48RBWICKINS, Simon
50LBAITCHISON, Scott
51DLTOMPSETT, Ian
52OLOSBORN, Rob
53LBFOSKETT SNR, Paul
55LBWHALLEY, Rob
56LBHOLMES, Arron
58DLWHALLEY, Ian
62OLPESTER, Paul
63OLPESTER, David
66DLREST, Malcolm
68OLSPINDLOW, Steve
70DLBUTCHER, John
71OLSCOTT, Steve
75OLSAMWAYS, Ritchie
77DLSMITH, Julian
78OLCHANDLER, Stephen
80WRHUBBOCK, Colin
82TECURSLEY, Nick
84TEBOYLE, Glen
85WRJEFKINS, Martin
86TEREYNOLDS, Neil
87WRSCHALLER, Paul
90DLBROOKS, Wayne
96DLHOLNESS, Ron
99DLVOGEL, Aaron

1998 Season

The First Winning Season


Regular Season

 Date Time OpponentVenue       ResultMedia
 26-04-1998 14:30 Southern Sundevils AWAY L- 36 
 03-05-1998 14:30 Hertfordshire Stags AWAY L14 - 32 
 17-05-1998 14:30 Sabres AFC (Southend) AWAY W16 - 15View Photo Gallery  
 24-05-1998 14:30 London Mets HOME L19 - 44 
 31-05-1998 14:30 Maidstone Pumas AWAY W28 - 6 
 14-06-1998 14:30 Hertfordshire Stags HOME W28 - 20 
 21-06-1998 14:30 London Mets AWAY W- 6View Photo Gallery  
 28-06-1998 14:30 Sabres AFC (Southend) HOME L- 26 
 19-07-1998 14:30 Maidstone Pumas HOME W43 - 6 
 26-07-1998 14:30 Torbay Trojans HOME W- 0 

Statistics

In 1998 the Exiles moved from Edenbridge to Orpington, to attract new members to the team from the local London areas. The Exiles had been strengthened by an influx of veterans coming out of retirement to play one last year, and rookies looking to get in to the sport, and created the UKs version of the "over the hill club".

So with greater depth than ever before, the Exiles entered the 98 season full of hope. It turned out to be the teams best year ever ending with their first winning season, at 6-4, and just missing out on a playoff spot. The highlights of the season were QB Dan Dart being the rated the best quarterback in division 2 that year and putting together their biggest victory ever 43-6 over the Maidstone Pumas.

1998 though will be remembered most for the teams greatest victory to date. The Exiles were away to the London Mets, who were undefeated, and had been beaten by them 44-19 earlier that year. The Mets strong rushing game had been halted by the Exiles tough Defence and the Mets were 6-0 up with 5 minutes remaining. It was then, after a fine drive, that Rob Hall caught a seven yard touchdown pass from QB Dan Dart to tie the game 6-6. Rob Whalley's Extra point kick was tipped at the line, but not enough to stop it from crawling over the bar, and gaining the Exiles a 7-6 victory, thus spoiling the Mets perfect season, and giving the Exiles a chance of post-season play for the first time ever.

This year saw the Mets and the Sabres advance to the playoffs, and the Exiles sit at home despite their best ever season. Any previous year would have seen the Exiles in post season play, but a change to the playoff format meant that we cruelly missed out.

Both the Mets and Sabres were eliminated before the final.

This year was also the first for our new local rivals the Maidstone Pumas.

1998 Season - BSL Div 2 South East
Team Win Loss Draw PF PA %
London Mets 7 2 1     0.833
Sabres 5 4 1     0.611
Kent Exiles 6 4 0     0.600
Hertfordshire Stags 5 5 0     0.500
Maidstone Pumas 0 10 0     0.000


END OF SEASON AWARDS
Players player of the year: Dan Dart
Coaches player of the year: Neil Reynolds
Offensive player of the year: Dan Dart
Defensive player of the year: Colin Field
Lineman of the year: Aaron Holmes
Rookie of the year: Terry Jeacock

 


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