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About The Cardiff Cobras

Founded in 1986/7 by Maths undergraduate Stephen Jones, the Cardiff Cobras is one of the oldest University teams in the country. Entering the British Collegiate American Football League in the 1987/8 season, they went to the College Bowl in both of their first two seasons, sharing the National Championship in CBII (the mud bowl) against the Hull Sharks after 3 quarters of extra time left the game still scoreless, and losing by a single point in controversial circumstances to the same team in CBIII the following season. They have been to the College Bowl once more in their history, losing to Leeds in CBX (1996).

2012/13 will be the 26th year for the Cobras and in those years they have posted a fantastic record of 20 winning seasons, play off contenders in 16, Divisional Champions in 11, Conference Champions 3 times and 1 National Championship. There has been a strong history of defensive excellence, especially in the linebacker play where a long list of top university players and GB Bulldogs representatives have been developed in Cardiff. The Cobras were only the second university team to win 100 regular season games. But even those statistics do not tell the whole story of Cobras football as many Cobras Old Boys have gone on to play, coach and develop the sport in the UK and overseas, inspired by the love of the sport nurtured in the Cobras family.

After a lean run of years without playoff football, the Cobras made a return to the glory days with a win in the Challenge Trophy competition in 2010/11 comprehensively beating old rivals the Hull Sharks 20-0 in the final. The predominately rookie team and new coaching staff, have then built on that to regain their regular National Playoff spot in the 2011/12 season, progressing to the quarter finals where they were beaten by eventual champions Hertfordshire.


National Playoff Appearances (16)

1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008,2012

Division Championships (11)

1988, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006

Conference Championships (3)

1988, 1989, 1996


BCAFL/BUAFL Championship Appearances (3)

1988 (joint champions with Hull Sharks)

1989 (defeated by Hull Sharks
1996 (defeated by Leeds Celtics

Challenge Trophy Appearances/Championships

2010 - Quarter Finalists

2011 - WINNERS (defeating Hull Sharks)




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