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The Cheetahs are a member of the British Senior League

1986

The team was formed in the summer of 1986 when a few guys, Russell Harrowell, Tony Woolmore, Mike Robert’s and Andrew Messider met in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the team grew and developed with the help of American, Larry Disimone and Canadian, Neil Rook.
On the 30th November 1986 the Cheetahs had their first game, a friendly against St Albans Kestrels at Chesham United Football with over 1800 supporters. The Kestrels, a young team like the Cheetahs, but with more experience won the game 9 - 0.

1987

In the early months of 1987 pre-season match were arranged to increase the teams playing experience, these game did just that, as first played F14 Tomcats on 1st March 1987. But it will be Graham Heaney’s name that will go down in the teams history for becoming the first player to score points for the team, rushing for a 7 yard touchdown along with defensive lineman Russell Harrowell scoring the second on a fumble recovery and return and quarterback Neil Rook scoring the third on a 2 yard keeper in win 18 - 6 and played in front of a 300+ crowd at Amersham Town FC. Bristol Blackhawks, the next pre-season visitors will be go down in the teams history with the Cheetahs defence recording an outstanding 3 safeties by Keith Grace, Pete Stevens and Pete Dixon. But it was Bristol how scored first tackling Punter, Roger Crawley in the end zone for a safety. Quarterback Neil Rook took centre stage by first throwing a 21 yard TD pass to Andy Messider, then run in for another two scores before his second scoring pass, a 36 yard to John Fricker. Graham Ponting then took over at QB and lead the team to a further two scores. The first a pass to Andy Messider and a 25 yard run by Graham Heaney as the team ran out 41 - 2 winner. The third and final pre-season was the visit of Chiltern Panthers on 29th March, but this time played at the clubs new home of Aylesbury Rugby Club. After an early fieldgoal by the Panthers, Keith Grace opened the Cheetahs scoring by sacking the Panthers quarterback for a safety. Then Neil Rook, Graham Heaney and Graham Ponting added touchdowns before linebacker Laurie Wallis recorded the teams second safety of the day. Also on defence, James Boxall recovered a Panther fumble and ran 36 yards to increase the score line. Ponting adding his 2nd score before a late consolation score for the Panthers and a Cheetah 34 - 9 win. As for 1987 season, the Cheetahs joined the Capital League along with the F14 Tomcats, Chiltern Panthers, St Albans Kestrels, Bexley Barons and the Tonbridge Tigers and played their home game at Chesham Utd FC and Tring RFU. The season opener, at home to Bexley Barons was all one sided with Running Back Brian Jenkins scoring 5 touchdowns and Quarterback Graham Ponting adding a further two scores. But with only 40 seconds left in the game Bexley scored their only points, a safety. This upset the defence, and would inspire them the following week at local rivals Chiltern Panthers and recorded the teams first league shut out.

Results

 

BGFL Capital League

 

 

 

 

Vs Bexley Barons

Won 53 - 2

St Albans Kestrels

8 - 1 - 1

392

53

0.850

@ Chiltern Panthers

Won 22 - 0

F14 Tomcats

7 - 2 - 1

252

171

0.750

Vs St Albans Kestrels

 

Chiltern Cheetahs

7 - 3

237

131

0.700

@ F14 Tomcats

 

Chiltern Panthers

3 - 7

135

228

0.300

@ Tonbridge Tigers

Won 6 - 0

Tonbridge Tigers

2 - 8

70

339

0.200

Vs Chiltern Panthers

 

Bexley Barons

2 - 8

70

339

0.200

@ Bexley Barons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vs F14 Tomcats

Lost

The Kestrels lost in the final to LA Panthers 22 - 20.

Vs Tonbridge Tigers

Won

 

 

 

 

 

@ St Albans Kestrels

Won

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988

In 1988 the team joined the short lived BGFL (British Gridiron Football League), which later joined the BNGL (British National Gridiron League) in the County Conference, again playing the Tomcats and the Kestrels along with the Barbarians. A pre-season game was played at Milton Keynes Pioneers in the March. But while other teams were improving with new talents, the Cheetahs fortunes were fading having lost both of the teams Americans players, who also were the teams coaching staff. This showed as the team lost all its games that year, even after the Barbarians were banned from the League. The Kestrels went on to win the Conference for the second year.

BNGL County Conference

St Albans Kestrels

6 - 0

162

18

1.000

F14 Tomcats

3 - 3

52

94

0.500

Chiltern Cheetahs

0 - 6

18

118

0.000

1989

The start of 1989 was a struggle, due to the poor performance of the previous year, many players left the club, but those who remained pulled together and vowed to continue. Three pre-season were arranged against the Cheltenham Chieftains, Milton Keynes Pioneers and the Kestrels.
A new home for the team was found at RAF Halton with a new Head Coach, Paul Kelly and American offensive Co-ordinator Steve Walshaw. The opponents that season in the BNGL Premier Division were Newmarket Hornets, Peterborough Hustlers, London Mets and a new team Watford Scorpions (formed by some of the Kestrel players) with two interconference games at home to Tamworth Trojans and away at Burton Barons. A pre-season game was arranged at Chesham Moor against F14 Tomcats with a hard fought battle and a 14 -14 tied result. The season did not get of to a good start with 4 straight losses before back to back wins over Watford Scorpoins. In the game at Peterborough Steve Walshaw recorded a 91 yard kick-off return of a touchdown. In both wins over Watford Steve Walshaw rushed for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first game, followed by 218 yards on 25 carries and 3 touchdowns in the second to become the first Chiltern player to rush for over 200 yards in a league game. The defense also recorded 12 sacks over these two games with Bob Williams netting 5 of them. The Home game against Newmarket saw Steve Walshaw return another kick-off for a touchdown but this time from 90 yards out and set another rushing record with 246 yards on 24 carries with 2 touchdowns, Paul Fildew also clocked up 30 tackles in the game.

Results

 

BNGL Premier Division South “A” Conference

Vs Tamworth Tigers

Lost 7 - 21

Newmarket Hornets

10 - 0

280

62

1.000

Vs Peterborough Hustlers

Lost 12 - 34

Peterborough Hustlers

7 - 3

239

73

0.700

@ Newmarket Hornets

Lost 6 - 36

London Mets

5 - 5

94

131

0.500

@ Peterborough Hustlers

Lost 0 - 34

Chiltern Cheetahs

3 - 7

153

215

0.300

@ Watford Scorpions

Won 31 - 0

Watford Scorpions

0 - 10

46

325

0.000

Vs Watford Scorpions

Won 37 - 0

 

 

 

 

 

Vs Newmarket Hornets

Lost 20 - 33

 

 

 

 

 

Vs London Mets

Lost 0 - 12

 

 

 

 

 

@ London Mets

Lost 6 - 22

 

 

 

 

 

@ Burton Barons

Won 34 - 23 ?