Basketball League Handbook

Budweiser Basketball League

Year – 1995/96

Chief Executive – Mike Smith

PR & Sponsorship Manager – Rebecca Nairn

Press Officer – Rob Webb

Once upon a time, in days of old, the Budweiser Basketball League would publish a Handbook at the start of each season.

This publication would reflect on the past season and look forward to the upcoming campaign.

It would also include all the Teams, Stats, Coaches and MVPs etc.

In this issue from 95/96 The Budweiser Awards would show that the Player of the Year was Roger Huggins of the Sheffield Sharks who would complete the double as Head Coach Jimmy Brandon was named Coach of the Year.

The Sharks, as a team, had completed a Budweiser League and National Cup double. What was even more impressive was the fact that this was the first time that the Sharks had competed at the top level of British Basketball.

The 7UP Trophy was won by Thames Valley Tigers under the stewardship of Head Coach Mick Bett.

The Championship Winners were Worthing Bears who included Mark Scott, Steve Nelson, Alan Cunningham and Herman Harried in their line-up.

The front cover photo features Trevor Gordon & Danny Craven of the Manchester Giants and Alan Cunningham and Steve Nelson of Worthing Bears.

A few legendary basketball names from this publication:-

Budweiser Basketball LeaguePublisher

Budweiser Coach of the YearJimmy Brandon

Budweiser Player of the YearRoger Huggins

Karl Brown – LeopardsAll-Star Team

Steve Bucknall – Thames ValleyAll-Star Team

Chris Fite – DoncasterAll-Star Team

Herman Harried – WorthingAll-Star Team

Roger Huggins – SheffieldAll-Star Team

Nigel Lloyd – BirminghamAll-Star Team

Mark Robinson – ManchesterAll-Star Team

Peter Scantlebury – Thames ValleyAll-Star Team

Tony Windless – LondonAll-Star Team

Robert Youngblood – LeopardsAll-Star Team


BudweiserLeague Sponsor

Newcastle CometsTeam

Derby StormTeam

Russ SaundersStats Leader (5-Categories)

Barry YoungStats (1st Points Ave 29.87)

Terry CrosbyStats (2nd Points Ave 29.73)

Kenny ScottStats (2.4 Blocks per game)

Lonnie LegettStats (5.1 Steals per game)

Steve BontragerStats (9.38 Assists per game)

Paul PhilpLongest Career (20 years)

Kenny NottageAppearances (432)

Colin KirkhamMost Loyal Players (13 Years at Sunderland)

Ransome Sporting GoodsSuppliers

SKY SportsBasketball Broadcaster

There are numerous other names involved in this publication but this will have to do for now.

My apologies for the quality of the photos from this publication. But I’m afriad these handbooks were well used as a means of finding out information about any aspect of the Budweiser League from Back in the Day!


  Comments: 1

  1. Mark mcsweeney

    Hi, just stumbled across this page, through the late eighties I travelled the country with the best away support in the league. Bracknell Pirates/Tigers of course and met, had an after match drink with Scants, hugs and once with a rather annoyed Steve Bontrager. In one away trip to Bolton we wound up Terry Crosby so much he fluffed his free throw, he looked mad then just burst out laughing and saluted the away fans. Great names and memories from a time when I travelled the country with no regard for work or responsibilities. Many thanks

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