Issue 29/18                                                                                27th July 2018

BAFRA Newsflash


The Board is pleased to announce that, following receipt of a nomination from Ben Griffiths, Davie Parsons has been awarded honorary membership of BAFRA by unanimous vote of the Board. Honorary membership is the highest award that BAFRA can bestow on an existing member and this is only the third such award this century.

The award was made in recognition of Davie’s long and selfless service to both BAFRA and to football in Britain in general. Having served for many years as the training officer in Scotland, he was elected to the position of Director of training for BAFRA in 2004, a role he continued when BAFRA became a Limited Company in 2007. Significant amongst his achievements during his tenure was the complete overhaul and revival of the annual Convention for which he lead the growth to what it is today. In 2010 he was elected as President of BAFRA Limited, a role he continues to this day. Taking over at a time of significant change for the wider sport, he has not only fully contributed to developments within BAFRA but also has effectively represented BAFRA on the BAFA Board.

The award takes place with immediate effect and will be marked with a formal presentation at the 2019 AGM.  Full details of honorary membership may be found on the BAFRA website at: and a full list of all honorary members may be found at:

Paul Sutton 


Thank you to all who have so far contributed to the BAFRA Charity for 2018. The Director of Finance will be sending your donations to Cancer Research UK in early August but there is a last opportunity to contribute should you wish to do so. If you have not yet made your donation it is not too late. There are a number of ways in which you may make your donation:

Send an e-mail to Roger Brown, Director of Finance, at telling him how much you wish to donate and he will deduct that from you match fee if it is a pre-paid team.

You can make a payment directly into the BAFRA bank account using your BAFRA number and the word “Charity” as the reference (e.g. “312 – Charity”). If you require details of the BAFRA account, please contact Roger as above.

You can donate by a cheque made payable to BAFRA Limited by writing your BAFRA number and “charity donation” on the back of the cheque. Cheques should be sent to BAFRA Finance, 25 Daffodil Close, Haslingden, Rossendale. BB4 6NG.

The closing date for receipt of your donations is Friday 3rd August 2018.  Each year since we commenced having a BAFRA Charity, we have raised a four figure sum for the charity nominated.  Let’s see if we can beat previous records this year.

Paul Sutton


After some eleven years in the role, Dean Wright has indicated that he wishes to “pass the baton” to someone else.

Firstly, the directors would like to thank Dean for all that he has done in taking Newsflash forward during his time as editor.  If you think that you would like to undertake this important role, please contact Davie Parsons at with a short CV detailing any relevant experience and how you see the role developing in the future. If you would like more information about what the role entails before submitting your application, please contact Dean via Closing date for expressions of interest is 10:00pm on Friday 10th August 2018.

Paul Sutton 









New this week

Ian Cole


London Hornets



With approx. 3 minutes left in the game the player leapt onto a pile after play was over and was penalised for a 2nd unsportsmanlike act.

29/07/18 v Kent Exiles

Jose Sequiera


Furness Phantoms



The player was legally cut blocked at the snap by an opponent. He rolled onto his knees and began punching the opponent continually until restrained by the umpire and one of his own team mates.

29/07/18 v Halton Spartans

Steven Anderson


Clyde Valley Blackhawks



The player threatened an official so was ejected from the game.  This was the player’s second ejection in the last 12 months.




Torbay Trojans



Player #38 was involved in a scuffle with players from the opposition, he then removed his helmet and threw punches at other players before being escorted from the field by his teammates. After the final whistle #38 confronted the referee and was verbally abusive, he was further restrained by players from his own team. Reviewing the roster, following the game, there was no #38 listed for Torbay, so the identity of the player is unknown.

29/07/18 v Somerset Wyverns

Previous weeks - none





New this week

London Blitz

The down box is broken and doesn't display any down clearly apart from 1. The field markings were faint at the start of the game and became harder to see during the course of the game. No limit lines.

Peter Parsons #321


Hastings Conquerors

80 yard field, and the changing room we could use were full of stuff, but we managed to change.

Viktor Janvari #63

05/08/18 v Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

Doncaster Mustangs

Very well marked field but only 90 yards. No 9 yard marks or numbers.

David Hewitt #607


Bristol Apache

The usual minor issues apply - no nine-yard marks or numbers, and limit line is too close to the field. On the other hand, the air conditioned changing room was an absolute godsend!

Amir Brooks #593

12/08/18 v Ouse Valley Eagles

East Kent Mavericks

Changing room not lockable, 1 football lost during the game as it was unable to be found after a kick play.

Phil Clarke #262

12/08/18 v Wembley Stallions

Farnham Knights

Chain crew and ball boys supplied very late but game management were doing everything they could to sort the personnel. Clash of field markings with other markings of the same colour

David Knight #135

12/08/18 v Bristol Aztecs

Carlisle Sentinels

Played at The Sheepmount athletics centre. 100 yd field with no posts. Changing room small and some distance from field.

Daniel Johnston #347

05/08/18 v Furness Phantoms

Furness Phantoms

No limit lines. A part of one end line was missing but it was sorted out by game management. There were a few small holes in the playing surface but these were quickly filled in. The officials changing room was not lockable and had no private toilet or shower.

David Hewitt #607

29/07/18 v Halton Spartans

Outstanding items from previous weeks

Gateshead Senators

Well marked 90 yd field. Previous athletics events left some holes in corner of field which were all filled before officials arrived.

Daniel Johnston #347

05/08/18 v Leeds Bobcats

Lincolnshire Bombers

80 yard pitch, otherwise well marked.

Joseph Foxon #473

29/07/18 v Humber Warhawks

Morecambe Bay Storm

Game abandoned with 12 mins and 49 sec remaining in the third quarter, this was due to an serious injury to a player. Ambulance was called and after 65 mins the air ambulance arrived and landed in the middle of the pitch, we could not carry on the game as the air ambulance had to wait for a land ambulance to arrive. This decision was taken after consultation with both head coaches

Tony Newsham #302

05/08/18 v Chester Romans

Cornish Sharks

Game took place on a rugby field of a small local club. Field was only 80 yards plus endzones and hash marks were inconsistent location, length and direction!. No 3 yard markings. Due to local restrictions one set of goal posts could not be used - so it was agreed by both HC's that the game would go ahead with no FG or PAT kicks. Changing rooms could only be described as 'small' and only WC's were outside the main changing rooms.

Francis Bevan #474

29/07/18 v South Wales Warriors

Knottingley Raiders

90 yard field. No 9 yard marks/numbers or limit lines.Sidelines hashes were too far from the sidelines (approx 10 inches ).There were several divots in the ground caused by the hot weather that required filling in but this was taken care of quickly by Knottingley 's game management.

David Hewitt 607

29/07/18 v Crewe Railroaders

Bristol Apache

The ambulance was late arriving, so kick-off was delayed by 40 minutes.

Darryl Morton 493

12/08/18 v Ouse Valley Eagles

Northumberland Vikings

7 yd endzones. No players box. Well organised game management.

Daniel Johnston 347

05/08/18 v Glasgow Tigers

Tamworth Phoenix

Well marked 100 yard field, with blue lines which are fading during the season.

Ian Wainwright 567

12/08/18 v East Kilbride Pirates

Sheffield Giants

One end line was incomplete, this was rectified by game management before kick off. There is now a cricket boundary line running through part of the field.

Daniel Holt #371

19/08/18 v Tamworth Phoenix



New this week

Play: Team A's ball, 3rd and 2, on Team B's 8. Team B are leading by 1 point with ten seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. A23 advances to Team B's 7 yard line where he is downed. B76 was offside at the snap. Two seconds remain on the clock when the clock is stopped.


Last week

Play:  Team A are kicking off at the start of the game. A7's free kick bounces on the Team B 2 yard line and breaks the plane of the goal line. A87 recovers the ball in B's end zone before the ball touches the ground in B's end zone.

Ruling: Touchdown. A free kick does not become dead until the ball, untouched by Team B, touches the ground in B's end zone. A87 may legally touch the free kick after the kick has gone 10 yards or touched a Team B player. A87 recovered a live ball in B's end zone.


New this week

Game Situation: 1st and 10 at the Team A 25 yard line.  A23 runs a sweep to the Linejudge's side of the field.  A23 is brought to the ground at the Team A 28 yard line close to the Linejudge's sideline.  The Linejudge does not blow his whistle even though the play appears to be over.  How long should the Linesman be prepared to wait before blowing his whistle to kill the play?

Answer next issue...

Last week

Game Situation: Team A's ball, 1st and 10, on Team A's 20 yard line. QB A14 throws a legal forward pass that falls incomplete beyond the line of scrimmage. While the ball is airborne, B64 accidentally grabs A14's face mask.

Answer: There is no such thing as an accidental or incidental facemask foul.  Remember that a facemask foul involves grasping the felmet or the facemask, not simply touching it (M 3-3-11-b).  It is not a foul if the facemask is not grasped then twisted, turned or pulled (9-1-8-b).  The covering official must observe for a grasping, twisting or pulling of the facemask in order to call a 15 yard foul.  When in question, it is a foul (M 6-1-30).




Contact for details


September 8th (Sat)

Britbowl weekend

November 17th (Sat)

BAFRA Board Meeting

BAFRA Directors


David Parsons

General Secretary

Paul Sutton


Roger Brown


Richard Vernon


Lee Taylor


Tzvi Lindeman

Director without Portfolio #1

Peter Parsons

Director without Portfolio #2

Steve Tonkinson

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