Original Reading Renegades : 1985 to 1990
After their formation, the Renegades were admitted into the United Kingdom American Football Association in 1985 where they competed in the Eastern Conference. They finished with a 3-5 record, narrowly missing out on a playoff spot to the Dunstable Cowboys.
The following year, the Renegades transferred over to the Budweiser League, where they competed in the Central conference of Division One. They soon got into their stride, recording a hard-fought win away to the Farnham Knights in their second game, and went on to have a consistent season which saw them win six out of their ten matches. They ultimately finished fourth out of eleven teams - however, due to the format of the league at that time, only the top placed team from each group in Division One qualified for the playoffs (which also included the top four teams from the Premier Division conferences along with the Plymouth Admirals, who finished as the top-performing team in Division Two) and so the Renegades were denied any post-season action. 1987 was to prove a much worse season, with the team failing to register a single win and only a tie gained against Salford-based team the Huskies helping them to avoid a complete washout.
After sitting out the 1988 season, the Renegades returned to senior action in 1989 when they joined the Combined Gridiron League. Placed in the four-team Southern Conference, they had an indifferent season which saw them finish with a 3-3 record, once again missing out on the playoffs.
After just one season in the CGL, the Reading Renegades transferred over to the British National Gridiron League where they competed in the First Division Southern Conference. Unfortunately, this new competition brought no joy and the Renegades finished bottom of the table, recording just one win at home to the Wight Rhinos. The club folded shortly after the season ended.
|1990||BNGL||First Division: Southern Conference||1||9||0|
|1989||CGL||Baron First Division Southern Conference||3||3||0|
|1988||Did Not Compete|
|1987||Budweiser||Premier Division Central Conference||0||9||1|
|1986||Budweiser||Division One Central Conference||6||4||0|
Below is a roster of previous Renegades. If you aren't on the list and think you should be, or if you have any more information about the history of the Renegades email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Jack Hedges||OL||1984-1987 & 2005-2006||Refereeing|
|Paul Foster||LB||1984-1987 & 2005-2006||Coaching|
|Tim Hay||DL||2004-2009||Reading Rebels|
|Sam Thornton||DL||2008-9||Reading Rebels|