First season: 2036
Play in and headquartered in Royal Wembley Stadium
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|League championships (1)|
|Conference championships (3)|
|Division championships (2)|
The London Royals are an American football franchise based in London, England. The Royals currently compete in the Developmental Simulation Football League (DSFL) as a member club of the league's North Football Conference (NFC) which currently only has one division. The franchise was established in 2036 by DeadlyPlayer. They won the North Football Conference in 2037, and again in 2039, winning an Ultimini in the latter year.
History of the London Royals
The franchise was originally founded in 2036 season by general managers, DeadlyPlayer and modern_duke as the London Royals. The Royals were part of a two team expansion along with Dallas Birddogs into the DSFL increasing the number of teams from 6 to 8.
The expansion teams were not given an expansion draft, but instead were given either the first or second pick of each round, trading the top pick of each round with Dallas. The Royals started the season off with a bang, winning their first game vs. the Dallas Birddogs 34-7. However, they quickly lost this momentum, dropping their next four games and falling to the bottom of the division. The Royals would struggle for much of the season, winning back-to-back games just once, vs. Tijuana Luchadores and @ Norfolk Seawolves, in weeks 9 and 10 respectively. They would end up losing their final game of the season @ Portland Pythons 24-7 to finish the season at 5W, 9L, last in the SFC. The inaugural Royals season featured a very run-heavy offense, showcasing Running Back Acura Skyline, who ran the ball 349 times for 1761 yards and 10 touchdowns. These numbers were the best on the team, A. Skyline had more yards than even his quarterback, Colby Jack, who threw the ball 343 times for 1661 yards and 6 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 49%. C. Jack's main target through the air was Sue Cash Jr., who had 652 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 52 receptions. Running Back Acura Skyline won Running Back of the year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Offensive Player of the year, while Linebacker Derred de Ville won Linebacker of the year, Defensive Rookie of the year, and Defensive Player of the year.
After a preseason without any wins, hopes were not running high for the Royals, but they got out to a flying start by winning 4 of 5, including wins against both teams that would end up with the best records in each conference. However, they followed that up with a 5 game losing streak, and went into the final third of the season 5-6, tied with the Coyotes and Pythons for second. In that three horse race, going 2-2 over the final 4 games with wins over the Birddogs and Pythons was enough to send them into the playoffs as the second best team in the conference with a 6-8 record. In the playoff game @ the Minnesota Grey Ducks, both offenses were stifled through halftime, before the Ducks jumped out to a 7 point lead halfway through the third quarter. After trading field goals, the Royals would tie up the game with a Colby Jack touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the game. In overtime, the Royals would kick a field goal to advance to their first Ultimini. In the Ultimini, the offense could not get going and only scored 6 points on short field goals, while the Luchadores scored 10 to triumph over the Royals.
The Royals second season featured more success with the passing attack, with Colby Jack throwing for close to 2400 yards and 16 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 59%. His passer rating of 80.5 led the league. Their most prolific running back, J. Batista, rushed for 1038 yards and 6 touchdowns. Jack's favorite target was N. Kaepercolin, who caught 62 passes for 797 yards and 5 Touchdowns. The weak part of the Royals was probably their run defense, which was the third worst in the entire league.
The Royals most successful season thus far led to a fair number of positional awards, with Tight End Donatello Arrabiata, Linebacker Eric Richards, and Punter Datsum Phastbawls each winning awards for being the best at their position.
The London Royals got off to an extremely poor start in their third season, winning only 1 of their first 6 games. However, the Royals went 6-2 over their last 8 games as the hottest team in the league, ending up with their first .500 record, only losing homefield in the playoffs due to head to head against the Kansas City Coyotes. In the playoffs, the Royals went down early before scoring 10 unanswered points before halftime to take the lead. They added a field goal before the 4th quarter to stretch the lead to 6. However, in the 4th quarter, the Coyotes scored a touchdown and the Royals were unable to score back, squandering their best chance when a drive that resulted from a picked off pass in Kansas City territory went backwards out of field goal range. The Royals lost, 14-13.
In the Royals third season, the passing attack was less heavily relied on, with Colby Jack throwing for 1921 yards and 8 touchdowns on 52% completion. This led to the worst passer rating in the league among those who qualified. However, due to rushing for almost as many yards per game as they threw, led by D. King with 1228 yards, 11 touchdowns, and a 5.2 ypc, the Royals ended up with the second most points per game in the DSFL only behind the Norfolk Seawolves. Jack's favored target was S. Cash Jr, who caught 63 passes for 796 yards and 3 Touchdowns. The defense was the third worst unit in yards in the entire league, although it was better at not giving up points.
After back to back playoff appearances, hopes were riding high for a London team that brought back a number of its best players from last year, including Juan Domine, Busch Light, and Gunner Thorbjornnson. However, things were very up and down for the Royals throughout the first half of the year, albeit in a NSFC where that could be said about every single team who was in contention that wasn't a death sentence. Going into the final third of the season, the Royals were 4-5, one game back from the playoff spots. They would win 4 of their last 5, including a statement 21-3 win at the Norfolk Seawolves in the second last game of the season to give them home field against them in the playoffs. With an 8-6 record, their first winning record ever, the Royals had home field advantage in their first game of the playoffs against the Pythons. There, they held the best quarterback in the league to a sub 50% completion percentage on 40 throws, 147 yards, and a pick. Along with a magnificent performance from their lead running back in Terry Yaki, including a 52 yard run to put the Royals up by 9 as the half expired, and a defensive performance that held the Pythons to 3 points, the Royals comfortably made it to the Ultimini for the second time in their existence. They would face the Seawolves with home field advantage.
The Seawolves did not make the Ultimini as easy as the conference championship. The Royals would quickly go down by 10, before driving down to the red zone, getting stopped, setting up a chip shot field goal for Jake Fencik. He missed. Thankfully for the Royals, the Seawolves did nothing with their next possession, and gave the Royals a very short field which they scored a touchdown from. The Royals got a bit more luck when their quarterback, Charlemagne Cortez, threw a pick in their own territory but the clock ran out on the half before Norfolk could get points. The second half opened with each team trading touchdowns, then the Royals drove down to the 1 yard line, kicked a field goal, and the forced a fumble to score a quick touchdown to take a lead they would not relinquish, getting their first Ultimini in only their 4th year of existence.
The Royals were led by the second best defense by points, along with great yardage totals. Thorbjornnson was also one of the best wide receivers in the league.
Despite losing their star LB duo to callups, as well as their star receiver, the Royals turned a team that had been hit badly by callups into a powerhouse almost immediately, including a 6 game winning streak that was sandwiched by losses to the Buccaneers. The Royals had the best quarterback play in the league, the best defense in the league, and had a new star linebacker take the reins: L'gazzy Burfict. They actually ended up undefeated in the conference, which was quite a feat with no cupcakes in the entire conference. They went to the playoffs handily. Then, despite some trouble after a 90 yard return by the Ducks set them up with an easy touchdown to take an early lead, the Royals scored 10 points in each of the next 3 quarters to handily win the game. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers got upset in overtime by the Luchadores, giving the Royals home field advantage in their quest to win back to back ultiminis.
Unfortunately for London, the Ultimini might have been their worst game of the season. Against vastly inferior opposition, the Royals did not even win a single quarter of the game. Thomas Speedman had a great game, but as a whole, the team got blown out in their quest to win the Ultimini and ended their playoff run in abject failure.
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London Royals roster
London Royals staff
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