COVENTRY'S PREMIER BASKETBALL CLUB Since 1972

HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY

1972

PREQUEL....
Mike Maddox (pictured number 11) and Alan Bulpitt (number 4) had formed Caludon Lions in 1970 as an Old Boys Association. In 1971 they decided to lift the "Old Boys Only" restriction and this brought in several new members from the folding Henley Jesters including Don Smith and John Chapman.
Some time later, (1972) Don, JC and some of their colleagues from Chrysler visited Caludon to play a friendly, and from this game a bond grew which saw the two parties coming together.
This meeting introduced Phil John, Phil Andrew and others to the Club and although they still played under their own banners, the friendship blossomed.
Brian Odams is appointed Chairman, a post he holds for some 10 years

1973

The SCOREBOX (pictured under Mike) makes its debut - still going strong following several coats of paint and some plastic wood!
This "long-serving" member contains the scoring equipment for the Club and has been an ever-present at over 900 home games during its near 50-year existence.

1974

They still use separate identities but both play at the school and Caludon Lions win the Division One title for the first time.
The successful team is made up mainly of "Old Boys" with a couple of newcomers adding their skills.
Lions also launch a second team in Division Three.

1975

Chrysler move to Hinckley for a season but some members remain at Caludon with two teams running in Warwickshire.

The link with the newly formed National League Club Granwood (later to become Team Fiat) sees Jim Stinton, Terry Donovan, Roger Burton and Bob Thomson join the Club and help them to retain the title.

Caludon win Coventry Telegraph Christmas Cup beating Exhall Eagles 28-27 in the final. This win comes after the team beat Tile Hill Tigers in overtime in the semi final.

1976

Caludon, fielding just five players retain the Coventry Evening Telegraph Christmas Cup with a 29-26 victory over Tile Hill Tigers. after earlier defeating Southam Skyliners (featuring a young Brian Jones) in the semi-final

1977

The two clubs play together again at Caludon and they merge - under the Chrysler- now called Talbot - banner playing as Tornadoes and Taverners. Later this year Woodway fold and some of their members including Dave Jenkinson join the club also.

1980

The club relocates to Alderman Callow School in Canley and rebrands to become known as Callow Casuals and Callow Comets.

1982

Named "Club of the Month" by Coventry Telegraph and Club Chairman Brian Odams receives the award from Neville Lewis of the West Midlands Sports Council.
The Club becomes more involved with the Alderman Callow School through its Sports Council and formally becomes a section of the Community Association, providing coaching on a weekly basis for local youngsters and ladies.

1983

Due to the popularity of the Club in the Canley area a ladies section is formed at Alderman Callow School and up to 20 turn out for training on a weekly basis.

A relationship with Callow Netball Club sees the the men play a Christmas competition against them - at both sports. At least they win the basketball - phew!

John Chapman is appointed Chairman

1985

Comets lose in final of Handicap Cup

1986

Callow host first and only Heineken One-day Tournament and Tamworth are too strong for everyone - apart from High Wycombe.who win the final.
teams from Nuneaton Coventry Warwick and Rugby attend the competition during which a lot of Heineken was consumed.

1989

Mike Maddox is appointed Chairman

1991

Doug Fyfe takes over as Chairman

1993

New Chairman Vaughan introduces "The Thoughts of Chairman Heath"

1994

Casuals win Division 2

1995

Casuals finish runners-up in Division 1 and Dr Les Duckers becomes Chairman for his 2 year tenure.

1997

The Club relocates to a brand new facility at Tile Hill College Coventry. The first team become known as Tile Hill Tornadoes and the second team Tile Hill Tankards.
John Chapman returns to take the Chair.

2001

New Chairman Brian Jones oversees the creation of a Strategic Plan to take club forwards with a new vision incorporating the creation of a Ladies section and a Junior Development Programme, leading to England Basketball Accreditation and in the future - a possible National League team.

2002

A new team is created after Coventry Ladies and Trojans form a bond. - Trojans Ladies is launched.

2003

The Club celebrates its 30th anniversary with a BBQ and Presentation at Warwick University. Several of the founder members of both clubs attend and a festive atmosphere is created to mark this occasion.
Trojans 1 are winners of the Shield in the Division 1 play-offs.

2004

A one-year "caretaker" role for Doug Fyfe as the Club seeks another Chairman after Brian steps down due to work commitments.

2005

Phil John assumes the role as Trojans' eighth Chairman

2006

Karl Hudson, Club Secretary passes away after a long illness. A trophy is given to the Club kindly donated in his memory by his family. the prestigious Claret Jug replaces and adds credence to the aging "Clubman of the Year" cup.

2007

Ross "The Boss" Alexander is now in charge and at the end of a great season Trojans are named Club of the Year by Warwickshire Basketball at its Annual General Meeting and Presentation Evening at The Alan Higgs Centre.
Mike Maddox receives a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards. He was also similarly honoured at The England Basketball Annual General Meeting and Presentation Lunch.

2008

Veterans from the current and past members get together for some social basketball through the summer months. the success of this venture leads to yet another team being created and they enter Division 2 as Old Trojans - a name they soon lose - like many of the matches!
Trojans 3 is born!
Mike Maddox becomes the first Club member to be honoured by Warwickshire basketball in The Hall of Fame.

2009

Trojans 1 are winners of the Inter-Division Shield

2010

A growing membership allows the creation of our under 23 squad and they become known as Trojans Colts playing in Division 2 of Warwickshire Basketball.
Ross Alexander wins the Individual Award from Warwickshire Basketball

2011

Trojans 1 win Division 1.
Tom Anderson wins the Hotshot Award as a member of Trojans Colts.

2012

Ross steps down and Andy Dickson takes over. Ross also attends the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games after being nominated for his services to Trojans basketball

Trojans launch Under 15 Boys team playing in the Junior National League Midlands Division.

Trojans 1 retain the Division 1 title to emulate the team from the seventies. they also win the Handicap Cup Plate competition.
Trojans Colts win the Spoon Competition.
Billy Paronia wins the Hotshot Award.
Phil John wins the Refereeing Award.

2013

Trojans 1 retain the Warwickshire Basketball Division 1 trophy for the 3rd successive year and create club history. they win the Spoon Competition too.
They also win the West Midlands Summer League at the second attempt fielding a six-man squad in the central venue tournament.
Trojans Colts win the Division Two Handicap Cup.
Billy Paronia wins the Hotshot Award.
Andy Reeves wins the Table-officiating Award.
Scott Owen wins the Refereeing Award.
George Pool wins the Young Player Award.

2014

Trojans 1 finish runners-up in Division One losing on mini-league to Aylesford after defeat in their final game to Arden.
They win the Inter-Divisional Shield for the fourth time.
Trojans Colts win the Spoon Competition.
Andy Dickson wins the Individual Award from Warwickshire Basketball for outstanding contribution to the Club.

2015

It was even closer this time around as Arden were losing with two minutes left in their home game against Aylesford on the final day. on the "mini-league" basis this left Trojans as Champions, but Arden came back form ead to win the game and snatch the title.
it was a bad season for Trojans 2 who were woefully short of players for many games.
Trojans 3 fielded a mainly junior side in several matches and failed to win.
Trojans 4 once more ended on the bottom rung but the veterans played with great enthusiasm throughout.
Scott Owen headed the Warwickshire 3 point and free shooting categories in Division One and Mike Buckley was top scorer in Division Three.
One trophy which WAS won by the Club went to TH4 who took the "FAIR PLAY AWARD" after conceding fewer fouls than any other side in the three divisions.

2016

The three teams playing in the Warwickshire basketball Leagues had poor seasons - even the first team by their own high standards and this resulted in no silverware coming the way of Tile Hill..
the first team were unlucky to have been pipped once again by Arden, but this time it was for the runners-up spot after Aylesford walked away with the title.
In Division Two Trojans 2 finished at the foot of the table as did Trojans 3 in the lower league.
the Under 17 side reached the semi-finals of the YBL competitions and are planning to enter next season as an Under 19 side.
It was a great season for the ladies who reached the final of the Leicestershire Cup before capitulating at the hands of Kettering, but their league season saw them inflict a first defeat on Canons.
The Walking Basketball started and the group have really enjoyed the new environment although they lost in their showcase game with Leicester Riders
The group meet most Sundays at Woodlands and have some new members as a result, with some also joining the running basketball section too.

2017

After a two-year break Trojans 1 are League Champions once again. They left the rest trailing in their wake and lost only two games on their way to glory. they followed up on this by winning the Championship Shield but just lost out in overtime to Arden in the Handicap Cup.
There was success for the ladies and Juniors as they both reached the play-offs in their respective competitions but missed out in their hunt for silverware.
Trojans 2 and 3 struggled for points in Divisions Two and Three but competed well and reached the semi-finals of the cup competitions.
The Walking Group continue to go from strength to strength and the sport is becoming more and more popular - thanks to Trojans and the funding provided by Sport England.
The highlight of the season was the induction of Trevor Robinson into the Warwickshire Basketball Hall of Fame at the AGM and Presentation Evening in June. our congratulations go to Trevor who coached and played for TH1.
The Warwickshire Individual Award for the first time is presented to "The Dickson Family" following their collective contribution to the sport - well done Dicko's!

2018

Trojans Ladies starred in the Leicestershire League by reaching the play-offs and after finding their way through to the final they triumphed to bring home the silverware!
Trojans 1 retained their title as Warwickshire Basketball's number one side but lost out to Arden in the final of the Handicap Cup.
Trojans 2 went one better after a storming season took them to fourth place. They won the Handicap cup Plate by trouncing Division Two Champions Stratford in the final.
Trojans 3 had their most successful season for over a decade as they eventually recruited veteran Trevor Robinson to their ranks and ended with six wins.

2019

Yet another triumphant season for Trojans first team who conquered all before them on their way to a Cup and League double.
Their only set-back was a defeat to Arden Griffins as they powered their way to their sixth title in eight years, and they had the honour of seeing five of their squad in the Warwickshire hawks' National League team too.
Trojans 2 struggled in the revised league format which saw all the second division sides promoted, but they retained their place and will fight another season in t he top flight.
The third team featured once more in the lower division, winning six of their games to conclude another useful season, while the Ladies moved into the play-offs of the Leicestershire League, going out in the opening round but winning the Plate competition with grace and flair as Jana took the MVP award.
Walking Basketball went from strength to strength with just under 30 players turning out for the fun and games on a Sunday morning before several sessions were held on Monday nights through the Summer.

PHILOSOPHY

IT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE CLUB, THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE FACILITIES, COACHING AND COMPETITIVE BASKETBALL FOR MEN, WOMEN AND YOUNG PLAYERS OF BOTH SEXES, AND DEVELOP THEIR ACCREDITATION CREDENTIALS WITH  BASKETBALL ENGLAND.

TILE HILL BASKETBALL CLUB HAS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED ITS MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERY ASPECT OF BASKETBALL I.E. PLAYING, COACHING, REFEREEING, TABLE OFFICIATING AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

THE CLUB WILL CONTINUE WITH THIS POLICY IN THE FUTURE, BELIEVING THAT IT PROMOTES A ‘TEAM SPIRIT’ WITHIN THE ORGANISATION AND ITS MEMBERSHIP.