London, GB –
Celebrations continued long into the night in the Queensway area as the London Knights emerged successful in securing what would turn out to be a shock fourth expansion berth in the Simulation Football League.
“When Tulsa came out of the hat I suspected our efforts were all for nought again,” spoke bid leader and now team owner Liam Crowter at a media gathering this morning at the newly completed Queensway Stadium “but the Commissioner kept a couple of tricks up his sleeve.”
Rumors abounded shortly after the announcement that Commissioner Irvine had deliberately plotted to cause the London Bid Team serious emotional distress by leaving the London announcement until the very last. The League office disclosed that a random generator decided the order of the bid announcements, but Crowter remains contemplative on the reasoning behind such rumors.
“I can only assume a British invasion into the realm of American sports terrifies the higher ups.” joked Crowter “In all seriousness, I think we should recognize the great deal of work that they put in to everything that the SFL does. I’m more than happy to let them indulge in a bit of good sport. As long as it drives the Knights on to glory I think we can be thankful for the push.”
Three other teams will join the SFL next season to take the league to eighteen overall. The Knights are joined by the Indianapolis Red Devils, San Francisco Sharks and the Tulsa Desperados. They are run by James Richards, Ryan Moats and Dion Hawkins respectively.
Congratulating the other teams, Crowter went on to give his thoughts on the fellow new arrivals:
On Indianapolis: “I know that James has been looking to get a team for some time now. Things were not necessarily smooth in St. Louis this season between us but I’m delighted that we have been able to push each other on to get teams. We’ve already conversed a little to congratulate each other and I look forward to seeing what the Red Devils can bring to the league.”
On San Francisco: “The San Francisco team will take on the storied Sharks name, just as we do for the Knights of SFL years past. I think that Ryan Moats is more than capable of adapting his mastery of real world football to the SFL game and will take the league to the next level.”
On Tulsa: “Bringing a local rival in for the Oklahoma City Renegades is a big move by the league and I think Dion more than deserves it for his stellar work with the league. I think the Desperados will really shake things up.”
London will be the third team based outside the United States and the first based outside of the Americas. They join the Western Conference runners up Vancouver Legion and champion Mexico City Aztecs in providing international franchises for the SFL. Crowter emphasized the use of these franchises as examples for what London will be aiming to achieve in the coming seasons.
Sixth Uniform RUMORS swirl
During the press conference, Crowter confirmed that the Knights would be exploring the possibilities regarding the uniform for their sixth uniform slot.
The Knights currently have five options available, which were announced via Twitter in the week approaching the expansion announcement:
- Home Standard
- Away Standard
- Home Alternate (All Red)
- Away Alternate (All White)
- Third Alternate (All Black)
It has been suggested that the uniform could pay tribute to one of the two departing franchises, the Cleveland Stallions and the Baltimore Crabs, as a mark of respect for the contribution of the former teams to the league.
Knights looking to fill scouting team
Crowter will be taking on his first head coaching role in addition to ownership responsibilities. The team have already confirmed however that scouting opportunities are available to those of any experience level.
Any interested applicants will be required to contact the team ownership via the leagues official communications platform, Discord.