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Today the London Warriors and Manchester Titans will fight in BritBowl XXXIV to designate this year’s national champion.

The Warriors head coach Tony Allen led the team to six National Championships since their promotion to Premiership in 2011 after forming the South London team based in 2007.

Allen has been a strong pillar in European coach for years with his CV spanning multiple federations including NFL Europe and NFL International. He also encouraged the talents of former and current NFL players including Washington Commanders defensive end Efe Obada.

After a Covid-19 year that saw only friendly matches, 2022 offered British football his first regular season since 2019. Meanwhile, the Warriors lost a number of key starters to retirement and was forced to rebuild. But under Allen’s tutelage, the team went undefeated throughout the regular season.

After a 10-0 undefeated regular season, the Warriors faces the Tamworth Phoenix in the only semi-final, beating them 28-20 two weeks ago in a comeback victory. However, during the second half of this victory, a blow was dealt to the team when starting quarterback Denapoli Williams was lost to a torn meniscus. Williams has been the driving force behind the offense this year, throwing for 33 touchdowns and rushing for 10 more.

He will be replaced in the final by Nick Jaquet who won many National Championships himself with the team in his tenure. In the backfield will be the old NFL running back Jermaine Allen and Raymond Sobowale who played with the Kings of Leipzig of the European Football League in 2021.

On the other side of the ball will be underdog Manchester Titans who will appear in their very first National Championship game after beating a stacked Bristol Aztecs team in the playoffs two weeks ago.

The quarterback Titans will be Sam Bloomfield who decimated Premiership North secondary this year with 2,270 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Since moving to Titans from Lancashire Wolverines in 2017, Bloomfield not only managed to entice his team for promotion to the Premiership but has also made a playoff appearance every year since.

With a number of talented players on both sides of the ball, the program’s recent success is in part due to the efforts of head coach Jonathon Homer.

Homer was instrumental in the development of the U19 team, the flag and the women’s team, creating a strong grassroots program that nurtured the talent of the adult team.

This Premiership BritBowl is just the latest for Homer in a string of highly successful appearances for the club since joining the Titans in 2013, a team he played for between 2005 and 2010 – recalling HBO hard knocks starring Dan Campbell.

After years of unbeaten seasons, the Warriors will undoubtedly be the favorites of this one. But like the new kids on the block Manchester will surely have other plans as they seek to cement their name in BritBowl the story.

London Warriors vs Manchester Titans, September 3, 6:00 p.m. CET (6:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. ET)