Paul Day

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Paul Day

The list of inaugural inductees into The Hall Of Fame would not be complete without the club’s most successful coach Paul Day.

Paul joined the Wolverines in 1990 playing strong safety after recovering from a torn medial ligament that stopped him playing for the Manchester Spartans the previous year. Moving to tight end in 1992 he continued to play until arthritis forced him to retire from playing at the end of the 1994 semi-finalist season.

Still bitten firmly by the bug Paul showed interest in the newly created Colts side and was quickly snapped up as Head Coach by fellow Hall Of Famer Steve Norris. The two proved a formidable team and they passed their commitment, attitude and discipline on the young players.

Bringing the knowledge he gained from attending a coaching master class by NFL superstar Dan Marino in 1985, previously being coached by New England Patriots starter Terry Smith and Playing alongside Detroit Lions starting full back Tony Dollinger, Coach Day moulded the youngsters to become the shock team of the 1996 season.

Despite being brand new to the league, the 1996 Lancashire Wolverines Colts bulldozed their way through an unbeaten regular season and made the National Championship game against the Farnham Knights.

Unfortunately, the Knights proved a step too far in this first season but the following year Paul led his team to another unbeaten season avenging the previous season’s defeat by beating the same Farnham Knights team to win the clubs first-ever National Championship.

The following season brought yet another unbeaten regular season and another National Championship for Day’s Colts team. Paul’s success was not ignored by the previously Great Britain coaching staff and they appointed Coach Day wide receivers coach in 1996.

Realising that they were not using Paul to his potential he was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1998 to lead them in their 56-0 demolition of Norway to qualify for the European Championships. Although the GB team fought valiantly they failed to rack up a win at what was a very tough tournament having to play France, Finland and Switzerland in only 8 days.

1999 brought Coach Day another Northern Conference title and a place in another youth final but it was not to be Lancashire’s year as they lost 34-20 to an outstanding London Capitals side.

Having built one of the most successful youth teams in British American Football history Coach Day was hunting for a new challenge and stepped into the Head Coach Position of the senior side in 2000.

At this time the senior side was struggling and Paul pulled no punches telling the team that his plan for them was a long term deal to build a solid, successful club and that the road to success would not be easy.

He was proved to be correct as the 2000 season saw the Lancashire Wolverines struggle to a 2-5-1 record but the team was on the up and the following year the team’s regular-season results were 9-0-1.

Again Paul’s talent was recognised by the league and he was invited to spend a week working alongside The Scottish Claymores offensive coordinator, Superbowl MVP Doug Williams. The semi-finalist 2001 Wolverines squad were promoted to division 1 the following year but struggled against the leagues top flight.

Paul stepped down from the Head Coaching spot partway through the season for personal reasons but it was the foundation he had built that led the team to the quarter-finals in 2003. Returning to the Colts as offensive coordinator in 2003 Coach Day led steered the side to an English Championship and they ended runners up in the National Final.

Paul then remained in that role with the Colts until they were forced to withdraw from the league in 2005. With neither team competing in 2006 Coach Day returned to the Senior side as offensive coordinator for the 2007 and 2008 seasons during which time he helped them return to winning ways.