The Fredericton Minor Football
Association was started circa 1973. Those
involved in getting football started included Mike Flynn, Bob Cormier, Barry
Wishart, Gary Jocelman and Steve Fanjoy. Mike Dollimore joined the fold in
1975 and became the driving force of the association for the next 20 years.
During that period, minor
football in the area usually consisted of a four team PeeWee league playing 9
players aside and one or two Bantam teams.
Steve Fanjoy acted as president through most of
the 1980's giving way to Keith Bowen in the early 1990's. Dollimore acted as
president in 1994 and 1995.
Any information that can be provided on
the early history would be gladly accepted.
Varsity High School football was introduced at
Fredericton High School in 1985, Oromocto High in
1991 and at Leo Hayes High in 2000.
In 1995, the last year that the
organization was called the Fredericton Minor Football Association, it had 75
youngsters playing on 4 PeeWee teams that played 9 aside and did not participate
in the New Brunswick playoffs. There were also 50 players on two Bantam teams
that played in the Western Conference with four teams from Saint
John. 1995 there were a total of 125 players on 6 teams in 2 programs in 1995.
In 1996 Terry
McIntyre became president. The association expanded to
Oromocto and changed its name to the Capital Area Minor
That year it had a 5 team PeeWee league and three Bantam teams in the Western
Conference. Also in 1996 the association started a 4 team Mosquito Flag Football
League for children aged 7-10. There were a total of 180 players
on 12 teams in 3 programs in 1996.
1997 saw the association go to 12
aside PeeWee football and drop the number of teams to three. The three PeeWee
teams played a number of exhibition games against teams from the Fundy Minor
Football Association. There were a total of 175 players
on 10 teams in 3 programs in 1997.
In 1998 the three PeeWee teams joined
with four from Saint John to form the Western PeeWee Football Conference. The
Oromocto Leopards would win the inaugural championship before losing a hard
fought 18-6 decision to Riverview in the N.B. Championship Game. The Mosquito
Flag League had grown to 6 teams by 1998. There were a total of 227 players
on 12 teams in 3 programs in 1998.
Capital Area Football presented its
first "Coach of the Year" award in 1998.
In 1999 high schools in New Brunswick
took in grade 9. The new northside Leo Hayes High School also opened in 1999.
This presented an opportunity to change the operation of the three area
Bantam teams. Affiliation arrangements were made with the three schools. The
Southside Red Dogs, Northside Posse and Oromocto Tiger-Cats became the
Fredericton Junior Black Kats, Leo Hayes Junior Lions and the Oromocto Junior
Blues. The Black Kats would go on to win the N.B. Bantam championship and
become the first ever team from the area to win a provincial minor football
Also in 1999 the association
added another age division. The 11 year olds from PeeWee and the 10 year olds
from Mosquito Flag were combined to form a Mosquito Tackle Football
Teams play 10 aside, 4 down football on a 100 yards long by 40 yards wide field. The
Flag League changed its name to Squirt and now caters to 7-9 year olds.
1999 marked the first
year that the association held its Pass, Punt and Kick Competition, and its
Fastest Player Competition. It was also the year that the association launched
Football took flight in 1999 when the Capital Area 16 & Under Elite
program was launched. The best players from our three Bantam teams were brought
together on one team that practiced for 25 hours and then participated in a
tournament with teams from Moncton and Fundy. There were a total of 334 players
on 16 teams in 5 programs in 1999.
After the 2000 season the
Fundy Minor Football teams advised Capital Area that they wished to dissolve the Western
PeeWee and Bantam Conferences.. They did however agree to provide the three Capital Area
teams with a few exhibition games in 2001.
2000 was the year that
the association created team T-shirts for all its PeeWee and Bantam teams, as
well as a Capital Area T-shirt. The first Capital Area Football "Volunteer
of the Year" award was presented in 2000. There were a total of 386 players
on 17 teams in 5 programs in 2000.
In 2001 both PeeWee and
Bantam teams in the Capital Area switched to 4 down football, with one of the
first three downs having to be a pass.
2001 saw the beginning of
Men's Football for players aged 18 and over. Playing in the summer and using
Capital Area equipment that would otherwise be sitting idle, the Capital Area
Gladiators played in the inaugural season of the three team New Brunswick Senior
It was also in 2001
that the association created the Capital Area Minor Football Association
Bursary. There were a total of 429 players on 19
teams 6 programs in 2001.
By 2002 all three Bantam
teams had fundraised to buy new helmets, game jerseys and game pants, all with
logos of the high schools with which they were affiliated.
At the end of 2001 the
Fundy PeeWee teams advised that they would no longer provide regular season
games for the three Capital Area teams. The Capital Area needed a fourth PeeWee
team in order to have its own league. The Southside team had had close to 40
players in 2001 so it was decided to try and create two Southside teams. The two
Southside middle schools were approached and permission was given to use the
nicknames from the George Street Middle School Crusaders and the Albert Street
Middle School Eagles. Thus in 2002 the Albert Street Eagles and George Street
Crusaders were born. The Eagles would
surprise everybody by going undefeated and winning Capital Area's first
ever New Brunswick PeeWee championship.
2002 also saw the
addition of a 14 & Under Elite team to complement the 16 & Under Elite
program already in existence. It was also in 2002 that the association drafted
and adopted its constitution.
In 2002 the New Brunswick
Senior Football League set up an interlocking schedule with the Nova Scotia
Senior Football League. The "McIntyre Cup" was donated by Capital Area
Football as the symbol of the Maritime Championship. There were a total of 502 players
on 21 teams in 7 programs in
School District 18 sanctioned Middle School football as an official school sport
to be operated by Capital Area Minor Football. The Northside Mounties became the
The Oromocto Red Dogs became
the sixth team in the Mosquito League. The Fredericton Bantam Black Kats became
the fourth team in the Bantam league.
The Oromocto Junior Blues won
the New Brunswick championship and by so doing became the first ever team from
Oromocto to win a N.B. football championship.
At the end of 2003 the
Fundy Bantam teams advised that they would no longer provide regular season
games for the three Capital Area teams.
In spring elite football
the age groups were changed from 14 & Under to 13 & Under and from
16 & Under to 15 & Under in order to align them with the fall PeeWee and
Bantam ages. A
17 & Under age group was also added for
high school football players. Capital Area had one team in each age group.
There were a total of 564 players
on 24 teams in 8 programs in 2003.
Capital Area Minor Football made history by forming it's first ever Women's
football team, the Lady Gladiators. A total of
25 players aged 15-50 played six games against a team from Saint John.
The Fredericton Junior Black
Kats completed a dream season. The Kats won the New Brunswick and Maritime
Bantam championships. In doing so not only did they go undefeated but also they
did not allow a single point to their opposition.
There were a total of 615 players
on 24 teams in 9 programs in 2004.
saw further growth within the existing
programs. For the first time ever a football team was fielded at Devon Middle
School. Two new teams were added to the Squirt Flag league. Response to the
spring 13 & Under program was so enthusiastic that two teams were fielded.
There were a total of 686
players on 28 teams in 9 programs in 2005.
Stacey succeeded Terry McIntyre as association president. Growth continued within the existing
programs. The Oromocto Tigers became the sixth team in our Middle School League.
Response to the
spring 15 & Under program was so enthusiastic that two teams were fielded.
There were a total of 766
players on 30 teams in 9 programs in 2006.
Stacey had to relinquish his position due to health issues. Jeff Murdock became
three team 11 & Under spring program was added. Two new teams were added to
the Mosquito program, the East End Crush and Northside Mounties.
There were a total of 846
players on 35 teams in 10 programs in 2007.
saw the creation of a Girls
Tackle Football program for players aged 14-17.
Also the Bantam program was subdivided into 12 Man Bantam and 8
Man Bantam divisions.
There were a total of
players on 43 teams in 12 programs in 2008.
Andrew Allaby became association president.
A new Mite flag
football program for players aged 6-7 was created.
There were a total of
players on 44 teams in 13 programs in 2009.
a new Girls flag
football program for players aged 11-13 was created. As well an Oromocto
flag football program for players aged 6-9 was
started. For the first time a summer flag football program was operated with two
age divisions Under 13
and 15 & Under.
On the down side a failure to find
games lead to the discontinuance of the spring 17
& Under program. Also a drop in Bantam
registrations resulted in an end to 8 Man Bantam.
Our two Girls Tackle teams were part
of the inaugural season of the New Brunswick Junior Girls Football
There were a total of
players on 55 teams in 15 programs in 2010.