Club History

1970’s

1972 Bracknell Aztecs Basketball Club formed by members of the Bracknell based Ranelagh School. The team enters the Wessex League.

1979 Aztecs win first major trophy, the top knock-out competition for sides in the Wessex Area – the Karl Taylor Shield.

1980’s

1980 Aztecs win the Karl Taylor Shield for the second year running.

1981 Team retains Karl Taylor Shield, making it three consecutive wins.

1982 Aztecs claim first league title, winning Wessex Men’s Division 1.

1984 Team enters Surrey League and does the ‘double’, winning both the Wessex and Surrey Division 1 titles.

1985 The club expands for the first time, adding a men’s second team made up largely from players of regular sponsors 3M. Men’s 1st team win Wessex Division 1 for the third time in four years.

1986 Further expansion, this time Garth Hill School, Bracknell, providing the core of the club’s first Ladies team.

1988 With basketball on the up, the club adds two more teams, a third men’s team and a second ladies side. The possibility of a 6th team in total is discussed.

1990’s

1990 A club ‘double’ as the Men’s 1st team win Wessex League Division 1 and the Ladies win the Ladies Plate competition. The club moves from using Charters School in Ascot to its’ present home, Wellington College.

1992 Now the largest club in the Wessex Area, with around 60 playing members. The Men’s 2nd team wins their first trophy – the Karl Taylor Plate, beating Princess Marina College in a closely fought final. With an average age of approaching 40, half of the original team re-form as “Aztecs Juniors” in Division 2.

1993 A third Karl Taylor Shield triumph for the Men’s 1st team, beating Thames Valley College in the final. The 2nd team win Wessex Division 2 for the first time and with it promotion to Division 1.

1994 The Men’s 2nd team, now under the nickname ‘Lemmings’, achieve an odd ‘double’. Relegated after their first division one season, they bounce back to beat Slough 81-55 to win the Karl Taylor Plate. During the summer, the 1st team is disbanded due to having too few players.

1995 For the fourth straight season, the Lemmings win a trophy – Wessex Division 2 this time, gaining promotion and putting an Aztecs team back in the top flight after a year’s absence. With the addition of a new Division 3 team named the “Phoenix”, the club boasts 7 teams and over 70 members registered to play.

1997 After a trophy-less year in 1996, the club does a Plate ‘double’, with the veterans, now known as ‘Aztecs Experience’ winning the men’s Plate. The Ladies repeat the feat in their competition, overcoming Hilton Nationals.

1999 A trophy to celebrate as the Experience return to the the Plate final and a 3-point shot with just 12 seconds left gives them victory 73-72 over Aldershot 27’s .

2000’s

2000-1 No trophies to celebrate the Millennium, but the developing intra-club rivalry sees the Experience continue their dominance over the Phoenix; their winning sequence in these matches now nine games.

2002 Aztec Ladies win the Wessex Ladies Plate competition.

2004 Following another successful Summer League, which expanded to 5 teams, the club enters a 4th men’s team into the Wessex League.

2005 The club achieves a double success, with Aztec Cobras narrowly winning the Wessex Open Division 2 championship – a whisker ahead of Aztec Lemmings, who finish as runners up.

2006 The club adopts another ladies team – The Rage, who were dropped at short notice by the Heat franchise. The Rage prove a point by winning the Ladies Division and reaching the Ladies Plate final.

2007 A very successful year – the Aztec Jaguars win the Wessex Division 1 title, the first time the club has been at the top for nearly 20 years. The Lemmings win promotion to Division 1, the Cobras finish 3rd in Division 3, and the Rage and the Jaguars win their respective Cup Finals – making a very satisfying double for the Jags, and Cup Double for the Club at Finals Day.

2008 The most successful in the Club’s history as we win 5 of the 7 competitions we enter. The Jaguars repeat last season’s double, the Lemmings stay in Division 1 by the narrowest of margins, the Cobras win the Club’s first Division 3 title, and the Experience just keep on going. On the ladies side, the Rage win a double of their own as they add the Ladies Plate to their 1st division title, and the Belles achieve their highest finish in any active player’s memory.

2009 Our men’s teams struggle to live up to last season’s glories, but the ladies do the Club proud, winning the full double – the Ladies First Division, and the Ladies Cup.

2010’s

2010 Once again the Ladies steal the limelight with a terrific late run to win the First Division, and also finish as runners up in the Ladies Cup.

2011 Jaguars win the Karl Taylor Plate.

2012 Storm win Ladies First Division Play-offs.

2013 Jaguars win the Open Second Division, the Play-offs and are runners up in the Surrey Cup; Storm win Ladies First Division.

2015 Lemmings win Division 3 Play-off final and promotion to Open Second Division after finishing second in Division 3. Jaguars lose in the Karl Taylor plate final.

2016 Storm win the Richard Bell Ladies Cup; they finish second in Division 1 and lose the play-off final by a single point. Suns lose in the final of the Division 2 play-offs and the Jags beat the Lemmings in the final of the Karl Taylor Plate.

2017 The Aztecs season is dominated by the Storm who win Ladies Division 1 and the final of the play-offs but lose in the final of the Richard Bell Ladies Cup.

2018 Once again the ladies take all the club honours. The Suns finish second in the Division 2 and then win the play-off final in convincing fashion. The Storm lose only one game all season – the final of the Richard Bell Cup by a single point. The win Division 1 and the play-off final. For the first time the club has five teams with five non-playing coaches.

Off the court the new web site was launched.