New Seahawkers Logo Vote Open

As you may or may not know, the chapter-wide logo for all Seahawks booster clubs is changing. In the spirit of competition the club is running a competition after several submissions from all corners of 12’s fandom entered specific logos over the past few weeks and months.

The logo competition is running with votes open until November 20th. So go quick and vote!

If you want to, which you may, our very own Gordon Currie, Graphic Designing don has one of his designs up for the vote (option 3) so to get one of our own’s work across all the chapters and representing the club would be fantastic for Gordon for all the work he does!

You can vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VJ8BLM2

Remember…OPTION 3 (if you so choose….)

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2015 Pick ‘Em Winner Collects His Prize

As the 2016 competition rolls on with a tight top of a leaderboard. The 2015 winner of the Chapter Members pick ’em league finally got his hands on his prize today (Wednesday 16th 2016).
Cedric Auchere, from Leeds was the lucky man who outdid plenty of other chapter members to claim the 2015 prize. The Prize – a ball signed by Seahawks LB Kevin Pierre-Louis- was finally handed to Cedric this week after the prize was collected from Seattle last month.

The Chapter President, Sean Wilson was on hand to present one, if not the only Anglo-French UK Seahawks member the prize. Cedric had this to say about his Seahawks fandom, saying:

“Being a Seahawkers is an obvious choice as a 12, if you live in Seattle that is. But what about when you live in Leeds? Well to me it was still an obvious choice, the choice of making my “twelveness” official ; not many 12s outside the USA can claim to have an official chapter at hand. So for the past few years my family and I have been members. As well as being part of a chapter and getting to meet fellow 12s.

On winning the pick ’em, Cedric added:

“It was a great surprise to win the “pickem” competition last year resulting in receiving a signed football today; and no it wasn’t Sean’s autograph but Kevin Pierre-Louis’! I have to admit that my membership has been very productive this year as I also was the lucky winner of a field pass for the Bills game. So special thanks to the UK Seahawkers and Sean. And Go Hawks!”

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Cedric poses with his Pick ‘Em Prize

As this proves and Cedric and many more can attest to it certainly pays to be a UK Seahawks fully fledged paid member!

To get involved, click here and congrats to Cedric!

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Special 12 Flag’s’Journey’ Reaches the Motherland

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Since January’s devastating loss of our former President Ian Smith, one 12 flag has made trips across the country and last week, for the 2nd time this season, went to Seattle.
A little background on this flag, the idea of it being signed in memoriam was the idea  Chapter member Adam Nathan at Ian’s wake in January and was a focal point for the National Meet in April and September’s spreading of Ian’s Ashes on the Sound in September.
It was on that trip which saw former ‘Hawks RB Marshawn Lynch sign the flag. This past week’s trip however had two ‘moments’ to add to the story of a sharp idea from Mr Nathan.
Firstly came when in the company of Hall of Fame LT Walter Jones on the Sunday (6th November), saw the flag emerge and Walt offer to sign it, which he did with his ‘HOF’ signature.

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Walt signs the flag on Sunday night

Then following a visit to the teams facility* on the shores of Lake Washington the following Wednesday where it was handed over to Thomas Buren who along with his team soon found a quick spot for it. Two days after, on Veterans Day in the US, Thomas and his colleagues flew the flag up the flagpole on the practice field and put the chapter front and center of many a cool picture, as a showing of the pride team taking in the part of Ian’s tribute.
It was a gesture which is greatly appreciated by the chapter, committee and most importantly Ian’s family with all of Ian’s work alongside the Military Seahawkers and his past serving in our military too making such a big impression on who he was.
This was a great end to a great week for those who made the trip and the possible finish point of very cool idea of a gesture and ‘tribute’ to the Big man from one of our members

*massive thanks to Chris Johnson and the guys at VMAC for sorting a few of us out for the tour of the teams facility, greatly appreciated.

 

For the other few pictures of the flag up at VMAC, here is the post from our President Sean Wilson

 

 

 

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Date & Venue Set For 2017 AGM

As the year winds down towards a new one and another Seahawks season picks up steam, it’ll soon be time to take stock of what 2016 bought to the chapter and what 2017 could bring and do to help boost our chapter!

With that in mind we are pleased to announce the date and some early details for the 2017 Chapter AGM.

As with the 2016 meeting, the 2017 congregation will come together at The Willoughby Arms in Kingston-Upon-Thames in London. The date is set with the blessing of the welcoming landlord, Rick as February 5th 2017.

That date may ring a bell as it is the same night as SUPERBOWL 51. Last year we did similar- hosting the AGM in the prelude to watching the NFL season’s final chapter- and it went down well with a great turnout and positive feedback of lining the two calendar events up on the same night.

The Willoughby is the venue as a sense of tradition in remembrance of our former President Ian Smith who had the pub as a ‘base’ for watching games in small and large groups in recent years and the committee all see it as our ‘spiritual home’ because of that and giving the custom to Rick and the pub on this occasion as a way of gratitude for all the hospitality!

Timings of the night will be announced in the coming weeks. As well as all the relevant information on 2017 membership and everything that will come with that small price next year.

But a few things on the order of business. The AGM is open to members only but all non-Members (and non-Seahawks fans) are welcome to join us to watch the Superbowl later in the evening if they so wish. The capacity will be capped at around 70 however on Rick’s request, with first refusal for ‘entry’  for the night going to 2017 Chapter members.

As stated above, more information will be confirmed and released in the coming weeks in the lead up to the night. But get involved in what should be a great night!

In the mean time if you want to find out more information then leave a comment or contact one of the committee or your local reps. All contact information is via one of the tabs on the top of the page!

GO HAWKS!

@SeahawkersUK on Twitter

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Willoughby Arms, 47 Willoughby Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 6LN

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Closest train station: Norbiton (around a ten minute walk from Station to venue)

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#DrinkForSmudge Trends For UK 12’s

Week 1 of the 2016 NFL Season for the UK Seahawkers presented an opportunity for those in the UK fan chapter and all over Twitter to give a nod in tribute to someone who did so much for this chapter and fandom of the team in the UK.

Ian Smith, the former chapter president died earlier this year and to show his family and those close to him the guys who host the UK Seahawkers Podcast ‘The Pedestrian Podcast’ thought it’d be a good idea to use social media and a hashtag to show that they were thinking of the big man affectionately known as ‘Smudge’.

The reaction to the # was immense on both Twitter and Facebook and toasts to Ian came in from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and even a greatly appreciated nod from the Military Seahawkers over in the Motherland in Seattle!

This will be something we on the committee want to encourage throughout the season.

Below is a selection of Tweets which came in last night, to get involved or to reach the chapter in the future on Twitter it is @SeahawkersUK. #DrinkForSmudge

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UK Seahawkers Invade Birmingham & Dublin

This weekend (Saturday September 3rd) saw two meets for the UK Seahawkers as the chapter builds on a successful National meet in April.

In Dublin, with the NCAA Football game between Georgia Tech and Boston College at Aviva Stadium a dozen or so members of the chapter and Facebook group took the opportunity to meet up and share a few cold ones post game.

Meanwhile, the 2nd annual ‘Midlands Seahawks Meet’ took place in Birmingham. Taking in bars on Broad Street and in the city’s Jewellery Quarter with around 25-30 Seahawks fans, chapter members and Facebook group members spent the day meeting up with new and old faces!

The Birmingham meet also saw Pam Sheppard make the journey up from Cornwall with her family. Pam, along with her husband Michael and son Gavin (who was also there in Birmingham) started the first UK-based Seahawks fan group in 1981. She was flooded with listening ears for some of her stories and was blown away by the numbers present 35 years on from humble beginnings for the team’s fandom over this side of the Atlantic.

The results of that meeting and subsequent chat between current Chapter President Sean Wilson, chapter member Stuart Court and Pam will be uploaded to the website in the near future!

Until then, below are a selection of photos from the two events. Thanks to Conor Tyrell, Alan Kennedy, Gavin Sheppard and Andy and Karen Pilkington-Steele for taking the pictures and sending them in to be put on this site!

Go Hawks!

 

 

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Announcing A UK Seahawkers Podcast!

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As the 2016 season draws closer- 42 days and counting- we as a chapter have moved another step of getting our voices heard from across the pond!

The Pedestrian Podcast is here. The official UK Seahawkers Podcast is debuting today (August 1st).

With the hosts, Stuart Court, Adam Nathan and Ross Bell we will convene regularly to discuss the latest goings on in Hawktown, preview and review games and get other chapter members of the UK Seahawkers chapter involved to talk over their fandom and their thoughts and opinions on the team and players.

From the Midlands, North West London and Southern England we feel it gives a fair broad stroke of the heartbeat in UK Seahawks and adding the guest spots from our other chapter members we hope this will push the Chapter on in 2016.

To listen is simple, click the link on the above menu will load the Podbean player and enable you to listen to our latest discussions and rantings.

You can download a Podbean app and subscribe to the ‘cast to get it direct into your inbox everytime we deliver on one.

Soon to be up on iTunes we hope you can listen as regularly as you can and give positive feedback, reviews o nthe different platforms it is available on! All will help us keep bringing it to you!

All that is left is to share with you the First one! 

Enjoy!

UK Seahawkers Committee

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