Football

About the Program
The Bowdoin College football program is nearly as old as the sport itself. Established in 1889 as a varsity program, the Polar Bears have played football for 115 seasons. A member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference, Bowdoin plays against some of the most competitive teams in the country, and enjoys storied rivalries with both Bates and Colby. The Bowdoin-Colby rivalry is the third-longest rivalry in Division III history, having been played 118 times dating back to 1892 (a 56-0 Bowdoin victory). The Bowdoin-Bates game is the 10th longest Division III series, dating back to 1889 (a 62-0 Bowdoin win).

Bowdoin is considered the "Cradle of College Football in Maine", having been the first intercollegiate football squad in the state. For decades, the Polar Bears were part of the fabled Maine State Championship Series along with rivals Colby, Bates and Maine-Orono. Bowdoin was the crowned State Champion nine times prior to 1965, when U-Maine made the jump to Division I. The state championship teams of 1935, '36, '37, '40, '42, '49, '52, '60 and '63 leave a lasting legacy for the current Polar Bears to strive towards.

Football at Bowdoin provides student-athletes with the rare opportunity to combine a competitive athletic experience with a top-rate education. Over the past few seasons, head coach Dave Caputi has incorporated a sense of renewal and excitement around a young, athletic squad. The team plays its home games at Whittier Field, on the campus of Bowdoin College. Built in 1902, Whittier Field is one of the most storied football stadiums in New England, seeing over 400 games in its existence. For more information about the Bowdoin football team, contact Head Coach Caputi at dcaputi@bowdoin.edu.

Bowdoin, as all other NESCAC teams, play a conference-only eight-game schedule and do not participate in the NCAA Division III Football Tournament.

2007 Recap
The Bowdoin College football team finished the 2007 campaign with a 3-5 record, finishing seventh in the NESCAC standings. The Polar Bears opened the season with a bang, defeating the reigning NESCAC Champion, Williams, for the first time since 1979. Bowdoin capped their season with a flourish, earning the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) Championship for the second consecutive season for the first time since 1997-98.

Senior defensive back Lamont White earned First-Team All-NESCAC and All-ECAC honors for his four-interception campaign. Offensive lineman Rogan Donelly '08 captured his second-straight First-Team nod while Kevin Zikaras '10 garnered Second-Team All-NESCAC honors.

Facilities
The Bowdoin College football team practices at Pickard Field, part of Bowdoin's 35-acre athletic complex. Bowdoin's home games are played at historic Whittier Field, one of the most storied football fields in the nation. The field, named for Frank Nathaniel Whitter (Class of 1885), Bowdoin's first athletic director, was built in 1902. Hubbard Grandstand was a gift of General Thomas H. Hubbard (Class of 1857) and was finished in 1904. Nestled among the Bowdoin pines, it is one of most gorgeous settings for collegiate football in New England.

In the summer of 2007, the football team's locker room space in Pickard Field House was redone. With locker space for 75 student-athletes, as well as an equipment and training room, Bowdoin now has one of the top practice facilities in the NESCAC.

     

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Football Coaching Staff

Head coach: Dave Caputi
Assistant coaches: Tom Radulski, Ryan Sullivan, Trevor Powers, Steve Shukie, Brendan O'Brien, Calvin Hatfield, Dave Chase, Sean Welch

In the fall of 2008, David Caputi will enter his ninth season as the head coach of the Bowdoin football team. Hired in the spring of 2000 as the 28th coach in the storied history of the program, Caputi has led a rebuilding effort that has seen the Polar Bears become one of the most competitive teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

In 2005, Bowdoin earned a third-place finish in the NESCAC with victories over Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Hamilton, Wesleyan and Bates. Four Polar Bears earned All-Conference selections in 2005, and 23 players have collected All-NESCAC honors under Caputi. In addition, several of Caputi's players have been recognized as Academic All-NESCAC, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Football Foundation and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. In 2006 and '07 the Polar Bears claimed consecutive C-B-B (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) Championships for the first time in a decade.

Caputi joined the Bowdoin athletic staff after serving as the offensive coordinator for Williams College -- a fellow member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). In his 13 years at Williams, the Ephs compiled a 88-13-3 record with four undefeated seasons. Before joining Williams, Caputi served as the quarterbacks and secondary coach for Tufts University from 1985 to 1986. In his two seasons at Tufts, the football team transformed from an 0-7-1 squad the year before he arrived to 7-1 in his second season. In 1986, the Jumbos were voted the top-ranked Division III football team in New England.

After a year of assistant coaching for Fitchburg (Mass.) High School, Caputi earned his first collegiate coaching experience at Amherst College as a receivers coach and scouting coordinator in 1982. After a brief stint in the business world in 1983-84, Caputi returned to coaching -- again with Amherst -- as an offensive backfield and receivers coach, helping the Lord Jeffs notch a perfect 8-0 season in 1984.

Caputi graduated from Middlebury College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in American history. On the gridiron, he was the starting quarterback for a Panthers squad that finished the 1980 season with a 6-1-1 record. In 1994, Caputi received his Master's Degree in Education from North Adams State (Mass.) College.

Caputi is married to Elizabeth Connolly Caputi and they have four children -- David, Marguerite, Lydia and Claire. For more information about the Bowdoin football team, contact Head Coach Caputi at dcaputi@bowdoin.edu.< /p>

Tom Radulski, Defensive Coordinator - (207) 725-3904

Radulski will begin his ninth season with Bowdoin and will be the defensive coordinator and coach of the secondary. A football coach for 30 years, Radulski has an extensive background in the sport. Before coming to Bowdoin, Radulski was the head coach for Sacred Heart (Conn.) University starting in 1997. Prior to his work with the Pioneers, Radulski was the first full-time head coach at UMass-Lowell. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Radulski has also coached at Hamilton, Colby, UNH, Columbia and Allegheny.

Ryan Sullivan, Offensive Line - (207) 725-3962

Sullivan enters his eighth year as the Bowdoin's offensive line coach. Sullivan is a native of Hubbardston, Mass. An alum of Middlebury, he was captain of the football team, and was as assistant coach after graduation. Sullivan has also coached for two years at Georgetown before becoming the head coach at Quabbin Regional and then Weston High School in Massachusetts. Sullivan, who also coaches Softball at Bowdoin, and his wife Carrie reside in Brunswick with their daughters Shea, Kelsey and Elyse.

Steve Shukie, Wide Receivers - (207) 725-3350

Steve Shukie starts his third year on the Bowdoin coaching staff after stints at Johns Hopkins and King's College. A 2005 graduate of Johns Hopkins, Shukie's playing career was cut short due to injuries, but he took up assistant coaching duties for the Blue Jays, who captured three Centennial Conference Championships during his tenure. A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, Shukie's older brother John '99 played football for Bowdoin. Shukie will be responsible for the Polar Bear wide recewivers this season.

Trevor Powers '06, Defensive Backs - (207) 725-3186

Powers was a two-sport athlete at Bowdoin, and was a special-teams standout as a senior on the football squad in 2005. He left his mark on the baseball diamond as well, becoming the winningest pitcher in school history by going 21-8 with a 3.68 career ERA. He twiced captained the baseball team and earned Bowdoin's Frederick G.P. Thorne Award for Outstanding Leadership by a Male Athlete. A government major at Bowdoin, Powers was a finalist for the Fitzpatrick Award while attending Cheverus High School. This season, Powers will head up the defensive backs for the Polar Bears.

Brendan O'Brien, Safeties/Recruiting - (207) 725-3382

O'Brien joins the Bowdoin coaching staff and will be responsible for the safeties this fall. O'Brien has extensive collegiate coaching experience, most recently at NESCAC rival Amherst College, where he coached the inside linebackers for the past two seasons. Previous to that he spent one year at Bentley College working with the outside linebackers. O'Brien was a linebacker at Norwich University from 1997-2000, and a two-time all conference selection. He returned to Norwich as a coach in 2002 and helped the program reach the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. O'Brien, a native of Waltham, Mass., is also the recruiting coordinator for the Polar Bear Football team.

  

Calvin Hatfield, Defensive Line - (207) 798-7174

Hatfield, a native of Maine and a 2001 graduate of Cheverus High School, will assume the duties of defensive line coach for the 2008 campaign. He attended Kenyon (Ohio) College where he was a four-year starter and linebacker and senior captain, graduating with a degree in sociology. After two years as an English teacher and football coach at Northern Vance High School in North Carolina, Hatfield returned to Kenyon as an assistant coach, where he led the offensive line corps a year ago.

David Chase, Running Backs

Chase joins the Bowdoin coaching staff in 2008 and will coach the running backs. Originally from Sabattus, Maine, Chase attended Husson College, where he played quarterback and was a three-year captain for the Braves. He graduated from Husson in 2008 with a degree in Physical Education.

 

Sean Welch, Defensive Backs Assistant
Welch, a senior at Bowdoin, will be a student assistant for the Polar Bears in 2008. A three-year contributor at defensive back, Welch will serve as a defensive assistant for Bowdoin.

 

 
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Football Roster

# Name Year Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/School
2 Ian Merry 09 TE 6-5 218 Salem, Mass./St. John's Prep
3 Will McIver 10 DB 5-9 171 Morristown, N.J./Delbarton
4 Nick Tom 10 RB 5-10 182 Newton Square, Pa./Haverford
5 Kevin Raymond 11 WR 5-11 165 Niantic, Conn./East Lyme
6 Patrick Noone 12 WR 5-11 190 N. Attleboro, Mass./Noble & Greenough
7 Kevin Sullivan 10 LB 6-1 196 Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport
8 Matt Moran 10 WR 5-9 180 West Warwick, R.I./Bishop Hendricken
9 Nick Ianetta 11 DB 5-11 185 Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury
10 Mason Moss 12 QB 6-2 180 Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood
11 Dave Westhaver 12 DB 6-1 185 Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield
12 R.J. Shea 12 QB 6-6 205 Barrington, R.I./Barrington
13 Nolan McNair 08 QB/K 6-1 175 Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park
14 Brian Conti 09 QB 6-3 215 Amherst, N.H./Souhegan
15 Tim Kelleher 09 WR 6-2 205 Pepperell, Mass./N. Middlesex
16 Oliver Kell 10 QB 6-3 200 Westford, Mass./Kents Hill
17 Ian Edwards 12 LB 6-3 195 Bangor, Maine/Bangor
18 Dave Mandelbaum 12 DB 5-10 180 Scarsdale, N.Y./Edgemont
19 Greg Racioppe 09 WR 6-1 190 Verona, N.J./Verona
20 Justin Starr 10 WR 5-9 175 Concord, N.H./Concord
21 Bobby Welch 10 DB 5-9 165 Dover, Mass./Dover-Sherborn
22 Chris Martin 12 DB 5-10 170 Woburn, Mass./Woburn
23 Kevin Zikaras 10 LB 6-4 220 Milford, Conn./Avon Old Farms
24 Matt Leotti 10 LB 6-0 200 Bound Brook, N.J./Delbarton
26 Ryan Squillante 09 LB 6-1 220 Sparta, N.J./Seton Hall Prep
27 Peter Troubh 12 LB 6-3 187 New York, N.Y./Taft
30 James Lathrop 11 RB 5-11 200 Westerly, R.I./Westerly
31 Tyler Reichert 12 DB 5-10 160 Bound Brook, N.J./Pingry
32 Paul Hinman 11 DB 6-1 187 So. Portland, Maine/Cheverus
33 Damon Hall-Jones 09 LB 6-2 220 Milton, Mass./Roxbury Latin
34 Michael Blouin 12 DB 5-8 160 Rochester, N.H./Spaulding
35 Barrett Brown 09 DL 6-1 215 Los Olivos, Calif./Thacher
37 Tyler Tennant 10 LB 5-10 180 Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott
40 Bill Donahue 11 WR/P 6-3 195 E. Walpole, Mass./Milton Acad.
41 Mark Danso 12 LB 6-0 195 Boston, Mass./Roxbury Latin
42 Kevin O'Connor 11 LB 6-3 215 Westwood, Mass./Westwood
43 Greg Pierce 12 RB 5-10 185 Beverly, Mass./Beverly
44 Ian Vieira 12 LB 5-10 185 Plymouth, Mass./Thayer Acad.
45 Jack Dingess 09 DL 6-2 230 Allison Park, Pa./Shady Side
46 Devin Walsh 10 DL 6-2 220 W. Simsbury, Conn./N'west Catholic
47 Reed Harasimowicz 11 LB 6-3 215 Harvard, Mass./Bromfield
48 Jason Koperniak 09 DL 6-1 230 Adams, Mass./Hoosac Valley
51 Scott Roman 11 DL 6-0 225 Dover, Mass./Loomis-Chaffee
56 Jason Finkelstein 09 OL 6-1 240 Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais
57 Barry Clarke 12 DL 5-8 200 New York, N.Y./Taft
58 Matt Ramos 12 OL 6-0 245 Woburn, Mass./Woburn
60 Ben Larkins 09 OL 6-5 260 Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough
65 Tom Flanagan 10 OL 6-4 270 Hingham, Mass./Hingham
66 Gus Spaulding 09 OL 6-4 280 Chestnut Hill, Mass./Deerfield
67 Kyle Duncan 12 DL 6-0 287 New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan
68 Nicholas Cataldo 12 DL 6-1 280 Walpole, Mass./Catholic Memorial
69 Paul Steinberg 12 OL 6-3 280 Brooklyn, N.Y./Polytec Prep
70 Chris Necchi 10 DL 6-2 220 Medway, Mass./Xaverian Bros.
71 Peter Brandstatter 10 OL 6-4 250 Niles, Mich./Niles
72 Ray Wang 09 OL 6-3 295 Sherborn, Mass./Dover-Sherborn
73 Chris Grillo 11 OL 6-5 260 Exeter, N.H./Exeter
74 Josh Quint 12 OL 6-4 255 Minot, Maine/Poland Regional
75 Joe Smith 12 OL 6-4 288 Wilton, Conn./Wilton
76 Grant Easterbrook 11 OL 6-4 265 Bethesda, Md./Winston Churchill
77 Andrew Baer 11 OL 6-6 330 Bethesda, Md./Landon
78 Conrad Dresdale 12 OL 6-3 275 Bronxville, N.Y./Rye Country Day
81 Bobby Riley 10 LB 5-11 205 Needham, Mass./Needham
82 Michael Welsh 09 FB 6-3 225 Milford, Mass./Milford
83 Dylan O'Neil 12 DL 6-1 205 Worcester, Mass./Worcester Acad.
85 Andrew Belmonte 12 TE 6-4 230 Beverly, Mass./Lawrence Acad.
86 Daniel Butz 11 TE 6-2 220 Great Falls, Va./Landon
88 Ben Shulman 09 DL 6-2 245 Hingham, Mass./Thayer Acad.
89 Dan Evans 12 LB 6-3 210 Marblehead, Mass./Phillips Acad.
90 Sam Martin 12 DL 6-4 200 Bangor, Maine/Bangor
95 Dominic Ridgard 11 DL 6-2 220 Randolph, Mass./B.C. High
96 Lonnie Nunley 12 DL 6-3 215 Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's
98 Brian McDonald 11 DL 6-3 205 Westwood, Mass./Westwood
99 Phil Tonucci 10 TE 6-5 245 Hingham, Mass./Roxbury Latin

Head Coach: Dave Caputi
Assistant Coaches: Tom Radulski, Ryan Sullivan, Trevor Powers, Steve Shukie, Brendan O'Brien, Calvin Hatfield, Dave Chase, Sean Welch
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 Football Schedule

Date/TimeOpponent Result Score
09/20/2008,  1:00PMat MiddleburyL  42-28
09/27/2008,  1:00PMAMHERSTL  31-24
10/04/2008,  1:00PMTUFTSW  28-26
10/11/2008,  12:00PMat HamiltonL  28-17
10/18/2008,  1:00PMTRINITY 
10/25/2008,  12:30PMat Wesleyan 
11/01/2008,  12:30PMBATES 
11/08/2008,  12:30PMat Colby 
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Football Releases

Date Posted Title
10/09/2008,  9:00PM Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes
10/02/2008,  9:00AM Football vs. Tufts Game Notes
09/25/2008,  3:00PM Football vs. Amherst Game Notes
09/17/2008,  3:00PM Football vs. Middlebury Game Notes
06/17/2008,  1:00PM Tonucci Selected to NCAA SAAC
01/08/2008,  3:30PM White Earns ECAC Honor
11/15/2007,  11:00PM Three Polar Bears Earn All-NESCAC
11/11/2007,  9:30PM Kell Named NESCAC Player of Week
11/08/2007,  1:30PM Football vs. Colby Game Notes
11/01/2007,  2:00PM Football vs. Bates Game Notes
10/25/2007,  3:00PM Football vs. Wesleyan Game Notes
10/18/2007,  12:00PM Football vs. Trinity Game Notes
10/11/2007,  1:00PM Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes
10/08/2007,  1:00PM Bowdoin Hosts Second Annual 5K "Phlail"
10/04/2007,  10:00AM Football vs. Tufts Game Notes
09/27/2007,  2:30PM Football vs. Amherst Game Notes
09/23/2007,  9:00PM Lamont White Named Player of Week
09/20/2007,  8:00AM Football vs. Williams Game Notes
09/19/2007,  3:00PM Football Webcasts Announced
05/08/2007,  10:00AM Hammond, Duffus Named NSCA All-American
04/13/2007,  9:30AM Football To Host NFF/NFL Coaching Academy
11/20/2006,  3:30PM Three From Football Named All-NESCAC
11/13/2006,  10:30AM Tennant Named Rookie of the Week
11/09/2006,  1:30PM Football vs. Colby Game Notes
11/06/2006,  4:00PM Kell Named Rookie of the Week
11/02/2006,  8:30PM Football vs. Bates Game Notes
10/26/2006,  1:30PM Football vs. Wesleyan Game Notes
10/19/2006,  10:00PM Football vs. Trinity Game Notes
10/12/2006,  2:00PM Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes
10/11/2006,  2:30PM Bowdoin To Host "Phil Soule 5K Phlail"
10/05/2006,  2:00PM Football vs. Tufts Game Notes
09/28/2006,  2:30PM Football vs. Amherst Game Notes
09/21/2006,  11:00AM Football vs. Williams Game Notes
09/20/2006,  2:00PM 2006 Football Season Preview
09/01/2006,  12:00PM Football Adds Two Coaches for '06
05/19/2006,  1:00PM Football To Host Skills Clinic
01/16/2006,  1:00PM Bowdoin Mourns The Passing of Phil Soule
12/30/2005,  1:30PM Dave Diamond Receives "Swede" Nelson Award
11/21/2005,  10:30AM Bowdoin Honored With Four on NESCAC Team
11/09/2005,  9:00AM Football vs. Colby Game Notes
11/03/2005,  2:30PM Football vs. Bates Game Notes
10/31/2005,  10:30AM Leclerc Named Player of the Week
10/27/2005,  2:30PM Football vs. Wesleyan Game Notes
10/20/2005,  1:00PM Football vs. Trinity Game Notes
10/18/2005,  12:00PM Football Garners Media Attention
10/13/2005,  12:30PM Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes
10/06/2005,  12:30PM Football vs. Tufts Game Notes
10/03/2005,  12:00PM Donahue Named Player of the Week
09/29/2005,  11:30AM Football vs. Amherst Game Notes
09/25/2005,  8:00PM Nolin Earns Player of the Week
09/22/2005,  1:00PM Football vs. Middlebury Game Notes
09/19/2005,  1:30PM 2005 Bowdoin College Football Preview
08/23/2005,  1:00PM Tim Ryan, Ryan Jones Join Football Staff
04/26/2005,  1:00PM Cohen, Perovich Named NSCA All-Americans
11/22/2004,  5:00PM Five Earn All-NESCAC Honors
11/10/2004,  4:30PM Football vs. Colby Game Notes
11/04/2004,  2:00PM Football vs. Bates Game Notes
10/28/2004,  2:00PM Football vs. Wesleyan Game Notes
10/21/2004,  2:00PM Football vs. Trinity Game Notes
10/20/2004,  2:00PM 2004 Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees
10/14/2004,  4:00PM Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes
10/11/2004,  10:30AM Curwen Honored Again By NESCAC
10/07/2004,  3:30PM Football vs. Tufts Game Notes
09/30/2004,  5:00PM Football vs. Amherst Game Notes
09/29/2004,  2:30PM Football Games To Be Broadcast Live on Web
09/26/2004,  4:00PM Curwen Named Defensive Player of the Week
09/23/2004,  1:00PM Bowdoin vs. Middlebury Game Notes
09/21/2004,  1:00PM 2004 Bowdoin Football Preview
08/11/2004,  11:00AM Article In Sun-Journal Features Dr. Hanley
05/14/2004,  11:00AM Bowdoin Honors Athletes at All-Sports Banquet
11/21/2003,  12:30PM Academic All-NESCAC Honors
11/18/2003,  9:30AM Boudreau Named All-Conference
11/06/2003,  11:00AM Football vs. Colby Game Notes
10/30/2003,  12:00PM Football vs. Bates Game Notes
10/23/2003,  1:30PM Football vs. Wesleyan Game Notes
10/16/2003,  1:00PM Football vs. Trinity Game Notes
10/09/2003,  10:30AM Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes
10/02/2003,  10:00AM Football vs. Tufts Game Notes
09/25/2003,  11:00AM Football vs. Amherst Game Notes
09/18/2003,  12:00PM Football vs. Williams Game Notes
09/15/2003,  1:30PM 2003 Football Preview
07/31/2003,  11:30AM Fall Scheduled Posted
07/31/2003,  TBA Davies Tabbed as Head Trainer
05/22/2003,  8:00AM Hardison Honored by the National Football Foundation
05/05/2003,  8:00AM Wagner, Smith Honored By NSCA
11/18/2002,  8:00AM All-Academic NESCAC Team
11/15/2002,  8:00AM All-NESCAC Football Team Announced
11/07/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin vs. Colby Football Game Notes
10/31/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin vs. Bates Football Game Notes
10/24/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin vs. Wesleyan Football Game Notes
10/17/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin vs. Trinity Football Game Notes
10/10/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin vs. Hamilton Football Game Notes
10/09/2002,  8:00AM Football Game To Be Broadcast This Weekend
10/07/2002,  8:00AM Duggan Named Rookie of the Week
10/03/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin-Tufts Football Game Notes
09/26/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Ranks Third Nationally in Grad Rate
09/26/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin-Amherst Football Game Notes
09/20/2002,  8:00AM Football vs. Williams Game Notes
09/19/2002,  8:00AM 2002 Football Preview
09/17/2002,  8:00AM Men's Soccer vs. U.N.E. Postponed
08/21/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Sponsors Strength and Conditioning Symposium
07/29/2002,  8:00AM Fall Schedules Released
12/12/2001,  8:00AM Fall Captains Announced
11/15/2001,  8:00AM Two Football Players Earn All-Nescac Honors
10/15/2001,  8:00AM Young Earns NESCAC Rookie of the Week Honors
09/21/2001,  4:00PM Bowdoin Football Preview
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Football : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1986, 1985, 1984