The history of the DC started way back in 1973, when as young lad, Presidents CEO Jeff Rutter bought some second hand copies of Sports Illustrated that were on sale in Chester-le-St market. Amazed at the spectacle of this, then foreign sport, and the occasional showing of the Superbowl highlights on World of Sport meant that the seeds of the Club were embedded for the future. It was not until autumn 1984 when Channel 4 started showing American Football on a Sunday that the acorns would start to evolve into actual reality. The UK saw a spate of new clubs forming and the original team were born on 17th Feb 1985 with 5 players attending the first ever training session in Washington.
Because of the town being the birthplace of the first US President George Washington’s Grandfather it was decided to call the team the Washington Presidents.
The summer of 1985 saw the clubs first ever game against another local new team the Darlington Dragons which the President won 62-10 with Von Irving being the Presidents first ever scorer bagging 3 TD’s on the day, and also Jeff Rutter scoring on his debut game as QB.
The Presidents then played the much more experienced Steel City Giants from Sheffield losing 22-13 and rounded off 1985 with another tough but vital experience game against Musselburgh Magnums away losing 56-12.
The following year1986 saw the formation of the new National Budweiser League and the Presidents entered their first competitive season in Div 1 North. To gain much needed experience they played 3 pre –season matches on the road losing to Newcastle Senators 46-6, then a long trek down to Hereford Chargers losing 28-22 and then winning 26-24 against the Bradford Dolphins (deemed to be in the top 3 Presidents all time classic games, Washington scored on the last play of the game to win a hard fought battle)
The Presidents first ever regular season (1986) went as follows with the team ending with a respectable 4 – 6 season (Home games were played at Albany Park, Washington)
Lancashire Chieftains 37-12 Presidents
Presidents 20- 50 Glasgow Diamonds
Stockport Falcons 12 -36 Presidents (first ever League win)
Presidents 42 – 34 Lancashire Chieftains
Presidents 40 - 43 Bolton Braves
Bolton Braves 40 – 14 Presidents
Presidents 28 – 61 Newcastle Senators
Newcastle senators 41 - 30 Presidents
Presidents 62 – 6 Stockport Falcons
Glasgow Diamonds 46 – 18 Presidents
With an encouraging first season behind them and earning themselves a growing reputation as an exciting passing team QB Jeff Rutter became the first British QB to throw over 1000yds in a season ending on 1275yds and 19 passing TDs. In that year the club also have representatives at an NFL dinner held in London and a coaching clinic weekend that followed. It was here that they met the most famous NFL star of 1986, Dan Marino. The Club was further represented at the Chicago Bears Vs Dallas Cowboys game when Jeff Rutter and George Skidmore took part in the British Pairs Passing Competition at half time on the Wembley pitch.