Great Game Previews In History: 12 October 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

The forces of Edwin of Northumbria — at the time the most powerful of the petty kings in England — are defeated on this day in 633 by an alliance of Mercia and Gwynedd at the Battle of Hatfield Chase in what is now south Yorkshire.

A few years earlier, Edwin had defeated Gwynedd’s leader, Cadwallon, and driven him to a small island off Anglesey. Cadwallon, after biding his time, drove the Northumbrians from his territory and then united with Penda of Mercia and gave chase, eventually joining the battle with the Northumbrians at Hatfield Chase.

Jets at Kings, 9 PM

Records: Jets (1-1-0, 2 points, 5th  in Conference III); Kings (0-1-1, 1 points, 7th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Kings won 4-2 at the Staples Center March 29.

Last 10: Winnipeg 1-1-0; Los Angeles 1-0-0

Historical Context: King Edwin and his son Osfrith were killed at the battle and his other son, Eadfrith, was captured by Penda. This sent the once-ascendent kings (hehehe) of Northumbria into disarray as Cadwallon gave chase all over the island. It’s been a slow start for the Kings; can the Jets bust out and give chase?