A real beast of a
lineman who many say could have played in the NFL. Played for the
Thames Valley Chargers from the games infancy in the UK. Moved from
there to join the Manchester Spartans where he won a national title in
1990. Also won a European Championship with the GB Lions in 1989. After
leaving the Spartans he
went on to play for the New York Knights in the World League where they
used to have walk off the team bus first in order to impress the away
fans and players!
Jackson in his Thames Valley days
DT Tom Tovo stands 6-foot-4 and played for various south coast teams including the 1996 Division Three
champions the Winchester Rifles. Has played a variety positions including defensive line, tight end and
fullback, but spent the 1997 London Monarchs training camp learning defensive end and
defensive tackle positions.
Tom Tovo playing for the England Monarchs in 1998
Also played for Eastleigh Royals and
Bournemouth Buccaneers...once had a 226-yard, three-TD rushing game for
the Royals. Family originates from Fiji.
Made 12 tackles for the Monarchs in 97, defended one pass and
returned a kickoff 33 yards...versatile player who returned for a
second season with the Monarchs. Stunned
Monarchs coaches at tryouts with his 290-pound frame and
4.6-second speed over the 40. Returned to the Monarchs for the 1998
season, before moving onto the Scottish Claymores in 1999. Tovo moved
onto play for the Southern Sundevils when the Claymores folded.
Tovo sacking Rhein Fire QB in 2000
and fast defensive linemen who started his career along with fellow
Allstar Les Jackson with the Thames Valley Chargers. Moved to the
Manchester Spartans in 1990 where he picked up a national title before
moving to the London Olympians in 1991. A two time European Champion
with the GB Lions in 1989 and 1991 he was also a 1991 World League
Dave Samuels (far left in red) playing for the GB Lions in 1991
One of the great stalwarts of the British game. Starting his career in the 1980s
with the Brighton B-52s, he played for them for many years, and then for the
Sussex Thunder when the 52s merged with the Crawley Raiders.
After the Thunder folded he moved
onto continue playing at the pinnacle of the sport with the best team
in the country, the London O's. Evans scored a TD on an interception
return for the O's, in their Britbowl 2003 triumph over the East
Kilbride Pirates. In his swansong season he was called up for the GB
Lions where he helped to win the 2004 European Pool B championship.
Evans (#60) with the 2004 European Championship trophy with the GB Lions
Standing 6ft 3" and weighing 270lbs
Hoyte led the infamous London Ravens D-Line from it's inception in 1983
through to when the Ravens folded..
Selected for the London Monarchs as part
of the Operation Discovery programme. Retired from the game in 1993,
but came out of retirement to play for his local team, the Plymouth
Admirals in 1994.
Ugwebulam was a dominating defensive end
who started his career at LB. Standing 6ft 4in and 220lbs he played for
the London Ravens for many years, competing in the 1988 Eurobowl
competition and was also called up for the GB Lions for the 1987 finals
in Finland, and then again in 1995 for the friendly against Ireland.
Returned to the game in the 2000s where he was coaching at the London
An unbelievably quick
defensive end, he was reported to have had the quickest first step of
any defensive lineman anywhere, and as a result he was a fantastic pass
rusher. Played for the London Olympians and also the Manchester
Spartans for many years when the sport was at it's peak.
No photo - if you one of Steve then we'd like to put it here.