Allstar Offensive Linemen
A really good, technically-strong offensive lineman who was a tremendous pass
blocker. Hopkins had spells at many clubs from 1984 onwards with the Swindon
Steelers, and then onto the Cotswold Bears, Gloucester Boars, Birmingham Bulls,
Severn Vale Royals, Manchester Spartans, Milton Keynes Pioneers, Leicester
Panthers (1996) and now as Head Coach at the Bristol Aztecs.
He signed pro for
Coach Jim Criner in 1990 in the I.L.A.F. (International League of
American Football). As the NFL announced the World League was to
start in 1991 so all the money dropped out of the ILAF before it
started. With the advent of the World League
of American Football in 1991 and 1992 he played for the Sacramento
Surge as part of Operation Discovery, and the GB Spartans between
1993 and 1995.
Hopkins also played
various times for the GB Lions from 85 through 91, then again in 2000.
At 6 foot 6 inches and 380lbs, Tony MacKenzie is an imposing figure. He
came second in the poll for top offensive linement, but is also
recognised as one of Britain's finest defensive linemen as well.
After starting his career at the Bournemouth Renegades, he rounded off a
stunning Youth career by starring for the GB
Crusaders Youth team. He
attended Hastings College in Nebraska for four
seasons between 1991 and 1995, and on his return to the UK MacKenzie
national title with the Winchester Rifles, before joining the London
Monarchs and started nine games at left guard in his rookie 1996
season. Returned to the Monarchs for the 1997 and 1998 seasons, and
also played for the GB Lions in 1997.
play for the Southern Sundevils, and then then onto the PA
Knights where he led the team in tackles in 2003. In 2004 he won a
national championship with the Knights and reached a european final
with the same team. Moved to the Coventry Jets in 2007 reaching the
national final again, before returning to the Knights in 2008 wherehe won defensive player of the season.
"Probably the best Offensive
Linemen to have played in the UK. A massive presence on the field, and quick on
his feet. Great pass protector and good on sweeps and
traps.""A big, very talented offensive linemen who
was as nice a guy as I have ever met, and who was a tremendous
No photo - if you have one of Tony then we'd like to put it here.
Having started playing football at the age of about 11, Nick briefly played
peewee football at the Sabres (c. 1985). He moved to the Sabres junior team in
'91 the year before they won back to back championships, and played his first
kitted game against the London Capitals. He was out of football again for about
4 years and rejoined the Sabres as part of the teams 10 year reunion in 1995, at
that time Jim Messenger was still the Head Coach and despite the team having
limited numbers they managed to be reasonably successful, making the playoffs in
95, 98, and 99. He played in the Allstar game of 1997 and was invited to a
Monarchs development player session where he trained with fellow Allstar Tony
Mackenzie and Tom Tovo.
Following this he got involved with the GB Lions and
made the squad for EC qualifier against France in 1998 at the National
Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes. In 2000 he joined the London Olympians
and has since played a part in 6 National Championship seasons, the
Eurobowl and EFAF Cup competitions and a further 5 games for Great
Britain (where in won the Euro Pool B championship in 2004). He is
currently in his fifth year of coaching Offensive Line in the BCAFL
(two years at Hertfordshire under Jim Messenger and three years with
No photo - if you have one of Nick then we'd like to put it here.
The hard-nosed leader of the Spartans offensive line who led
by example. Cornerstone of the great Manchester Spartans team of the early
1990s. Cameron starred for GB Lions in their 1989 European Nations Championship
win in Germany. Won two national titles with the Spartans and a European club
title in 1990. Went onto play for the Stoke Spitfires.
offensive linemen for both club (Silverbacks, Manchester Spartans and London
Olympians) and country (he played in the 1989 GB Lions European championship
Here are quotes from two of his
"A big, very talented offensive linemen who was as nice a guy as I have ever met, and who was a tremendous long-snapper"
"Probably the best Offensive Linemen to have played in the UK. A
massive presence on the field, and quick on his feet. Great pass
protector and good on sweeps and traps."
No photo - if you have one of Les then we'd like to put it here.
a stalwart of the Birmingham Bulls, also played 7 times for GB Lions.
Massive bulk and good technique provided the Bulls with a rock solid
core to their O-Line for many years. Mills played in both the GB Lions
1989 and 1991 European Championship
winning teams and was also selected in the 1991 All-Europe team
Mills at center in the 1991 European Championships
is a true Britball legend who played in the UK across 3 decades.
Starting his career at the Leicester Panthers, he joined the Birmingham
Bulls in 1991.
Driver in 2001 for the Bulls
national champion with the Bulls in 91 and 95, he was also in the GB
Lions setup from 1991 to 2000 picking up the European Championship in
1991. Selected for the
All-Europe 1991 team.
Driver (#65) playing for the GB Lions in 1991
A big, dominant offensive tackle who could dominate a game. Played for
the Silverbacks, along with Tuitt, then moved onto the London Olympians, Manchester Spartans (winning the 1990 title)
and then for the Birmingham Bulls. Was
called up for the GB Lions on 8 occasions in a career that started for them in
1987 and encompassed 2 European Championship titles. Selected for the
All-Europe 1991 team.
No photo - if you have one of Jo then we'd like to put it here.