|British Allstars - Runningbacks
Arguably the greatest player produced by the UK domestic game. Played for the
London Ravens between 1986 and 1989 running for 3,770 yards and 66 TDs, with a
spectacular 8.9 yards per carry average. He received the Budweiser National
League's MVP award three times and won four National Championships with the
Ravens. In 1989, as team captain, he led GB to victory in the European
Championships and was named the "European Most Valuable Player". Also played for
the GB Lions in the 1997 European Championships in Italy.
six seasons for the London Monarchs, after attending Harper College in Chicago.
He almost broke into the world of professional American football with the help
of the World League and the Operation Discover program. On 9th May
1990 he was signed by the New York Jets. For the
Monarchs he compiled career figures of 116 carries for 416 yards and 4
Returned to coaching with the London Olympians, and started playing again in
2006, scoring in the Britbowl XX win over the London Blitz and also registering
a staggering 13 tackles in the same game.
RB and DB of the Birmingham Bulls for many years. Started career at the Walsall
Titans in 1984, before trying out for the Bulls in their preseason camp in 1986
winning the starting RB slot. In 1986 he rushed over for 1,300 yards and led the
Bulls to 3rd place in EuroBowl I. Starting RB for the GB Lions between 1986 and
1989, scoring on his debut against the French in 1986 and also scoring 2 TD's in
the 1989 semi-final win over Germany, and a TD in the final against Finland to
round off his Lions career. Voted the leading RB in the 1990 NDMA Coca Cola
League, he was selected for the London Monarchs for their 1991 WLAF campaign.
Played on for the Bulls for a few more years, before moving onto become their
Head Coach for the 1997 season.
Bailey's britball career was short and explosive.
Spanning just 5 seasons, he stormed to over 1,000 yards in each of his first
four seasons. He rushed for over 5,000 career yards and over 60 TDs. He also
picked up national titles in 1989 and 1990 with the Manchester Spartans, before
moving to the Birmingham Bulls where he picked up another national title in
1991. Won the Eurobowl title in 1990 with the Spartans, and also with a GB
Lions regular between 1989 and 1991 winning two European titles. Missed out on
the World League of American Football in 1991, which was a tragedy for such a
A nine year
veteran of britball, Sweetman started his senior career at the Cambridge County
Cats and he raced to 895 yards on 164 carries in his debut season. After his
first 1,000 yard season in 1988, he moved onto the Leicester Panthers where he
led the rushing attack for 6 seasons. His best season was in 1992, when he
rushed for 1,421 yards on 158 carries. Moved to the London Olympians for the 1995
season where he ended his career. Totalled over 8,000 career rushing yards and over
70TDs. Picked up 3 GB Lions caps between 1991 and 1995 and also won a European
Championship medal in 1991.
Lloyd O'Neill was voted as the greatest fullback to
have played in the UK in a 2003 BritballNow poll. The Birmingham Bulls legend's
career highlight was in 1991, when he was an integral part (offensive captain)
of the GB Lions squad that successfully defended the European Nations
Championship in Finland. He scored a hat-trick of TD's in the semi-final
against the Netherlands. Played for the Bulls through to the 1995 season
picking up three national titles along the way.