Running Backs

Victor X Ebubideke

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.

Victor played 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 touchdowns.

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.

Trevor Carthy

Star 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.

Paul Bailey

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 talent.

Warren Sweetman

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

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.

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