A very familiar face to the clubs’ previous success in Marvin Addy has returned to the club where it all started for him. We got a chance to sit down with him to find out why he has decided to come back to the Topcats family.
For those that don’t know, when did you join the Topcats?
I joined straight after finishing my GCSE’s in 1994 where my class mate at school Ama Okoro had been on at me to attend Brixton Topcats for our entire final year at school. I was a little apprehensive as it was going to be my first basketball club but I decided to give it a go and straight away loved the quick speed of the game and haven’t looked back since.
What did you win at the infamous Topcats era in the 90’s?
During my junior career I was named captain my second year at the club and started playing for the men also. As a junior we were League Runner’s up in 1996 (this team included the legend that is Ajou Deng). We were also National Cup Runners up, League Runners up and Playoff Champions in 1997 (this team had Ugonna).
Also in 1996 playing for the men we were Div 1 Playoff runners up (Ajou also played for this team). After a few season’s away playing for Westminster Warriors and Worthing thunder I returned to Brixton in 2003-2004. We won the national trophy that year. Eddie Owusu, Shaun Gray and young gunners Matthew Bryan-Amanin & Justin Robinson were also in that squad.
Why have you decided to return back to the club?
I felt that I could help the team succeed this year and be awarded promotion into division one. I also felt I’d like to end my serious (i.e national league) basketball career at the club where it all really began for me 20yrs ago.
What are your thoughts on the season ahead?
I love the team we have. We have a load of talented players and we have every position filled. The team is made up of great individuals that are all serious about the club doing well. We are still in the transition of building chemistry and bonding but we are definitely moving in the right direction. I feel we will be in a major final this year.
What are your personal goals for this season?
Being the ‘old guy’ on the team my goals are to help/assist Coach James Markham, To help the younger players on the team and I love to be a part of the team that ultimately brings the men’s programme back to EBL Division One.