2009-04-16 11:42 pm (UTC)
Preston North End Dream Team
The advantage of being a team like Preston North End is that it's close enough for interchange with Manchester United and other local teams. There are plenty of world-class players who have played for PNE over the years. Means I can choose for quality rather than for emotive reasons.
This is a forward-heavy team, because the players are all good enough to find a formation which suits them, given the right manager.
Tom Finney (f) Sir Tom's a shoo-in as one of England's greatest forwards.
Ted Harper (f) It was between Harper, PNE's season record goalscorer and interwar top player, and Fred Dewhurst, a contemporary of Goodall at the inception of the Football League with a 9/11 England goalscoring record to boot.
John Goodall (f / wing) Quicksilver-footed Goodall was a versatile forward, England marksman, and fast enough if wingers required. All the midfielders and forwards have the class to be able to interchange position where necessary.
Bobby Charlton (m) 1966: nuff said.
David Beckham (m) Fine dead-ball skills and great down the wing and in central midfield.
Nobby Stiles (m) (holding) We need a ball-winner and they don't come stronger than 1966's forgotten man.
Bill Shankly (fb - wb) Great manager, but a pretty good Scotland defender too. And with a mind like that, the defence would be pretty tight. Could push forward quite nicely too when needed.
Willie Cunningham (fb) Scottish defenders in northwest teams are rightly in high demand. This 50s stalwart captained Scotland in the 54 World Cup finals.
Mark Lawrenson (d) with HAnsen made Liverpool's defence in the eighties, but played for North End too. Useful cover for midfield as well.
Tommy Docherty (d) Character and played for Northend in the 40s-50s, including the 54 FA cup final. The Doc and Cunningham were contemporaries.
Alan Kelly (g) Father or Son would do here as both played for Ireland for long spells: the son gets the nod as he played more top-flight football in the leagues.
Sammy McIlroy was close to inclusion, as was David Healy, but Healy seems to be bbest on the International stage, and there were just too many godo forwards to include McIlroy too, but a couple of fine subs.
Here's my Forest Dream Team - Not everyone may agree with this selection...Yeah it does naturally include some of the European Cup winning side(s. But, i've gone for players based on their ability/talent, not just the trophies they may have or (in a couple of cases) have not won...
Gk. Peter Shilton - Who else? (One of) the greatest keepers of all time!
Rb: Viv Anderson – 328 Apps (15 Goals); Much-admired tackler and was also quick going forward and occasionally scored vital goals.
Left Back. Stuart Pearce - 401 Apperances (63 goals). Was known for being an uncompromising left back who played hard but fair. He ultimately became Forest's most capped (England) outfield player and ended up with 78 international appearances to his name. How many tough-tackling, dead-ball and penalty-taking full-backs are around nowadays?
Centre Back: Des Walker – 321 Apps (1 goal) pacy and hard-tackling! Made his debut in March 1984 at the age of 18, just two months before the end of the 1983-84 First Division campaign in which Forest finished third and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
Centre Back: Kenny Burns – 137 Apps (13 goals) Footballer of the Year in 1977-78, as Forest won the First Division title. He was an influential figure in the side's European Cup campaigns over the next three seasons, his defensive partnership with Larry Lloyd instrumental to Forest's victory in the 1979 and 1980 tournaments. Renowned for his 'wild man' image and aggressive nature, he also possessed a shrewd football brain and was always likely to score vital goals.
Midfield: Roy Keane; 114 apps, 22 goals – Midfield General!
Midfield: John McGovern - Went on to play over 500 league games during his career. After winning a League Championship medal at Derby County, and then a brief spell at Leeds United, he went on to captain Nottingham Forest where he won the League Championship again along with two League Cups and two European Cups.
Left Midfield: John Roberstson - key player as a left winger under Clough and appeared in 243 consecutive games between December 1976 and December 1980. He scored the winning goal, a penalty, for Forest in the 1978 Football League Cup Final replay against Liverpool. He also scored the winner in the European Cup Final against Hamburg in the 1980 final and provided the cross for the winning goal in Forest's 1979 European Cup Final scored by Trevor Francis against F.C. Malmo. FourFourTwo magazine declared that John Robertson was 63rd in the 100 greatest footballers of all time.
Forward: Teddy Sheringham – 56 apps, 21 Goals; Short-lived stay at the club but hugely talented and valuable part of their First Division side in 1991-1992. He did well for Forest and helped them finish eighth in the First Division at the end of the 1991-92 season as well as to reach the League Cup final, where they lost to Manchester United. Sheringham scored Forest's first Premiership goal against Liverpool in August 1992. Forest went on to be relegated in 1992-93, having failed to replace Sheringham in attack.
FWRD: Nigel Clough – 403 Apps, 131 Goals – is the club's second highest goalscorer of all time with 131. He received great plaudits from football writers who appreciated the unhurried intelligence of his play and unflappable demeanour.
Centre Forward: Stan Collymore – 65 Apps, 41 goals; One time the British transfer record holder when he moved from Nottingham Forest to Liverpool for £8.5 million in 1995. Scored 22 Premier League goals in 1994–95 as Forest finished third in the league and achieved UEFA Cup qualification to secure their first European campaign of the post-Heysel era.
2009-05-01 02:52 pm (UTC)
forest dream team
As twice European Cup winners, Forest should be one of the dream teams in the main section - and I sincerely hope they will still be included. After all, we've already had two London teams who have never won the trophy. Having said that, Spurs are a must too - their double-winning side one of the great British club sides of all time. And what of Celtic, the first British team to win the European Cup?
But back to Forest, and I can't believe that Trevor Francis doesn't make your side? Sheringham wasn't fit to tie his boot laces. Nor was McGovern Archie Gemmill's. And the late, great Joe Baker surely has to get the nod over Dogger Stan. Otherwise, it's a decent pick, young man.
Dream team: Preston North End
June 17th, 10:45
Goal: Fred Else
Backs: Walton and Cunningham
Half backs: Docherty, Marston, the best centre half we've ever had, Willie Forbes.
Forwards: Tommy Finney, the immortal wizard, Tommy ';Topper' Thompson, Charlie Wayman, little Baxter and Angus Morrison
All vastly underpaid and under rewarded unlike today.
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2009-07-25 06:36 am (UTC)
Leicester City Dream Team
LEICESTER CITY DREAM TEAM
GK - GORDON BANKS - I think if there was one player you'd have to pick ahead of all other it'd be Banks. Won not only the World Cup while playing for Leicester, but also the Lev Yashin award, I don't think there's ever been another player who came even close to being considered the best in his trade while actually at Leicester. For a player to be widely regarded as the second greatest in his position (behind Soviet keeper Lev Yashin) not only by the British media, but by the World wide media too, to have spent the majority of his career at Leicester I've always found totally surreal.
DR - STEVE WHITWORTH - An excellent right back who played througoht the Jimmy Bloomfield era who even kept Emlyn Hughes out of the England side for a while.
DL - DAVID NISH - A fantastic servant to Leicester, who even worked his way into the England side. The fact that Derby County broke the British transfer record to sign him from us shows just how good he is, especially considering his relatively unfashionable position as a full-back.
DC - STEVE WALSH (Captain) - Ah, can there be anyone else? Arguably the most iconic Leicester player ever, 14 years of loyal service for a relatively unfashionable club in the modern games is quite something. Could even play as a makeshift striker, and an excellent one at that. Also, won the 1994 Play-off final against one of our biggest rivals: Derby County almost on his own.
DC - GRAHAM CROSS - Leicester's all-time top appearance maker, 599 of excellent no-nonsense defending and barely putting a foot wrong. Was part of Leicester's FA Cup final sides of 63 and 69. Also played Cricket for Leicestershire, so an all-round sportsman representing the county of Leciestershire.
MR - KEITH WELLER - Many consider him the greatest Leicester player ever, sadly passed away from cancer recently. A quick tricky winger, who could beat defenders, the ball seemed glued to his feet on some occasions.
ML - LEN GLOVER - Weller's fellow winger from the Bloomfield days, not as tricky as Keith, but my, could he cross a ball.
MC - MUZZY IZZET - Martin O'Neill of course is considered somewhat of a legend down here, and of his bargain buys, Izzet was the greatest. Rotting in the Chelsea reserves, Izzet was close to retiring when Leicester came in for him, and what a player he turned out to be, a great flair playmaker, who created so many goals, he finished top of the Premier League's assist table one season I believe, and also scored some incredible acrobatic and long-range efforts himself.
MC - NEIL LENNON - A rock in the centre of midfield, if the Bloomfield era takes prominence for the players on the wing, then the O'Neill era must take it in the centre of the park. Would never shirk a tackle and would put his life on the line to win the ball, of which he almost always did.
ST - GARY LINEKER - Life-long Leicester fan, who became England's greatest ever striker. Lineker was an incredibly prolific finisher, who won the English golden boot while Leicester were struggling with relegation. Can you imagine a Hull City player winning the Golden Boot these days?
ST - FRANK WORTHINGTON - One of the games' greatest ever cult figures. An incredible character on and off the pitch, he could do amazing things with the ball when he wanted to.
This is my Ajax dreamteam. Take notice to the many rhombus forms in this way of playing..
---Ronald de Boer------------------------Davids---
Player who did not make my dreamteam:
(goalkeepers:) Stuy, Schrijvers, Menzo, Stekelenburg
(defenders:) Vasovic, Hulshoff, Koeman, Frank de Boer, Reiziger, Trabelsi, Heitinga, Stam, Chivu, Maxwell, Vermaelen
(midfielders:) Neeskens, Haan, Gerrie Muhren, Arnesen, Molby, Vanenburg, Lerby, Wouters, Winter, Witschge, Jonk, Litmanen, De Jong, Vd Vaart, Sneijder
(wingers:) Swart, Keizer, Rep, La Ling, Tahamata, Rob de Wit, Van 't Schip, Bryan Roy, Finidi George, Overmars, Michael Laudrup, Brian Laudrup, Babel
(central strikers:) Mulder, Geels, Bosman, Kieft, Petterson, Kluivert, Ibrahimovic, Suarez
(coaches:) Van Gaal, Cruijff
More than 30 players of this great list were schooled in Ajax own youth teams.
Most of the others started their career at Ajax' 2nd team at a very young age, before debuting at Ajax 1.
Edited at 2011-05-12 11:05 pm (UTC)