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City Legends & The Current Squad: You Decide?


All this talk about Manchester City having the greatest strike force ever and the best team that people can ever remember has set me a thinking in a rather nostalgic sort of way.

Some musings by Wswilly3

Would there be many players from previous eras, in say the last 50 or so years that would or could have forced themselves into today's team? Or if you are not as much as an old f*rt as yours truly, what about the last ten years?

I immediately think of Colin Bell, probably the greatest footballer I have ever seen in a City jersey and who from midfield managed 153 goals. The third highest ever by a City player, someone who never stopped running from box to box, a true legend.

I also think of Bert Trautmann, who forwards thought were more likely to save their penalties than they were to score, and whose testimonial match at Maine Road in 1964 was a sell out, with thousands locked out of the ground.

To put some structure to my ramblings I thought about the most likely five players that might break into the current team, defined by position, however, you might have other nominations of your own.

Who do you think could gate crash the current squad if they hadn't succumbed to old age (and don't I know that feeling)?

GOALKEEPER

Shay Given: Frank Swift: Bert Trautmann: Harry Dowd:Joe Corrigan: Nicky Weaver

BACK FOUR

Micah Richards: Richard Dunne: Ned Onuoha: Wayne Bridge: Dave Ewing: Tony Book: Tommy Booth: Glyn Pardoe: Paul Lake

MIDFIELD

Steve Ireland: Gareth Barry: Kompany: Michael Johnson: Mike Doyle: Alan Oakes: Colin Bell: Georgie Kinkladze: Ali Benarbia

WINGERS

Shaun Wright- Phillips: Martin Petrov: Roy Clarke: Peter Barnes: Denis Tueart: David White: Mike Summerbee

STRIKERS

Robinho: Carlos Tevez: Adebayor: Santa Cruz: Craig Bellamy: Denis Law: Francis Lee: Rodney Marsh: Shaun Goater: Nicholas Anelka

One interesting side issue was how relatively hard it was to find five defenders of past eras who were challengers to our current defenders!

Now what does that say about City?






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Writer: Wswilly3  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 22 2009

Time: 7:39PM

Your Comments

i would have loved to see kinkladze play in this team,kinks was 10 years ahead of the game and that was a shame.
Mike Hunt
This is never an easy one. Sure, Bert Trautman (before my time) was a legend, but could he hack it in today's frenetic pace (and certainly now that Keepers can't just flatten a forward)? Same for Mike Sumerbee - could he handle the monster-sized guys in a defence of today? These guys of the past had skill, but today's game is a very modern one, and they would find it very difficult to adapt to it. But of course, we are taking fantasy here, so one could say that due to their inate skill they would adapt very easily. The one big ecception to all of this is Shaun Goater; never has a player looked so out of his depth, and yet come up with the goods time and time again. His legs must have been blessed by God himself.
BlueWolfie
What a BRILLIANT article Wswilly3! You should sell that idea to Electronic Arts...
Sindbad
BW Summerbee a right winger, had what all premier guys have which is speed, he was fast, just like Neil Young. Bert T a legend and they use a beach ball today compared with a proper casey with laces.LOL. Lots of fun with this one willy thanks.
Buzz Lightyear
Must say a massive omission at centre back in Dave Watson who would walk into the England team never mind the current City Team.
jackblue
Jackblue : You are quite right he was a rugged and dependable centre half who you tangled with at your peril. Should have included him rather than Dave Ewing.
wswilly3
Wot, no Berkovic or Neil Young? Think Andy Hinchcliffe worthy of inclusion as well. Good article!
fifthcolumnblue
Ray Ranson, Tommy Caton, Dave Watson, Willie Donachie. Thats a back four, not mentioned that would ***** on the current defence. Dnot forget Andy Hinchcliffe, Paul Lake was a midfielder and Paul Power never gets a mention, a true blue legand. In fact only 3 players played left back for City from 1965 to 1986. Pardoe, Donachie, Power.
EddieBell
Schmeichel,Tony Book, Booth, Watson, Hinchcliffe my back four. Summerbee Lake,Bell,Tueart. Lee, Robinho. Goalkeeper contoversial but I think he really was a great keeper. subs 7 Trautmann, McCarthy,Donachie, Barnes, Marsh,Kinkladze,Law.Willy there are loads of defenders from the 70 era when we were successful that would have been brilliant in these days. Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer's built their teams on fitness and we had the speed that was required in todays games.
Buzz Lightyear
Buzz : Yep on reflection I should have included Scheichel in the five at the expense of Dowd - Watson at the expense of Ewing - Hinchcliffe in place of Lake. I am not sure I agree with you about the defence under Mercer/Allison as I never quite understood how we won the league with Mulhearn and Heslop in key positions - it said a lot for our attack and midfield.
wswilly3
 

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