“One of the abiding memories of my childhood was our League Cup-winning run in 1998-99. I followed it intently from start to finish – realising in my youthful wisdom that it was probably our best chance of winning something at that time! My Dream Team is mainly made up of players from that era.”
GOALKEEPER: ESPEN BAARDSEN
I always felt rather sorry for Espen (pictured, right) because he had such strong competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey in Ian Walker. I remember him having a run in the side in early 1998, but he was in and out the following season when we won the silverware. I remember him playing in some of the early rounds of the League Cup run though. He just seemed like a down-to-earth character and was someone I respected a lot.
RIGHT-BACK: STEPHEN CARR
Stephen was a regular in the side and rightly so. You could never pick anyone else above him in the right-back slot because he was such a well-rounded player. He always seemed available to take possession and when I think back to that side of the late 1990s, he was definitely one of the stand-out players.
LEFT-BACK: MAURICIO TARICCO
I recall Tano being George Graham’s first signing after he took over as manager. Although he arrived mid-way through 1998-99, he never played in the League Cup with Justin Edinburgh taking up duties on the left of our defence. I liked Mauricio for his lively playing style. Is it possible for a left-back to play with flair? Perhaps not, but he was one who caught my eye!
CENTRAL DEFENDER: LUKE YOUNG
Great in the air and also when tackling, Luke belied his tender age when he first broke into the team in late 1998. He could do a turn at right-back if required, but his shrewdness made him so difficult to outsmart in the centre of defence.
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