“I loved Dave and attended his recent memorial service where he was described as the player all the fans wanted to be. I fully concur. Mackay’s mere presence was enough to give you confidence.”
GOALKEEPER: PAT JENNINGS
The safest pair of hands in the world in the days when the best international goalkeepers were all home grown. Big Pat had everything a goalkeeper needed, he dominated on crosses and had superb reactions. He was also so accurate in his long-range kicking that he created many goals at the other end.
RIGHT-BACK: STEPHEN CARR
Joe Kinnear and Steve Perryman were big candidates as was Double-winner Peter Baker. But Carr gave a team so much more going forward and, although Kinnear was well up there too, our more recent Irish international just about gets the nod from me as he possessed every quality needed in the modern game.
LEFT-BACK: CYRIL KNOWLES
For me, Cyril (pictured, right) had no equals. He was a one-off. His confidence was probably his greatest asset and although he played like a winger, he read the game so well and had so much pace that he was rarely caught out at the back. For such a polished performer, he was also a hard man who tackled fiercely.
CENTRAL DEFENDER: MAURICE NORMAN
Big in stature and heart, Norman was like a Norman castle – impossible to break down and as tough as flint. I believe he worked as a farmer before his football career took off and you could see that strength in his defensive work. He was more wiry than muscular but as competitive as anyone I’ve seen.
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