This spans from when I first start playing senior footBall 17 years ago, now the memory is not great so whoever is in the 11 must have been pretty darn exceptional.
Goal Keeper-Kevin ‘Safe Hands’ O’Rielly:
Without doubt the best all round keeper I’ve ever seen. Standing 6ft 6 no less and hands like shovels he was a monster between the sticks.
Right Back-Keith Rankin
I played with Rankin at West Park Albion and to say he didn’t look like a footballer was an understatement. If he came up against a tricky left winger, well, that poor kid would be praying for full time. Ranko like Carragher enjoyed a good tackle and he always won the ball. Surprisingly pacey and determination of a bull. No stranger to a back post header either.
Left Back- Christopher Kiernan
We played at Clover together and this man is why I looked good. We had a connection somehow. He covered more ground than the lawnmowers, overlaps galore and always seemed to be our last man back too. Got Lost in the Ozzie mines and we never got to team up again.
Centre Half- Glenn ‘Desperate Dan’ Walsh
As Alan Griffin would say ‘he’s a great passer of a ball’ that said this dude is a natural in the air and a defender who defends first. Another beast to protect that goal.
Centre Half- ‘Armor’
Closest thing I ever got to playing with a Scholes esque player. Never lost a 50/50 and inspired a team with his whole hearted gutsy performances. What a soldier on the pitch!
He could single-handedly win a game. He could beat every player that approached with a ball at his feet and finish from anywhere. Just don’t expect a pass. Or a fresh head come match day.
Central midfield Paul Malone:
Paul was a conjurer a play-maker and a goalscorer. Another player who had it all. He once came home from a stags Sunday morning to play the last few mins of a game we were losing and won it in 15 mins for us. Genius.
Wide left- Fran McLoughlan:
Obviously I can’t pick myself so the next best thing would have to be Fran Mcloughlan. The laziest looking player with the most chilled out vibe ever. Put simply he became electric with a ball near him and could turn on a sixpence. Looks like Ibra played like Figo!
No.10- John Piere Cretaro
If my memory serves me right he was the closest thing to a Maradona I’ve seen. I think anyone who knew him would agree, ball just stuck to his feet left or right it didn’t matter. You just couldn’t touch him and he scored a few too. 6 goals in one game the odd time.
Up Front-Deco Byrne
Deco Byrne was an out and out goalscorer and a big idol for me when I was a newbie, not that he knew it! He had pace, touch and a finish. He was the best striker I played beside. Full of clever runs, always held the ball up and up like a Salmon. Suffered with stomach issues during our playing days and recently recovered from an operation to fix that as far as I know. What a player he was.