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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #16

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Brilliant topic :-) Gards :S not sure on that one Colin ha ha!

Present team: Williams for me, he is everything I love about football, gets stuck in and can play.

Past: Dave Gardner was the first name that came to my head so will go with that one, he was one of the wingers we ever had. But if I am honest Francis Tierney is my favourite he was 2 moves ahead of any player on the pitch absolute pure quality :-)
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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #17

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Has to be Ken Barnes, not only for his own ability but the great footballers he brought to the club. I remember someone asked him why he persevered with a particular player who was not exactly "All Action" and his answer was, "Always was a sucker for a footballer" and I could not agree more. Present squad? it has to be Hopley, given even a half chance he always looks like he will score it.
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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #18

Andy Grimshaw for me. Skill, athleticism and hard as nails. Remember him hitting the bar in the 1st few minutes away at Preston, killing the Bolton full back (Cowdrill) on the back post with a header and 2 quite fit ladies who turned up to Witton with a banner declaring 'we love Andy Grimshaw'. Another one was Mark Edwards. Why? The Left Foot. Currently Gards. Commitment and loyalty. Fitness and ability.....and he loves his mum. That's 5 reasons. Good luck tomorrow boys.

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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #19

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Pretty impressive 46 from 75 starts
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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #20

Ken Barnes for his guile

Eli Gorton - endless inspiring energy

Paddy Daly - wizardry

Alan McNeill - midfield genius

Dave Carrick - simply the best
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Eli have to agree except for the second one!!
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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #22

there have been sooo many its unfair to mention but a few - look at the albion wall of greats - there has to be some more added to that very soon to cover the wall completely !!

No mentions so far for Big Jim Mckluskie (that semi final equaliser against Kidderminster), Keith Mason a goalie extraordinaire, our very own Pritch, Nigel Cleghorn who single handedly almost, but not quite, dragged us to promotion...

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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #23

Agree with all your selections there Knutsfordian. 1990-91 was my first full season watching Witton. We played 40 league games and 34 cup matches, Keith played in every one.bowdown Maybe Mike Moseley could be included also.

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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #24

I reckon because its "favourite player" then it doesnt mean best player necessarily ! it can be quirky things like loyalty, sheer will to win, flair, trickery, leadership or just because they give you a memory of a certain time in your Witton supporting time so its a very personal thing and for Me no reflection on some of the legends mentioned who were left out, as you say if it were name your Witton legends then it would indeed be a long list.
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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #25

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Some great replies and a trip down memory lane for some

Surprised no-one has gone for Messrs Omotola and Roberts

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Let's be honest, "Mr Witton" may have departed under acrimonious circumstances but he was a great player and manager for us.
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JT wrote: Some great replies and a trip down memory lane for some

Surprised no-one has gone for Messrs Omotola and Roberts


Yeh but you could include the whole team at the moment mate as has been said. I went for Hopley but nearly went for Tolani or Roberts, and any of the others too! Its good its so difficult to choose it shows what a great team we have. UTA
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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #28

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Some great names on here. I like all of Eli Gortons list and all the players raised by other people. Loved Keith Mason who was the best goalie I saw for us and a top bloke to boot. Andy Grimshaw what a midfileder he was, even Paul Pogba would be hard pressed to go into a tackle with him and another great name not mentioned was Karl Thomas scorer of ten goals in a week. Going back further Chris Nicholl, 30 goals a season playing midfield Chalky White, and the most underrated player and unsung hero in what was a good team Tony Keyes. There are loads I've left out.
The greatest player I've seen in Witton colours was Dave Carrick simply because he played in a bad team but still won matches on his own with his sheer brilliance (I too remember the overhead kick), but I know a lot of my older friends quote Sir Alfred Ashley, Frank Fidler, Joe Dale and others from that great team who I unfortunately never saw. I'm also a big admirer of Keith Higgins who I saw play and is now a mate. His knowledge of football is under utilised at our club in my opinion.
But looking at the heading of this its not the best player but your favourite player. My favourite all time player has to be Brian Pritchard simply because I watched him for 19 years and in that time he was so committed and was often called Mr Witton. I also consider him a friend and I don't want to enter into the recent split with the club. I have my own views on this which I'll keep to myself but its just a shame whats happened and for me Brian will always be welcome at the club which he loyally served for 19 years.
My big resolution for the New Year is that we get some of our missing fans back. The team is playing so well with 100% committment so its a shame that stay away fans are still staying away. I hope we can we can start moving the club forward in the new year and consolidate all the good work onthe field off it!! UTA Onward and upward!!
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Favourite player 2 years 6 months ago #29

Present - Rob Hopley - amongst the most accomplished goalscorers we have ever seen in a Witton shirt. (Wish he'd been with us earlier in his career, definitely would have made the wall)
Past - Unless its a thumbscrews job then going to have to pick more than one(not neccesarily the best but favourites of mine and decent fellas all)

Pritch - Mr Witton for so many years and one of the best defenders and most committed players we will ever see.
Paul Cuddy - Oozed class, and his composure on the ball for a defender was unsurpassed.
Stewie Anderson - Massively underrated but an integral and driving force in Stan's all conquering Witton team
John Chalky White - First Witton picture on me wall!!!! Great box to box player and scored some cracking goals to boot.

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Great to look at the past but as a previous chairman once said "Time to roll up our sleeves for the future."
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