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4 player from the past who mean the most to you.

Discussion in 'City Talk' started by Park bantam, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Park bantam

    Park bantam Well-Known Member
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    Got this from talksport give your 4 players who mean the most to you, not necessarily from city and the reasons why. Then tag another poster if people stick to that it will be like a roll call.
    Here are mine.
    1 Stuart McCall because of his inspirational play over two spells as a player and being captain when we reached everybody’s ambition of reaching the premiership.
    2 Bobby Campbell I just loved watching him at his level he was a player with that star quality
    3 Trevor Hockey He was probably my first love at football a fine player and I was devestated when he left first time
    4Peter Downesborough by far the best ever city keeper in my time and I believe he ranks high across the rest of football

    I tag @Dennis
     
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  2. Tony Wilkinson

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    Those would be my 4 too..
     
  3. Rogered Tart

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    1.Stuart McCall
    2. Bobby Campbell
    3. John Hendrie
    4. Kenny Dalglish
     
  4. Dennis

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    Apologies @Park bantam but I couldn't understand why you'd tagged me .. until I read your instructions again!

    I'm going to stick with the City theme and I will share two of mine with yours.

    1. Stuart McCall - probably the greatest player I've seen wearing claret & amber over an extended period. I can't imagine somebody else contributing so much to City's (limited) success as much as he did as a player. As a player, he will always be Mr Bradford City for me.
    2. Sir Bobby Campbell - because he was just Bobby and always did it his way. Years ago, I was home for a midweek game and went with a couple of friends to VP and called into the Belle Vue for a pre-match drink. In walked Bobby and one of his friends and we were almost speechless. Bobby was handed his pint and my friend said to him something on the lines of 'Sorry to hear you're not playing tonight' thinking Bobby was in the Belle Vue for a pre-match game like us.. Bobby's response was to look at him as if he was bonkers and said 'Of course I am', finished his pint and wandered down to VP to take his rightful place!
    3. Stan Collymore - just for that goal against you-know-who! It gave me such joy!
    4. Gary Thompson - Scored some great goals for us but probably none more important than on that bloody freezing night in December 2012 when a packed VP couldn't believe we'd opened the scoring against the might of Arsenal. When he scored I wasn't sure whether to believe it or not. I couldn't move and I'm not sure whether I was frozen with the cold or just stunned with the shock. Worra night!

    Who to tag? @Onside who has always something interesting to say.
     
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  5. Faithful Bantam

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    Stuart McCall - nuff said.
    Chris Waddle - Wasn’t here long, but I was 16/17 at the time, City were a massive part of my life and he was the first real sprinkling of stardust i can remember us having. He genuinely got me on the edge of my seat.
    Gazza - as a player only. The summers of 1990 and the 96 will live long in the memory.
    Paul Scholes - the most talented footballer i’ve ever seen in the flesh, and I had the pleasure a number of times. A genius, I could watch him all day long.

    @Fordy117
     
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  6. Fordy117

    Fordy117 Just call me Mr Negative!

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    Cheers mate.

    Below are mine:

    Stephen Darby - captain of Liverpool under 21, played in CL played a game in the PL now he could of joined Championship & div 1 clubs but joined us and turned out to be one of the best RB's this club and I recalled him saying Parky phoned him to say he wants a team of leaders. Now what a leader and player he turned out to be for us.

    Steven Gerrard - What a player! Carried poor Liverpool teams to win things. Captain of England. He could play RB, CB, DM, CM, AM,RM - doesn't matter he was world class. Always produced and one of the best players this country has produced

    Dean Windsss - I fully believe when we sold him the second time round that just sent us down to div 2. Massive mistake. He was quality for us in my eyes. Worked so hard and gave us that bite.

    Nahki Wells - hate the fact he joined Huddersfield after us but 42 goals in 91 games having just joined as a trial. One of the best finishers this club has seen and when he had a chance you just knew he was scoring.

    I tag @Keefly Bantam
     
  7. JonButterfield

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    Andy O'Brien - remember this kid emerging and marking great players out the game, including in one game Alan Shearer. Extremely influential in our most successful years, become my favourite player, and was gutted when he was sold
    Stuart McCall - I did not witness his first tenure at the club, so this is based entirely on his second tenure as a player, as well as his immense efforts as manager. Stuart IS Bradford City, there is no greater talisman, and I am hoping there is one day a statue of Stuart outside VP. He led us to the Premier League, and helped keep us there.
    Peter Beagrie - The most exciting Bradford City player I have ever seen, bar none, Beagrie was absolute quality.
    Chris Waddle - Waddle preceded many of our Premier League greats, and showed us what elite footballers were all about. Even approaching retirement, he was a phenomenal player and I was there at Goodison.
     
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    Omar Daley... For comedic value only.. And the odd wonder goal.

    Peter thorne... Knew where the onion bag was.
     
  9. Rogered Tart

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    Oh and i'll tag @Bronco
     
  10. Bronco

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    Number one has to be Stuart McCall the above posts tell it all, Just a side story, many years ago when Stuart was an apprentice he was interviewed on Pennine Radio ?, and was asked about his daily routine as an apprentice and he quoted sweeping the stands and cleaning the first teams boots, at the time I though you poor soul most would give our right arm to be blessed with the chance of playing for Bradford City, boy how he turn out not just the best ambassador of our club but a fine human being.
    Number two, fading memories but the first all round striker I ever saw Mr David (Bronco) Layne anyone who saw him for the short time he was at Bradford City knew he was destined for better things, unfortunately a sad ending as he would have gone on to play for England without doubt, what a scoring ratio.
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    Number three, Has to be the late great Bobby Campbell if you wanted a player who'd run through a brick wall for the cause it was Big Bobby, his reputation went before him those who played along side him had nothing but good memories of the man, and those that played against him at his game were unwise.
    Number four Without doubt Peter Downsborough was the best goal keeper I have seen in Bradford City's colour's and this was after two very successful stints one at his home club Halifax Town and the other at Swindon, but he served Bradford City from 1974 to 1978 featuring over 200+ times between the sticks.

    Tag @Interested Bystander
     
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  11. Old city man

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    The longer you've supported City,the harder it is
    to pick just 4 players but.......mine would be :-

    1 Stuart McCall for his contributions as player
    and loyalty to the club.
    2 John Hendrie for his skill and exciting play.
    3 Bobby Campbell his goals and character
    made him a stand out player for us.
    4 Benito Carbone.The most technically gifted
    player ever to don a City shirt.Some may say
    he was a mercenary but he let us off the wages
    we owed him when we went into administration.
     
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    Carbone gave up £3.2m that Bradford City owed him.

    I wasn't a massive fan, and he was an appalling signing on so many levels, but his contribution to the continued existence of our club should never be forgotten or shunned. He never shirked his duties, always worked hard, was as far from a clinical goalscorer as you could possibly get, though, and suited Bradford City as much as Steve Evans' waistline suits Abercrombie & Fitch clothing, but it is what it is.
     
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  13. Melbourne Bantam

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    Campbell, McCall Roy McFarlane and Micky Kennedy
     
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    am I the only person who thought this thread was about, er fluffers??
     
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    A surprising lack of warmth for Ashley Ward on this thread so far.
     
  16. Bronco

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    Yes Benito Carbone gets praise and rightly so too for not pursuing wages the club still owed him, but thanks can also be given to Ashley Ward who did a similar thing, to allow the 2nd admin to go through.
     
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    True. But, unlike Benny, he was bloody awful to watch.
     
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    The first three, for me, are the three who don't need to have their surnames mentioned: Ces, Bobby, and Stuart. For exceptional services to club (and city).

    For the fourth, I'll pick one from the solid, honest, reliable pros we've had over the years, who weren't flashy, who didn't necessarily get the attention they deserved, but who are the types of player every club needs to have. The Gavin Olivers / Dave Evanses / Brian Mitchells / Wayne Jacobses etc. etc. of this world.

    I'll say Gavin Oliver.

    RCB
     
  19. Interested Bystander

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    Hard to see past one man, but

    2 Trevor Brooking, one of our own. Started as a centre forward but developed into one of the finest creative midfielder, not blessed with pace, but fabulous technique and vision. Smart & elegant, seemed to glide rather than run hence his nickname Hadleigh - readers of a certain age will know the reference. Scored the winner in 1980 cup final (the last time the cup was won by a team outside the top tier).

    3 Billy Bonds, signed from Charlton as a full back, ended up playing in midfield, hard as nails but with a bit of skill, travesty he never got an England cap.

    4. Clyde Best - The Beast from Bermuda, one of the first black players playing in the top flight. Did a lot to help overturn the East End prejudice (not that it doesn't still exist). As well as Best we had the Charles brothers and Ade Coker playing in the team several seasons before the WBA "Three Degrees"

    Could have picked PdC, Tevez, Alvin Martin, Tony Cottee etc. Husrt & Peters, but there is only one Number I

    Others have written better than I so I give you
    Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore
    "My captain, my leader, my right-hand man. He was the spirit and the heartbeat of the team. A cool, calculating footballer I could trust with my life. He was the supreme professional, the best I ever worked with. Without him England would never have won the World Cup." Alf Ramsey*
    "He was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against. The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honourable gentleman." Pelé]
    "Bobby Moore was a real gentleman and a true friend." Franz Beckenbauer
    "Moore was the best defender I have ever seen." Sir Alex Ferguson
    "Bobby Moore was the best defender in the history of the game" Franz Beckenbauer
    "There should be a law against him. He knows what's happening 20 minutes before everyone else." Jock Stein
    "Ask me to talk about Bobby Moore the footballer and I will talk for days. Ask me about the man and I will dry up in a minute." Ron Greenwood
     
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    Stuart
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