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MY CCFC XI: Gary Clifford reveals his choices for his ultimate City side!

20 April 2020

Club News

MY CCFC XI: Gary Clifford reveals his choices for his ultimate City side!

20 April 2020

Coventry City supporter Gary Clifford has selected his ultimate City side!

Gary lives in Kenilworth and has supported the Club home and away since 1957.

About selecting his best XI, Gary said: "This has been an almost impossible task, as I've watched so many great players over all those years."

The photo above is from an FA Cup game in the 60's - Gary and his brother are at the centre of the image, both with long hair - as was the fashion in those days!

Now Gary talks us through the best 11 that he has since play over the years...

Manager :-  Jimmy Hill

His appointment by chairman Derrick Robbins started the Sky Blue revolution, which after two promotions took the club into the First Division. We owe the man so much, a true legend.

Goalkeeper - Arthur Lightening

The South African (left) would probably not be many peoples choice, but as the first 'keeper that I saw, his safe and spectacular style quickly made him a firm favourite.

Full Backs - Fankaty Dabo and Chris Cattlin

Fankaty has been on great form all season and deserves his place in my team.

Chris was always a player who gave one hundred per cent and is still as passionate about the club today.

Central Defence - George Curtis and Roy Barry

George is a true legend, who played his heart out and took no mercy on opposing strikers.

Roy had a similar no nonsense approach and was safe and secure at the back.

Central Midfield - Ian Gibson and Ernie Hunt

'Gibbo', was a little magician, who could terrorise defences with his quick and nimble style. Noted for his defence splitting passes and he could score goals.

Ernie was a clever ball player who could pick a pass and like 'Gibbo' could score goals. His 'Donkey kick' free kick with Willie Carr will never be forgotten.

Wingers - Willie Humphries and Tommy Hutchison

Willie was a proverbial 'Wizard on the wing', diminuative in stature, but with quick
and tricky footwork.

Tommy was tall and leggy and went on many mazy runs, terrorising opposition defences.

Strikers - George Hudson and Neil Martin

George was and still is a true legend with all who saw him play.
Scoring a hat trick on his debut, together with so many great goals while with City.

The one he scored against Southampton at The West End, will never be forgottenby all those who saw it.

My choice of Neil will probably surprise many, but he was a striker who consistently put himself in where it hurt, scoring goals regularly.

Substitutes - 

Bill Glazier,  Dietmar Bruck,  Brian Hill,  Ernie Machin,  Ken Hale,  Dave Clements,  Robbie Keane.

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