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MY CCFC XI: Alan Ludford picks his best City team

28 May 2020

City fan Alan Ludford has selected his best Coventry City side as our feature continues.

Alan's first game was in 1957. He has supported the Club ever since and is now Chair of the Diamond Club, the group for fans who have supported City for 50 or more years.

Alan said:

"The best team has to be the 87 cup final one, but so many individual choices, and this is my choice.

"My first game was in 1957, a Division Three South fixture against Southend. I was hooked straight away, and supported the City ever since.

"My best eleven is so difficult, could have chosen 5/6 different ones."

Alan is pictured with the FA Cup in 1987...

Now Alan selects and talks us through his Best XI...

Goalkeeper - Arthur Lightening

Had some great keepers during my time, but Arthur was absolutely outstanding and gets my vote. Such a great shame his career ended the way it did, he could have played at the highest level.

Right Back - Brian Borrows

Stylish full back and very skilful, model of consistency, and just got better and better. Unlucky not to get an England cap, and miss the cup final.

Centre half - George Curtis

No other choice, great captain lead by example, and hardly missed a game in nine seasons. Played in all four divisions for us, and tragically broke his leg at the start of his division one career.

City through and through and had various roles within the club once his playing career ended, including that magical day at Wembley.

Centre half - Trevor Peake

Trevor just takes this one ahead of the likes of Brian Hill , Roy Barry and Gary Gillespie. Played superbly well over a number of seasons, and also unlucky not to play for England.

Left back - Chris Cattlin

Another class full back, always gave 100%, sky blue in his blood. He still speaks very passionately about the club to this day.

Midfield - Ian Gibson

Hugely talented and skilful , ran the midfield and scored a few goals, a joy to watch. Major role in  winning division two in 1967, to help us into the top league for first time.

Midfield - Terry Yorath

Might surprise a few of you but a great captain and leader in that highly entertaining side that finished 7th in the 1977/78 season. A season in which Ferguson and Wallace banged in the goals, and Yorath played such an inspirational part.

Right Wing - Willie Humphries

One of JH’s first signings and helped us win the third division title, at the start of the sky blue revolution. Sent full backs dizzy, not only supplied crosses but scored his fair share of goals as well. A delight to watch, and a nice guy as well.

Striker - Ernie Hunt

Another superb entertainer, very skilful, scored spectacular goals. The donkey kick goal with Willie Carr I will never forget.

Centre forward - George Hudson

I can’t think of a more skilful number nine in a sky blue shirt. Many memorable goals and performances, a true legend.

Left Wing - Ronnie Rees

As with Humphries on the other wing , left the full backs for dead, and supplied the crosses, and banged in the goals. The two complemented each other superbly, and would have been a centre forwards dream.


Bill Glazier, Brian Hill, Roland Nilsson, Lloyd McGrath, Willie Carr, Ian Wallace and Dion Dublin.


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