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MY CCFC XI: Ken Barker chooses his best Coventry City side

12 May 2020

Ken Barker is the next Coventry City fan to choose the best side that he has watched play during his time as a fan.

Ken started supporting the Club in 1962.

The photo is of Ken with John Sillett, George Curtis and Steve Ogrizovic, alongside Ken's pregnant daughter Claire. Both she and her daughter Jessica are also fans.

Now Ken talks us through his picks for his team...

Goalkeeper - Steve Ogrizovic - 1984-2000

600+ appearances and the best goalkeeper never to play for England. I was at Sheffield Wednesday the day he scored his one and only goal for us. Edges out Bill Glazier.

Right Back - Mick Coop - 1966-1981

Never a star but you don't play over 500 games at the top level without being a great player. Forever known as Coop the Scoop for his looping crosses. Also coached the 1987 FA Youth Cup winning team. Edges out Danny Thomas.

Central Defence - Mo Konjic - 1999-2004

138 appearances and OK he was part of the side relegated from the Premiership. Made up for this over the next 3 seasons as Club captain and fan's favourite. Always totally committed to the cause. Edges out Gary Gillespie.

Central Defence - Gary Breen - 1997-2002

What more can be said other than "we all dream of a team of Gary Breens". 146 wholehearted appearances for us and 63 caps for Ireland. Edges out Roy Barry.

Left Back - Stuart Pearce - 1983-1985

Signed by Bobby Gould from Wealdstone as a semi-pro and went on to greatness on the world stage. "Pyscho" or "Uncompromising" ? Edges out Danny Fox.

Midfield - Willie Carr - 1967-1975

Nearly 300 top fight appearances, 6 Scotland caps and an immaculate passer. I was in the West End the day he set up Ernie Hunt for the never to be forgotten Donkey Kick.  Edges out Terry Yorath.

Midfield - Dennis Mortimer 1965-1975

Nearly 200 appearance for us and although gained England B caps never a full cap. Worked perfectly in tandem with Willie Carr. Showed what a class act he was by what he acheived with "You Know Who." Edges out Gary McAllister.

Midfield - Ian Gibson - 1966-1970

Despite fall-outs with Jimmy Hill he was a major influence in 1967 promotion team and again in the team that qualified for Europe in 1970. Edges out Dennis Wise.

Forward - George Hudson - 1963-1966

75 goals in just 129 appearances says it all. Signed by Jimmy Hill for what was our then record transfer fee and scored a hat trick on his debut. So popular with the fans that when JH sold him to Northampton, City fans went over there to watch him play. I was in the West End for the match against Southampton for his goal that I rate the greatest ever scored by a City player. Edges out Cyrille Regis.

Forward - Ian Wallace - 1976-1980

60 goals in 138 appearances mainly in tandem with Mick Ferguson. The perfect "Little and Large" combination. Not many can players can say they scored a hat trick past Peter Shilton.  Edges out Mick Ferguson.

Forward - Tommy Hutchison - 1972-1980

Over 350 top flight appearances and 17 caps for Scotland. Amazing ball control and the wizard of the dribble as exemplified by nut-megging Phil Neal twice in one game when he was in his pomp with Liverpool. Edges out Dave Bennett.


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