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Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by STEVO » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:28 pm

Here a topic Ive never seen mentioned on here..what the best ever Darlo dream team? Ive followed Darlo since 1996 so can only go back that far.

Assuming a 4-4-2 my favourite would be: (I think my centre mid would get a tad aggressive)!

Collett
Liddle
Crosby
DeVos
Heckingbottom
Heaney
Gray
Ravenhill
Bergmeier/Oliver
Blake
Gabbiadini

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by notgnilrad » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:35 pm

1. Fred Barber
2. Les McJannett
3. Frank Gray
4. Sean Gregan
5. Steve Foster
6. Andy Toman
7. Neil Wainwright
8. Dave Maclean
9. Alan Walsh
10. Marco Gabbiadini
11. Neil Heaney

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Spyman » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:37 pm

My Darlo-supporting history also only stretches back to 96-97, so limited, but:

Collett

Austin Liddle De Vos Heckingbottam

Purdie Gray Kennedy Heaney

Abbott Gabbiadini
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:40 pm

It's been mentioned loads of times over the years (plus a worst 11) and people never get tired of it...

In a 4-3-3 and 5 subs

Barber

McJannett
Foster
Martis
F Gray

Gregan (though was cb for us)
Toman
Kennedy

Abbott
Gabbiadini
Currie

Subs - Stockdale, Liddle, Willis, Burgmeier, Airey

Couple of points - I find it hard to think of many good central midfielders or left backs over the years, but we've had more quality goalkeepers than I've had hot dinners - I only put Stockdale on the bench cos he's been in the England squad! Otherwise it could have been Prudhoe, Pollitt, Collett, Russell, Preece or a few others. Even the likes of Grainger were decent.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:42 pm

notgnilrad wrote:1. Fred Barber
2. Les McJannett
3. Frank Gray
4. Sean Gregan
5. Steve Foster
6. Andy Toman
7. Neil Wainwright
8. Dave Maclean
9. Alan Walsh
10. Marco Gabbiadini
11. Neil Heaney

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Decent, very decent, including the manager, and a few similarities to mine. Could have also had Speedie from the Walsh era.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by notgnilrad » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:52 pm

I was going to put David Currie in but him and Gabbas are to much alike Speedie was class but I was looking for a balanced but very strong spine. Wouldn't it have been good to see how these might have played together, mouth watering indeed. Also unlucky to miss out was Pollit and big Jason De Vos.

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by DFC81 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:53 pm

1)Collett
2) McJannett
3) Gray
4) Liddle
5) Gregan
6) Toman
7) Wainy
8)Bannister
9)Blake
10)Gabbas
11) Heaney

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by lo36789 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:01 pm

Do we have to have owned the player.

Our list of quality loan players is pretty good, surely there is no keeper in Darlington's history with as good a record clean sheet per game ratio as Kasper Schmeichel!?

If we are allowed loan signings then in recent years Wheater, Bates and Schmeichel are surely in the mix!?

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:04 pm

Why don't we include players who have never played for Darlo as well, but have been in the town? I once saw Paul Ince get out of a car opposite the pictures, ramble, ramble...
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fatty eats roadkill » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:07 pm

My mate once told Julian Dicks to his face in Humphreys that he was s*** and thats why Liverpool let him go back to West Ham. He also told Ian Dowie in the same conversation that he truly couldn't believe that photographs of him hadn't been altered!

Do those two count for being included as they spent time around the town?
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:09 pm

And Gazza who drew a pair of tits on a bit of scrap paper for my girlfriends mate - also in Humphries.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by lo36789 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:09 pm

yes thats the same...the thread is discussing the best XI to play for darlington and players on loan played for darlington.

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Spyman » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:10 pm

lo36789 wrote:Do we have to have owned the player.

Our list of quality loan players is pretty good, surely there is no keeper in Darlington's history with as good a record clean sheet per game ratio as Kasper Schmeichel!?

If we are allowed loan signings then in recent years Wheater, Bates and Schmeichel are surely in the mix!?
That could be a whole different thread.

Lonerghan

Caldwell
Wheater
Bates
Bernard

Butler
MBW (was initially on loan)
Kennedy (as above)
Foran

Clarke
Hatch

I'm sure there are many more that I've forgotten but that looks a decent side.

I agree with Quakerz - over the years we've really struggled for central midfielders who really bossed a game. Even back in 2000 when we had Grey, it was either Atkinson or Oliver partnering him and neither were great. Cummins never lived up to the hype (although wasn't terrible), Keltie was always hit and miss, Stephen Oneweekaway never showed us what he could do, and how Jonjo Dickman played 30+ games in one season remains a mystery.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fatty eats roadkill » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:12 pm

Another one of my mates spent 15 minutes gawping at Les McJannet in there as well. When he came over all my mate could do was just keep repeating Les McJannet!

Maybe this thread should be renamed famous footballers and those who have played for Darlo seen in Humphrys
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:14 pm

Les McJannett was an awesome right back, right wing back. He hit his absolute peak years in those two promotion years at Darlo.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fatty eats roadkill » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:15 pm

Yes, my mate was ready to kneel at his altar that night!
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by lo36789 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:18 pm

the one centre midfielder who I always thought was completely under rated was Adrian Webster. I think I saw that he has been involved in on the field scraps with team mates on his return down under. Not a game controlling centre midfielder mind, I might be wrong here but did he not play alongside Jonjo Dickman though - that might be why I thought he looked good!

It's the right backs I find difficult, Austin was a stand out for me over recent years and he's about all I can even remember outside of Phil Brumwell, Paul Arnison, Gary Himsworth (occasionall) and I am pretty sure we had a guy called Kubicska (or something) on loan from either Sunderland/Wolves!

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:19 pm

A bit of soft porn for your mate...

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fatty eats roadkill » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:20 pm

Webster was highly rated by Mark Proctor, however he was injured a lot!

I know he was cos Mark Proctor told me in the lift at a match.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:23 pm

Mark Proctor told you that Adrian Webster was injured a lot, in the lift?
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fatty eats roadkill » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:25 pm

Yeah, it was just after I'd had a conversation with Simon Johnson after a match.

Proctor told me in the lift at the ground that he really rated Webster but unfortunately Webster was very injury prone.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fibonacci0112358 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:28 pm

Fatty eats roadkill wrote:Yeah, it was just after I'd had a conversation with Simon Johnson after a match.

Proctor told me in the lift at the ground that he really rated Webster but unfortunately Webster was very injury prone.

Would that be the infamous conversation with said ex Darlo player?? :lol:

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fatty eats roadkill » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:29 pm

Errrrr yeah! I had a taxi to catch that evening!
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:29 pm

Are you sure that Proctor didn't just try and avoid the question and defer to Hodgy?
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Fatty eats roadkill » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:31 pm

No, he came straight out with it. Didn't see Hodgys strings anywhere!
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:32 pm

Hodgy must have already given him permission to make a comment on Webster, just in case anybody asked.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by lo36789 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:41 pm

can I get a little help actually...who is the right back that we had on loan pretty sure it was kubiski or something like that :S I found a bit of a missing link, Simon Betts, completely forgot about him.

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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Spyman » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:48 pm

Webster was alright, but we never had a settled pairing in midfield at that time. Webster, Oneweekaway, Dickman, Gregorio, Stamp, Appleby, and somebody called Nathan who may never have actually played a game for us.

We had so many central midfielders around that time, and none of them stood out as being much good.

The right-back you are after was Darius Kubicki. He played for Sunderland and Wolves, and I think he was Polish. He was with us about a month in the 97/98 season from memory.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by Quakerz » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:48 pm

Dariusz Kubicki, everybody knows that, man.
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Re: Best ever Darlo XI?

Post by lo36789 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:02 pm

Spyman wrote:Webster, Oneweekaway, Dickman, Gregorio, Stamp, Appleby, and somebody called Nathan who may never have actually played a game for us.

We had so many central midfielders around that time, and none of them stood out as being much good.
Also, was Brian Close not around at the same time as that bunch. The thing I always remember about Brian Close, apart from the obvious, was the constant use of the phrase "thread through the eye of the needle passing" and that at the start of the season he was apparantely the player in our squad with the fastest acceleration.

the passing I don't think I ever saw evidence of and the acceleration I can only assume that the measurement was taken after about 1 metre and it just happened that Close had done a standing start and his belly was reaching out that far from the start line!

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