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    From the Year 2000 onwards, pick your best XI plus subs.

    Only rule is that you have to pick them based upon their time @ PNE, not since, Pickford being a prime example of being better now than then.

    Bet you'll be hard pushed to beat this team.

    Manager - Billy Davies.
    Nash
    Grezza Lucketti Mawene Cunningham
    McGeady McKenna O'Neil Lewis
    Nugent Fuller


    Subs.
    Pickford
    Huntington
    Davidson
    Pearson
    Gallagher
    Macken
    Cresswell

    Reasons why for my XI.

    Nash - Kept a record 22/23 clean sheets in one season, we only lost 6 games and only conceded 30 goals. Pickford is obviously better long term but Carlo has the PNE stats in his favour.

    Grezza - Legend, penalty king, legend.
    Lucketti - Leader, hard as nails, solid, Captain.
    Mawene - Best defender I have ever seen in 40 years of watching us. Smooth and classy on the ball.
    Cunningham - A tight call with Davidson but possibly a tad quicker.

    McGeady - A bit of a twat off the pitch so they say but a joy to watch on it. Scores and assists with ease.
    McKenna - Good tidy player, won headers for a small guy and put his foot in. Only his lack of goals lets him down given his ability.
    ONeil - The main player in my team. He dictated the flow of the game. If only we had him now.
    Lewis - Skill, pace and a few goals chipped in. A clever little player.

    Nugent - Pace, goals and an infectious attitude.
    Fuller - Pace, goals and totally unpredictable in a good way. Up there with Mooney in my Top 5 PNE players.


    RIP Kurt
    Best mates for 14 years
    09/98 - 11/06/12

  • #2
    Sean Gregan gets in any team for me.

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    • #3
      Sean St Ledger?

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      • #4
        Pickford
        Grezza Lucketti Mawene Cunningham
        McGeady Pearson O'Neil Lewis
        Nugent Fuller
        Oh let me get my hands on those .....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pthnorthender View Post
          Sean St Ledger?
          Quite correctly nowhere near our best 2000 and onwards squad.

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          • #6
            Claud Davis ?

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            • #7
              Pickford over Nash for me, and Pearson in the Starting XI.
              I'm back.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pthnorthender View Post
                Sean St Ledger?
                Massively overrated and sulked through his post Irvine North End career.

                Claude Davis was rather like Kyle Walker is now, numerous short-comings disguised by the ability to use pace to make up for mistakes.

                For me...

                Pickford - Best keeper I've ever seen at Deepdale

                Alexander - Best right-back I've seen at Deepdale
                ​​​​​​Lucketti - A rock at the back, great positioning & scored a few
                Mawene - Legend, stupidly played at RB in the 2005 PO final
                Davidson - Just wins it over Cunningham for me

                Sedgwick - Controversial but work rate & combo with GA was major part of that team's success
                O'Neill - Gutted when he had to retire. Not properly replaced until Welsh was signed.
                McKenna - Couldn't think of another CM who would get ahead of him. Should have been a one club man but left as we declined.
                Lewis - Out and out left winger that impressed even under Craig Brown. Quality crossing and fierce left foot.

                Nugent - No words needed.
                ​​​​​Healy - Best natural finisher I've seen at Deepdale. Had Brown not fallen out with him and sent him of to Norwich Brown's teams may have been more successful

                Just slightly worrying that none of the current squad would get anywhere near the above.

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                • #9
                  Classic 433 formation;

                  Turner

                  Keith Keane
                  Jack King
                  Chris Robertson

                  Jeff Monakana
                  Joel Byrom
                  Andy Proctor
                  David Amoo

                  Anthony Elding
                  Aaron Brown
                  Chris Beardsley

                  Just shows how far we have fallen now..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AndySaville View Post

                    Just slightly worrying that none of the current squad would get anywhere near the above.
                    Glad you mentioned Sedgwick - certainly the most under-rated player of recent years. Memories of him are tarnished by the fact he stayed a season too long but in his prime a great asset.

                    As for the present squad Pearson, Robinson and a fully fit Maguire come close and Davies who is still developing is not far behind.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gib white View Post

                      Just shows how far we have fallen now..
                      We have had many worse players than Jack King - he never let us down for commitment and just occasionally showed something more.

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                      • #12
                        Pickford

                        Grezza
                        St Ledger
                        Mawene
                        Cunningham

                        McGeady
                        Pearson
                        McKenna
                        Wallace

                        Nugent
                        Fuller

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                        • #13
                          Pickford

                          Grezza
                          Mawene
                          Lucketti
                          Davidson

                          O'Neill
                          McKenna

                          McGeady
                          Treacy
                          Lewis

                          Fuller


                          Subs:

                          Nash
                          Cunningham
                          Big Claude
                          Gregan
                          Pearson
                          Macken
                          Healy

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by paddysr View Post
                            Pickford

                            Grezza
                            Mawene
                            Lucketti
                            Davidson

                            O'Neill
                            McKenna

                            McGeady
                            Treacy
                            Lewis

                            Fuller


                            Subs:

                            Nash
                            Cunningham
                            Big Claude
                            Gregan
                            Pearson
                            Macken
                            Healy
                            I'd keep the Healy bit quiet if I was you unless you want dog pooh through your letterbox.
                            It's better to burn out, than to fade away.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MrHodgeheg123 View Post

                              I'd keep the Healy bit quiet if I was you unless you want dog pooh through your letterbox.
                              Yeah, take out Healy in put Kurt Nogan in his place.

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