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As I said in my last article I created this poll based on the players I had seen since 1971, as such as we go through this series I was interested to see how many of the 'older' names were chosen.

As I said before something that is very apparent to me now is that sometimes you find it difficult to understand why I have not included certain favourites of yours well to some degree the answer came in the result of this poll.

Well I would like to say the race for top spot was close, but again it was not Darren 'shaggy' Anderton, like Robert Prosinecki, won it by a country mile with 37% of your votes, again over one in three.

That goal at Villa Park (I was there and think it was into the Holte End) was like things dreams are made of, and if Ronnie Whelan had not injured Mark Chamberlain or that free kick not happened Jim Smith's young side would have been at Wembley.

Then for me the interest starts, I would never have predicted that 'Trigger' would have been 2nd, or that Nicky Jennings would poll the same as Niko Kranjcar.

For interest my vote went to 'shaggy' a product of a very virile youth element of the side, who also gave us the not inconsiderable skills of Paul Walsh to witness when he moved on to Tottenham.

Thanks for taking part in building my/our non era dependant dream team. The final scores were:

Darren Anderton 37%
Alan 'trigger' Rogers 17%
Liam Lawrence 9%
Mark Chamberlain 9%
Nicky Jennings 8%
Niko Kranjcar 8%
Steve Wigley 4%
John Chukwudi Utaka 2%
Ken Foggo 1%
Fitzroy Simpson 1%
Jimmy Carter 1%
Paul Hall 1%
Peter Marinello 1%
Mick Mellows 1%

Written by MickTait.

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    Writer: MickTait Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday January 7 2011

    Time: 5:59PM

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    "Wide Boys", to my mind means a player who has the ability and pace to go around the outside of a full back and cut the ball back, one of the most exciting football moves. Kranjcar, never did this and always cut inside, but our Livepool fullback had this great ability.
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    07/01/2011 18:57:00

    What goal at Villa Park was that then? I was there too when Darren scored it at Highbury!
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    07/01/2011 20:14:00

    Half Pint you are right it was the Clock End at Highbury - although the clock had gone by then!!
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    07/01/2011 21:38:00

    I was at Highbury as well , and I apologise if my memory let me down. It must have been Villa Park where we decided that penalties were difficult. (Kit Symonds excluded)
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    07/01/2011 22:57:00

    007 I agree with you, and none of the above fit the description
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    07/01/2011 23:23:00

    I still can't believe Vince Hilaire wasn't on the list ! I used to love watching him tearing full backs apart ! an exciting player who always entertained !
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    08/01/2011 11:03:00

    May I add, Nicky Jennings was a "Wide Boy", but I am luckier than most in knowing and watching Pompey's greatest "Wide Boy" namely, Peter Harris, that was until Freddie Cox did away with wingers.
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    08/01/2011 15:40:00


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