The Stacey West XI – Midfielders (Pt2)

Freck against Forest in 2007/08 (courtesy Graham Burrell)

Before anyone panics or cries that their favourite player isn’t on the shortlist, there’s still plenty to come yet. I envisage this having four or maybe five parts before we go to vote, such is the split between the age groups and who should or should not be featuring.

Without further ado, here is another set of players you think were the best to ever play for the club.

Glenn Cockerill

I find it hard to write about this player with the same passion or drive as many who speak about him, because I haven’t seen him play. When I came to start following City, he was in the First Division (now the Premier League), plying his trade with Southampton. That should tell you all you need to know really, he spent two spells at Lincoln and ended up playing in the top flight.

Glenn Cockerill is widely regarded as the finest central midfield player to ever grace Sincil Bank and if he doesn’t win one of the spots I can see my Dad divorcing me. He was voted as the 11th greatest player to ever play for us in the 2007 Football League Centenary vote and recently sold out a £60 a head sportsman’s dinner along with Mick Harford. He’s a legend alright.

Glenn meets me, half cut, outside the Emirates waiting to get in to our FA Cup quarter final.

He joined City from Louth United in 1976 and converted from a striker to a box to box midfielder, always retaining that keen eye for goal. He was a regular in the 1978/79 season in which City were relegated and Colin Murphy first took over and, as a saleable asset, he was flogged to Swindon Town for £110,000, a big sum back in the day.

After just 26 games in two years he was back for a second spell, costing us just £40,000. That represented great business because he established himself as one of the Imps greatest ever in his second spell.

Between 1981 and March 1984 he became synonymous with the great Colin Murphy side, smashing goals in from all angles and dictating play whenever he could. City missed out on promotion to the Second Division (Championship) by a whisker on the final day. The following season a little investment by the board could have seen us win the Third Division title, especially after a 9-0 destruction of Bournemouth put City five points clear at the top, a game in which Cockerill hit a brace. Sadly, it wasn’t to be and City slumped, with the midfielder finally leaving for Sheffield United in 1984 for £140,000. He later cost Southampton £225,000 and played for eight seasons in the top flight.

He played 179 times for City, scoring 35 goals.

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  1. Not being on Twitter :-
    Dave Smith spent most of his career as a somewhat maverick left winger. GT’s conversion of him to the orchestrating central midfielder was a masterstroke.

    He’d better be on the list

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