Stacey West XI – Midfielders Vote

Crawley last season, courtesy of Graham Burrell

After a week of frantic build up, it is finally time for you to vote on your favourite midfielder of all time, or rather your THREE favourites.

In a new twist to the voting you can pick up to three players to vote for. We’ve previewed 12 already, they can be found at the links below.

Midfielders 1

Midfielders 2

Midfielders 3

There’s 15 altogether, so even those at the very back will know we’re three short. Briefly, because I know you’ve been deluged with information recently, here are the final four candidates. After that, your chance to vote!

George Shipley

George Shipley played 229 games for City between 1980 and 1985 and became an integral part of Colin Murphy’s wonderful side of that period. Along with Phil Turner and Glenn Cockerill, his skill and guile created endless chances, with him bagging 42 goals in the process.

Colin Murphy brought him to Sincil Bank from Southampton for a then-record fee of £45,000, a wise investment given his eventual return. He teased and taunted full backs, often described as a winger, but by others as attacking midfielder. He twice finished the season as the club’s leading scorer and missed only eight matches in five seasons with City.

He eventually moved to top-flight Charlton Athletic in 1985 for £15,000, later playing for Gillingham before returning for a brief trial in 1989. He picked up an injury in a pre-season friendly against Huddersfield which ended his career.

Michael Bostwick

You know who Bozzie is, right? Surely?

He’s the big hairy bugger in the centre of the park for us at the minute who dominates every match he plays in. Yeah, you got him now? So you don’t need me to give you anymore information? Good.

Dennis Booth

Booth is one for your Dad to tell you about, plying his trade at Sincil Bank between 1974 and 1977. What those dates will tell you is that he was a part of Graham Taylor’s record-breaking 1976 side. He started out at Charlton before moves to Blackpool and Southend saw him arrive at Sincil Bank, with Taylor first taking him on loan. He duly hit the only hat trick of his career as we beat Bury 4-3, so was signed up not long afterwards for £9000.

He became an iconic figure in City’s side with his long black hair and beard, one for the older generation to look back on fondly. He was no nonsense and incredibly able, a real gem picked up for a bargain price. His name is synonymous with success, certainly in the context of Lincoln City.

Sadly Taylor left for Watford and took Dennis Booth with him, forking out £10,000 which, for a Championship winning midfielder, was daylight robbery. He’s since gone on to be a respected coach and hilarious after-dinner speaker.

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  1. What, no Dick Neal? The only Lincoln player ever to play for England above youth level, 156 appearances for the Imps (mostly in the second tier) and almost ever-present in the great 1955-56 side which missed promotion to the top flight by just 6 points. Likened by some to the late lamented Duncan Edwards.

  2. There is absolutely no doubt that Dave Smith will be in. the team. Don’t even think about it kiddies. As you say these days “It’s a no brainer!”

  3. For those of a certain vintage, the pic under Dennis Booth doesn’t include dear old ‘ratter’ (winning diving header v Stoke fused into memory banks) but does include (with champagne bottle, natch) the finest midfielder I’ve seen play for the Imps, ie Dave Smith. Ran the title side and against Div 1 and Div 2 sides in cup ties before being taken out when you could stay on the pitch for so doing.

    Given that Shippo ( a great left winger) is here under cental midfield, and with the hints in the last page, Smudger will be in that category. He looked ready to play if needed before the Macc game last year, btw.

    Still think he was one of our 2 finest CM’s though (his beard alongside Cockerill’s mullet), Taylor’s masterstroke.

    Great idea but our eras are on display!!

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