Stacey West Team of the Decade – Part One (Keeper and Defence)

I’ve loved reading the different teams you’ve all chosen, with quite a few variations across most serious choices.

I’m baffled, in fact, I’m completely at a loss as to how Jake Sheridan made it into one or two. I guess some picks are sentiment, some are ability based and others… well if you’ve picked Jake Sheridan only you can tell me why. I guess some of us love a committed figure.

I’ve taken some time over my own picks, painstakingly checked every player who made an appearance for us since the turn of 2010. That’s the last six months of Chris Sutton’s reign, right up to the current day squad. My picks span the whole decade too, with a Chris Sutton player taking pride of place alongside a member of the current squad (or two). You’ll not get to see the Sutton player today though as this is part one.

It was pretty scary looking back at some of the players we had to endure over those early stages of our National League season. relegation really did hit us hard and yet a couple of my picks come from that challenging period of time.

Without further ado, let us go into part one. In this article, I’ll break each of my choices down, keeper and back four only. We’re playing in a 4-4-2 formation (it’ll never work) and I can’t wait to see the debate fire up on this post, without seeing my midfielders and forwards (which I might get to bring you tomorrow).


  1. Football League quality all day long? Was that day February 31st? He couldn’t defend in the National League and I’d argue the fact he is now plying his trade in the same league as fucking Boston tells you everything. He was bang average, and seemingly a complete twat as well. Really can’t believe you think he was better than Sam.

  2. Newton wouldn’t get into the Waddington United team in Division 2 of the Lincoln Sunday League. Toffolo, on the other hand, is destined to play at a higher level before long.

  3. Agree with all of the above comments.

    Newton ‘could have been FL quality’. Toff is, Sam H was until injury intervened, so on that basis alone both superior to Newton.

    Then it comes to the ‘minerals’ and Newton’s severe lack in this department explains why his career has gone the way it has, way too up himself and wouldn’t have lasted 5 minutes under the Cowleys or alongside Bozzie.

    You’ve taken leave of your senses on this one! Rethink, please – close between Sam and Toff but Toff’s proven quality and consistency at a higher level shades it.

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