Keeper – Paul Farman
Sentiment? Maybe. Farms is like marmite amongst our supporters, you either love him or you don’t. I suppose his ball-juggling at Altrincham didn’t do him too many favours, nor a couple of long-range efforts that beat him during our first season back in the Football League.
I’ve picked him for a number of reasons. He might not be the very best keeper we had during the last decade, but he was the one who gave us the best service. He showed a great attitude and helped bring the squad together in challenging times. Plus, any player who gets a Man of the Match award in an FA Cup quarter-final has to be considered.
Matt Gilks was certainly in my mind when picking our best keeper, as was Trevor Carson. The latter might not have done it for us, but he’s since had a decent career. However, I have gone on what the player did for us and perhaps Farms is here for 2016/17, for capturing the spirit of our regeneration more than maybe any other player. He’s in my squad for being cast aside by Gary Simpson but still going out, serving time on loan and fighting to get back in the side.
He’s since proven he is Football League quality as well and I’m not ashamed to call him my favourite keeper of the last decade.