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

Keeper – Paul Farman


Courtesy Graham Burrell

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.



  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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