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

Centre Back: Sean Raggett


Courtesy Graham Burrell

This is the hardest of all the choices I’ve had to make; narrowing all of our excellent centre backs down into one space.

‘One space?’ I hear you ask. Yes, one space, because one player was always going to walk into the Team of the Decade: Sean Raggett. It’s not possible for anyone to push him out I’m afraid.

Why? He could carry the ball forward, he was as much of a threat going up the pitch as he was at the back, he was utterly fearless and would get hurt for the team if the need was there. He was pivotal to so many of our great memories in 2016/17, including the goal against Forest Green and of course, the winner at Burnley.

His attitude in then signing for Norwich and coming back showed a love for the club and his application when he did come back on loan was spot on; he never feared to get hurt and ruining his Norwich career, he gave everything he had, every time he pulled on the shirt.

Dare I say it, he’s up there with the best Imps’ centre backs ever, certainly the ones I’ve seen since October 1986.



  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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