My Favourite Footballer… Craig Bellamy
By Aidan, Otherwise Known as @EnglandYouth
Ah, yes. A favourite player. I used to be all of them wrapped into one as I tottered about the back garden in my England kit.
My Favourite Footballer… Kevin Sheedy
By Gary Naylor
Kevin Sheedy was an Everton Great, a sweet, sweet sentence to write as he could, and should, have been a Liverpool Great, since they had him as a youth and let him go (preferring Ronnie Whelan, with whom he shared many traits).
My Favourite Footballer… Michael Carrick
By Steve Williams
Tall, two-footed, great first touch, fantastic range of passing, positionally exceptional, and does a fantastic job of screening the back four.
If you said that list of attributes to any club manager in world football they would be screaming at you demanding to find out who he is, yet because his name happens to be “Michael Carrick”, he is unbelievably underrated.
My Favourite Footballer… Tugay
By Mikey Delap from The Wild Blackburn Rover
It is a widely held conception in the modern era that the best players play for the best teams.
My Favourite Footballer… Romario
By Tom Nash from the Frustrated Footballer
Romario, five foot seven of barrel-chested, bristling energy, and one of the greatest strikers the game of football has ever seen.
My Favourite Footballer… Jakob ‘Jaap’ Stam
Teletext, in days that now seem ancient, was a valuable commodity for those who had not yet come to realise the damning aspects of football. By @Herzogchild.
It was, in essence, a forerunner to the illimitable and vacuous resources we’ve now become inundated with – heck, even desperately burdened by – in modern times – namely twitter, and the smile-embossed, excitement bombasts of Sky Sports News.
Back then, TVs would be hurriedly switched on each morning, evening and night, as fingers punched in the relevant numerals to attain the day’s news. Immediacy was non-existent, unlike now, and the 10-15 seconds it took for your requested page to show on the screen was usually accompanied by indescribable unease.
Finally, when it did arrive, eyes flashed firstly at the headline, which was finely capitalised, before scanning the remaining, usually less intriguing, news of the day. This was done perhaps thrice a day. Or, with, say, the summer transfer window, thrice hourly; there was, after all, sadly little else to do. There was a coldness to its features, however, presented not in the luminescent din of flashing yellow, as Sky’s combustible presenters and breaks appear, but eerily flung there, all black, white and stark.
My Favourite Footballer… Shaun Wright- Phillips
By Joe T from Thoughts From The Invisible Man
I like to think that the person I have selected is one of those players that people find it difficult to dislike and that even the staunchest Manchester United supporter would find it hard not to like something about this guy- comparable with your very own Solskjaer in that sense.
My Favourite Footballer… Ryan Giggs
By Yolkie from 7Cantonas
The teenage Ryan Giggs in full flight was one of the most mesmerising sights in football; that’s a sentence that many United, and indeed football, supporters will have read or heard in some form or another.
My Favourite Footballer… Gary Neville
There is and never was anything quite so fascinating about Gary Neville in a footballing sense. Indeed, my choice as My Favourite Footballer is then rather curious as he is no Great* – or at least I don’t think he is.