My top 11 plus highly commended back ups

My top 11 plus highly commended back ups

No.1 Kevin Keelan

Acrobatic keeper adored by fans 673 senior appearances. (Back up Chris Woods)

No.2 Ian Culverhouse

Consistent defender well suited to total football. No right-back has since come close. 296 senior appearances.

No.3 Mark Bowen

Attacking left-back with an eye for a goal. Welsh international. 316 senior appearances, 24 goals. (Back up Ron Ashman)

No.4 Steve Bruce

A spectacular defender with a never say die attitude. Went on to great things with ManUre. (Back up Andy Linighan)

No.5 Duncan Forbes

Heart of a lion. No striker wanted to marked by the Scottish warrior and leader of men. (Back up Dave Watson, League Cup captain in 1985 and England centre back)

No.6 Martin O’Neil

An attacking midfielder who ran at defenders. Good goal scorer and a game-changer. (Back up Colin Suggett)

No.11 Martin Peters

World Cup winner and the best player ever to wear a City shirt. Hugely influential midfielder and captain. Always in the right place at the right time. 232 senior appearances, 50 goals. (Back up Bradley Johnson)

No.7 Dale Gordon

Local boy made good. A highly skilled winger with his own personal jink. 262 senior appearances, 43 goals (Back up Kenny Foggo, Wes Hoolahan)

No.8 Ted MacDougall

The enigmatic striker whose instincts in front of goal were second to none. The best poacher to be seen at the club. (Back up Kevin Reeves, injury took away a career destined for a distinguished league and international career)

No.9 Ron Davis

Brilliant header of a ball and a prolific scorer. 126 senior appearances, 66 goals. (Back up Grant Holt, Hugh Curran and John Deehan)

No.10 Graham Paddon

Hardworking midfielder with excellent distribution and a powerful long-range shot. 340 senior appearances, 37 goals (Back up Andy Townsend)

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