Just a couple of things to cover off. Carl ‘Block’ Morris has rightly been added to All Time XI fullback list. Apologies for over looking him. Cracking player and a fantastic chap. Chris ‘Boz’ Smith and Alan Johnson have alsio been added to the shortlist for midfielders that will go live later this week.
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With the Champions League Final fast approaching the eternal debate has once more begun to rage on. Who is the greatest player of all time? For me, it has to be Maradona. What he achieved as a young 23 year old at Napoli, winning the league twice, virtually single handily. At a time when defenders were tougher and more cynical, and up against competition that included debatably the greatest AC Milan side of all time, it set him apart by a country mile. He had no Xavi, Iniesta, Gerson, Falco, Maradona did it virtually on his own. And that’s before we start on the 1986, 1990 World Cups!
But hey, that’s just my opinion, register yours now!
As the centreback poll is proving such a close run thing I’m going to leave it open for a little longer. But in the meantime the poll for Fullbacks is now open.
And below find the shortlist for our midfield. We’re going to line up as a 4-4-2 and you candidates so far for those births are below. E-mail me your suggestions.
Tony Harris (Unless he makes the side at Fullback)
So, Fossie is between the sticks, we're selecting our centrebacks, which means it's time to get together a shortlist for fullbacks. My suggestions are below. Let me know your suggestions people.
Two suggestions just in;
Great shout on Chris Rea. John Lambert has been added to the poll. As for Jamie Podmore, he was a great servant to the club but I'd struggle to see him on the shortlist as one of our all time centrebacks. A spate of injuries never helped.
On another note there's a very interesting battle for the back-up keeper, Newstead and Crutts battling it out.
Fixtures are in people and I have to say the management trio have lined up a fantastic balanced schedule with visits from Hastings United and Eastbourne Borough as well as our annual fixture against Westfield Surrey. Rumour has it there's one more to be added, in the shape of East Grinstead hopefully towards the end of the schedule.
I'll keep you posted.
Congrats to Fossie for winning the Keeper spot on the dream XI by an overwhelming majority, 67%. Now check the poll for your all time centrebacks.
Westfield reserves season could of been better to be honest. During the first half of the season we were losing matches to silly mistakes that cost us goals. We also had a team of "old heads" and the likes of Ross, Ryan and Harley didn't really get a sniff. Second half of the season is more pleasing to me. We had a more youthful look to our team with the emergence of Bradley Owens, Jack Davies, Curtis Coombes, Mike Cane, Josh Eaton, Sam Winter, Tom Watson and Khaya all wanting to play county league football for Westfield FC. These are the type of players we needed for this and next season. Its no coincidence that as soon as these players joined and started playing for Westfield FC that our performance and results were getting better and better. We were on a bit of a run going towards the end of the season, with these players involved, and this resulted in the superb team performance against St Leonards Social FC in the Robertsbridge Intermediate Charity Cup Final in which we won 2-1, we were all over them like a rash !
Reserve team management is a hard job to do as you don't tend to have the same team playing week after week, but it is also an enjoyable job as well to see my players been giving the chance to play for the first team. The trio management team have always said that they will look at players who impress them at training or at our games they have seen and they have stuck to their word this season as we have seen the likes of Ross, Ryan, Bradley, Mike, Josh, Sam W and Tom Watson all being given their chance in the first team.
With pre season just around the corner, I am looking forward to next season as I firmly believe, with the players I have got, that we can challenge for the league title and have some good cup run's. On our day we can beat anyone in our league and I predict we will finish in the top 3 next season.
So watch this space !
Morning people. So far from your e-mails and comments the shortlist is looking like this
There's still bags of tiome for you to get your opinion in.
Westfield reserves came up against St Leonards Social in the Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup on Wednesday 4th May. Preparation for this game wasn't brilliant as we suffered a heavy loss against Southwick FC the Saturday before, so team selection for the Cup Final was so difficult. In fact, it was the hardest team selection I have had to do all season ! Before the game started I was a bit sceptic as St Leonard's Social boasted senior players who have played county league football and I had a relatively young team taking the field. The game started and within the first 15 minutes I could see that I had nothing to worry about. All around the park we were matching them for skill and effort. We had most of the play in the first half without really testing their keeper. Josh Eaton and Sam Willett in the centre of the park was the winning the midfield battle as most of our football started from the middle. I told them at half time that " it was probably the best first half I have seen us play this season ", and told them to keep playing the football as we will eventually score. This chat obviously worked as St Leonards Social took the lead with the first 15 minutes of the second half after a well worked goal finished by Dominic Cruttenden. After this, we started to make their goalkeeper work as we started to look more and more threatening. After 75 minutes we drew level through Sam Willett who drew their keeper into a mistake at the edge of their box and Sam had an open goal to shoot into 18 yards away. Now we could smell victory ! We was awarded a penalty as their defender brought down Sam Jameson in the box after a great move. AJ stepped up and slotted the pen nicely. So we played out the remaining 10 minutes to go and win the cup and deservedly so. All the players involved did really well but a special mention has to go to Jacob Archer and Sam Jameson who both were outstanding. The team that played had youth all over it apart from AJ, Sam and Ollie but that's the way we are going with the side. Team : Crutts, Ollie, AJ, Jacob Archer, Tom Watson, Brad Owens, Josh Eaton, Sam Willett, Richard Saunders, Sam Winter, Sam Jameson. Subs :Boz, Ross, Khaya, Darren T, Mike Cane
This afternoon I speak to David Seymour future PM of our great nation and sporter of one of the worst haircuts I’ve seen in my life.
P: Good afternoon young David.
P: First things first, in your mind, how successful has the coalition government been so far, has it worked for us as a country? What has the Tory/Lib Dem union done for us as a nation?D: What a question!
P: I don’t mess about young Seymour!
DS: I don't think it's been all bad to be honest, it's not an easy job they've got on their hands. My only criticism is the way the Tories have been using the Lib Dems as a human shield on certain issues but in all fairness I think Clegg had to expect that. If it wasn't for the whole tuition fees issue i would be pretty happy with how it's gone.
P: Pro or anti AV David?
DS: Personally i'm an av man. They both have their pros and cons but I feel the negatives of first past the post outweight those of av.
P: I think you’re mad. I vote for who I want in government. The idea of the people I put third squeaking in as a consequence leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But hey that’s just me! Now talk us through that haircut?
DS: It's really an ode to a bygone era. I'm trying to get the feeling of Chris Waddle's mullet with the maturity and intergrity of Ringo Starr's mop circa. 1965. It's one for all the fans to enjoy and I intend to keep it until it eventually comes back into style.
P: A trend setter not a follower. I like it David, I like it a lot. You’ve grown up on the pitch surrounded by a bunch of lovable halfwits, how exactly did you manage to stay sane?
DS: That's probably a bit over the top. I wouldn't say they're lovable. No they are all top chaps and despite their eagerness to steal each others flip flops or wizz on each other in the shower, or some of the team's questionable clothing choices (Matt Crutwell looks like he's been beaten up by a primark catalogue) they have good hearts. I see it as a way of experiencing a different culture. Who needs a gap year travelling across Asia when you can just join Westifled FC.
P: Brilliant, I love it. PM or England Captain ‘Question Time’, which would you choose?
DS: I definitely couldn't handle the stress that comes with being the PM and it would be an honour to captain my country so I think that one’s a no brainer, but I’d settle for the vice-captaincy of Westfield. And if that doesn’t come to fruition I’m more than happy to accept an honorary position on the board.
P: Leave it with me, I’ll have a word. Give us your dream ‘Question Time’ panel and what would you ask them?
DS: I've had many a sleepless night thinking about this. I think I'd have Vince Cable strutting his tuff on there as well Peter Mandelson. I'd chuck Boris Johnson in there for the laughs and have Jamie Oliver there too to give us some tips on cooking. I'd also have Maggie Thatcher on there, after all you need a bit of eye candy.
P: Careful David, don’t knock Maggie, the woman’s a national treasure! Who do you liken yourself to as a footballer?
DS: I like to see myself as somewhere between Tim Sherwood and Jack Stapley.
P: Okaaaaaay. Moving on! Who do you aspire to emulate away from the football pitch?DS: Spider-man. Or Sam Willett.
P: Are the two the same person? Has Bally ever brought you close to tears?
DS: Not sure about that. I think I've nearly brought him to tears with a few defensive displays this season though.
P: I can’t disagree, I watched you at Seaford! I get the impression that you’ve enjoyed playing for Tone, Dunc and Matt. True?
DS: Yeah I suppose they're alright chaps. No I've had a cracking time. They all compliment each other, whether it's Bally's shouting at half time, Jonesy's shouting at full time or the fact that Tony looks like the love child of Thomas Gravesen and Danny Mills. They all have their qualities.
P: Thank you for that, That image will tickle me for many an hour. Tremendous.How good do you think these boys can be and is it true what we’re hearing, that the squad is staying together despite significant interest from outside the club?
DS: I think we've got great potential as a team and we can be as good as we want to be. All we have to do is put their mind to it. The Sky's the limit. Our destiny is in our own hands. And as far as I'm aware the team looks like it will be staying together albeit a number of players, including myself, have been thinking of a big money switch to a breakaway Mexican wrestling division but we'll just have to see what happens there.
P: I hear you’re partial to a gimp mask David! Have to pack those antics in if you want to become a cabinet member. Or just get someone good to clean up after you! If you could have an attribute of one of your team mates what would it be?
DS: Steve Smithers' way with words.
P: Is the ginger genius really as stupid as he makes out?
P: Priceless. If you were to have a deep and meaningful, drunk intellectual conversation with one of the gang this weekend who would it be and what do you think would be the topic up for discussion?
DS: I think Steve Smithers would have some interesting philisophical points that would be worth hearing, although Windy and TA do like a good political debate so we'll have to see.
P: Smithers? That conversation could take a while! What’s worse for you, Joe B’s hair or Birdie’s chin-strap beard?
DS: I can't really criticise haircuts so I'm going to have to go with Birdie's chin strap. Having said that I can't really criticise beards either as I lack the hormone count to grow one.
P: To honest David, another trait to correct before you make parliament. Favourite Album of all time?
DS: Now 35.
P: Shocking. How’s Uni life and do you miss playing for Westfield?
DS: Uni is going great although I’ve been living off a strict diet of Cereal, pasta and anything Mr Kipling has to offer due to my poor culinary skills. And of course I miss playing for Westfield! Uni football is quality but you can't beat a 50/50 challenge on a Saturday afternoon against a 17 stone, wife beater from Southwick called Keith can you!?
P: I know him well! Give us a bit of juicy dirt on one of your team mates?
DS: Peter Baker weed on my flip flops. Oh and I believe Steve Smithers had a real team bonding session with Sasa Ilic back in his heyday but you'll have to ask him about that.
P: Good old Sash, I can only imagine what went on there. Any comment of the possibility the UK tax payers may have to foot some of the bill for a Greek bail out?
DS: Yeah, I could talk for hours about why I hate the EU and I don't think I’d be able to give it justice in a soundbite.
P: If, for some reason you were to accidentally stumble into a strip joint this weekend, who do you think would come out the most skint?
DS: Matt Crutwell but that's probably because he's a poor student, such as myself, rather than spending a load on professional dancers. To be honest it wouldn't surprise me if he tried seeing if he could get a student discount in there. But I fancy Tom Archer to spend a few bob in there. It's always the quiet ones.
P: Arrrr poor TA. Don’t pick on him, the poor lad is frustrated, he has a viable excuse! Tell us what you love about football?
DS: The first game of the season. The rest is rubbish.
P: And finally, if you had to choose, winning the league next season with Westfield or West Ham staying in the Premier league?
DS: Well I can't see my beloved hammers staying up unless Boa Morte goes on a rampant scoring streak in the last two games so I think it would have to be winning the league with Westfield.
P: The correct answer. David it has been a pleasure.