John Kosmina

The FOX SPORTS an­a­lyst gets into 10th A-League Grand Fi­nal mood with a retro team from the first 10 years of the NSL, 1977 to 1986

Australian Four Four Two - - JUNE 2015 -

The FOX SPORTS an­a­lyst picks his dream team from the grand fi­nals of the first 10 years of the old NSL. There’s even a place for Arnie in there...

GK TODD CLARKE Syd­ney City

Out­stand­ing keeper that just hated los­ing...a real win­ner! Slight in build but ag­gres­sive in the air and an in­cred­i­ble shot-stop­per.

RB JIM CANT Can­berra Ar­rows, Mar­coni, Syd­ney City

In­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile, in­tel­li­gent, great ath­lete and great team player with a fair touch of skill. Went about his job with min­i­mum fuss but got it done.

CB STEVE O’CON­NOR Syd­ney City

A tough and in­tim­i­dat­ing de­fender that loved the phys­i­cal battle as much as he liked to play…prob­a­bly too much for his coach, Ed­die Thom­son.

CB DAVE RAT­CLIFFE Bris­bane City, St Ge­orge

Very re­li­able de­fender that kept it sim­ple and wouldn’t take crap from any­one – team-mates and op­po­nents alike. Never shirked re­spon­si­bil­ity.

LB VIC BOZANIC

West Ade­laide, Apia, St. Ge­orge A right-footed left back with a thun­der­bolt shot who loved at­tack­ing. If the name is familiar he is the fa­ther of Oliver of Soc­ceroos and CCM fame.

RM ‘JINKY’ JOE WAT­SON Syd­ney City

Jinky ter­rorised full­backs with his drib­bling skill and acute sense of tim­ing. Not quick but could turn an op­po­nent in knots and get away to cross it in.

CM MUR­RAY BARNES Syd­ney City

An in­tel­lec­tual, Bar­nesy was a bit dif­fer­ent. A great or­a­tor and ex­cep­tional leader, he was hard as nails. A box to box, goalscor­ing mid­fielder that loved get­ting for­ward and get­ting on the end of any ball that came into the area.

CM TONY HEN­DER­SON Can­berra and Mar­coni

A skil­ful and clever hold­ing mid­fielder with good touch and aware­ness who was brought in by Johnny War­ren to play in the in­au­gu­ral sea­son of the NSL.

LM KENNY MUR­PHY South Mel­bourne Hel­las

‘Smurf’ was quick and a very good drib­bler. Great at ‘skinning’ his full-back down the line and loved tak­ing play­ers on. Could play in­side as well.

CF GARY COLE Hei­del­berg

Big, strong, very mo­bile, good touch and knew how to fin­ish. Very good in the air as well, Co­ley was your clas­sic tar­get man that could play with both feet.

CF ROD BROWN Mar­coni, Apia

Even as a kid , Rooster wasn’t out of place in a league that didn’t treat young­sters well. Quick, great touch and cre­ative he never got credit he de­served.

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