GOLDEN OLDIES

We put to­gether our top team of Foot­ball League veter­ans

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By John Lyons

WY­COMBE’S de­ci­sion to put 46-year-old goal­keep­ing coach Barry Richard­son on the bench for yes­ter­day’s big FA Cup tie against As­ton Villa got us think­ing about the Foot­ball League’s golden oldies.

So, we de­cided to come up with a Foot­ball League team of over30s that could give a much younger side a good run for their money. OK, their legs might not have the pace of old and they might find it tough to com­plete the full 90 min­utes, but they could use their ex­pe­ri­ence, their nous to good ef­fect.

Who would man­age this ‘Golden Oldies XI’? Well, it has to be Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge man­ager John Still. The 65year-old may be old enough for his bus pass, but we reckon he’s still got plenty left in the tank.

And the fol­low­ing team wouldn’t need many in­struc­tions.

Any de­cent team needs a good goal­keeper so we’re go­ing for Notts County’s North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Roy Car­roll (38) be­tween the sticks.

In front of him, we’ve se­lected a back four of Derby’s Chris Baird (33) at right-back, Charl­ton’s Roger John­son (32) and QPR’s Clint Hill (37) in the cen­tre of de­fence, and Birm­ing­ham’s Paul Robin­son (37) at left-back.

We reckon that de­fence would get stuck in and give a few for­wards plenty to think about.

What about the mid­field? Let’s put new Bris­tol Rovers sign­ing Liam Lawrence (34) on the right and Coven­try City’s now-per­ma­nent Joe Cole (34) on the left. In the cen­tre, we’re go­ing for a com­bi­na­tion of the tire­less Scott Parker (35) of Ful­ham and Burn­ley’s out­spo­ken Joey Bar­ton (33).

That should give us the bite you need in the cen­tre of the park and the cre­ativ­ity, too.

Up front, ex-Eng­land and cur- rent Bolton striker Emile Heskey, who turns 38 to­mor­row, was a dead cert, while who bet­ter than for­mer Re­pub­lic of Ire­land and now Ex­eter marks­man Clin­ton Mor­ri­son (36) to part­ner him?

With our team of se­niors get- ting on a bit, the bench will be vi­tal to keep the team tick­ing over in the clos­ing stages.We’re go­ing for QPR left-back Paul Konch­esky (34), Notts County mid­fielder Alan Smith (35), Ex­eter mid­fielder Matt Oak­ley (38), Bolton for­ward Shola Ameobi (34) and Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge striker Jamie Cure­ton (40). Our 16-man squad may have passed their prime, but we reckon they could still cause a shock or two...

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