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    1. Dean Richards
    2. Michael Svensson

    Great decision to do a B team, by the way.

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    I can't believe so many people are going for Dave Watson. A top player when he was a few years younger, but when he played for us he was old and slow - so much so that Lawrie (despite his love of class players in the latter stages of their careers) moved him on after a year or so.

    McGrath and Wright for me, but honourable mentions for Gabriel, Nicholl, Richards and Killer.

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    I have to go for Tony Knapp and Jimmy Gabriel - Tony was a great reader of the game, a strong tackler and great header of the baal as well as a real leader. Jimmy, well one of the best all round defenders I have ever seen and a quality footballer in every respect. Both served us well for many years/games and rarely missed through injury despite being tough players.

    (I would really like to have included Mel Blyth who transformed our defence when he arrived from Palace but I will have to put him as third choice).*

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    Mark Wright and Dean Richards for me

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    looking at these names and the memories -must be one of the most competitive positions in this poll - so why have we always let so many goals in!

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    Ken Monkou and Neil Ruddock, though I almost wish we were playing 5-3-2 so I could put Svensson in there as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy ****e View Post
    Jim Steele, Chris Nicholl, Dave Watson, Mark Wright, Claus, Monkou, Dean Richards, Killer, Calum Davenport...

    Dave watson and Mark Wright for me
    With the obvious exception of Davenport (which I assume was a joke!), a great line-up. I'd give an honourable mention to Neil Ruddock too - if nothing else for his last minute pen vs. Newcastle (when he got stripped down to his jock strap by the crowd!) - and Mel Blyth.

    My heart says Jim Steele for his MoM performance on 1 May 1976, Dave Watson was probably one of the greatest english centre halves I've seen, Wright was an immense talent, but I have never quite forgiven him for the way he legged it to Derby, Clause was different class for so many years. Based on their impact for Saints...

    ...Screw it, I'll go for Claus and Jim Steele.

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    Definitely Mark Wright and Big Dave Watson.

    Some come close, very close, Killer, Clause, Ken Monkou (Shadow!), Dean Richards and even Neil Ruddock was very good for us, we re-started his career, then he went to Spurs and onto Liverpool.

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    Killer ,Wright and steele or Nichol

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    Mark Wright & Killer with Big Dave Watson in reserve

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    Killer would be the first name on my team sheet. 2nd Centre back I would give to Kevin Moore.

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    John McGrath & Chris Nicholl, a midge's ahead of Mark Wright & Big Dave Watson

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    well i guess these choices are based on how long we've all been supporting saints. My first real memory of a good centre back was ken monkou. Since we've had richards, claus and killer. Oh and perry. Snicker.

    Choose two? Richards and killer, though i'm sure wright, ruddock et al were brilliant too.

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    Kevin Moore, Russell Osman, Kevin Bond, Razor Ruddock .....:-)

    In Honesty though I will go for

    Mark Wright & Michael Svensson

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    Richard Hall

    MOD's EDIT: Are you trying to say Dean Richard[s] and Fitz Hall, by any chance..?
    Last edited by St Landrew; 30-11-2008 at 12:09 AM.

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    Mark Wright Chris Nicholl

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    John McGrath

    With either Michael Svennson - never has an injury to a single player been more costly- or Jim Steele,especially for 1/5/76.

    For this to be a 'greatest' Saints team it has to embody the greatest spirit of Southampton;that is the team spirit of The Alehouse.And no one brings that quality more than John McGrath.

    Jimmy Gabriel by the way would be a first choice sub who could play CB,midfield,and if needed centre forward.

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    Watson was better before he joined us. Jimmy Gabriel was a brilliant player but lacked a little height. I've seen all the CBs mentioned here, but there are two standouts, Svennson to attack the ball and big Mark Wright to sweep up. I think they might even have been pretty close to being the best pair in the top division, let alone the club.

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    Chris Nicholl and Ken Monkou. Killer would be my next choice along with Dean Richards and John McGrath.

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    Mark Wright and Michael Svennson

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    Mark Wright and Dave Watson . . . even if Derry might have a point that DW was even better before he came. Both had lengthy careers at the highest level.

    Svensson as first reserve.

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    Wright and Hall

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tango Man View Post
    The one and only Big John McGrath...heart and soul on his sleeve every week..
    Another CB please, or would you like me to put you down for a nomination of his constant CB partner, Jimmy Gabriel..?

    I'll happily do so, as both together were quite an effective pairing.

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    Killer and Dean Richards for me.

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    Wright and Killer for me

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    Monkou and Hall (loved his scraps with Ian Wright)

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    Wright and Watson

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    Such a difficult choice as we had some excellent ones over the years.

    My first reaction to this thread was McGrath and Gabriel in the long past, Svensson and Lundekvam in the modern era.

    But when push comes to shove Mark Wright and Dave Watson just shade it for me.

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    Nominations close late this evening, and the vote will begin a little after that. That is... if I remember to do it. Busy afternoon/stroke evening. Those that haven't posted, get your nominations in please.

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    Mark Wright and Dave Watson

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    Super Kenny Monkou and Killer

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    Quote Originally Posted by St Landrew View Post
    Nominations close late this evening, and the vote will begin a little after that. That is... if I remember to do it. Busy afternoon/stroke evening. Those that haven't posted, get your nominations in please.
    Just let go of your social life and concentrate on what really matters in life. :-)

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    Mark Wright and Kem Monkou for me

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    Mark Wright and Dave Watson

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    Killer and Claus

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    The Ginger Ninjas both loved a good clean slicing tackle, also pure red (hair) & (very) white (skin)

    KILLER & Mark WRIGHT
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    Richard HALL & Dean RICHARDS should both of been capped when at saints

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    Dave Watson and Chris Nicholl, Mark Wright close third

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    Quote Originally Posted by mprobert View Post
    Dave Watson and Chris Nicholl, Mark Wright close third
    They played together for us just before,and during the early Keegan era.Surprisingly they didn't strike me as a particularly reliable duo especially away from home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mprobert View Post
    Dave Watson and Chris Nicholl, Mark Wright close third

    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    They played together for us just before,and during the early Keegan era.Surprisingly they didn't strike me as a particularly reliable duo especially away from home.
    I agree. Both excellent centre backs, especially Watson, but as a combination they weren't so great. I think they had shared weaknesses, lack of pace being a key one, which made them considerably less effective as a pairing.

    Like so many others on here, I'd find it impossible to look beyond Watson and Wright as the ideal.

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    Killer, Neil Ruddock, Dean Richards

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    Thanks for your nominations Peeps. This thread is now closed. The voting will begin shortly.

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