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    Stockport Ram

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    The Greatest Player You Never Saw

    Post by Stockport Ram on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 6:59 am

    Not long to go now before the Macc get together, but as I'm reading a book with the title of this thread - about a bloke called Robin Friday who played for Reading in the 70's and died ridiculously young (38-ish, I believe), I thought there was time for another little poser.


    No,  not me.  (tsk).


    Who would you consider the greatest player that you NEVER saw?  By that, I mean actually witnessed "live",  rather than on the gogglebox.

    You can also add the greatest player you did actually see, if you feel the urge.


    I'd have to go with Pele.    

    As for those I've seen,  well, I think I need a little more thinking time on that one....


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    Re: The Greatest Player You Never Saw

    Post by Stockport Ram on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 7:02 am

    I can't edit the title of the thread because I'm a mere mortal, but the book is actually called "the greatest footballer you never saw".


    It must be an age thing....
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    Re: The Greatest Player You Never Saw

    Post by SawleyRam on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 7:53 am

    I'm with you Stocky, greatest player I never saw has to be Pele.

    For the greatest player I have seen I was going to put Eusabio but then I remembered the white boots (covered in mud) of a certain Colin Todd turning the great Eusabio into a mere footballing mortal at the Baseball ground. So to be the best you have to beat the best and Toddy did just that.

    Could it be an age thing or do more recent footballers seem like journeymen in comparison?
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    Re: The Greatest Player You Never Saw

    Post by rob on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 8:17 am

    best I never saw - see the first word of the sentence - just a bit too young.

    best I have ever seen - King Kev
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    Re: The Greatest Player You Never Saw

    Post by MadAmster on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 8:55 am

    Best I never saw? Steve Bloomer.

    Best I ever saw? The man who had everything but pace and did everything at what I can best describe as a leisurely pace. Sir Bobby Moore. So graceful and it all seemed so effortless.
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    Re: The Greatest Player You Never Saw

    Post by New England Ram on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 12:31 pm

    Best I never saw Pele....1970 Brazil team and that World Cup was magical for this at the time ten year old and Pele made everything look so easy....and in colour!! At the Bliss Social Club on City Road.

    Best I ever saw without a doubt George Best although ironically I don't think he ever had a particularly good game at the Baseball Ground.
    And the only time I saw him at Old Trafford was that mid week league cup game where it was Willie Morgan who stood out on the other wing and if i remember rightly scored the goal that beat us.

    But to be fair because he didn't look cool to this young lad I don't think I truly appreciated what a great player Bobby Charlton was until later years when I was looking from a different perspective.
    And what a player he was and what a gentleman...it will be a sad day when he goes a true legend.



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    Re: The Greatest Player You Never Saw

    Post by whestonram on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 12:40 pm

    Hard to judge the best I never saw but also hard to think beyond Pele.

    I saw George Best and Rodney Marsh play for Fulham once - possibly against Sheffield United as my mate was a Blade - and while he was no doubt a shadow of his old self, seeing Best play was amazing.

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