The Ultimate 11’s – Middlesbrough

by Dexy Longshot

Monday, April 6th, 2009

This week it’s the turn of Jackie Emu’s best ever Middlesbrough side in Dexy’s Monday feature, The Ultimate 11’s. The Den will be giving you your moment in the spotlight. Choose your teams greatest ever 11 plus 3 subs from 1970 onwards (consult with Grandpa Joe or uncle Jimbob for references).

Do you really know your clubs proud history or are you just a teenage glory hunter? (not mentioning any names from the Kings Road). Remember you must pick a decent 11, not 10 forwards and a goalie. We’ll have a butchers and Dexy will give his verdict from Mustard to Pony.

U11'S - Boro

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  • stevie

    going going gone.

    What about Emerson?

  • Jackie Emu

    Emerson was only at the riverside five minutes!

  • G

    and Rav was only there 5 mins so thats that argument blown out the water!!!

  • Jackie Emu

    Fair point… but Rav was instrumental in getting a new training complex built and he did have to play alongside Mikel beck so his inclusion is justified.

  • Tef1on

    Surely you can find a better LM than Stuart Downing?

  • Jackie Emu

    We’ve had various players who’ve at one time or another played left mid but Stewy is home grown a consistent performer and in my opinion the best left footed crosser of a ball we’ve had. Those outside Teesside don’t see him do it week in week out. Saturday’s performance a side.

  • Darren

    Surely Dave from the Teesside ‘Come Dine With Me’ is a better option? Or the bloke from the Apprentice… Downing is very over rated. Has anyone seen how assists Matt Taylor has this season by the way?

  • Jackie Emu

    Typical response darren…how many times have you seen downing?
    Last season downing was 5th best midfielder for assists and goals after the usuals Lampard, Gerrard, Young and Ronaldo. The season before that he was about 7th. This season despite only scoring twice is still about 12th so you’re basing your facts on the fact he plays for unfashionable team currently struggling…Why would four England managers pick him? Why is he constantly linked to Liverpool and Spurs? Do you think all these managers are wrong and think he’s overrated?

  • Darren

    It’s the David Bentley syndrome.

    There’s no denying he’s a decent player but nothing more than that. But as you say I don’t watch every week.

  • Pauline Power

    I tell you what if this team was playing today there’d be no way the club would be going down with a whimper…

  • Nick

    Don’t think you should miss out Mowbray he was a legend on Teesside…Ripley could be a sub as well. And the midfield dynamo Gary Hamilton…

    Goalkeeper not schwarzer or pears?

  • pav

    Festa could squeeze in there a great defender

  • Matt Quinn

    I like Downing. He always tears Villa to pieces and looks classy against us. I think he could be the most under-rated player in the Premier league.
    I think with England the fans opinions have got to him and he looks too nervous… but i think he could flourish at top 4/5 club easily.

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