This is a Pre Premier League draft from 1971/72 to 1991/92 where managers assemble their squads by selecting players based on their playing performance during this time period only. Performances that fall outside this time period should not be considered. Neither should the players performance for their country/international tournaments be considered. As in any team, team tactics and balance also play a part. Hence please carefully consider the abovesaid factors and evaluate the merits of both teams before voting for the team which in your opinion is likelier to win the match. Team One Nil VS Team Frank Grimes Tactics - Team OneNil Fluid 4-4-2 European Cup winning pedigree with great technique and plenty of grit. Built to maximize Dalglish influence by providing a technical yet hard working foundation. Building around the obvious Kenny Dalglish. Renowned for footballing intelligence and thinking 3 moves aheadl, the side is intended to provide the solid and versatile platform for Dalglish to truly shine. Clive Allen was a great all around striker with the technique, quick reaction and all-around skill to take advantage of Dalglish’s skill set. Allen’s best season saw him score 49 goals across all competitions and 33 in league. The left flank is one of the most threatening possible in the draft. John Robertson, Nottingham Forest’s key player winning 2 European Cups. He scored the EC winning goal in 1980 and set up the game winning assist in 1979’s edition of the EC. He is backed up by Kenny Sansom, 8-time English First Division PFA Team of the Year selection. Sansom dominated his position in England from 79 to 87. He’ll provide support for Robertson and also defend the flank against any opposition. The right flank is more tactical for this match. Michael Thomas plays as a right midfielder. He broke through at Arsenal with a great season at RB then was moved into midfield. His combination of technique, work rate and ‘big game’ ability brings an ‘X-factor’ to the team. He is support by the tough tackling and determined right back Gary Stevens. Stevens was one of Everton’s best players during their two league winning seasons. They also won an FA Cup and Cup Winners Cup. Jan Mølby and Steve McMahon are the midfielders who operate in a unique manner. Mølby will play much like how Dalglish first played him when he won a League and FA Cup double. He began matches further back as a deep lying playmaker almost libero and then would move forward as the match wore on and opponents wore out. McMahon is the water carrier with all-around skills that can facilitate Mølby’s unique style perfectly. Mølby offers an elite passing range that offers many benefits to Robertson, Dalglish and Allen combined with an imposing physical frame. Jimmy Rimmer, Larry Lloyd and Mark Wright comprise the last lines of defense. Two of these are European Cup winners for Villa and Forest. The other is selected because the manager forgot about big bad Willie Young. With two European Cup winners this is a stalwart wall that make it tough for any forwards to find joy Tactics - Team Frank Grimes Schmeichel - 20 clean sheets in all comps in the 91-92 season and already had established himself as one of the leagues best keepers. Parker - Started his career as a CB but moved to RB where he won all his 19 England caps. England reached the World Cup semi-final in 1990 and Parker started every game bar the opening game. PFA team of the year in 1989. Watson - Permanent fixture in the England team of the mid to late seventies earning 65 caps. Regularly made the PFA team of the year during this time. Narey - 21 year career at Dundee Utd where he won a Scottish league championship in 1983 as well as 2 league cups. Reached the UEFA cup final in 1987 but lost 2-1 on aggregate against IFK Gothenburg. Scottish Hall of fame Inductee in 2010. Malpas - Scottish FWA player of the season in 1991. Teammate of Narey and won the league in 1983 but also won the Scottish cup in 1994. Played in 2 World cups (1986,1990) and a Euros(1992). Another Scottish Hall of fame inductee. Coppell - Manchester United and England winger who was a fan favourite of the late 70's and early 80's. Giles - One of Ireland's greatest ever players who was a key member of the great Leeds side of the late sixties and early seventies. Formed a great understanding with Billy Bremner. He was a cultured footballer but could also be tough tackling if required. Matt Busby regarded letting him go as his biggest mistake. Bremner - Inspirational captain and one of Leeds and Scotland's greatest ever players. Hard as nails but could play too and like Giles got his fair share of goals from midfield. Won the FWA player of the year in 1970. Voted Leeds Utd best player of all time. Heighway - Pacey left winger who was a key player as Liverpool won loads of trophies throughout the seventies and early eighties. Played more centrally later in his Liverpool career. Keegan - Superstar of the game in the seventies at Liverpool where he won it all. FWA player of the year in 1976 and even after his return from Germany he won the PFA player of the year in 1982. Industrious, brave and a match winner. Toshack - Struck up a great partnership with Keegan where it was said they had an almost telepathic understanding. Was great in the air but was no slouch with his feet too. TACTICS: I will line up in a 4-4-2 formation with Keegan dropping a bit deeper (4-5-1) at times to help out the midfield. My midfield will gain control of the game as Giles and Bremner have a great understanding of each others game and are a better match up than Molby and McMahon. Molby is a great passer but I feel he lacks the mobility to deal with the all round game of Giles or Bremner. I feel I can gain an edge here. I have a great threat from the wings and with Giles passing ability he can supplement both these players. In the centre I have a big target man in Toshack who can both score from the wingers supply(He played with and benefited from Heighway's delivery at Liverpool) or knock it down for Keegan(as he did countless times during their time together at Liverpool) or a runner from midfield. Keegan also has the ability to drop deep and help out the midfield whilst out out of possession and the stamina to drive forward and hurt the opposition when regained by Bremner or Giles. Overall I feel with the partnerships I have throughout my team (Giles, Bremner) (Keegan Toshack) and the pace and goal scoring threat I have on the wings and indeed from central midfield I will have enough to win this tie.