Sticker Book XI

I have fashioned a half decent Southend United related team out of old football stickers and trade cards.

Goalkeeper: Paul Sansome

(Card: Pro Set 1991)

Key Attributes: Great shot stopper and a consistent perfomer.

Southend link: Goalkeeper from 1988 to 1997 during which time he amassed 357 appearances, more than any other Southend custodian. He edges Daryl Flahavan by just six appearances.

Right Back – Dean Austin

(Card: Merlin Ultimate Collection)

Key Attributes: Strong in the tackle, marauding forward runs with high quality crossing.

Southend link: 109 games for the club (3 goals) between 1990 and 1992 before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur

Left Back – Chris Powell

(Card: Merlin Premier Gold)

Attributes: Hard to dispossess, highly skilled and elegant player.

Southend link: 290 games (3 goals) for the Blues between 1990 and 1996. Sold to Derby and enjoyed a lenghty career with Watford and Charlton. Won 5 England caps.

Centre Back – Mike Lapper 

(Sticker: Panini USA ’94)

Attributes: Powerful in the air

Southend link: 59 games (1 goal) between 1995 and 1997 having played for the United States team in the 1994 World Cup.

Centre Back – Bobby Moore

(Sticker: Panini 1985)

Attributes: A great leader on the pitch and master of the drag-back tackle which would retrieve the ball even when an attacker had got past him.

Southend link: Blues manager between 1984 and 1986.

Right Midfield – Michael Kightly

(Card: Topps Match Attax 2010)

Attributes: Dazzling speed and superb delivery. Has an eye for a spectacular goal.

Southend link: Made 19 appearances (1 goal) before being discarded by Steve Tilson. Has subsequently carved a decent Premier League career with Wolves and now Stoke City.

Centre Midfield – Mike Marsh

(Sticker: Panini 1st Division 1997)

Attributes: Dominant tackler and supreme passer

Southend link: 97 games and 13 goals between 1995 and 1998.

Centre Midfield – Ronnie Whelan

(Sticker: Panini Euro 88)

Attributes: Quality midfield maestro had a much decorated career with Liverpool.

Southend link: 35 appearances, 1 goal. Less successful spell as manager.

Left Midfield – Peter Taylor

(Card: Topps 1978)

Attributes: Superb dribbler and incisive passer of the ball.

Southend link: 78 games and 13 goals for the Blues before joining Crystal Palace for a club record fee of £120,000. Won 4 England caps and also played for Tottenham. Later managed Southend between 1993 and 1995.

Centre Forward – Stan Collymore

(Card: Topps 1995)

Attributes: Supremely gifted centre forward, strong and fast.

Southend link: 18 goals in 33 games for Southend, before high profile spells with Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Fulham and Aston Villa. Widely regarded as Southend’s greatest ever player.

Centre Forward – Paul Sturrock

(Card: Topps 1979)

Attributes: Skilful left sided centre forward who could also play on the wing. Signed for Dundee United after scoring 52 goals in a season for Bankfoot.

Southend link: Southend manager since June 2010.

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