Dave Beasant – From the late 1970’s up to 2013 ‘Lurch’ as he was nicknamed made over 770 appearances in goal for numerous clubs, but is probably most fondly remembered as part of the Wimbledon ‘Crazy Gang’ story that rose from the bottom of the football league to win the 1988 FA Cup final 1 – 0 against Liverpool. He became the first person to save a penalty denying John Aldridge form the spot with commentator John Motson yelling "...and he saved it - and made history - the first time a penalty kick had not been converted in the FA Cup Final here".
Interesting fact: On 10 May 2015, Beasant became the oldest individual to be selected in a squad in Football League history aged 56 while representing Stevenage as a substitute against Southend in the League Two Play-Off semi-final second leg.
Graham Roberts – A renowned tough tackling defender who made over 429 senior league career appearances, for numerous clubs including Tottenham, Rangers and Chelsea. Part of the successful Spurs side in the early 1980’s he won two FA Cup Finals and a UEFA Cup final scoring in the 2nd leg and then scoring from the penalty spot in the shoot-out to beat Anderlecht. He also won 6 England caps. After retiring from football Graham went into management where as manager of Clyde they famously defeated Celtic in the Scottish Cup and took Rangers to extra time in the Scottish League Cup final.
Interesting facts: Graham also acted as consultant to the Pakistan national side and managed the Nepal national side.
Tony Cottee – A fans favourite at Upton Park ‘TC’ as he was known made 279 senior league appearances for West Ham in two spells at the club scoring 115 goals and in one magical year helped West Ham to 3rd in the football league where alongside Frank McAvennie they shared 46 goals the highest partnership in the league that year. On the 2nd of August 1988 TC became the most expensive player to be signed by a British club when he signed for Everton for 2.2m and went on to make 184 senior appearances for the Toffees and 7 England Caps.
Interesting fact: TC has admitted to diligently maintaining a scrapbook containing press cuttings of every goal he has scored throughout his playing career
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Graham Gooch OBE – Essex and England captain and batsman was one of the most successful international batsman of his generation and through a 27 year career spanning from 1973 until 2000 he became the most prolific run scorer of all time, with 67,057 runs across all first class and limited overs cricket. He is also one of only 25 batsman to have scored more than 100 first class centuries.
His 154 scored against the dominant West Indian pace attack at Headingley in 1991 is regarded as one of the greatest centuries of all time by many critics and his career best score of 333 against India at Lords, added to his second innings score, remains the highest aggregate by any batsman in a Lords test.
Interesting fact: In his first test against Australia he made a duck in both innings, and can now claim that he is the only player to have both his first test innings scores in his surname.