COLERAINE supporter James Kelly was this week tasked to come up with his favourite Bannsiders starting eleven…
The first game that I can remember is when I was nine-years-old and my grandmother took me to the second replay of the 1975 Irish Cup final which we won 1-0 against Linfield. I had been loads of times before watching that great Coleraine team. It was my grandmother Lena who took me to all the games so that’s why my flag bearing her name comes to a lot of games with me. Lena has been to Bohemians, Bradford, Norway, Stranraer, Wales and was even hanging around at Salford City’s ground last season. I would have to say my favourite away trip was Haugesund in Norway apart from the price of a beer, but I made so many friends. My favourite game is a difficult one because I’ve seen my team win four Irish Cups, a league title and countless other trophies, but it’s hard to beat last year’s Cup win celebrating with my sons. Coleraine has always been about family to me, since my grandmother took me and I in turn take my sons and hopefully grandchildren later on down the line.
This man made some spectacular saves and was a mainstay of my Coleraine team. He always had a blinder against the Blues – what’s not to love?
A hard working attacking full back who would run all day and could defend too.
A colossus at the back for us during one of our most successful periods.
This local lad was such a defender and was always capable of scoring a few at the other end.
Hard as nails no nonsense defender who could play a bit too.
Raymond was a brilliantly skilful midfielder who scored goals for fun. Invaluable.
What a midfielder. A class player who stood out even against the top midfielders back in the day.
Loved knowing ‘Packie’ was on the pitch. Hard and never shirked a challenge but could play to. Drove the team on leading by example.
Kevin was a delight to watch making hard nosed defenders look like fools. Lightning fast and skilful.
What a player and one I feel only played for us because he supported us. The ball seemed glued to his feet
Easily the best goal scorer I’ve ever seen in the stripes. Tap ins, long range shots, headers all kinds of goals and nearly always important goals too. Never let the team down.