If you could add 1 bees player ....

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how many of these players named ( great memories btw ) would get in our team now realistically ?
 

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Off the top of my head and from different eras:

1970’s: Roger Cross, Andy McCulloch, Jim McNichol, Danis Salman.

1980’s: Terry Hurlock, Gary Roberts, Roger Joseph, Dave McKellar, Francis Joseph.

1990’s: Dean Holdsworth, Gary Blisset, Neil Smillie, Terry Evans, Andy Sinton.

2000’s: Martin Rowlands, Ivar Ingimarsson, Paul Evans, Jay Tabb.

To choose one? Terry Hurlock 😎
Great list but no John O’Mara or Stewart Houston in 70’s?
 

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I think it affected teams more than we'd think (I was only 12 at the time so didn't appreciate it as a big cultural shift in football). Listened to a podcast with Tony Dorigo the other day in which he attributed Leeds' poor title defence in 1992-93, when they failed to win away all season and finished 16th, to the back-pass rule.
Wouldn’t have been a problem with Raya in goal! In a way amazing it took 25+ years for teams to find a way of negating the back pass rule.
 

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Smillie, Kevin Godfrey, and Denny Mundee (just for his step over) can’t remember which club Mundee scored a hat trick against.
 

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Wouldn’t have been a problem with Raya in goal! In a way amazing it took 25+ years for teams to find a way of negating the back pass rule.
Probably takes a generation plus for keepers to be trained to effectively also be an outfield player as well as a decent goal keeper.
 
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Probably takes a generation plus for keepers to be trained to effectively also be an outfield player as well as a decent goal keeper.
If they’d started training youth keepers that way as soon as the rule was changed it would have become a tactical change within 5-10 years. But it was at a time when there wasn’t much detailed analysis of the game and coaches wouldn’t have known how to or how it would fit with the broader game. It was a time when even top defenders wouldn’t be trusted to pass it around much and that’s still the case in much of the game now. So even if keepers could have been more adept with ball at feet they’d still need to pass long.
 
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Surprised some of our older fans going back to the 60's did not name Ken Coote, superb fullback.
 

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Not sure what is meant by 'early days'. Can it be any time in history? Or the squad when you first started watching? If any time, Benrahma is the best I've ever seen for Brentford closely followed by Jota, If I have to pick one from the first team I saw, um, Stewart Houston if loans count, Jackie Graham if the don't. :)
 

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Bit rude. He's worth it for that chip against Tranmere, to equalise in the last few seconds of the 1st leg play off semi (1991?). Think that may have been a one-off mind.
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Gave us all hope.....😐
 

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If they’d started training youth keepers that way as soon as the rule was changed it would have become a tactical change within 5-10 years. But it was at a time when there wasn’t much detailed analysis of the game and coaches wouldn’t have known how to or how it would fit with the broader game. It was a time when even top defenders wouldn’t be trusted to pass it around much and that’s still the case in much of the game now. So even if keepers could have been more adept with ball at feet they’d still need to pass long.
Indeed, English football was barely out of the clutches of Charles Reep and Charles Hughes by then, and still had one of their keenest students in charge of the national side. Incidentally, I had no idea until doing a quick google just now that Reep has been employed by Brentford in the 1950s. Is this well known and I've just managed to miss it until now?
 
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Not sure what is meant by 'early days'. Can it be any time in history? Or the squad when you first started watching? If any time.

Well, I didn’t really set thread rules as just enjoy reminiscing. It can go off in any tangent you like really.

Like you would with your mates down a pub, after a few San Miguels and a packet of mccoys crisps.
 

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Well, I didn’t really set thread rules as just enjoy reminiscing. It can go off in any tangent you like really.

Like you would with your mates down a pub, after a few San Miguels and a packet of mccoys crisps.
Excellent. Benrahma and Jackie Graham in midfield it is then. :D
 

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Indeed, English football was barely out of the clutches of Charles Reep and Charles Hughes by then, and still had one of their keenest students in charge of the national side. Incidentally, I had no idea until doing a quick google just now that Reep has been employed by Brentford in the 1950s. Is this well known and I've just managed to miss it until now?
I think it was mentioned in the "inverting the pyramid" book
 

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I think it was mentioned in the "inverting the pyramid" book
You're right, having googled it a bit. I did read that book many years ago, it must have slipped my mind.
 
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