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Totti would end the tournament as joint top assister and scoring a vital penalty in the 94th minute against Australia in the last Roma Director General Walter Sabatini put it beautifully when speaking about Totti a couple of years ago:. The light still goes on, spreads. He had been painted as tired and lame, but he goes on the pitch and weakens the opposition.

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He is currently second on the all-time Serie A goalscoring list. Think of all the legendary attackers Serie A has been home to over the years and you will find Totti has outscored them ALL! Only Roberto Baggio of the modern era comes remotely close 22 goals behind Totti.

Only the legendary Silvio Piola active from has outscored him. This achievement becomes even more awe-worthy when you consider Totti has never played as an out and out centre forward, often deployed behind a number 9 for the first half of his career. His trophy haul with Roma on the otherhand is lacking.

He can only claim to be part of one Scudetto winning side and two Coppa Italias. The fact he won the World Cup goes a long way to appeasing this but it is still a dearth lack of silverware for such an incredible talent. With Totti as captain, Roma have finished Serie A runners up 6 times in the past decade. Even the limitless funds of Florentino Perez and his team of superstars could not lure Totti away from Rome, his loyalty could not be bought.

Eduard Streltsov. Little known outside of his homeland but often said to be one of the greatest outfield players Russia has ever produced by those who watched him.

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Streltsov made his Torpedo Moscow debut as a 16 year old and in his second season he finished as top goalscorer in the Soviet League. At 18 making his debut for the Soviet Union national team, Streltsov scored a first half hat-trick against Sweden that same Sweden side would only a couple of years later get to the final of the World Cup. In the Olympics, in one of his most famous matches, Streltsov was key in helping the Soviet Union fight back against Bulgaria in extra time at despite only having 9 fit men on the field, with Streltsov scoring the equaliser before assisting the winner.

Despite his on the field success, Streltsov was making enemies off it. His flamboyant hair made him stand-out in a country of men with short back and sides.

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The Communist Party were also revelead in later documents to have distaste for Streltsov as the interest of foreign clubs interested in him grew, sparking suspicion. Whilst on a pre-World Cup training camp in , the Soviet team was given the day off from training and Streltsov and two other players decided to go to a party.

After a night of heavy drinking, Streltsov and his two team-mates were arrested for the alleged rape of a 20 year woman called Marina. Streltsov later said he was told he could avoid all of the red tape and be permitted to play in the World Cup if he pled guilty, so he did.

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Instead of playing in the World Cup as he was told, Streltsov was sentenced to 12 years hard labour in a Siberian gulag. Notably, the Soviet squad lost out in the quarter finals against Sweden of the World Cup, the Sweden side they had defeated with Streltsov on the pitch. After his release he played amateur football, waiting until Torpedo came knocking again.

Inevitably, they did. The fans welcomed their hero back and he helped Torpedo win the Soviet league on his first season back and soon returning to play for the national side, although his time in the gulag had robbed him of some of his physical ability. Streltsov finished second in the award of Soviet Player of the Season that year. He retired two years later as one of the greats of Russian football, regardless of seven of his best footballing years being robbed from him. Those were the times when players retired at Pele retired at Maradona never came close to his best after going over Baggio, Zola n Singori set precedense.

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When Juventus let go of Baggio he got offers from top teams in Europe like Barca. But Baggio choose to saty in Italy. Years later he was playing in Brecia. His first season was the first time Brecia did nt ve to play relegation in over 30years. And if you want to go on about loyalty, check out the French guy, guy rough who was at auxere for 50 year, unreal lol good shout with Henke and mcstay. Always felt sorry for McStay. A true gentleman. Played at his testimonial.

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Darts with The Lid Off. Physical Activities For Boys Schools. Anthony Steenson began his playing career with Salford Amateurs in the late 's signing for Mossley under Don Wilson in November Wilson resigned within a week of Steenson's arrival and he didn't settle under replacement George Sievwright and returned to Salford but re-signed in August He spent the next two seasons as an almost ever present at the hear of the Mossley defence but left in September to join Hyde United having made appearances and scoring 4 goals.

Steenson returned to Mossley as assistant manager to Brian Grundy in August and following Grundy's dismissal at the end of October Steenson was appointed manager. His stay in charge was brief when he made himself unavailable to attend a home League Cup match against Goole Town that Mossley lost on 17th December and was in-gloriously sacked along with his assistant Peter Mayo two days later. He began his playing career in Scottish junior football with Kirkstyles before moving south and signing professional for Bury in July as a right winger.

He made 7 appearances for Bury scoring 2 goals before injury cost him his place with the club and he was released. He quickly became a fixture in the side and remained so through the next two seasons making a total of appearances scoring 30 goals before being transferred to Macclesfield Town in May Following successful spells at Macclesfield and Runcorn, O'Connor played for Droylsden and cost Mossley a three figure fee when Bob Murphy re-signed him in August By now a central midfield player O'Connor became a key figure in the all conquering Mossley side of the late 70's and early 80's and remained with the club well beyond the break-up of the Wembley team.

He was overlooked when he hoped to get the manager's job following Brian Grundy's departure in but following Tony Steenson's quick departure was offered his chance as Player-Manager in December He quickly brought stability back to the club but was never going to take Mossley beyond mid-table. O'Connor is remembered more for his playing skills than his abilities as a manager and in two spells with Mossley he made an incredible appearances by far a Club record scoring 77 goals.

He had later spells as a player with Horwich RMI and Buxton and ended his career with Colwyn Bay after taking over as a pub landlord in that area. Connor later played for Witton Albion before spells as manager of Buxton and Curzon Ashton and then on to a youth coaching position with Manchester City. John Albert Sainty was born in Poplar on 24th March and served his football apprenticeship with Tottenham Hotspur signing professional in July He failed to make the first team though and moved to Reading where he made 71 appearances scoring 19 goals between and A transfer to Aldershot was less successful and he made just 29 appearances in two seasons.

He then joined Norwich City as a coach under John Bond and went with Bond when he took over at Manchester City where he served as assistant manager. A spell as manager of Chester City followed but he then dropped out of League football altogether and took over as manager of Glossop North End. He joined Mossley in March and turned around a struggling team. The following season didn't begin as hoped though and Sainty was sacked on 31st October after a FA Trophy defeat at Alfreton Town.

He reappeared sometime after as assistant manager at Stockport County to former Mossley assistant boss Dave Jones at Stockport County and after a successful spell followed Jones to Southampton and was appointed Director of Coaching. Keith Hicks was born in Oldham on 9th August He signed associate schoolboy forms for Oldham at 15 and signed professional with his home town club in August making his League debut at After just 3 appearances in his debut season he began the season as first choice in central defence and remained their for appearances scoring 11 goals.

He was transferred to Hereford United in September and made a further appearances in five seasons at Edgar Street, ending his Football League career with Rochdale where he made 32 appearances up to the end of the season. Hicks then signed for Hyde United but after a short spell at Hyde. He was appointed Player-Manager of Mossley on 29th November shortly after bringing with him his long term friend and team mate Graham Bell as his assistant. A complete change in the Boardroom meant that he was suddenly working under a new chairman and it was no surprise when Hicks and Mossley parted company on 5th September just six games into his second season.

He made 38 appearances for Mossley scoring 2 goals. Graham Thomas Bell was born in Middleton, Manchester on 30th March and began his playing career with Chadderton before being signed by Oldham Athletic in December He quickly established himself as a lively attacking midfielder with good vision and he went on to make appearances scoring 9 goals.

Then followed a short spell with Carlisle United before a move to Bolton Wanderers where he made 92 appearances scoring 3 goals and his Football League career ended with a 42 game spell at Tranmere Rovers in the season. A very unpopular move with the fans! However, form had not improved in seven games in charge but he remained as a player following the appointment of Bryan Griffiths in October He rejoined Hicks at Hyde at the end of the season after winning a League Cup winners medal with Mossley and having made 83 appearances scoring 6 goals.

Bryan Griffiths was born in Liverpool on 21st November Known as 'Yogi' during his time at Southport for his ultra-short crewcut hairstyle, Bryan Griffiths was a bustling yet cultured left-back who had started out as a centre-forward with Bootle Schoolboys. Never full-time - he was a draughtsman by profession - he joined Everton as an amateur in May but after two fairly disastrous Division One games he was picked up by ex-Evertonian Wally Fielding at Southport. Though Fielding left almost immediately, Griffiths embarked on a successful run of 97 consecutive league games; but at Rochdale in March he suffered a badly torn cartilage which effectively ended his career.

He stepped into management and had successful spells with Burscough, South Liverpool and Southport before arriving at Mossley in October to completely transform an ailing team. He drafted in ex Everton player Dave Jones as his assistant along with several Merseyside based players and Mossley started to climb the League finally finishing in 10th place but they then won three cups - the Northern Premier League Cup over Fleetwood , the Manchester Premier Cup over Flixton and the Reporter Floodlit Cup over Ashton United.

There was much disruption going on at Boardroom level at the time though and following the departure of the financial backers at the end of November Griffiths and his assistant Dave Jones were asked to work with a halved the wage bill and they promptly resigned. He then became manager of Morecambe and club secretary Brian Cowburn who had jumped ship with him also moved to Christie Park.

David Ronald Jones was born in Liverpool on 17th August He signed professional forms for Everton in May after serving his apprenticeship at Goodison Park. Returning in August he signed for Preston North End and made 50 appearances up to the end of the season. He had the perfect physique and boundless enthusiasm but lacked the necessary finesse to become a top-class defender. A former captain of England youth, he was the subject of much optimism at Everton and subsequent Under international honours revealed that independent judges nourished similar hopes.

However, regular exposure to First Division football highlighted too many technical shortcomings. While with Mossley he made two appearances as a player. He later became assistant to Danny Bergara at Stockport County and stepped up to manager following his departure. Later becoming manager of Southampton before problems in his personal life forced him to quit football.

He returned to the game in December as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers and then manager at Cardiff City and later Sheffield Wednesday. Mark Hilton was born in Middleton, Manchester on 15th January He joined Oldham as an apprentice in and signed professional in January After 50 league games in midfield for Latics he signed for Bury in July on a free transfer and was a regular throughout his first season appearing in 34 games. He suffered a broken leg in a Lancashire Cup game in August against his former club Oldham and appeared in only two games during , being granted a free transfer at the season's end.

Hilton then made his mark in the north-west non-league scene playing for Witton Albion and Ashton United two spells. He signed for Mossley under Bryan Griffiths in August as a centre half and when Griffiths resigned amidst internal upheaval on 2nd December Hilton was hurriedly appointed player-manager. He brought in his brother Mike as his assistant and with the arrival of strikers Paul Bowler and Brendan Burke things started to look up for the once more financially struggling Lilywhites.

The Hilton brothers were retained for the following season but a poor run of results saw the Lilywhites struggling near the foot of the table and following a home FA Trophy defeat by Southern Leaguers Atherstone United on 20th October Mark and Mike Hilton were dismissed. Hilton had made 50 appearances for the Lilywhites scoring 4 goals.

He returned then for another spell as a player with Ashton United and then Oldham Town. Mark Hilton returned briefly to Seel Park as a player in the season during Dave Denby's brief spell in charge and made a further 6 appearances scoring 1 goal. He stepped into management with Droylsden in Cooke was appointed manager of Mossley on 26th November and had a quite impressive spell in charge.

Assisted by Kevin Gorman, the future looked rosy. It came as a great shock to everyone when Cooke suddenly resigned following a second successive defeat on 23rd March citing business commitments as the reason for his departure. Mossley then offered the job to Gorman again but he reluctantly turned it down again due to business commitments. Kevin Gorman was born in Manchester on 26th October A gritty but skilful midfield general Gorman quickly established himself in the team and was a mainstay of the all conquering side of the late 's and early 's under Bob Murphy.

He made a total of appearances for Mossley scoring 32 goals before moving to play for Southport in December following Bob Murphy's resignation. Following Hilton's departure he was made Caretaker-Manager but his work was to prevent him from taking the job permanently, though it was offered to him. When Gorman was put in temporary charge he brought in John Cooke to help him and it was Cooke who was to become Manager with Gorman agreeing to stay and assist as Player-Coach. In his second spell as a Mossley player Kevin Gorman made a further 51 appearances scoring 5 goals.

John Cooke later became a youth coach with Manchester United. Les Sutton had been a solid defender throughout his playing career with Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde United he had also managed all of those clubs prior to his appointment as Mossley manager in April bringing in former Stockport County boss Eric Webster as his assistant. The following season saw Mossley in inconsistent form and following a defeat at Stalybridge Celtic on 18th January Sutton was dismissed. Coyne, brother of well known former Manchester United and Crewe striker Peter Coyne had had a successful spell in charge at Manchester League side East Manchester before taking over the reins at Seel Park, after a spell as assistant manager to Les Sutton.

Mossley had made an average start to the season when Coyne resigned on 28th October. Later resident in Australia. Curran was considered one of the most talented players to ever play for Wednesday but after helping them to promotion he moved on again - across the city to Sheffield United. He then moved to Everton after a promising loan spell but only made 24 appearances scoring 1 goal in three seasons at Goodison Park before a free transfer move to Huddersfield Town in July He scored 7 goals in 35 games for Huddersfield but then moved to play abroad signing for Greek club Panionis, returning to England in October to play a brief spell with Hull City.

His non-league management career began with Goole Town before he was appointed manager of Mossley in November His spell at Seel Park was considered disastrous and seven successive heavy defeats later he was dismissed along with his assistant Paul Jones - ex Bolton Wanderers appearances - 38 goals , Huddersfield Town 73 - 8 , Oldham Athletic 32 - 1 , Blackpool 37 - 0 , Galway United Ireland , Rochdale 14 - 2 and Stockport County 25 - 0.

Steven Jeffrey Taylor was born in Royton, Oldham on 18th October and served his football apprenticeship with Bolton Wanderers where he signed professional in October Then followed spells with Wigan Athletic 30 games 7 goals , Stockport County , Rochdale , Preston , Burnley again and Rochdale again playing the final League game of his career in March He spent a lengthy time out of football before being a surprise appointment as Mossley manager in August He was soon found to be out of his depth and his lack of managerial experience became quickly evident and after only one win in 13 games which included a couple of heavy defeats Taylor left 'by mutual agreement'.

Taylor made just 4 appearances for Mossley scoring 1 goal. David Denby was born in Manchester on 16th November and began his career as an associate schoolboy with Blackpool. Spells as a player with with Glossop, Droylsden and Abbey Hey. A spell scouting for Manchester City was followed by three years in charge at Ashton United. Denby was appointed manager of Mossley in October but never really settled to the job and resigned suddenly after just two months in charge following a defeat at Curzon Ashton.

He became assistant manager at Stalybridge Celtic again under Peter Wragg before a second spell at Curzon Ashton, this time as manager. Gary Riley was born on in Ancoats, Manchester on 23rd March He began his playing career as a midfield player with Oldham Athletic but never reached first team level and moved on to have spells with Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde United before signing for Mossley in August under Brian Grundy. Switching to right full back Riley had a lengthy spell with the Lilywhites making appearances scoring 33 goals before receiving a broken leg on the opening day of the season against Marine.

He attempted a brief comeback two seasons later with Ashton United but returned to Seel Park as assistant manager to Dave Denby in October Following Denby's sudden departure in December, Riley took charge of his first game as Mossley Manager on 18th December , a win at Alfreton Town. Riley was asked to stay for the following season but resigned at the end of April due to work commitments.

Richard Dawson was born in York on 6th July and played for local club New Earswick before signing for York City as an 18 year old in He made 45 appearances in York's first team as a midfield player between and before signing for Scarborough where he helped the Yorkshire coast club to the Conference title and promotion to the Football League. Dawson then had a spell as manager at Bridlington Town before arriving at Mossley as player-manager in August His spell in charge at Seel Park was short and completely disastrous.

He was in charge for 14 games. Eight League games of which Mossley lost seven and drew one, and six cup games of which the Lilywhites managed to win two. Dawson had signed a number of Yorkshire based players who were evidently not good enough and they all left within a couple of weeks of Dawson's departure. Richard Dawson made 8 appearances for Mossley scoring 2 goals.

Roy Soule was born in Enfield on 25th May He played for Manchester United as a junior in the youth teams playing in the Lancashire League from under the coaching of Wilf McGuinness, and John Aston snr. When released he played semi-pro until being scouted and asked to join Crewe Alexandra.

Whilst playing there he played reserve and first team football under the management of Jimmy Melia ex Liverpool. He went back into Semi Pro football and when finishing playing went into Semi Pro management.

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Soule was appointed Mossley Manager in October Mossley were at the time bottom of the League and Soule had to build practically a new team. Everyone believed he would help to stave off relegation but new Chairman Frank Whelan had other ideas and Soule was dismissed amid much controversy following a defeat at Radcliffe Borough on 11th March After a spell in charge at Droylsden Soule later became a scout for Crewe Alexandra and then held a similar post with Oldham Athletic.

From - he was North West area scout for Rotherham United and assisted in the coaching in the youth setup. He was invited to rejoin Crewe Alexandra in a scouting and coaching capacity between - He was senior scout working directly for manager Dario Gradi. He coached and assisted in the running of the reserves with Crewe's assistantant manager Neil Baker. In he was head hunted by Andy Richie, manager of Oldham Athletic, to join their scouting system to work directly for the first team doing reports and scouting missions.

Through his coaching qualifications he was asked to coach in the School of Excellence, being given the responsibility of the U12s, this culminated in the team winning the Brittania Cup beating teams from Wycombe Wanderers, York City, Tranmere Rovers, and Scunthorpe United. Promoted to the position of Chief Scout working for the Manager in assessing opponents prior to our fixtures with them, and scouting for potential first team players. He played in the Maltese League and regularly had visits to the U. Since he has been coaching in the U. This role is in the development of the players and coaches some in their pursuit of furthering their skills and abilities.

He still has strong ties in the U. He was appointed assistant manager for FC United of Manchester in Paul Cuddy was born in Kendal on 21st February and signed for Rochdale from junior football in August However he made only one substitute appearance for Rochdale and was released in May Cuddy then played for a variety of non-league clubs most notably Altrincham where he was capped three times for the England Semi-Pro team then managed by Howard Wilkinson.

A large number of players left following Roy Soule's departure. However, it became obvious that the combination wasn't working and Cuddy departed from Seel Park and joined Fleetwood as a player in October He later had a spell with Ramsbottom United before joining Nantwich Town as manager. Kevan Keelan was born in Manchester on 22nd June Keelan enjoyed a superb first season with the Lilywhites and scored the two all important second half goals that saw Mossley win at Boston United in the 2nd leg of the FA Trophy semi final.

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    By the end of the season with Keelan's interest visibly waning he resigned. He then returned to management for a second time with Stalybridge Celtic and had a short spell as assistant manager at Leigh RMI. Benjamin Phillips was born in Hazel Grove on 9th June He signed for Crewe Alexandra as a right full back as a teenager in but was released and signed for Macclesfield Town. Phillips signed for Bury in September for whom he made 14 appearances in the season. He had a successful first season with Mossley and was voted Player of the Year by the supporters.

    He made 50 appearances scoring 1 goal for Mossley in the season. The following season he made 24 appearances before moving to Witton Albion in the wake of Bob Murphy's departure in December He made 21 appearances for Mossley in the season but departed 9 games into the following campaign under Les Sutton and joined Curzon Ashton. He then had spells as assistant manager at Stalybridge Celtic, Congleton Town and Ashton United, and coached Mid-Cheshire League sides Grove United and Bramhall before returning for a third time to Mossley in the summer of as Manager and bringing with him as assistant former Manchester United and Exeter City player Danny Keough as his assistant.

    Keough had recently returned from nine years coaching in Germany. The pair took the side to a very unfortunate runners up spot in the NWCL in losing the title in controversial fashion on the last day of the season at Workington, and to the final of the Manchester Premier Cup in Later became assistant manager at Stalybridge Celtic and then manager of Radcliffe Borough. Albert Gary Pickering was born in Manchester on 22nd June He made 83 appearances for Stoke before moving to Burnley on a free transfer where he made a further 21 appearances.

    He departed from Seel Park in controversial circumstances in July and a month later became assistant manager at Woodley Sports. Jason Beckford was born in Manchester on 14th February He was appointed assistant manager in June and following Ally Pickering's shock departure in July he was appointed team manager leading Mossley top promotion back to the UniBond League in his first season in charge. In Mossley won promotion back to the UniBond Premier as Division One champions but following Mossley's relegation after just one hugely disappointing season Beckford resigned. After leaving Mossley in April , he returned to Bolton in as part of the club's restructured youth academy, and also worked as the under coach alongside Steve Morgan at Oldham Athletic.

    He also had successful spells as manager at Altrincham and Ossett Albion. A season of financial troubles didn't aid Quinn's cause at Mossley and he left by mutual consent in June Appointed manager in July He was a key player in the Mossley side that narrowly lost out on promotion to Workington in Resigned in January to briefly become assistant manager to Benny Phillips at Stalybridge Celtic. Appointed manager of Winsford United for a second time in the close season of before returning to Woodley Sports.

    Appointed manager in January followng Chris Willcock's resignation. Former Woodley Sports manager between and who arrived initially at Mossley as assistant manager to Chris Willcock in the close season of He later became manager of Curzon Ashton. Appointed manager in June following John Flanagan's resignation. Started the season patchily but picked up to enjoy a great FA Cup run and climbed the table to the fringe of the play offs.

    A terrible run began in February with a defeat at Skelmersdale. The team then picked up only 1 point frrom their next ten matches culminating in Higgins departure in early April He played for Lisnaskea Rovers before retiring early through injury. At 29 years of age he was Mossley's youngest ever team manager.