This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Classy Cobbler: Scott McGleish helped Town win promotion in 2006. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Danny Brothers, of aloadofcobblers2012.wordpress.com,
selects Northampton's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Scott McGleish (2004-07 &
Among a group of hard hitters (Sean Dyche), experienced heads (Ian
Taylor) and a football genius (Martin Smith) in the 2005-06
Cobblers squad that finished as League Two runners-up was a man who
simply knew where the goal was. Scott McGleish had no quit in him,
chased down every lost cause and could score goals of all sorts,
including headers despite often being one of the smallest men on
the pitch. A brief return in 2008 saw him reacquaint himself with
Cobblers fans before he moved on to play for Leyton Orient, Bristol
Rovers and Barnet.
4. Cliff Holton
Having made his name with Arsenal and Watford, Holton joined the
Cobblers in 1961. He went on to score 50 goals in 62 appearances,
including a club record for a single season (36) in the 1961-62
season, as Town finished eighth in Division Three. Holton made the
move to Crystal Palace in 1962 before spending time back at Watford
as well as Charlton and Leyton Orient.
3. Ian Benjamin
Graham Carr's runaway champions in 1987 were headed by player of
the year Ian Benjamin, who fired the club to the league title. In
total, Benji hit more than 50 goals for the club having joined from
local rivals Peterborough United in 1984, and went on to play for a
number of lower league outfits before retiring in 1996.
2. Neil Grayson
Perhaps a biased choice having grown up watching Neil 'Larry'
Grayson but he was the epitome of everything you want from a
striker, particularly in the lower leagues. Larry's work ethic
alone made him a true fans' favourite in the 90s as the Cobblers,
under Ian Atkins, went from perennial strugglers to play-off
winners, culminating in a last-gasp Wembley win in 1997. He was
sold far too soon for my liking, never getting a chance to show his
worth at the next level.
1. Frank Large (1962-63, 1966-67
With three different spells at the club, all of which saw him
score bags of goals, Frank Large has to top this list. Large was a
major part of the dramatic rise and fall of the club in the 1960s
as the Cobblers went all the way to the top division of English
football and then came all the way back down within nine hectic
years. Large's endless energy endeared himself to Town fans and he
will never be forgotten by his most visited of Football League
And the worst…
Steve Guinan (2009-11)
Guinan's name was the first to pop to mind when asked for the
worst No9. When I look at some of the names above I see hard
working, energetic, die-for-the-cause players. When I looked at
Guinan wearing the Cobblers' No9 shirt I felt the complete
opposite. It wasn't just his return of five goals in two seasons
but his lack of fire and passion for the Cobblers cause was enough
to hand him this dubious honour.
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