The Seventy Two’s Football League team of the season

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Team of the season

  1. Shwan Jalal (Bournemouth)
  2. Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
  3. Joe Skarz (Bury)
  4. Jose Fonte (Southampton)
  5. Guy Branston (was Torquay United, now Bradford City)
  6. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient)
  7. Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe Wanderers)
  8. Adel Taarabt (Queen’s Park Rangers)
  9. Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)
  10. Ryan Hall (Southend United)
  11. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)

Manager: Paul Lambert (Norwich City)

I decided to do something a bit different for The Seventy Two’s Football League team of the season. Picking four names each from the Championship, League One and League Two, the side above was assembled with help from John Verrall (League One) and Ben Mayhew (League Two).

If you support any of the teams represented here and would like to write something about one of your players who has been included, please let me know either by email or on Twitter.

And, as ever, if you disagree with any of the selections, don’t get mad, get commenting below!

The Seventy Two
The Seventy Two published an outstanding series of articles about the Football League between 2010-12 and was the brainchild of Leicester City fan, David Bevan. As well as collaborating with The Two Unfortunates on the Football League Blog Network and a mammoth 2011-12 season preview, the site featured a host of leading bloggers and David was rewarded with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation awards. Latterly, he was joined as co-editor by Joe Harrison and TTU is happy to present this archive of the site’s output.

11 Comments

  1. Ben Mayhew
    June 16, 2011

    This is an outrage – I specifically requested that Guy Branston be picked for all 11 positions! ; )

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  2. Haydon Spenceley
    June 16, 2011

    Splendid. I can’t think of anyone who should have got in instead, but that midfield isn’t going to tackle much is it!

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  3. lopo
    June 16, 2011

    Dear oh dear.

    How at least 1 or 2 Stevenage players are not included is a travesty.

    John Ashton, Mark Roberts, John Mousinho and Lawrie Wilson all robbed!

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    • theseventytwo
      June 16, 2011

      At least one or two?! In the whole of the Football League!!

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  4. Doherty
    June 16, 2011

    You’ve accidentally missed out Danny Graham (the championships top scorer), and put in Adel Prat and Kevin Mcnaughton.

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    • theseventytwo
      June 16, 2011

      We did accidentally pick the best player in the Football League, yes. And one of the best defenders. Apologies for that.

      Danny Graham is unlucky to miss out, just the formation picked and the way the picks went.

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      • Doherty
        June 16, 2011

        He is a good player but he is still an unlikeable character that will probably be shown up next year with the higher use of defensive midfielders.

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        • theseventytwo
          June 16, 2011

          Will be very interested to see how he gets on. Robbie Savage shut him down completely in one game towards the end of the season, which didn’t bode well, but he was magnificent for the vast majority of it.

          Perhaps QPR will push him out wide more next season if he gets less time on the ball in the middle. We’ll see.

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          • Doherty
            June 16, 2011

            If he gets pushed out wide, this may lead him having a defensive workload though, and i saw that game and it seemed as soon as Savage put a heavy tackle in on him he played poorly until he was eventually substituted. I just doubt he has the personality or the work rate to be in a side which could be battling for survival, however it depends on how good of a defensive pivot Warnock manages to put together I guess, anyway mate keep up the good work.

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            • theseventytwo
              June 16, 2011

              Cheers, thanks for the comments! Agree he’s never going to be any good at tracking back, good point about the downside of pushing him wide.

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          • Stanley
            June 17, 2011

            Taarabt was also completely shut down by Millwall’s defence at the Den in February. We’ve all applauded the highlights reel, but he (and thus his team) was easily marked out of that game and a few others, it seems. Add to that his petulant resignation from the Morocco national squad and I think Doherty is right to call his character into question. It’ll be interesting to see if he can have an impact in the Premier League.

            Ainsworth’s name is mud at the Den as well. Very good work, though. The picks that I have seen live all did justice to their selection here. Great to see Leagues 1 and 2 getting equal billing.

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