Derry City's greatest ever players: The Top 10

LEAGUE OF Ireland great and one of Derry City's favourites sons, Liam Coyle topped our Derry Journal poll in which fans were asked to vote for the Brandywell club's greatest ever player.

Monday, 20th April 2020, 9:52 am
Derry City supporters have watched some of the best talent ever to grace Irish football turn out for their club over the past 90 years. Here's your top 10!

The Lone Moor Road club celebrated its 90th anniversary last year and Coyle proved to be an overwhelming winner from a list of the club's best ever talent.

Voted by his peers as the PFAI Players' Player of the Year in 1995, Coyle played a pivotal role as Derry City won two top flight titles in the League of Ireland.

Coyle earned 38 per cent of almost 800 votes to be crowned Derry City's greatest ever while the mercurial 'Derry Pele', Paddy McCourt, who lit up the Brandywell during three memorable years at his hometown club came second with 12 per cent of the vote.

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One of the best players to grace the League of Ireland and the two times league winner was voted Derry City's greatest ever in our fans' poll with 37 per cent of the total votes.

In third place, closely behind McCourt, was Barney Travers, regarded by many as one the club's finest centre halves, who received 11 per cent of the votes. Notably the likes of Fay Coyle, Johnny Speak, Johnny McKenzie, Jimmy Kelly, Brendan Bradley and EDR Shearer missed out on the top 10.

Here's how you ranked Derry City's greatest ever. . . .

One of the most gifted to play in the League of Ireland. Went on to star for N. Ireland, Celtic and Brighton amongst others. Won 12% of the votes.
1954 Irish Cup winner with Derry City, Barney Travers came a close third with 11 per cent of the total vote.
The striker remains the club's leading goalscorer with 114 goals in 209 appearances. The Greencastle man came in fourth with 6% of the votes.
One of the greatest ever footballers to come out of Derry. Jobby Crossan, pictured bottom left, went on to star for Standard Lige and Man City. He received 5% of the votes.
A league title winner with Derry City as both manager and player. Felix played in the World Cup Finals with N. Ireland in 1982. He won 4% of the vote.
The South African striker became a fans' favourite at Brandywell. He was also named the PFAI First Division Player of the Year for the 198586 season. He won 4% of the vote.
Peter 'Pizza' Hutton remains Derry City's record appearance holder having represented the club 670 times. Won the title in 1997 and also won 4% of the vote.
Inspired the Brandywell club to the famous 1954 Irish Cup victory. Went on to win the Scottish Cup and FA Cup with Celtic and Man United respectively. Won 3% of our vote.
The Edinburgh-born defender was part of the 1989 treble winning team. He returned to the club in 1998. Gauld won 2% of the vote to make the top 10.