MY BEST 11 I PLAYED WITH: Ryan Semple

'My Best 11 I Played With' series continues with former Peterborough United, Derry City, Linfield, Institute and Limavady United winger Ryan Semple.

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 6:30 am
Ryan Semple

Semple, who won a host of top flight honours during his career, is now a coach with Maiden City Soccer Academy and he goes for a 3-4-3 formation.

So here's Semps best 11 players he played with and the reasons why....

Mark Tyler (Goalkeeper - Peterborough United): I played with Mark at both Norwich city (schoolboy) and Peterborough United. Unbelievable keeper who was as good as any outfield player with his feet, could find you anywhere on the pitch with a pass. He had a few Premier League clubs interested in him at a stage before going on to make over 400 appearances for Peterborough and also represented England at underage level.

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Peter Hutton (Right Centre-Back - Derry City): Pizza had everything you would want from your centre back. A great leader who organised and demanded the best from the players around him. Brilliant in the air but also decent with the ball at his feet, also had a few stints in the middle of the park. Fantastic captain of a great Derry team.
Noel Bailie MBE (Sweeper - Linfield): Mr Linfield was always so cool and calm with and without the ball. A great reader of the game who was consistent and made the game look easy in the sweeper role. A great captain who received an MBE for his services to football and rightly so, his appearances and trophies says it all. He is a Linfield legend.
Adrian Creane (Left Centre-Back - Institute): Joe was just a no nonsense centre half that took no prisoners, solid consistent and gave his all for the team. He was not the biggest but he never lost many headers, great leap and as strong as a bull. Key player and leader in a successful Stute team.
Tom Mohan (Right Wing-Back - Derry City): Tom might not have been as technical or skillful as some wingers, but made up for this with his work rate. I honestly have never seen anyone work and run like Tom did, he left everything he had on the pitch. Nightmare for the opposition. He is a top man as well.
Paul Hegarty (Centre-Midfielder - Institute): Was lucky enough to have played with Higgsy at both Derry and Stute. Another player who gave absolutely everything on the pitch. Got about and always knew when to make that tackle, winning the ball back and doing it simple. So strong in possession. A massive player for us at both clubs, who also would let you know when he was not happy.
Anthony Gorman (Centre-Midfielder - Linfield): I travelled and played with Tony at Linfield. An unbelievable athlete, footballer and a true pro. He trained like he played and always to his maximum. He could run, tackle, pass and some of the goals he scored were a joke, unbelievable striker of a ball. Thunderbolts.
Adam Drury (Left Wing-Back - Peterborough United): Played with Dru at Peterborough, he could play in a number of positions. He was like a machine, strong, fit and great in the air, lovely left foot. Dru loved a tackle and always seemed to come away with the ball. Quite off the pitch, leader on it. Went on to captain Norwich City during an 11 year spell.
Lee Feeney (Attacking Midfielder/No 10 - Linfield): Another talented gifted footballer, it just looked natural and easy for him to glide past players and make things happen. Brilliant with both feet and another great striker of a ball. With the talent Feeno had he should have played at a higher level and for a lot longer.
Glenn Ferguson (Striker - Linfield): Irish league legend and rightly so, could score all types of goals and did this at every club he was at. Spike was brilliant in the air, had a great touch and was just so strong, but his all round play was excellent. What I always noticed was how hard he worked off the ball, always put in a shift and did a lot for the players around him. Great pro and example to the younger players.
Liam Coyle (Striker - Derry City): Don't think I have to say much here. Another legend and what a player. I'm so lucky I got the chance to play with Coyler and got to see the magic up close, it really was like a magic show at times. His ability to read the game then get himself into positions to receive the ball, his touch and body movement turning defenders inside out before usually bending in the top corner or finding a great through ball. It all just looked natural and easy for Coyler. Game changer.
John Connolly (Substitute - Institute): Tough one between JC and Michael Doherty who were both two of the best goalkeepers in the Irish league and both had the same kind of qualities. But I'm going with JC who was always a great pro and still is, still playing and has the same hunger, passion and desire for the game as he did then. Great organiser and demanded the best from the players in front of him, and apparently still loves a moan.
Graeme Philson (Substitute - Institute): Played with Philsy at both Linfield and Stute. Another player who I developed a great understanding and partnership with over the years. Me right midfield and Philsy right back but usually he was further forward than me. A leader on the pitch who was great in the air, loved a tackle and most of all a diagonal ping, all I used to hear was 'set me Semps'.
Raymond McGuinness (Substitute - Institute): A player who you would want in your team every day of the week. McGinn played a massive part in our successful promotion challenge at Stute, controlling everything from the midfield holding roll. A true leader who demanded the best and nothing less from everyone which we needed. Loved a tackle and definitely did not lose to many.
Gary Beckett (Substitute - Derry City): Another talented gifted footballer who was just so calm in or out of possession. Had a great football brain and could see things that other players could not. Bing had one of the best touches I have ever seen in the game. Great on the ball and scored so many crucial goals for Derry.
Stephen Parkhouse (Substitute - Institute): I played with my good friend Parkie over a number of years with Stute, we always had a great understanding and developed a good partnership on the pitch together. Parkie was another player with amazing ability, strong and had a fantastic first touch, great in the air and could score all types of goals, which he did all through his career.