MY BEST 11 I PLAYED WITH: Stephen Parkhouse

'My Best 11 I Played With' series continues with former Manchester City starlet and Institute, Glentoran, Coleraine, Derry City, Limavady United and Sligo Rovers striker Stephen Parkhouse.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 6:30 am
Stephen Parkhouse.

The front man, who now is a coach with Maiden City Soccer Academy, won the Irish League top division in memorable fashion in 2005 as Glentoran pipped old rivals Linfield to the secure the Gibson Cup.

Parkhouse, who won a host of other honours throughout the rest of his career, goes for a attacking 4-3-3 formation, so here's his best 11 players he played with and the reasons why....

Brian Murphy (Goalkeeper - Manchester City): Brian's distribution from his feet was unbelievable and he also was a good all round keeper. He played at Man City, QPR, Cardiff, Bohemians and is currently playing with Waterford.

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Colin Nixon (Right-Back - Glentoran): Colin is a serial winner. He was one of the great Irish League defender's, who was just as good at getting forward. He is also a good guy away from the pitch and we got on well at the Glens.
Shaun Holmes (Left-Back - Glentoran): Homer is my closest friend in the game. We have been together through so much of our career, from Don Boscos to Man City to Institute. He had a superb left-peg and he could play in a number of positions.
Peter Hutton (Centre-Back - Derry City): Peter Hutton, led by example on and off the pitch. He did not say much but had the respect when he did. He is another player who was versatile and read the game so well.
Paddy McCarthy (Centre-Back - Manchester City): Me and Paddy, were good mates at Man City. He was an aggressive defender who led by example and had a great career across the water in England playing for a host of top clubs, such as Leicester City and Crystal Palace to name but two.
Paul Hegarty (Defensive Midfielder - Institute): Hegs was a driving force in midfield, he would kick his granny to win. Underrated player who was very good on the ball and he is as honest as the day is long.
Richie Ryan (Centre Midifelder - Sligo Rovers): Wonderful footballer who made the game look so easy. I played with Richie at Sligo but injuries limited both our game time. Great football brain and passer.
Tony Shields (Centre Midfielder - Finn Harps): Similar to Richie Ryan, he also had a brilliant engine and Tony was a clever player with a lot of ability.
Liam Coyle (Striker - Derry City): It has all been said before about Liam but he had unbelievable natural ability. I used to go and watch him and tried to learn from him, before then ending up playing with him.
Mark Farren (Striker - Derry City): Farnzo was one of best guys I have met in the game. Desire and attitude was top drawer in how he led his life and he deserved to be Derry City's all time top goalscorer. Unbelievable striker who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
Patrick McEleney (Striker - Derry City): I first seen Patrick when he was 17 when we were at Derry. He had scary ability with both feet, he also had pace and power and could play a defence splitting pass.
Owen Morrison (Substitute - Sligo Rovers): Owen was as natural of a footballer as you will see. He had serious ability and you could see why he played across the water for so long.
Gavin Melaugh (Substitute - Glentoran): Gavin was a natural on either foot and loved to get on the ball. His work hard was underrated in my opinion and great bloke off the pitch.
Shaun Wright Phillips (Substitute - Manchester City): I played with Shaun at Man City and what a player he was, as he had everything. He had pace and was direct, loved running at defenders. He had a great career winning a host of honours.
Leon Mike (Substitute - Manchester City): The best compliment I can give Mike is when we first went to City he was like the Brazilian Ronaldo. Man United also wanted him at the time. He was a serious talent.
Bryan Harkin (Substitute - Don Boscos): Me and Bryan played together at Don Boscos and he was the best about when growing up. He went on to Liverpool but was unlucky with injuries. Superb talent who was unreal at underage level.