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Online Meanwood Villa

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2021, 12:48:53 PM »
How many of 81 and 82 team would count? Mortimer and Cowans are shoo ins I would suggest but how many others?

In my era, late 80s onwards we've got McGrath and then I think Taylor must be the closest. Don't think you can count Barry.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2021, 12:56:15 PM »
In the modern era I think Brian Little could be the benchmark. Won trophies as a player, another as manager and contributed to the re-build after relegation at board level.

I would put him in a class of his own, Legend of Legends. On a slightly more serious note, I've only seen legends queuing for the autograph of one man and that's Peter McParland. I'd say that cements his place. 

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2021, 12:57:15 PM »
A lot would say Mellberg, but I'd put him in the cult hero category.  Excellent service for us, and really bought into the spirit of the club, but no trophies sadly.

What about Ray Graydon?

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2021, 12:58:05 PM »
1. Winning things.
2. Not buggering off.
3. Exceptional ability.
4. Loving our club.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2021, 01:03:53 PM »
Johnny Dixon, Charlie Aitken and the 1981 fourteen will always be legends to me along with the man who managed them.  Also, William McGregor.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2021, 06:09:07 PM »
Three things are central to being a legend and they come before ability: loyalty to the club, determination on the pitch and being associated with an exceptional feat in villa colours.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2021, 06:21:34 PM »
1. Winning things.
2. Not buggering off.
3. Exceptional ability.
4. Loving our club.

Grealish would only qualify on number 3 then.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2021, 01:01:50 PM »
Peter McParland is a legend on those criteria. Goals that won the FA Cup and, astonishingly, still the last player to score more than 100 goals for the club.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2021, 09:52:04 AM »
Brian Little is a true Legend or as DW says, Legend of Legends. Would have gone to our neighbours but for a knee injury. A lucky knee injury was that.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2021, 12:00:41 PM »
Like most on here I cannot define what single action or collective acts elevates a player from hero to legend.
However I have been fortunate enough to have seen our heroes and legends from the early 60s onwards and for that I am a lucky man.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2021, 01:03:18 PM »
I've been a supporter of the club since 1990.  In that time one Legend for me, Paul McGrath.  Plenty of heroes, Taylor, Yorke, Young, Barry and Milner spring to mind probably Mellberg and Benteke and yes Grealish as well. But as ever its subjective, one mans Mellberg is another mans Carlos Cuellar.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2021, 06:21:33 PM »
How many of 81 and 82 team would count? Mortimer and Cowans are shoo ins I would suggest but how many others?

In my era, late 80s onwards we've got McGrath and then I think Taylor must be the closest. Don't think you can count Barry.

The man that scored the winner in Rotterdam. A legend and a lovely bloke when I have met him.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2021, 09:00:15 PM »
Graham Taylor.

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2021, 11:26:23 PM »
Just a thought, here's the top 20 apps makers. How many aren't legends; Barry, Staunton probably not. Wallace is but wonder how many supporters could identify him from a photo or know about his achivements?
660 - Aitken
531 - Walker
526 - Cowans
475 - Bache
474 - Evans Allan
460 - Spink
451 - Smart
440 - Barry
430 - Dixon
406 - Mortimer
398 - George
392 - Houghton
390 - Dorrell
390 - York Dickie
373 - Hampton
368 - Mort
353 - Cowan Jas
351 - Crowe
350 - Staunton
350 - Wallace

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Re: What makes a "club legend"?
« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2021, 07:47:02 PM »
What constitutes acquiring legend status is nuanced but what definitely precludes anyone from legendary status is someone who abandons, demeans or just plain shits on us. I'm thinking Platt. I'm thinking Yorke.  There must be someone more recent who fits that criteria  ::)

 


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