Monday, 25 October 2010

Sutton United Hall of Fame: Super Charlie Vaughan and Mickey Stephens - Sutton United's Glenn Hoddle, without the Diamond Lights

Here are the last two entrants for my own Sutton United FC Hall of Fame:

Charlie Vaughan
Having represented Sutton in the 1940s, Vaughan moved on to Charlton Athletic where he scored 91 goals in 227 appearances, which is great going in anyone's book. I bet he would have fancied having a go at the Feyenoord defence yesterday. Crikey, he'd have heaped even further woe on the poor Dutch giants. It was while he was at The Valley that Vaughan represented the England B side in a match against the Netherlands. In the England side that day was future England senior side manager, Ron Greenwood. Vaughan went on to score 14 goals in 26 goals for Portsmouth. I seem to remember reading about him when I was a kid and realising then that this guy is a Sutton United legend. Charlie, you're in.

Mickey 'Able' Stephens
As his nickname suggests, Stephens was a great player for Sutton United in the 1980s. He was a creative midfielder, something which many modern day sides seem to lack. Stephens was instrumental in bringing about the downfall of Coventry City in 1989, check it out for yourselves on YouTube. His delivery of a corner to the near post which was flicked on by Nigel Golley for Tony Rains to head home our first goal, was superb and demonstrated what an intelligent footballer he was. He was a favourite player of mine from that wonderful era when Barrie Williams was at the Gander Green Lane helm. As I have eluded to in the title of this post, if you want to know what type of player Able was, then just recall the abilities of Glenn Hoddle.  Stephens was Sutton's version of Hoddle, without having to appear with Chris Waddle and his mullet on Top of the Pops. I seem to remember a Tottenham Hotspur team, which I think, included Kevin Keegan for some reason, play down at Gander Green Lane for Able's friendly.

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So, that's it. Amber Rambler's Sutton United FC Hall of Fame, in no particular order, is as follows:

Mickey Joyce
Barrie Williams
John Rains
Charlie Vaughan
Paul McKinnon
Dave Hermitage
Larry Pritchard
Sid Cann
Mickey Stephens
Tony Rains

All these guys are Sutton United, through and through. This is just my own ideas for a Sutton United Hall of Fame. No doubt other folk will have their own ideas and I have based my choices on those who have represented the club on the field of play. Anyway, fingers crossed the current crop of Sutton boys have got their shooting boots on for tomorrow nights clash with Tonbridge Angels. Over to you chaps...

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