Monday, 27 June 2016

My Favourite XI - Michael Evans

We asked the members of the forums to tell us their all-time favourite Killie XI. If you'd like to tell us about your favourite XI, simply send it to us with a wee paragraph about each of your choices, a photo of you and your Twitter handle (if you use it):

Here's Michael Evans to take us through his world-beaters...

This was a very hard choice. GK, DF and ST probably the easiest decisions but MF was so hard as there are 3 or 4 players I wanted in there but couldn't fit in due to the others who demanded their place.

Here is my Favourite Killie XI...

GK: Gordon Marshall
Hard to pick this one. Would probably have been Bell if he hadn't left as thought he was a great keeper. But it has to be Gordon, top all-round goalkeeper. Excellent shot-stopper and good in the air, not seen one of them in between the sticks for a while now. In good hands at the moment with Jamie MacDonald though, might possibly take Gordon's place if he continues his incredible form next season.

LB: Dylan Kerr
Could and probably should be Garry Hay but Dylan gets the nod as he was my favourite player growing up. Scottish Cup Winner, great player and all round nice guy. Stayed round corner from my gran and always happy to talk when approached or when you saw him on a night out. Legend in my eyes.

RB: James Fowler
No-one else can have the right back position for me. Mr Dependable (SPL record appearance holder), always gave 100%. Not the most talented footballer but determination and drive to do his best for the team set him out above the rest. Liked the odd, and I mean very odd, goal too. Would have been a one club man, but was treated appallingly along with other great servants to the club.

CB: Ray Montgomerie
Scottish Cup winning captain. That's all you need to say really. His passion for the club was second to none and that shows in the fact that he still has a role behind the scenes. A rock solid defender. Could have done with him the last couple of seasons to steady a defence which bled goals.

CB: Manuel Pascali
Another tough one, between him and Freddie Dindeleux for me. Dylan Kerr was a favourite growing up, Paska was a favourite as an adult. Not the best tackler and not the fastest, resulting in an awful number of yellow cards. But the passion he showed, the intensity of that passion, and his love for the club was amazing. Lovely guy off the park too. Would have him back at the club anytime.

LM: Andy McLaren
Not one a lot of people will choose I am sure, but I for one was a big fan. Thought he was brilliant. Came to Killie to try and rebuild his career after his issues and was consistently one of the best performers in the three years he spent at Rugby Park. Even merited a Scotland cap in his time here. Has gone on to do amazing work with his A & M foundation in recent years.

CM: Craig Bryson
What a talent. A box to box midfielder. Was evident early on in his four years that he was going to be a star. Scored some brilliant goals and hard work and drive earned him a move to the Championship where he has excelled. Could make it in the Premiership if someone was to give him the chance.

RM: Ally Mitchell
Scored that goal against Rangers. Was a loyal servant to the club and is in the same mould for me as James Fowler. A lot more talent and just as dependable and was probably why he was such a hit at the club.

AM: Alexei Eremenko
Best player I have ever seen wearing the Blue and White Stripes. Will probably never see his likes again. Composure, touch, passing, he had it all. Only possible let down was an apparent lack of fitness, but didn't really need it as he controlled games so often. There are very few words to describe him.

ST: Kris Boyd
Could you really have anyone else up front? 5 goals against Dundee Utd is where it all really started. The goals flowed after that. Had a couple of dodgy years which we can forgive but returned and scored another shed load of goals. A less forgivable second exodus. But the prodigal son returned and under Lee Clark seemed to find some sort of return to form. Would be one of my first names on the team sheet next season as his leadership and experience will be required.

ST: Steven Naismith
One that was always going to go far. Plenty of goals and plenty of great goals. A hat trick against Falkirk and the goal against Hibs will always be remembered. Went on to do very well for Everton and another who does a lot for charity.

What do you think? Let him know on Twitter: @michaele1869

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