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Newmarket Town manager Michael Shinn selects his All-Time best XI




After a stint at Ipswich Town, Michael Shinn was part of a successful youth side at Cambridge United.

After that, the current Newmarket Town boss went on to play at the top end of the non-league game, taking in spells at the likes of Heybridge Swifts, Braintree Town, St Albans City and Dartford.

It is little surprise that there are some familiar names in his All-Star XI, which he has fitted into a 3-5-2 formation.

Football Ely City v Newmarket Town Michael Shinn. Picture by Mark Westley. (32774397)
Football Ely City v Newmarket Town Michael Shinn. Picture by Mark Westley. (32774397)

GK: John Ruddy (Cambridge United)

A man mountain. I'm led to believe he only started playing in goal at 14 and went to the very top.

RWB: Dan Gleeson (Cambridge United)

Ruthless in everything he did. He was strong, could defend and went on to have a career in the game.

CB: Stuart Nethercott (Heybridge Swifts)

Used to make himself sick before games to fire himself up, tells you all you need to know about how he was as a player – a great bloke as wellCB: .

SOCCER Wolves/Millwall 7
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Alex Rae (right) beats Millwall's Stuart Nethercott to head home the winning goal during the Nationwide Division One game at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton,Wednesday 31st October 2001. Running on PA Wire and pasportsphotos.press.net**EDI** PA Photo: Nick Potts.
SOCCER Wolves/Millwall 7 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Alex Rae (right) beats Millwall's Stuart Nethercott to head home the winning goal during the Nationwide Division One game at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton,Wednesday 31st October 2001. Running on PA Wire and pasportsphotos.press.net**EDI** PA Photo: Nick Potts.

CB: John Pollard (Heybridge Swifts)

Gave me great advice when I was just starting out. One of the nicest players you’ll ever meet off the pitch and a monster on it!

CB: Ian Cousins (Heybridge Swifts & Braintree Town)

Mr Reliable. We must have played more than 100 games together and I can’t remember him having a bad one.

His phone was always on if you needed anything and still is – one of the best.

Action from AFC Sudbury v Ipswich Town XI...FL; Sudbury No 6 Ian Cousins .... (32774559)
Action from AFC Sudbury v Ipswich Town XI...FL; Sudbury No 6 Ian Cousins .... (32774559)

LWB: Alan Kimble (Heybridge Swifts)

I played with him in his last season. He had a wand of a left foot and one of the real jokers in football.

CM: Steve Castle (St Albans City)

Steve was one of a few managers I had that I felt looked at the game the same way I did.

You always knew you were going to be ok when Steve was next to you. After 15 years I still ask his advice.

CM: Jack Collison (Cambridge United)

Must have only played a couple of games together when he was young. I can’t see me making his team somehow but any international has to make mine!

AM: David Bridges (Cambridge United)

He could do everything. He had a huge influence on me and I looked up to him a lot, even though he was only young himself.

Football action from FA Trophy clash between Bury Town and Grays Athletic.David Bridges celebrates Bury's 2nd goal.. (32774767)
Football action from FA Trophy clash between Bury Town and Grays Athletic.David Bridges celebrates Bury's 2nd goal.. (32774767)

Dave had a great career and it is great to see him still in the game helping young players.

CF: Dean Holdsworth (Heybridge Swifts)

When I first met Dean, he came over and said: 'Hi mate, I’m Dean". I replied “I know!” I’d grown up watching him in the Premier League.

Dean was class even at that age, and he was great on a social too!

CF: Alex Revell (Cambridge United)

A great example to players in non-league that you can go on to have a professional career.

Gillingham’s Adedeji Oshilaja challenges with Northanmpton’s Alex Revell. (32774849)
Gillingham’s Adedeji Oshilaja challenges with Northanmpton’s Alex Revell. (32774849)

Alex was the hardest-working forward I've ever seen and deserved the career he had.

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