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Gary Wales - My Hearts XI

Updated: Feb 14


GOALKEEPER


Antti Niemi - I played with some class keepers during my time, including Gillies Rousset and Craig Gordon but I think Antti just edges it for me.


He was a phenomenal shot stopper and the best last line of defence. You were always confident he could pull off a save when left one on one, a great guy too, quite quiet but did his talking on the park for sure.


RIGHT BACK


Thomas Flogel - Very underrated and so consistent, Tam had great technique and he could play anywhere on the pitch.


A model professional and a real gentleman.


CENTRE BACK



Elvis was an important figure at the club during my time, he and Colin Cameron played great captaincy roles.


Elvis was a good defender and helped a lot of players he played with, his positioning and communication skills were some of his strong points.


A good guy in the changing room too, a pillar of wisdom was the big man!


CENTRE BACK



Webby was taken under the wing of Elvis and soon settled into the role beside him.


He was strong and had a good positioning sense. He was good in the air and good in the recovery tackle.


I think Craig Levein maybe saw a lot of himself in webby. The lads thought that was his boy!!!


LEFT BACK



Gaz was before his time. He was a wingback before they became popular and crucial players in the game.


He had a great left foot, a great engine and was good in defence. When he got the ball you knew a good cross was coming in.


A real Family man and I knew from the first day I trained with him he would go on and be a real success.


RIGHT WING



I’ll put him on the right just to get him in. Paul Hartley - Zico was a great player and a model professional.


He would be first in the training ground, he had a great engine in the middle of the park, a good passer of the ball and chipped in with his share of goals and assists.


He was the ideal replacement for Colin Cameron when he left to go down south.


CENTRAL MIDFIELD





Fulters was a great player, a real baller and a player’s player.


He could pick you out from anywhere on the park with that wand of a left foot and he was surprisingly quick.


He and Mickey were great together in the middle of the park, a top man for the changing room too and loved a joke and a laugh.


CENTRAL MIDFIELD





Mickey was the most complete player I played with at the club. A captain who did his talking on the pitch, a great football player, he had a great engine, he could tackle and loved a wee moan on the park.


The timing of his runs into the box was impeccable and it got him a load of goals or assists for the strikers. A great guy and also had a great career.


LEFT WING



Jean Louis Valois - I put Jean in because he came to the club when the fans and even the players needed to see something exciting.


We were winning our fair share of games at the time but our style was rather predictable. Jean was a great player when you gave him the ball and he brought some excitement and flair.


He could beat a couple of players in any situation and throw in a good cross too.


FORWARD



Stephane Adam was a bit like myself. He had his fair share of injuries during his time there, however, when he was fit you could see his abilities shine.


He will always be remembered for that goal and helping bring silverware back to Gorgie but on the park he was a really intelligent and unselfish player with a good touch, good vision and an eye for goal.


FORWARD



Mark De Vries - The big man was a great signing and made himself an instant legend at the club banging in 4 goals against the Hibs on his debut.


He was a good finisher with his head or either foot and he was a key player for the team at the time and was a great target man.


Nice guy who liked a joke and enjoyed a night out in the capital too...







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