Stoke City: 'John Marsh once did three keepy uppies before giving the ball back to Gordon Banks at QPR'
Stoke City are 150 years old this year, so what better way to mark the occasion than by recalling their finest players?
Today, NICK HANCOCK, comedian, television presenter and lifelong Stokie, selects his favourite line-up from the Potters stars he has seen play over the years.
We'd love you, our readers, to do the same. Tell us how long you have been following the Potters, name your best Stoke City team and give the reasons for your choices.
The best response will win a framed and signed poster of Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross, plus a signed copy of a fabulous pictorial of the Potters entitled Stoke City: A Nostalgic Look at a Century Of The Club.
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COMEDIAN Nick Hancock is one of those rare footballing celebrities – one who was actually a football fan before he was famous.
And, inevitably in his case, he has remained fiercely loyal to his hometown club from day one.
He jumped at the chance to pick his Stoke dream team, but then realised 11 places just wasn't enough.
"It is kind of impossible to select just one team," he admits, "so I am going to have to set some parameters such as not picking anyone who's played in the Premier League because that is so recent and it also narrows down my choice.
"Nor will I pick Alan Hudson, my favourite player of all time, because he would get into my all-time heaven 11, never mind my all-time Stoke City 11.
"You will also see a pattern developing with the 11 I do pick that makes it difficult to pick Alan."
GORDON BANKS (246 apps 1976-72)
There are honourable mentions for Roger Jones and Peter Fox, but I go for Banks because he was the goalkeeper when I first started supporting the club and I also saw his last game at Anfield before his car crash. He was a great goalkeeper and gave the club status.
JOHN MARSH (433 apps 1967-1979)
Lee Dixon would be very close, but I'm going for John Marsh at right-back on the grounds that he was a local lad and he once did three keepy-uppies before giving the ball back to Gordon Banks at QPR.
MIKE PEJIC (336 apps 1969-1977)
Andy Griffin would get a mention here, also Iain Munro, even though he only played about 30 games.
I'm picking Mike Pejic because he was another local lad and also because I still have the memory of him being photographed with a St Bernard in the match programme when his hair morphed into the St Bernard's.
DENIS SMITH (482 apps 1968-82)
I would have liked to find a place for Brendan O'Callaghan, who was as hard as nails, for Larus Sigurdsson, who deserves a mention, Dave Watson, because he was a wonderful player, Mike Doyle, for being one of my early favourites, Gerry Taggart, for keeping us up one season, and also Alan Dodd. But Smith was a wonderful defender who broke bones for the side.
ALAN BLOOR (464 apps 1961-1978)
Smith and Bloor were a great partnership and the pair were only born a street apart.
They were around for years as Stoke's central defensive partnership, with only Doddy knocking on the door.
TERRY CONROY (333 apps 1967-79)
For about eight weeks, Mark Chamberlain was the best player on the planet. I also used to love Peter Beagrie, and you can't ignore Kevin 'Rooster' Russell.
But it has to be TC on the right because he scored in the fifth minute of the League Cup final, he once scored a goal-of-the-season against Arsenal and because he had the most absurd legs which looked like freshly-plucked chicken legs they were so white.
PAUL BRACEWELL (141 apps 1980-1983)
He'd be my defensive midfielder, a great role in the team requiring so much hard work. He could fetch and carry, but he could also do so much more.
If I was being consistent with my team, I should have picked Micky Bernard in this role because he played at Wembley in 1972, but he left for Everton after the League Cup final and it broke my heart because I never realised at that age that players would ever leave. I've never forgiven him for that, but I'm sure he's a lovely man.
Honourable mentions here should also go to Steve Foley, Ray Wallace and Howard Kendall.
PETER DOBING (372 apps 1963-1972)
In the inside forward role, he gets in ahead of players like Adrian Heath, Garth Crooks and Graham Shaw.
He was a superb player who performed at the top level for the best part of 20 years.
And what would the modern-day footballer make of someone who was also famous in his pomp for smoking a pipe and poaching?
GEORGE EASTHAM (239 apps 1966-73)
I salute players like Harry Burrows and Carl Beeston, but it has to be George out on the left.
He was a sublimely-talented footballer. He was lightweight and slight, perhaps, but he still had fine control of a football. I remember him once bringing down a ball dropping over his shoulder and killing it dead with his instep.
JIMMY GREENHOFF (338 apps 1969-76)
He's playing up front, but he's wearing number eight in my team because that was his number. He was my hero, apart from Alan Hudson, and I spent many years throwing a ball on to our garage roof and then trying to emulate a Greenhoff volley.
JOHN RITCHIE (343 apps 1963-66 & 1969-74)
I'm tempted by your Mark Steins, Mike Sherons and Peter Thornes, and then there is an unlikely one in Nicky Morgan. I always remember him being nicknamed Shady in the nightclubs of Stoke and Newcastle, while there was a story that his house on Westbury Park only had a telly and a mattress.
But it has to be Big John. For two reasons really. One for thumping that player in Kaiserslautern in the Uefa Cup, and secondly for scoring one of his three goals against Southampton by getting on his knees and nodding it over the line because Peter Osgood had claimed he only ever scored with his head.
JOHN MAHONEY (329 apps 1967-1977)
It has to be just the one sub, because there was only one in 1972, and it has to be the guy who was on the bench at Wembley. And in keeping with events that day, he would always come on for a slightly injured Jimmy Greenhoff.
TONY WADDINGTON (1960-77)
Obviously because he was manager at Wembley in 1972, but I'd also have Tony Pulis as his young understudy.
There'll be more Stoke dream team selections next week