Central defender is all-important.
IT was Christmas 1945 or 1946 that I received a very thin book on "How to play football".
Contributors were stars at the time on their own positions - keeper Frank Swift, centre half Stan Cullis, inside forward Raich Carter and winger Peter Kippax (who was an amateur at Burnley). Cullis wrote: "If you have a poor central defender the team will not score many goals and will concede many."
A classic example is Sunderland for the last few years. In the 1950s, Newcastle United proved the point.
They had Frank Brennan - probably the best central defender since WW2 in UK football.
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