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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.

C CESSFORD Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 14, 2017
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