March 30, 2010
Last week, I was granted the privilege to vote in this year's Golden Foot Awards to follow my attendance at last year's ceremony. I will not reveal my nominees but, as a side question, I was also asked for my favourite footballers of all time.
My answers? Eric Cantona, Johan Cruyff, Zinedine Zidane and Steve Burr. The first three need little introduction, though I am not quite old enough to have seen Cruyff's golden era. My admiration for him draws from poring over the old videos and coming to the decision that he is the player I would most like to have seen in the flesh.
But what of Steve Burr, my wilfully obscure other choice? A Wikipedia search will reveal to you that he is current manager of Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers and not much else beside. The key to my ardour lies in his 1984-1992 spell at Macclesfield Town, where, as a barrel-chested part-time HGV-driving goal machine, his scoring feats powered the Silkmen to many a famous day - if you're from Macc, that is.