Howellsy spent 12 years with Tottenham and made over 300 appearances for Spurs, including the 1991 FA Cup final alongside his Lashings team mate Steve Sedgley.

After scoring on his debut, Howellsy remained a favourite at the Lane for a workrate that dragged the team through when more skilful colleagues were having an off day - eg the 91 final when he played a key role in overcoming the 1-0 deficit.

Later had a brief spell with Southampton - during which he delighted fans of his former club by scoring against Arsenal - and now a company director and a coach at Charterhouse School.


Major Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur, Southmpton, 1 FA Cup

SHOT to fame in the 1987 League

Cup final, with a match-turning

substitute’s role for Arsenal

against Liverpool when he set up

Charlie Nicholas’s winner in a 2-1


Groves was also on the pitch at

Anfield in 1989 when Michael

Thomas’s electrifying last-minute

goal snatched the title for the


Won the title again with Arsenal

in 1990-91, giving him more

medals than the current squad

can currently dream of and had a

brief spell with Southampton.

His cult status among Arsenal

fans was confirmed when an online

campaign successfully managed

to get his autobiography to

outsell Ashley Cole’s. The “Ginger

Messi” is the beating heart of the

Lashings All-Stars.


Major clubs: Arsenal,


2 league titles, 1 league cup


ONE of the most natural goalscorers of his generation, Tony Cottee is a folk hero to West Ham United fans and almost as revered on Merseyside, where he spent six seasons with Everton and played in the 1989 FA Cup final and scored the equaliser in the famous 4-4 draw with Liverpool.

“TC” won seven caps for England

and in the twilight of his career he

picked up a League Cup winner’s

medal with Leicester City.

Now a key part of Sky Sport’s Soccer Saturday team.


Major clubs: West Ham, Everton

7 England caps


THE MANAGER: Tony Cottee

THE SKIPPER: Perry Groves

PART of arguably the greatest defensive unit ever to grace English football, Nigel Winterburn spent 13 seasons with Arsenal, winning the league three times, the FA Cup twice, the League Cup once and the Cup Winners Cup.

Not a prolific scorer (despite hitting a late

winner with a right-foot previously rumoured

to be a myth against Chelsea in 1997), “Nutty” was part of a watertight

backline and many Arsenal fans would rather see the 49-year-old Nigel of today in the present side’s back four ahead of Nacho Monreal.


Major clubs: Wimbledon, Arsenal, West Ham

2 England caps

3 League titles, 2 FA Cups, 1 League Cup,

1 Cup Winners Cup



A HIGH-CLASS midfielder who won the FA Cup and Cup Winners Cup with Manchester United, and League Cups with (Neil Webb continued...) both Nottingham Forest and the Red Devils.

It was Webb who set up Lee Martin’s winner for United against Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup final replay and but for injuries he would surely have won more than 26 caps.

Vinnie Jones wrote in his autobiography that when he made his debut for Wimbledon against Webb he had nightmares about facing a player tipped to be England's next captain and “never got anywhere near him,” - which is probably just as well for Webby.

Major clubs: Nottingham Forest, Manchester United

26 England caps (4 goals)

1 FA Cup, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 2 League Cups




CLAYTON is revered by Man Utd fans for one moment in particular. In the dying minutes of the 1991 European Cup Winners Cup final with Barcelona, the Red Devils were clinging to a 1-0 lead when he clawed a goalbound shot by Michael Laudrup off the line.

Mark Hughes then added a second and Clayton's status as a cult hero was secured.

Also won the FA Cup with United in 1990 and later played for Middlesbrough in their 1997 FA Cup final loss to Chelsea. He won 39 caps for Wales and is now part of United's coaching staff.


Major Clubs: Manchester United, Middlesbrough

39 Wales Caps (1 goal)

1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 Cup Winners Cup





MIDFIELD: David Howells

WINGER: Jimmy Carter

"The Cartz" was part of the Millwall side that won the old Second Division and briefly threatened the top of Division One in the days before the top four became something of a closed shop.

A clever midfielder who provided the ammunition for Tony Cascarino and Teddy Sheringham, Carter won himself some influential admirers and in 1991 Kenny Dalglish signed him for £800,000.

When Dalglish quit Liverpool another of Carter's admirers, George Graham, took him to Arsenal, the club he supported as a boy and he later spent three seasons with Portsmouth before one final season with Millwall.


Major Clubs: Millwall, Liverpool, Arsenal


CENTRE BACK: Chris Whyte

Chris's career followed an odd trajectory. He never quite made it at Arsenal, despite playing 90 times for the Gunners and after spells with Palace, West Brom and in the US, he was signed by Howard Wilkinson for Leeds United and duly became one of the best centre-backs in the country.

Sometimes described as "uncompromising" Whyte fitted in perfectly at Elland Road and was a vital part of the side that pipped his Lashings team mates Clayton Blackmore and Neil Webb to the title in 1991-92.

Now runs the Old Pro sports agency.


Major Clubs: Arsenal, West Brom, Leeds, 1 League Title



Were Harry Redknapp to be asked to comment on Rob Lee in his pomp, he would doubtless describe him as a "top, top player".

After nearly 300 appearances for Charlton, Lee joined Newcastle for £700,000 in 1992, after Kevin Keegan reportedly told him St James Park was nearer to his London home than Middlesbrough.

That proved to be one of Keegan's best ever bits of business and with "General Lee" running the midfield, Newcastle surged to the Division Two title in 1992 and arguably should have won the Premier League title in 1996.

Became a Geordie hero in 10 years with Newcastle and was part of England's 1998 World Cup squad under Glenn Hoddle - who infamously picked Lee ahead of Paul Gascoigne.

Major Clubs: Charlton, Newcastle, Derby

21 England Caps, 1 goal


RIGHT BACK: Frank Sinclair

An idol to Chelsea supporters, Frank was part of the Chelsea team that was, ahem, narrowly beaten 4-0 by Manchester United in the 1994 FA Cup final, but he tasted victory at Wembley three years later when he was part of the Ruud Gullit managed side that beat Middlesbrough 2-0.

Frank also won the League Cup with the Blues, again against Middlesbrough, the following season before moving on to Leicester, where he again won the League Cup in 2000.

Major Clubs: Chelsea, Leicester

1 FA Cup, 2 League Cups

MIDFIELD: Steve Sedgley

Steve began his career at Coventry and was an unused sub when they won a thrilling FA Cup final 3-2 against Spurs in 1987.

Within two years he was at the Lane after a deal worth £750,000 and he won an FA Cup winners medal when Spurs beat Nottingham Forest in 1991.

Spurs sold him to Ipswich for £1,000,000 in 1994 and he then moved to Wolves for £500,000, making him one of the most expensive members of the All-Stars squad!


Major Clubs: Coventry, Tottenham Hotspur, Ipswich, Wolves

2 FA Cups


STRIKER: Luther Blissett

Hugely popular striker for Watford, England and even AC Milan, Luther helped Watford rise from the Fourth Division to the First and scored 186 goals for the Vicarage Lane side and three for England.


His form earned him a £1 million move to Milan and although his time in Italy was only partially successful, he found his scoring touch again when he returned to England.


His name, bizarrely, was adopted by a troupe of Italian "cultural activists" and a cult of Luther Blissett briefly flourished in the early 1990s, albeit one that had nothing to do with the great man.


Major Clubs: Watford, AC Milan

14 England caps (3 goals)


MIDFIELD: Matt Holland

A born leader who was a natural choice as captain almost everywhere he went, Matt made his name with Bournemouth and then Ipswich, whom he skippered to promotion via the play-offs in 2000.

He made 49 appearances for the Republic of Ireland and scored in the 2002 World Cup when the Irish drew with Cameroon.

Subsequently turned down the chance to move to Aston Villa for £4.5 million in a bid to get Ipswich promoted again, but after 258 games with the Tractor Boys he eventually moved to Charlton in 2003 and played 191 times before retiring. Now a pundit nearly as prolific as Steve Claridge.


Major Clubs: Charlton, Ipswich

49 Ireland Caps (5 goals)


STRIKER: Martin Hayes


Martin was part of the outstanding generation of young players to emerge at Arsenal during the 1980s under George Graham and was their top scorer in the season when the Gunners ended an eight-year trophy drought - does that sound familiar? - in 1987 by winning the League Cup, scoring 24 goals. Hayes was, like his Lashings team mates Perry Groves and Nigel Winterburn, part of the Arsenal team that made history by winning the league in the last minute at Anfield in 1989.


Major Clubs: Arsenal, Celtic

1 League title, 1 League Cup.

One of the joys of a Lashings match is not knowing which guests will turn up on the day - at Maidstone we were joined by Soccer AM's Max Rushden, the actor Ralf Little and the former West Indies cricket captain Jimmy Adams - and our goalie is the former England cricketer David "Smudger" Smith!

Like the Ginger Messi, Perry Groves, Ian joined Arsenal from Colchester and like Perry his moment of fame came in the League Cup when he scored an equaliser in the League Cup semi-final at White Hart Lane, when Spurs were eight minutes from Wembley.

Allinson then set up David Rocastle's winner in a match that passed into Gunners folkore and inspired the name of a fanzine, 1-0 down, 2-1 up.


Major Clubs: Arsenal, Luton

1 League Cup



Aaron Cato is no less than a wizard with a football at his feet.

An English Futsal international, a 'freestyler, a coach with Tottenham Hotspur and a pure entertainer.

Inspired by brazilian Ronaldo, Aaron tuned into his talent and began practising various skills, he also then began playing futsal which World FIFA Ballon D’or winner Ronaldinho also played as a child,  Aaron reached the highest level and played for the England Futsal Squad. Aaron has worked along side professional footballers such as Theo Walcott, Jermain Defoe, Clarence Seedorf and Marchisio.

Find out more at his website here

WINGER: Ian Allinson

DEFENCE: Phil Babb

Hugely versatile defender who was one of the stars of Ireland's World Cup campaign in 1994.


On the back of four successful appearances in the USA Phil earned a move to Liverpool where he was a stalwart during the 1990s under Roy Evans, winning the 1995 League Cup.


Phil later tasted success in Portugal, where he won the double with Sporting in 2002


Major Clubs: Coventry, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon, Sunderland


1 League Cup, 1 Portuguese title, 1 Portuguese Cup



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