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Mildenhall Town chairman Bill Flynn picks his All-Time best XI




Bill Flynn took up the role of chairman at Mildenhall Town last season, but his connection with the club runs back a number of years.

He has seen plenty of highs and lows along the way, but also a number of top players. Here is Flynn's All-Time XI from Recreation Way.

GK: Josh Pope

I remember Popey making his debut at Kirkley whilst still a youth player.

Mildenhall Town Football Club ..League Champions..Josh Pope..Picture Mark Westley. (32930439)
Mildenhall Town Football Club ..League Champions..Josh Pope..Picture Mark Westley. (32930439)

Five hundred games later he was a true club legend, and I was very unhappy when I was told that he had left because he had got a job in London.

Someone dropped a clanger there. Great player and top bloke.

LB: Ricky Cornish

Pasty was a terrific player, always professional on and off the pitch.

Diss, Norfolk. Football action from Diss Town FC vs Mildenhall - Ricky Cornish (Mildenhall) - Tom Dew (Diss). (32930472)
Diss, Norfolk. Football action from Diss Town FC vs Mildenhall - Ricky Cornish (Mildenhall) - Tom Dew (Diss). (32930472)

We thought we were getting him at the end of his career, but he carried on for another 10 years after he left us.

I thought about Aaron Smith, but he only played a handful of games for us last season so Ricky gets the nod.

CB: Dave Werthmann

Captain Dave carried our defence for a few seasons, and week in week out, he led by example.

Unfortunately for him, he retired just before the championship winning run, but a true leader.

NEWMARKET JOURNAL FEB 2012.....Newmarket Journal - 25th February 2012..Mildenhall v Brantham.Dave Werthmann looks for supporter. (32930495)
NEWMARKET JOURNAL FEB 2012.....Newmarket Journal - 25th February 2012..Mildenhall v Brantham.Dave Werthmann looks for supporter. (32930495)

CB: Luke Butcher

Butch is a player we coveted for many seasons, and he finally signed for us four years ago.

He led us to two cup wins and the league championship. Also, he twisted my arm one night at the beer festival to put him in the all-time great side!

RB: Andrew Camilo-Tayaca

A really good signing by Dean Greygoose, and was by far our outstanding player last season.

He is very quick with great recovery skills. Paul Miles always was my best right-back but Andrew probably has edged him out.

Mildenhall Town v Felixstowe & Walton United - Andrew Camilo-Tayaca.Pic - Richard Marsham. (32930508)
Mildenhall Town v Felixstowe & Walton United - Andrew Camilo-Tayaca.Pic - Richard Marsham. (32930508)

LW: Jamie Thurlbourne

After a lot of thought, I have selected Jamie Thurlbourne.

Everybody knows how good his delivery is, and he is the perfect player to supply the two strikers I have selected.

Jamie is very similar to John Robertson of Scotland and Nottingham Forest. Not blessed with any pace, but superlative skill and a great passer of the ball with a magical left peg.

CM: Mat-Mitchel King

I know he was a centre-back when he left us to embark on a pro career, but he was the kingpin of our midfield when he played for us. We sold him to Histon, hoping to get a sell on, but that never happened.

Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division..Mildenhall Town v Gorleston..Mat Mitchel-King Mildenhall..Picture Mark Westley. (32930546)
Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division..Mildenhall Town v Gorleston..Mat Mitchel-King Mildenhall..Picture Mark Westley. (32930546)

As we all know, he came back to us three years ago to help us win the league and cup double.

We didn't lose another game with MMK at the back. Kingy is probably the best player we have ever had.

CM: Gareth Simpson

Simmo was actually fitter when he returned to the club in his mid-thirties than in his mid-twenties. An absolutely quality player and a top man to boot.

RW: Claudio Ofosu

Mildenhall Town v Maldon & Tiptree..Claudio Ofusu Mildenhall..Picture Mark Westley. (32930579)
Mildenhall Town v Maldon & Tiptree..Claudio Ofusu Mildenhall..Picture Mark Westley. (32930579)

Probably as fast as Clemmo (Matty Clements), Claudio came to us from Stevenage and was just dynamite.

Unfortunately, his return was a damp squib, he was left on the bench as a non-playing sub, but whilst he was here, he lit the place up.

CF: John Sands

Signed from Lakenheath, local legend Sandsy took a little while to adjust but once he did, there was no stopping him.

Sands had a thunderous shot in both feet, great heading ability, and put the fear of God into the opposition every time he stepped onto the pitch.

Newmarket Journal - 29th August 2009....Mildenhall v St Neots - FA Cup..John Sands....Pic - Richard Marsham. (32930617)
Newmarket Journal - 29th August 2009....Mildenhall v St Neots - FA Cup..John Sands....Pic - Richard Marsham. (32930617)

A real character who seems to find himself in more than a few scrapes, but scores for fun.

CF: Neal Docking

Everyone knows the esteem I hold Docks in. I always refer to him as Hall's greatest centre-forward. Docks really was just top class.

He harried defenders, terrorised goalkeepers and is probably the best header of a ball (apart from Vowdy) I have ever seen at the Hall.

He could pass the ball with his head better than most players could with their feet. I am still amazed that we signed him from Soham.

Docks' career was cruelly ended after a horror tackle from behind when he turned out for our reserves one night, which left him on the operating table on the same evening.

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