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Former Cambridge United youngster and Ely City manager Brady Stone picks his All-Time best XI




As a youngster, Brady Stone spent around a decade within the youth set-up at Cambridge United.

The defender then went on to play for the likes of Cambridge City, King's Lynn Town and Ely City in non-league – the latter of whom he would later manage to promotion, a club-record FA Vase run and two Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup triumphs.

Stone recently stepped down at Ely, but here we have asked him to dust off him team selecting skills to come up with an All-Time XI from his former team-mates.

Football Ely City VHaverhill RoversBrady Stone and Martin Grey sign off as Ely City management team. Picture by Mark Westley. (32929456)
Football Ely City VHaverhill RoversBrady Stone and Martin Grey sign off as Ely City management team. Picture by Mark Westley. (32929456)

GK: John Ruddy

I played with John for four or five years in the youth sides at Cambridge and you could always see he was going to make it.

Shortly after he signed for Norwich City he invited me to go to watch them play Manchester United. Norwich won 1-0 and he was unbelievable.

Back when he was playing with us, you were always confident having a goalkeeper like him behind you.

LB: Lee Chaffey

I played alongside Chaffs for a couple of seasons at Cambridge City and he was a giant.

He was good in the air, had a nasty streak that all good defenders need and he was also good on the ball.

CB: Michael Morrison

Michael was not necessarily the most technically gifted at Cambridge, but he read the game so well and was a fantastic defender.

CB: Josh Coulson

I was coming back from injury at Cambridge City and played in the reserves for a while alongside a very young Josh – he was probably 17.

Cambridge United's Josh Coulson. (32929556)
Cambridge United's Josh Coulson. (32929556)

Josh always listened and wanted to learn, but the thing that really struck me was that he talked like a professional, even at that age. Most youngsters don't do that.

RB: Dan Gleeson

I played in the youth team at Cambridge with Dan – what a player. He was always so calm in possession.

He could talk other players through a game and it was no surprise that he made it as a professional.

DM: Scott Mitchell

Scott's one of my best mates so I had to put him in! He had everything you want in a midfielder – aggressive, fit and good on the ball.

FOOTBALL - Needham Market v AFC Sudbury in the FA cup..Pictured: Scott Mitchell (S) and David Wareham (N). (32929598)
FOOTBALL - Needham Market v AFC Sudbury in the FA cup..Pictured: Scott Mitchell (S) and David Wareham (N). (32929598)

I went off to Cambridge and he moved to Ipswich before playing for the likes of Livingston, Peterborough and some good non-league clubs.

RCM: Josh Simpson

Josh was full of energy and a very clever footballer. He had everything to make it as a professional and it was great to see him do it. He was a lovely lad as well.

LCM: Bradley Johnson

He only had one year with us at Cambridge but you could see in that time that he was going to be a very good player.

I have never seen anyone hit a ball as hard as he did. You can see why he ended up playing in the Premier League.

AM: Dave Daniels

We joined Cambridge at the same time and played all the way through until the age of 19.

He ended up playing for Sudbury, Mildenhall and Ely City but then just fell out of love with the game.

When he was younger he had everything – a proper box-to-box player who created so many chances.

CF: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

The best player I ever played with. From the ages of 15 to 17 at Cambridge, I have never seen anything like it.

Charlton Athletic Football Club, The Valley, Floyd Road, SE7
Coca-Cola Championship. 29.03.08
Charlton Athletic (red) versus Wolves.
Birthday boy Sylvan Ebanks-Blake celebrates his opening goal.
Picture:Barry Goodwin(32929704)
Charlton Athletic Football Club, The Valley, Floyd Road, SE7 Coca-Cola Championship. 29.03.08 Charlton Athletic (red) versus Wolves. Birthday boy Sylvan Ebanks-Blake celebrates his opening goal. Picture:Barry Goodwin(32929704)

When the scouts were watching he'd become a different player. At the age of 15 he played in FA Youth Cup games against under-18 players and he bullied them. Soon after he was off to Manchester United.

CF: Robbie Simpson

Robbie was the type of forward that I would have hated to play against.

Maybe he wasn't always prolific, but he was a great partner for another striker.

He was an old school centre-forward, he'd hold the ball up and take all the knocks. He'd be one of the first names on your team sheet.

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