WHAT would you give to see this line-up in blue and white stripes?
This season, in our popular Final Whistle football pull-out on a Monday, we’re asking readers to pick the best Town team from each of the last five decades.
There’s already been plenty of debate, but this is the definitive team of the Sixties – as selected by you, the supporters.
It was an eventful decade as clubs from outside the big cities tried to adapt following the abolition of football’s maximum wage and the old system of retain and transfer, which meant players became free agents, able to negotiate their own contracts.
Town maintained their reputation for unearthing gems, and while they spent the whole of the Sixties in the second tier (now the Championship) by the start if the Seventies, they were heading back to the top flight.
That’s reflected in the selection of six members of Ian Greaves’ 1969-70 Division II title-winning team – keeper Terry Poole, who was tipped for an England call-up before breaking a leg early in 1971, dependable centre-backs Trevor Cherry and Roy Ellam, elegant Jimmy Nicholson and his tough-tackling fellow midfielder Jimmy McGill, and left winger Colin Dobson.
Three of your picks were regulars at the start of the Sixties, left-back Ray Wilson, who went on to star for Everton and win the World Cup with England in 1966, right winger Kevin McHale and Scottish goal-poacher Les Massie, with 108, the club’s fifth-highest goalscorer of all time.
Completing the XI are Derek Parkin, one of a string of top full-backs to roll off the Leeds Road production line (he became the costliest right-back in Britain when he joined Wolves for £80,000 in February 1968) and Tony Leighton, who fired in 44 goals in 97 games for Town between 1964 and 1968.
Our on-line voting system (www.examiner.co.uk/your say) provides the chance to explain selections, with one fan saying of Cherry and Ellam: “They went together like bacon and eggs.”
Another called them “the rock of the 1969-70 side” while Nicholson was described as being “inspirational and a driving force when Town last got to the top flight”.
Of Wilson, it was said: “It’s a no brainer. I never saw anyone pass him.”
Now it’s onto the Seventies, and you can choose your favourite keeper from the list in Monday’s Final Whistle.
Make sure you have your say.