Best Blues Players Part 2

A few weeks back you voted Gill Merrick as the goalkeeper for our best ever Blues line up.  Now it’s time to choose a couple of full backs.  You can vote for any two of the following.

Mark Dennis
1978-83, 146 total appearances, 1 goal

Had a reputation about as a tough tackler who was given the nickname “Psycho” long before Stuart Pearce’s emergence. Had the skill to have been an England regular but discipline was a problem, he was sent off 12 times in his career.

Martin Grainger
1996-2005, 266 total appearances, 28 goals

Sadly forced to retire, due to a knee injury, aged 32 he was a tough guy in the true Birmingham tradition. He had a magnificent left foot and took excellent free kicks including a beauty against Man Utd.  He played his part in our first promotion but injury prevented him gaining to many Premier league appearances.

Garry Pendrey
1966-79, 360 total appearances, 5 goals

Redoubtable club legend, the left back made history in 1969 when he became the club’s youngest captain, aged 20. A vital cog in the 1972 promotion-winning team, he also played in the FA Cup semi-final defeats by Leeds United and Fulham. Managed the club in the late 1980s.

Ken Green
1943-59, 443 total appearances, 2 goals

Known as Slasher, Green was a durable full back known for his tough tackling. Never reckless, he had plenty of pace and showed his versatility by switching to left back to accommodate the emerging Jeff Hall as the club entered arguably their greatest era in the 1950s.
Jeff Hall
1950-59, 265 total appearances, 1 goal

A classy and consistent right back, Hall was a key member of the side that who finished sixth in the top division in 1956. England only lost once during his 17 internationals. He was equally at home at centre back where he made a number of appearances.  He tragically died from polio at the age of 29 and now has the stadium clock at St Andrews named after him.
Jeff Kenna
2002-04, 69 total appearances, 3 goals

Jeff was our right back during our first promotion season and the first couple of Premiership years.  Known for being dependable he also put in the great cross for Stan Lazaridis’ opener at Villa park in 2003.

John Frain
1986-97, 303 total appearances, 25 goals

Birmingham-born, tenacious left back whose wholehearted attitude made him seem much bigger than he was. A strong penalty-taker, he made over 300 appearances for the club, playing in the two promotions of the early 1990s and the 1991 Leyland-Daf trophy final.  He also spent part of his career playing in midfield.

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6 Comments on Best Blues Players Part 2

  1. it has to be jeff hall and ken green after gil merrick i was their when blues beat LIVERPOOL 9-1 O THE MEMORYS

  2. Jeff Hall and Martin Grainger for me. Jeff Hall has to be the finest full back to ever to wear the Royal Blue and Martin Grainger gets in my greatest line up not only for his all round defensive qualities but for his goals! Two wonderful players whose like I would dearly love to see again.


  3. I new I’d forget somebody. Should really have included Malcolm Page although he did play in a number of positions not just full back.

  4. Malcolm Page was more of a left sided midfield player. A very fine one too! Would be a candidate for a best ever side in that position but not full back although as Aylesbury rightly says he could operate in that area.


  5. Never saw Jeff Hall play but he was obviously a very good player. Langan was excellent, as was Kevin Ashley, Gary Poole and Scott Hiley but in my lifetime I’d have to say Right Back has to be Gary Rowett. A true Rolls Royce of a footballer.

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