ON MY HEAD SON – Who is your Jacks best striker?

ON MY HEAD SON – Who is your Jacks best striker?

Posted on April 24, 2020 in 'News'

After last week’s ECU Joondalup SC goalkeeping debate, we go to the other end of the pitch this week with the best strikers we’ve had the Campus.

We spoke to former coach Paul ‘Geordie’ Simmons, who led the club to the Premier League title in 1999, for his thoughts and he said the club have had a number of quality strikers across their 25-years.  Who is your favourite??

“In the early stages Joondalup had a lot of very good forwards who guaranteed a goal return,” he said.

“This was probably due to the attacking style of football they played and the attitude of not worried if the opposition scored six as long as we scored seven.”

Here we go ………………………

Carl McDarby – A very strong bustling forward who was a proven goal scorer at all clubs he played at. Joondalup were lucky to have him in their league winning side of 1999 and in fact it was Carl that scored the equalizer in the last game of the season at Sorrento just minutes before half time, with what was discovered a broken foot. This was before Scott Halpin scored direct from a corner to win the game. Carl was strong very good with his back to goal or running at pace at defenders. He was also very good in the air and like the entire team then hated to get beat.

Replacements for Carl at this time were two formidable players in Peter Murphy, again another proven goal scorer although nearing the end of his career always gave 100% and was a regular on the score sheet. Peter Vukmirovic was also chipping in with goals and was as can be imagined unbeatable in the air.

Ted McMinn ex Rangers, Derby and Valencia – Was a left sided player who is undoubtedly the best pro to have come and play in WA for an entire season. His ability to cross the ball was unbelievable. His commitment to training and an inspiration to all young players. I benefited in 1996 from Teds service by scoring something like 24 goals in 29 games.

Des Hazel ex Sheffield Wednesday – Came to the club in 1996 and his ability in training was exceptional he struggled during games as he thought it may have been easier than it was. He made a total of 274 appearances in the Football League for Sheffield Wednesday, Grimsby Town, Rotherham United and Chesterfield, and he also went on trial with Perth Glory in August 1997.

Gary Murray – Probably the best player I have seen at Joondalup he was Mr. Consistency he was good in all areas back to goal, going forward making the pass that no other player would have seen and a great team man again a winner who hated losing.

Mark Nicholson – A player that no one would probably remember he played at a high level in the Manchester area, he was short and stocky extremely fast with an absolute lethal left foot probably the hardest shot of any mentioned above he was hard nasty and hated losing. He played as we came through the ranks and finished I think as we got into the old first division.  The regular front two in the early days was myself and Mark and in one season I think we scored 80 gals between us.

Andy Mason – A player who played for many years as a defender and I copped a bit of flack when moving him up front where it took him half a dozen games to get into it. Andy had the best engine I have seen in a player and he was as hard as nails, players hated playing against him as he was always there nibbling, kicking, knocking and became a very good goal scorer. I would have him in my top 5 without a doubt.

Paul Simmons – I’ll leave this one to the writer – Simmons was a goal machine at the Jacks between 1991 – 1997 and in his 105 first team games, he scored 102 goals, was not a bad return. He went on to coach the club from 1995 in State League Division Two as player-coach, till 2002 and was coach when we won the league in 1999 and the Boral Cup in 1998 and 2002.

Thanks Paul – Other players who played their part up front at the Campus – Tommy Jones – Was brilliant in the juniors, had a great eye for goal and had trials at clubs overseas. But I think his stature held him back in senior football, joined the Jacks in 2008. Andy Brown – Was a big hard rough and touch forward who had very good feet and was very good in the air. He could mix it with the best of them but could never commanded a regular starting spot. Garin Collins – was again 100% and could score some great goals, but his disciplined let him down, but always gave 100%

David Foster – I wasn’t there when Fozzie came down, but I had tried to sign him many times and he always knocked me back. I rated him very highly a prolific and consistent goal scorer who played overseas at Derby County and joined us in 2012.  Jamie Watt was another player from Scotland who knew where the goals were and was great for the Jacks. Tanner Selyer – Had a good spell at the Campus bagging some important goals in 2014 and 15. Ian McMurray – The big striker had two spells at the Jacks and was a constant threat.

Tommy Amphlett – A player who went on to play A-League football for Perth Glory, playing 27 games in a three-year stint. He made his debut at the campus as a teenager and bagged 72 goals in 116 Premier league games at the Jacks, and he is back to full fitness now and will be an important part of the side in 2020

Daryl Nicol – The speedy Scotsman joined the Jacks from Cove Rangers in 2016 and was a constant threat. He played out wide for most of his time at the club, but was a prolific goalscorer and won the Football West Gold Medal in 2018. Gordon Smith – The former Hearts striker joined the Jacks in 2016 and played for three seasons bagging 39 goals, was influential in the clubs rise up the table.

Joe Knowles – The former Perth Glory striker also had two spells at the club, and was the top goalscorer last season. He had pace to burn and was good at set-pieces, scoring some great goals in his time at the club. Bayley Brown-Montgomery – The youngster had trials at Aston Villa as a junior, and has shown maturity beyond his years and will be vital for the Jacks this season. Ben Hinshelwood – Another young striker who has an eye for goal, the teenager has also had trails overseas last season and is one to watch in 2020

Over to you – Lets hear who is your top striker from #theprideofthenorth