Apps 182, Goals 7
Those corners… What I’d give to have Andy Hinchcliffe taking our corners again. The grumbles that echo around Goodison when our umpteenth corner fails to beat the first man are in part because so many of us have witnessed Hinchcliffe’s dead balls.
Perhaps not quite as accomplished that right-footed dead-ball specialist, David Beckham, there’s an argument to me made that Andy Hinchcliffe was actually more of a well-rounded player. Whereas Beckham had all the mobility of Dr Strangelove stuck in a mud drenched lay-by, Hinchcliffe was actually quite quick, and occasionally took on players too.
David Beckham made his first international appearance in September 1996 against Moldova – Hinchcliffe was in the same side – and although nowhere near as accomplished as Beckham, our left-back was criminally underrated at international level.
Duncan Ferguson’s place on this list, and some of his most memorable goals are due in large part to Andy Hinchcliffe – the architect of many a towering headed goal with his whipped, inswinging corners. At the far post against Man Utd, curled into the 6 yard box in the derby, and against Leeds… Oh, and his free kicks weren’t bad either.
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Premier League: Saturday 11 February (15:00); Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium
Saturday 25 February (15:00); Sunderland at Goodison