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The 15 most obscure League One imports

To commiserate Sheffield Wednesday’s sad relegation to League One, and to celebrate the obscurity of the aforementioned league, here is the list of the 15 most obscure imports ever to appear in League 1.

Like the Premiership and Championship lists, the rules are simple.

As long as they are obscure (obviously), were signed during a club’s tenure in League One and do not hold cult (see Dirk Lehmann) or outstanding international credentials (see Mark Watson, Andre Arendse, Vitaly Astafjevs and Baichung Bhutia) they are eligible. Several dozens of obscure foreign imports have been whittled down to just 15 so let’s get on with the countdown.

15. Sigursteinn Gíslason

Statistics:
Club – Stoke City (1999)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 8 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 4 (0)

It would be unfair to start the list off without mentioning a member of Stoke City’s extensive Scandinavian legion, during their four-season tenure in Division Two.

While the likes of Brynjar Gunnarsson and Larus Sigurosson moved onto far better things; no-one’s career had stalled as much as Sigursteinn Gisalsson’s whilst at Stoke City in 1999.

After spending ten years as a loyal servant at the Icelandic outfit IA, Gisalsson found himself frozen out of the first team.

The Icelandic midfielder moved to the Britannia Stadium in November 1999 with hopes of reviving his career.

However, after twelve uneventful appearances in the first-team, Gislason found himself back in Iceland after dislocating his shoulder.

In an unfortunate and ironic twist, it was Gislason’s replacement (Einar Danielsson) that found himself on the score sheet on his – and manager Gudjion Thordason’s – début in an empathic 4-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

However, Gislason was quickly transferred to his first club KR Reykjavik and, after a short spell at Vikingur before retiring, he quickly became known as a highly ambitious head coach in Iceland.

14. Marcus Andreasson

Statistics:
Club – Bristol Rovers (1998-2001)
Position – Defender
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 14 (1)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 4 (0)

Forget about Vitaly Astafjevs. Bristol Rovers’ most obscure import is easily Swedish defender Marcus Andreason, who appeared for Rovers in two injury-hit spells between July 1998 and July 2001.

While this was unfortunate, Andreasson still impressed many with strong defensive displays.

Andreasson only made only 18 appearances in three years (with a six month gap in-between when he was transferred to Kalmar FF) for Rovers, but with his height and pace, he still made a difference when he played.

He scored his only goal, for example, in the 3-1 victory over Swindon Town in October 2000. He headed Mark Walters’ corner for Rovers’ first goal after some good work from Mark Foran in the penalty area.

He also appeared in the League Cup match away at Everton in September 2000, which ended in a highly impressive 1-1 draw.

However, after being transfer-listed at the end of the 2000-2001 season, he left for Bryne FK and later moved to Norwegian side Molde FK in December 2003.

He still remains a regular at Molde and he won the Norwegian League Cup with them in 2005.

13. Luis Cavaco

Statistics:
Club – Stockport County (1996-1998)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 28 (5)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 10 (2)

Luis Cavaco is one of the great obscure imports you will ever find in League One.

After joining the club from Estoril in August 1996, Cavaco was catapulted into the history books of Stockport County after his League Cup exploits during 1996-1997 season.

Not only did he achieve promotion with the Hatters, but he also scored in the 2-2 draw against quarter-final opponents Southampton.

He also played a crucial role in their 1-1 draw at Upton Park against West Ham United where he scored a memorable equaliser. He stole the ball Julian Dicks and made a fantastic 30-yard run to slot the ball past Ludek Miklosko in the from penalty area.

In the semi-final loss against Middlesbrough he was unlucky to score again, as he capitalised on Gianluca Festa’s mistake and his strong shot was well saved by Mark Schwarzer.

However, disaster was soon to strike for Cavaco just as he was heading for Championship football or even the Premier League after being linked to Chelsea.

He broke his leg during the April 1997 league tie against Watford, and only played two more times for Stockport, before being released at the end of 1998-1999 season.

Cavaco later moved to Boavista but, like all the great obscure players, very little is known about his later career.

However, in September 2008 he joined fellow Stockport greats at the launch of the DVD release of ‘The History of Stockport County’.

12. Roger Boli

Clubs – Walsall (1997-1998); Bournemouth (1998-1999)
Position – Striker
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 48 (12)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) –20 (12)

Despite his obscurity, Roger Boil has numerous claims to fame.

He is Basile Boli’s older brother, he is the holder of several French Under 21 caps and once kept Eric Cantona out of the first team during a spell with his first club AJ Auxerre. He was also the top scorer in the French First Division, during a lengthy spell with Lens, in the 1993-1994 season.

Boli was snapped up by Walsall manager Jan Sorensen at the beginning of the 1997-1998 season to bolster Walsall’s attack, after Kyle Lightbourne’s transfer to Coventry City.

Boli made an immediate impact, as he played a key role in Walsall’s excellent cup runs. This included playing and scoring in the Southern Final of the Football League Trophy.

He also scored in every cup match he played in, bar two, and he even scored Walsall’s only goal in their 5-1 away defeat against Manchester United in their fourth round FA Cup tie.

He even found time to score one of the greatest goals in lower league history, with a fantastic overhead volley when he scored a hat-trick against Southend United.

After Boli finished the season as Walsall’s top scorer with 24 goals, despite Walsall struggling in the Second Division Walsall finishing four points off the (relegation zone and Boli only scored four more times after his goal at Old Trafford in January 1998), a £150,000 move to Dundee United beckoned.

Despite impressing in pre-season and having a goal disallowed in 2-0 away loss at Kilmarnock, Boli struggled with injuries.

He soon left for Bournemouth for a £150,000 fee, but Boli again found it hard to find the back of the net (failing to score in 11 appearances) and soon retired.

However, Boli has been active since his retirement.

In 2001, Boli set up a benefit match called Le Jubilé de Roger Boli for the Raoul-Follereau Association which saw Lens legends (including Boli) playing against the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly, Patrick Vieira, Eric Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin. Lens naturally won the match 7-2.

Boli is now a successful agent in French football with clients including his nephew Yannick Boli and the controversial Chelsea player Gael Kakuta (with Boli playing an important role in the transfer that led to Chelsea’s transfer ban)

11. Didier Tholot

Club – Walsall (1998)
Position – Striker
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 14 (4)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) –2 (1)

It would seem fitting to continue the list by proclaiming the talents of Roger Boli’s striking partner during his spell at Walsall.

The Bescot welcomed Didier Tholot in March 1998, after a decline in form from Walsall and Boli, to stave off the threat of relegation.

Tholot had a successful 11-year spell in France as a squad-rotation player, which included playing in the 1996 UFEA Cup Final for Bordeaux against Bayern Munich.

However, his career soon stuttered at FC Sion and he decided to move to the West Midlands outfit on loan to find some much-needed form.

Although his goal-scoring record was never as impressive as Boli’s, he still made a big enough impression to save Walsall from relegation during the 1997-1998 season.

What he lacked in skill and pace, he made up in effort and on-the-field intelligence.

He ended up scoring 5 goals in 16 appearances and he partnered well with Boli.

However, he never played again in England after his loan spell ended and Tholot returned to finish his career in the Swiss leagues.

After FC Sion went into financial difficulties, he returned to become their player-manager after impressing at Vevey in the same position.

After returning to France, to manage sides such as Libourne-Saint-Seurin and Reims in the lower and amateur leagues, Tholot was lured back to Sion in 2009 for his second spell there as manager.

10. Stefan Bidstrup

Club – Wigan Athletic (2000-2001)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 15 (2)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 2 (1)

Stefan Bidstrup made a name for himself in the Danish leagues, after becoming a very promising box-to-the-box midfielder and utility player (he often deputised for injured and suspended players as a left-back and sweeper).

Despite scoring an own goal in his Superliga début against Brondby in 1997, he quickly became an important player for the top-flight outfit Lygby and was soon scouted by several English clubs including Swindon Town, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday.

However, Bidstrup made the move to Wigan Athletic in November 2000 for £450,000.

His time at the JJB Stadium was ruined by frequent injury problems, but he still managed to play 17 games and score three goals during the 2000-2001 season.

However, Bruce Rioch was soon replaced by Steve Bruce and Bidstrup’s four-year contract was terminated at the end of the season.

It seemed like Bidstrup did little wrong, though, as he was effective in league and reserve matches, and inspired Wigan to a 2-0 victory over Colchester United.

Despite this setback, Bidstrup returned to Denmark to continue his steady yet unspectacular career with injury-hit spells at Aab and Viborg FF.

He retired in 2006, but became the manager of Elite 3000 in 2009 after his appointment was agreed via e-mail.

9. Fabrice Moreau

Club – Notts County (2000-2001)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 5 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 0 (0)

Little is known about Fabrice Moreau, who is probably the Cameroon equivalent of Steve Claridge, after playing for 17 clubs during a 20-year career.

After starting his career at Paris Saint-Germain, Moreau spent much of his career playing for several Second Division French sides (including a spell at Olympique de Marseille).

Before playing for Notts County, Moreau also had spells in China and Spain.

Moreau failed to make an impression at Meadow Lane, as he made only five appearances during the 2000-2001 season.

After being released by Notts County before the start of the 2001-2002 season, Moreau made the obligatory move to Scotland with spells at Airdrieonians and Patrick Thistle.

God knows what Moreau is doing now, but he did make 6 appearances for the Cameroon international side and was included in their preliminary squad in the 1998 World Cup.

8. Kim Olsen

Club – Sheffield Wednesday (2004)
Position – Striker
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 10 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 2 (0)

Awful. Simply awful.

In a short and very unsuccessful spell at Sheffield Wednesday, Kim Olsen is widely seen as one of the worst strikers to have ever played for the Owls.

Olsen arrived at S6, hoping to add some fire-power to Chris Turner’s struggling side.

However, as Sheffield Wednesday slumped to a 16th place finish in Division Two during the 2003-2004 season, Olsen failed to score in 12 games for the club.

This is not really surprising, given that Olsen shirked from any form of responsibility on the pitch.

Tackles, passes, shots and headers were all too rare and his lack of effort was something that frustrated most Wednesday fans.

In fact, his only real contributions to the club were falling down all too quickly in dubious penalty claims against Hartlepool United and Rushden & Diamonds.

Due to a disappointing start to the 2004-2005 season, that again saw Wednesday in danger of flirting with relegation, Chris Turner was soon sacked and Paul Sturrock was appointed as the new manager.

Olsen duly moved to Sweden soon after.

Olsen, however, has shown some positive signs of good form with some impressive displays at Orebro SK and Silkeborg IF including scoring a hat-trick against IFK Goteborg.

Olsen’s claim to fame may soon be his recent miss for be Orebo SK, though. It is destined to be seen as the one of the great sitters of all time, as his two easy chances were embarrassingly hit.

Still, it is more than he ever contributed whilst at Sheffield Wednesday.

7. Doudou

Club – Queens Park Rangers (2001-2003)
Position – Striker
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 46 (3)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 5 (0)

Doudou was an unusual signing for Queens Park Rangers during their three-season stint in Division Two.

Doudou was brought to Loftus Road by Alex and Matthew Winton, the sons of the late honorary chairman Harold Winton, and it was hoped that Doudou would inspire them to promotion.

However, Doudou’s success at the R’s was limited.

Although he showed occasional flashes of brilliance, including his assist in the League Cup loss at Northampton Town in August 2001 (which was also his début) and shining in the 4-0 victory over Swindon Town (where he scored one and created another), these flashes were all too rare to satisfy those at Loftus Road.

Doudou struggled with homesickness and often found the physicality of Division Two hard to deal with.

He also had barren spells in front of goal; where, for example, he went 14 matches before he broke his duck for QPR.

During the 2001-2002 season, he went a further 18 consecutive matches without scoring and did not score at all during the 2002-2003 season.

Although he was linked with a move to the American side Milwaukee Wave, before his departure from QPR in the summer of 2003, it never happened and he had to make do with short-term contracts at Farnborough and Oxford United.

6. Siggi Eyjolfsson

Club – Walsall (1998-2000)
Position – Striker
League appearances (goals scored) – 10 (1)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 1 (1)

Siggi Eyjolfsson’s path into football was not through the usual route of professional academies.

Eyjolfsson made his first move into football whilst he was studying at the University of North Carolina. He became a prolific goalscorer, while playing for Spartans, and remains the only student athlete at the university to have received three All-American Awards.

Eyjolfsson even received one of his awards from Pele.

He continued his fine form in Iceland with IA Akranes, where he scored seven goals in 12 appearances. Soon the Saddlers came knocking for his services, as Walsall were desperate for a striker to lead them to promotion.

Not only did the Icelandic striker score in their Southern Final defeat of the Football League Trophy at the hands of Millwall but he later scored in their victory over Oldham Athletic to secure the second automatic spot for Walsall.

Despite impressing many fans with his hard-working nature and his goals, he never quite broke into Walsall’s first team.

He only ever started two matches during his 21-month spell and later had an impressive loan spell at Chester City.

After spending time in Belgium; he later played his trade at the Icelandic side KR Reykjavík, where he won the Icelandic Championship with them.

Eyjolfsson has since made big splashes in Icelandic football.

Not only is he current the Icelandic FA Technical Director but he has also led the Icelandic Womens’ National Team to the UEFA Womens’ Euro 2009 as Head Coach. This is a notable achievement, as an Iceland have never reached a major tournament at international level before.

5. Jorn Schwinkendorf

Club – Cardiff City (1999-2000)
Position – Defender
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 5 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 1 (0)

Jorn Schwinkendorf. One of those rare players that seem destined for obscurity before they have even played for the club. Schwinkendorf was already nicknamed ‘Tinky Schwinky’ by the Cardiff fans before he had put on a Cardiff City shirt due to his hefty height (6 foot and 5 inches).

It was expected that he would become a strong figure in the Bluebirds’ defence after making the £110,000 move from Waldhof Mannheim in November 1999.

Saying that Schwinkendorf did not make the best of starts at Cardiff is an understatement. In his first match, a 2-1 away loss at Burnley in December 1999, he nearly scored an own goal and only goalkeeper Jon Hallworth’s heroics stopped it from going in.

After making his dream appearance against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup, he soon found himself substituted after 70 minutes.

It seemed that, despite his height, Schwinkendorf was unable to head the ball and had no aerial dominance whatsoever.

Schwinkendorf quickly became one of the worst imports that Cardiff City have ever had, and moved back to Germany in 2000 with Vfl Osnabruck before finally retiring in 2001 at the age of 30.

However, Schwinkendorf has now moved back to football and is currently the manager of VfB Pößneck.

4. Peter van der Kwaak

Club – Reading (1998-2000)
Position – Goalkeeper
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals conceded) – 3 (7)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals conceded) – 2 (4)

Dutch goalkeepers playing their trade in League One is a long-standing tradition, with many of them making their name in the aforementioned league including Bart Griemink, Arjan Van Heusden and Michel Kuipers.

But there has not been one as bad or as obscure as the former Reading ‘keeper Peter van der Kwaak.

Van der Kwaak’s unmatched capabilities of making more errors in one match than David James would in one season was highlighted in his first match: a 3-0 away loss at Wrexham.

His first error, in line with other European goalkeepers in the English leagues at the time, occurred when van der Kwaak weakly punched a cross and allowed Karl Connelly to score.

However, his second has somehow become one of the most forgotten-about errors of all time.

Andy Legg hit a soft back-pass to van der Kwaak but, instead out clearing the ball safely (especially with no-one around the penalty area at the time), it somehow bobbled over van der Kwaak’s foot to . go in.

His other appearances did little to qualm the fears of Reading fans.

He conceded 11 goals in just 4 and a half games during his spell at the Madjeski, and this included playing in a 4-1 away drubbing at Bristol Rovers.

He struggled to adapt in Division Three, as well, during a loan spell with Carlisle United in February and March 2000.

In his first match, a 2-1 home victory over Hartlepool United, he fumbled a tame shot away from his near post and later palmed Graeme Lee’s tepid shot into the back of the net.

The Dutch shot-stopper’s form for Carlisle was just as bad as his form for Reading, as he conceded 9 goals in just 5 games.

This included an embarrassing 5-0 defeat away at Lincoln City.

Van der Kwaak soon was left to rot into obscurity, as he became Reading’s third choice goalkeeper and went back to the Netherlands after the 1999-2000 season to join the reserves of Go Ahead Eagles.

However, Van der Kwaak will be forever remembered for being one of the worst goalkeepers in Reading’s history, and the club fanzine ‘Hob Nob Anyone’ have voted him as their second worst goalkeeper in the past 20 years (with only the legendary Simon Sheppard) beating him).

Not even nearly getting arrested, alongside fellow goalkeeper Scott Howie, for inciting Preston North End fans at an away tie in February 2000 can prevent him from being sorely remembered from his error-prone displays.

3. Mass Sarr

Club – Reading (1998-2000)
Position – Striker
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 31 (3)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 7 (0)

Like Peter van der Kwaak, Mass Sarr was one of the most unpopular imports ever seen at the Madjeski, and he was eventually released at the end of the 1999-2000 season.

It was a shame, as on paper it seemed to be the perfect transfer when you consider Sarr’s pedigree.

Over the course of his career, Sarr had played for Monaco and became a regular for Croatian giants Hadjuk Split (where he scored 18 goals in 45 matches).

After his £158,000 move to Reading in 1998 and his impressive performance at the first match to be held at the Madjeski, where they hosted Luton Town, Sarr looked like he would become one of Reading’s biggest stars.

However, Sarr’s time at Reading was somewhat cursed. He only scored 3 goals in 38 matches, he was constantly injured (to the extent that he was once refused permission to see a witch doctor) and was branded a ‘waste of space’ by chairman Sir John Madjeski.

To add insult to injury, he was caught speeding on A33 Relief Road in March 2000 and just two months before he was transfer listed by the Royals’ manager Alan Pardew.

After leaving Reading, Sarr had a spell at the Australian side Sydney Olympics and moved to the Malaysian side Selangor in May 2002 in an attempt to improve his agility, speed and accuracy.

He now works as a youth athletics trainer in Philadelphia and has also worked as a youth coach for the Cohansey Soccer Club in New Jersey.

He is probably most famous for, though, his spell at the Liberian National side.

Sarr gained 79 international caps and scored just four goals.

He was also part of the side that was just one point away from making the 2002 World Cup. Sarr’s loss is obscurity’s gain.

2. Lars Melvang

Club – Watford (1997-1998)
Position – Defender
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 4 (1)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals scored) – 1 (0)

Lars Melvang, in his initial three-month trial contract, arrived at Vicarage Road with high expectations.

The attacking Danish right-back was expected to challenge Watford legend Nigel Gibbs for his undisputed first-team spot in the Hornets’ first-team, especially as Melvang was a first-team regular at Danish big-hitters Silkeborg IF and Odense BK.

However, Melvang rarely troubled Gibbs’ number 2 shirt due to sustaining several injuries over the season.

Despite several contract extensions, he never looked like making a first-team breakthrough.

Also, when he did play, Melvang quickly proved that he was a liability in defence. For example, in the August 1997 League Cup tie against Swindon Town, 26-year old Melvang quickly found himself outpaced by the rapidly ageing Mark Walters through the match.

Nonetheless, Melvang played a further three matches in September 1997 before Gibbs reclaimed his first-team spot as Watford stormed to the League One title during the 1997-1998 season.

It is unknown whether Melvang retired or not after this disastrous spell and he is now working as a project manager in Copenhagen.

1. Ola Tidman

Club – Stockport County (2003); Sheffield Wednesday (2003-2004)
Position – Goalkeeper
League appearances whilst playing in League One (goals conceded) – 31 (45)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League One (goals conceded) – 3 (5)

I can assure you that Ola Tidman is one of the very worst goalkeepers you will ever see.

Tidman has astonishingly poor awareness in the box, an appalling handling of crosses, diabolical levels of distribution and he makes more mistakes than you’ve had hot dinners.

What went wrong for Ola after such an impressive start in Division Two with Stockport County?

After conceding 21 goals in 18 games and attracting interest from Wigan Athletic, Tidman made the move to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2003 after Wednesday’s relegation from Division One.

Tidman was seen as a long-term replacement for Kevin Pressman, but he only kept two clean sheets in 16 matches and conceded 29 goals during his time at Hillsborough.

He always looked like conceding goals, even in reserve matches, and a typical performance from Tidman was in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Semi-Final against Blackpool.

Tidman made two mistakes and fumbled crosses galore in the first 30 minutes, until he was substituted after injuring himself in the process of conceding a second goal.

Tidman soon left in December 2004 after losing his place to Kevin Pressman and David Lucas.

The Swedish goalkeeper was taken on trial by Barnsley after leaving Wednesday, but he failed to gain a contract, and soon faded into obscurity by becoming the reserve goalkeeper at FC Midtjylland, Kongsvinger IL, Akademisk Boldklub, IF Limhamn Bunkeflo and Derry City.

It looks like that, after deliberating, Ola Tidman has been crowned as the most obscure foreign import to ever play in League One.

His complete lack of progression after his spell in League One has propelled him to the top spot.

If the above list isn’t enough to quench your thirst for League One football, then I shall direct you to the embedded video below that shows your all of the League One goals from the 4th November 1995.

It’s literally chock-full of obscure players.


8 Responses to “The 15 most obscure League One imports”


  1. January 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

    That Peter van der Kwaak error was indeed sobering as optimism was quite high at the onset of that season. Coming down from the second tier, I think many Reading fans thought that the third would be a cakewalk but those opening games at Wrexham and Bristol Rovers (the Madejski Stadium opened that year and wasn’t quite ready for the start of the campaign) put the fans in their place.

    As for Sarr, he was indeed brilliant in that first game at the Mad Stad against Luton and I was as taken in as anyone. You rightly point out how disappointing he turned out to be. Mind you, another seemingly obscure African import for Reading, Jimmy Kebe, now looks a multi million pound player. Others, Sekou Baradji and Eric Obinna went the way of Sarr.

    An over reliance on Scottish players was a feature of that Burns side. Some, including Grant Brebner, turned out to be half decent. Others includiing Mark Reilly, Andy McLaren and Jim McIntyre frustrated the fans. Burns was a terrible manager for Reading but he should get credit for bringing in Nicky Forster and Graeme Murty – strong candidates for any all time Reading FC XI – indeed, Murty went on to have a terrific first season in the Premier League in 2006-7.

    • January 2, 2011 at 11:33 am

      I have to admit that I was surprised Reading were in the third tier for so long, considering some of the talent they had. Even players that were there before Pardew was manager – including Darren Caskey, Linvoy Primus, Martin Williams and Phil Parkinson – were solid players on paper, for that level.

      I’m no expert on League One or Reading in the late 1990’s but the likes of Bristol City, Oldham Athletic and Wigan Athletic seemed to be very similar to Reading, during that period – a fair bit of talent, with none of the consistency required to go up automatically.

      Sarr was certainly a disappointment. From what I’ve heard, he was a skilful enough player (judging from, as you say, his debut against Luton Town) but never really settled in. I guess that’s the case with many imports at that level. Elroy Kromheer seemed to be another import at Reading that didn’t succeed.

      I never noticed the Scottish influence in Burns’ side before but, after looking at the Reading side when he was in charge, it is apparent. Stuart Gray, Peter Grant, Scott Howie, Robert Fleck – the list is endless…

      On the plus side, at least van der Kwaak wasn’t as bad as Simon Sheppard…

  2. January 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I think Burns felt, quite reasonably, that players from the Scottish Premier League would be more than good enough for the third tier in England but it didn’t prove to be the case at all. To be fair to Andy McLaren, his poor performances were down to a lack of discipline off the pitch, as chronicled in his readable book.

    Kromheer at times looked OK but famously had a disaster in the 6-0 defeat at home to Bristol Rovers.

    • January 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      I think, around that time especially, players from the SPL would normally be expected to do a decent job in Division Two. I haven’t read McLaren’s book but, judging from the book description, it sounds like an interesting book. Will have to give it a read!

  3. June 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Sheer brilliance of a list and thanks for reminding me of the great Van Der Kwaak some of his performances still give me nightmares.


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