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The boyhood City fan, Jack Tweed's best mate and the Modric lookalike...
Published : 23 Jan 2010 22:03:47Rss feed
Just who will Manchester City be up against at Glanford Park? Scunthorpe goalkeeper Josh Lillis (right), a boyhood City fan and the son of former City player Mark Lillis, gives Sportsmail the inside track on his team-mates ahead of the fourth-round tie. JOSH LILLIS (goalkeeper) Joe Murphy is a Republic of Ireland international so it's been tough, but I've been in the team for the last few games and done well. It would be a boyhood dream to play against City. I was at Old Trafford for the 4-3 derby, in the away end with my dad. It was heartbreaking and I still haven't got over it now, but at least we put one over United on Tuesday. JOE MURPHY (goalkeeper) We've been training and rooming together for three years. Joe's got a bit of a wig on him because he's trying to keep hold of his hair but it's going. He combs it forward and spikes it up a bit like a peacock. You'll see him mouthing off all the time to the referee because he's an Irish lad. ANDY WRIGHT (right back) We call him Andy Tight because he's careful with his money. He's a Scouser, a Liverpool fan, but a good lad and one of my mates. He played college football in America and has come back and done well. CLIFF BYRNE (centre back) Cliff's our captain and worst-dressed player. He's come in with a few pyjama tops and dark green woolly jumpers. He's also got a big head and a long face, so the lads give him a horse shout and say he wears hooves on the pitch. Top lad, very loud, very vocal. He likes to give it out and gets stuck in. If Tevez is playing, Cliff certainly won't back down. DAVE MIRFIN (centre back) We call him Recedes. He gets caned for his hair because he's only 24 but nearly bald. Typical big, strong centre half and maybe City aren't used to that. You get the odd one like Vidic in the Premier League but they won't have come across many like him. MARCUS WILLIAMS (left back) Little lad, left-footed, being tipped for the top. He's been our left back for the last few seasons and is still only 23. We call him Teeth because he's got a few dodgy ones. Box to box: Talented Gary Hooper is nicknamed 'Lego head' GARRY THOMPSON (right midfielder) Used to be with my dad at Morecambe. He's got in the team in the last few weeks and has been one of our best players. Lots of pace, strong and good in the air. But he fancies himself a bit too much and loves his looks. GRANT McCANN (central midfielder) Northern Ireland international who's been at a few clubs and could probably play at the top level. He started out at West Ham but scored an own-goal in a 7-1 defeat at Blackburn. You can still see it on the Premiership Years on Sky and we give him enough stick for that. SAM TOGWELL (central midfielder) The lads slate him for being not the best technically, but he will run his heart out for you. We reckon he's got about five lungs because he never runs out of breath. He'll put pressure on City's central midfielders, no doubt about that. JOSH WRIGHT (central midfielder) Best mates with Jack Tweed, Jade Goody's widower, and fancies himself. An Essex boy and loves it. Only a young lad, but he's played for England Under 19s and came from Charlton. Out ill for the past 10 days, so I don't know if he'll play. MARTYN WOOLFORD (left midfielder) Gets called Luka Modric because he looks like him - long blondish hair, quite a big nose - even though he's not quite as good as Modric. Played for Frickley and York before coming here, and he's done wonders for Scunthorpe. Two good feet and strong. GARY HOOPER (striker) His partnership with Paul Hayes has worked wonders for us. They can show up any defence, especially if City don't take them seriously. Hooper (pictured above) is only 21, which is scary to think because he's a very good player. Quiet lad but we call him Lego Head because it looks like he's got a Lego hairpiece. It just sits on his head and doesn't move. PAUL HAYES (striker) He scored for us against Chelsea in 2005 through Carlo Cudicini's legs and he's played a few games for Barnsley against the big boys. He gets called tight as well, but what do you expect when he's got three kids? You'd think he's older than 26. Proper family man. BEN MAY (striker) Similar haircut to Hooper and Josh Wright, always perfectly sideswept. An Essex sweepover we call it. He's from down south but he doesn't class himself as an Essex boy. Big unit up top and the nicest lad ever. His gear and his music are all right, and he doesn't give out any stick. Robinho will have to hang his designer suit on a old, wire hanger: City's pampered stars are set for a shock at ageing Glanford ParkManchester City's £2m bid for Victor Moses snubbed by Crystal Palace Explore more:People:Jade Goody, Carlo Cudicini, Jack Tweed, Joe Murphy, Paul Hayes, Luka ModricPlaces:Liverpool, Manchester, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, America
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