20. Mark Weatherly (1975-1989)

One of the mainstays of my early years watching the club. Always regarded as a dependable central defender with an uncanny knack of getting away with subtle pushes on strikers, he was a virtual ever-present from 1978-1984, eventually clocking up 457 appearances and twice winning Player of the Year. He never troubled the scorers in the early days and I remember him panicking in front of goal in a top of the table game with Doncaster in 1981, opting for a square pass when he looked odds-on to score. Yet later that season he notched a great winner against Oxford and was converted to play up front. He reached double figures in each of the next two seasons, many of the goals crucially earning hard-won points in away fixtures, and continued scoring freely when he was pushed back into midfield. He was also very adept at waving – he waved at me from the team coach on the M2 on the way to a Group Cup match at Plough Lane, and his sad farewell from the stretcher is the enduring poignant image from the goalless draw at Goodison Park in 1984.

542 apps, 55 goals

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