MY BEST 11 I PLAYED WITH: Raymond McGuinness

Our 'My Best 11 I Played With' series continues with ex-Derry City, Finn Harps, Bangor and Institute midfielder Raymond McGuinness.

Monday, 27th April 2020, 8:00 am
Raymond McGuinness wins this header during his Institute days.

The tough-tackling McGuinness, who is now a masseur, played for a host of clubs during his career and goes for a 4-4-2 system, so here's his best 11 players he played with and the reasons why....

Tim Dalton (Goalkeeper - Derry City and Institute): Tim was very professional in everything he done from his diet to training. He was a tremendous shot stopper and talked to the back four throughout the 90 minutes.
Tony Canning (Right-Back - Bangor): Tony was very fit; he was like a winger most of the time, as he loved getting forward. He also had a trademark long throw.
Mark Glendinning (Left-Back - Bangor): Mark was the best left-back in the Irish League over a period of 10 years. He had a eye for goal and could get up and down line like Canning. Having both of them as full-back's at the time was great.
Stuart Gauld (Defender - Derry City): Stuarty was the best reader of the game I played with. He was very calm, played the sweeper role to perfection
Steven Brown (Centre-Back - Bangor): Steven never missed a ball in the air and he was strong in the tackle. Put his body on the line for the team in every game.
Paul Byrne (Right-Wing - Bangor): Paul had come back from Oxford United to play for Bangor and it was not long before Celtic snapped him up. His distribution of the ball was superb.
Paul Hegarty (Centre-Midfield - Derry City): I will never forget his first game away to Sligo Rovers, were he covered every blade of grass. Paul also had a great passing game and a never say die attitude.
Felix Healy (Centre-Midfield - Derry City): I probably had my best season at Derry City playing alongside Felix. He knew the game inside out and controlled the tempo of the game. Scored some great important goals and he was a great striker of the ball.
Johnny Masegela (Left Wing - Finn Harps): Johnny was a tremendous player with great dribbling skills and an eye for goal as he proved when he came to play for Finn Harps and had never worn studs before playing in Ireland.
Liam Coyle (Striker - Derry City): I was at Derry when Liam made his debut and recognised his unbelievable talent straight away. He could score from any angle and always showed for the ball. He worked very hard for the team. Liam always kept you on your toes as he shouted down the field to get the ball up to him.
Jonathan Speak (Striker - Derry Athletic): Johnny was strong as an ox and was is household name in League of Ireland football. Speakie was a tremendous goalscorer. He was always the first line of defence; he would crash into full backs as they cleared the ball.
Paul Carlyle (Substitute - Derry City): Storky was another great athlete unlucky not to make my starting 11. He worked tirelessly up and down the line.
John Gerard McGettigan (Substitute - Finn Harps): On his day during his Harps career he was unplayable at times.