Whyalla's top wingers remembered

Well, what a fantastic response we had for the last article " Whyalla soccer's greatest strikers".

It caused many a discussion and a lot of other great names were thrown in the ring including Andy Curran , Theo Stamoulis, Max Bettoncelli ,Ronnie Clarke and Andy Fay all whose names would have been not out of place.

Just a reminder that this is much of a consensus with a lot of former players and coaches throughout the era's helping with these lists.

So here we go with Whyalla's greatest wingers in no particular order other than era's.

1. Billy Addis (Inter Stuart , Wanderers, Steel United) 60s, 70s.

There's a reason that our association best and fairest is named after this man, he was one of the first stars of our competition. With his long hair flowing, he had a great knack of getting the ball to the by - line and cutting it back for his oncoming forwards and midfielders or popping up at the back post to score himself. Billy was very much a team player and a popular member of the squad.

2. Owen Dawson (Wanderers) 60s, 70s.

Some claim Owen as one of the best of his generation. With superb pace and skill, Owen would often be up there as a golden boot contender but his ability to play people into the game was immense. He played a huge part in Wanderers two league championships in 1966, 68 and is still involved in the club today as Swandel parks grounds keeper.

3. Marcy Fernandez (Wanderers, Croatia, Rothmans) 70s

Possibly one of the greatest players Whyalla has ever seen with speed, strength, two great feet and soccer smartness, Marcy had it all.MLS soccer side Toronto F.C played a friendly at Croatia Park in the mid seventies and Fernandez gave there international full back such torrid time they wanted to take him back with them. Marcy politely declined and played out the rest of his career in Whyalla, Legend.

4. Andy Faulds (Thunder, Croatia) 60s , 70s , 80s.

Another Legend is Andy Faulds. After winning the league with Thunder in 1967 , Andy signed for Croatia for $90 and a pair of boots and went on to become the only player in that club to be involved in all the league championships between 1968-77 that Croatia won. Built like a matchstick, Andy defied gravity as he rode tackle and turned with the ball. He is the only player ever to receive a meritorious award from the association for his services to Whyalla soccer.

5. Tony Beaney ( Westland United) 70s , 80s.

Ex Croatia coach Teo Culjak said " you'd rather have Beaney on your side because you don't want to be against him ".

Tony Beaney was a huge part in the Red Devils unbeaten league championship side in 1979 and a fantastic foil for fellow forward Templeton. He would barely come off the touch line as he exploded down the wing regularly getting behind the oppositions defence to set up teammates or shoot himself . After success in the Whyalla soccer league, Tony returned to England to live but left a lasting impression on our competition.

6. Alan Scott ( Lions) 80s .

Alan Scott was always going to be a cut above from an early age when the teenager, who was already in Lions first team , went for trials with Manchester United . With pace and a beautiful first touch , Scott could hit the ball like a rocket .

So good was Scott that he went on to play for Heidelberg in the National Soccer league and is still talked about today .

7. Angus Smith (Wanderers, Croatia) 80s .

Angus not only had pace to burn , he was strong and stocky which made him very hard to knock off the ball . The goal scoring winger was a nightmare for fullbacks with the three time league championship winner relentlessly running at defenders. After retiring from soccer, Angus now regularly loves his golf but his status as a brilliant winger will be his sporting legacy.

8. Darren Simpson ( Steel United ) 80s , 90s .

I can still vividly remember Darren's volley goal in the 1988 Association cup final at Croatia Park vs Port Augusta , one of the great cup goals .

The blonde forward was always looking to attack down the right wing and could change gears in a flash as he skipped past defenders.

He didn't just cross the ball in though , he could pick out players with great accuracy in a Steel side that boosted some great players at the time .

9. Norm Corrieri ( Savoy ) 80s , 90s .

Norm played all the way across the forward line looking for gaps in the defence to run on too but a lot out wide and was apart of a successful Savoy side during the late 80s to mid 90s .

Not only was he quick but was a great crosser of the ball and was always good for a goal or two .

Norm scored the only goal in the Fairmont homes championship final against rivals Virtus in 1994 to cement his spot in Savoy folklore.

10. Tony Introna ( Virtus) 80s , 90s .

A prominent defender at the time once told me " Introna was the only player I never kicked , he was just to fast "

For a few years in the late 80s , Introna was probably the best player going around with his skill and powerful running and his partnerships with Michael King and Kubatvinski made Virtus a nightmare to play against.

1988 was Introna's best season winning the league championship and top goal scorer award in the same season where his legendary status at the northern Demons was confirmed .

11. Petar Longin ( Lions ) 80s , 90s .

Petar was only 16 years of age when he broke onto the Whyalla soccer scene and spearheaded a new generation of young players .

Brave and full of confidence, "Pepe " would run at experienced defenders with no fear and was apart of a great Lions side of the late 80s , early 90s .

His two goals in the 1989 Association cup final as a 17 year old against Virtus was amazing to watch with the winner being a 25 yard volley into the top corner. Unfortunately Petar had trouble with injuries later on in his career but he left a lasting impression at Jenkins Park .

12. Scott Faulds ( Savoy, Croatia) 80s , 90s , 00s , 10s .

No player in the history of Whyalla soccer has won more league championships than Scott with a massive 13 league's to his name , two ahead of his father Andy and Tony Harrison on 11 .

Skilful with two great feet , he was a fantastic cross of the ball and was always challenging for the golden boot . The former association fairest and best etched his name in Croatia's club history with a Hat trick in the 1995 Fairmont homes league championship final with one of the great individual performances ever seen against Hellas . Easily the best of my generation.

Honourable mentions must go to Jim Weir snr , Michael King , Troy Leopold , Phil DeGioia, Jacky Kirk, Phil Cash, Colin Isaacson and William Hay.

Well there you go , if you think I've missed anyone let us know when the article goes online

Greatest midfielders next but I might need a few weeks as this one is probably the most difficult.