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decade goalkeepersJust under two weeks ago we were remembering Wade Elliott’s goal on that wonderful Wembley day when we beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the Championship play-off final and prepared to step into the Premier League for the first ever time.

We went straight back down, as most people expected, and it took us another four years before we got another opportunity which saw us go down yet again. It’s been third time lucky and we are now looking forward to a fourth successive season in the Premier League.

Today, we start to look back and choose our best players from the last ten years, five of which have been spent in the Premier League and five in the Championship.

From the game at Stoke in August 2009 to our most recent game against Arsenal we’ve split the players into seven positional categories. Qualification was to have started a minimum of ten league games during the ten year period and that’s reduced the number of players to a total of 64.

Today we start with the goalkeepers. Who will be your choice? Brian Jensen (63) played in that first game at Stoke and he’s since been followed by Lee Grant (113), Tom Heaton (188), Nick Pope (34) and most recently Joe Hart (19). The figures in brackets show the number of league starts for each of those players in the ten year period.

The voting poll is now on site and will run until the end of Sunday after which we’ll will take a look at the full back options. The poll is below and, if viewing the desktop version of the site, on every page below the monthly archive links.

All you have to do now is vote.

Who has been our best goalkeeper in the last ten years?

  • Tom Heaton (87%, 635 Votes)
  • Nick Pope (11%, 78 Votes)
  • Brian Jensen (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Joe Hart (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Lee Grant (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 726

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