- 14 Dec 2017
One of the best 5 players to ever play for the club in my view.
Nijinsky is Saturday’s matchday guest ( what a player ).
For those of a certain age... I always remember that The Sunday Times (Brian Glanville) wrote... 'Trevor Hebberd of Oxford United should be in the squad instead of Peter Reid of Everton. Hebberd is quicker and a better footballer'.... And the squad? England World Cup 1986. So.. instead of Reid chugging after Maradona for his second goal, it would have been Trevor, who would have caught him... we would have beaten Argentina. And then won the World Cup. Almost certainly!! For those who never saw Hebberd, best player I have ever seen play for us. By miles!Mine too.
His awareness on the pitch was fantastic. And the way he moved elegantly and at speed and with apparently limitless energy (hence Nijinsky) was so impressive.
My favourite Hebberd moment (after the 86 goal) was when he was filling in at centre back at the Manor and we were defending the London Road end. Can't remember who against. Just before going in for a sliding tackle he looked up to spot the pass he would make after he won the ball. He won the ball (of course) and pinged it to set us on the attack. Sheer class!
To be fair, wasn’t there an element of luck about the Wembley goal (did it go through the defender’s legs?)? Or is old age clouding the memories?! Certainly a great player though. Lovely to watch.One of the best 5 players to ever play for the club in my view.
And what a goal in 86.
Maybe, but I would have Aldridge as the best ever.
Ah yes.Maybe, but I would have Aldridge as the best ever.
30+ goals a season and proved later that he was bordering world class (continuing to get 30 a season with Liverpool)
Hebberd was brilliant for us but I suspect that without Aldridge we wouldn't have has half the success we had.