Rory McAuley selects his best XI

April 16, 2020

Rory McAuley has been an integral part of the King’s Lynn Town defence since arriving at the club in the summer of 2018.
The 30-year-old wears his heart on his sleeve and has enjoyed a prolonged career in the non-league game since starting out at Cambridge City.
McAuley then made the switch to near-neighbours Cambridge United before spells with Chelmsford City, Dartford and Lowestoft Town.
His career, which has seen him play in all three sections of the National League, has seen the no-nonsense centre half come up against the likes of Jamie Vardy, Aaron Ramsey, Benny McCarthy, Victor Moses, Chris Smalling and Andre Gray during his time on the pitch.
Here, the popular defender selects his best-ever team of players who he his played with.

 

Formation 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Nick Pope - The Premier League goalkeeper needs little introduction after going on to play for England. Arrived at Cambridge United on loan and we remained unbeaten for the whole time we had him there. 

Right-back: Dan Gleeson - I made my debut for Cambridge United at right-back because Dan was injured at the time. He was the best defender in his position in the Conference for some time. I never saw anyone beat him in a one-on-one situation at any time.

Left-back: Frazer Blake-Tracy - One of the best left-backs I have played with in terms of attributes. He's quick. strong and fast and possesses a great left foot.
He is one of the only players I know to be working out in the gym at midnight. He is totally dedicated and is starting to get his rewards. I expect him to go on to bigger and better things.

Centre-back: Dean Leacock: Played for Derby in the Premier League and came up against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo during that time. Even towards the end of his career at Lowestoft Town, you could see why he had the class to play at the highest level of the game.

Centre-back: Josh Coulson: Now at Leyton Orient, I came through the youth system with Josh at Cambridge United.
He was called the 'head on a stick' because nothing ever got past him and that's all you need to know.

Left midfield: Peter Sweeney - I played in the same team as Peter, who reached an FA Cup final with Millwall, at Dartford in the Conference South.
I never saw him lose the ball as it was always glued to his feet. It was like watching a Playstation game at times.

Right midfield: Luke Berry - Lived in digs with Luke, who his now enjoying great things with Luton Town, while I was at Cambridge United.
He was a Roy of the Rovers type of player who had a real presence on the pitch. The type of guy who would get on the end of anything.

Central midfield: Ryan Jarvis - Fantastic, both as a person and a footballer. After starting out as a striker, Ryan has matured into a composed central midfield player.
I trust him so much with the ball and feel we've built up a great relationship on the pitch at Lowestoft and King's Lynn Town.
Regarded as the non-league 'Pirlo'.

Striker: Andre Gray - I played against Andre in the Conference, where we had some great battles, but also with him for England C against Russia under-21s in Moscow.
A great player with frightening pace.

Striker: Adam Marriott - Started off with Maz at Cambridge United and even at that point of his career you felt he could go on and play at a much higher level.
He has enjoyed a fantastic career and his goalscoring record speaks for itself. Maz is brilliant on the ball and is also a great finisher.
So clever and also as strong as an ox.

Striker: Michael Gash - The big man. A real war horse who I trust and played with since the age of 19.
If there's anyone you want at the back stick when a ball comes in then it's him. His hold up play is class and Michael is so difficult to defend against.
Remember coming up against him for Cambridge United when he made his debut for Ebbsfleet United.

 

Substitutes

Goalkeeper: William Norris - An excellent goalkeeper during his time with Cambridge United.
Defender/midfielder: Michael Spillane - Experienced player who I played alongside at Cambridge United and Lowestoft.
Midfielder: Luke Daly - Excellent player during my spell at Chelmsford City.
Striker: Courtney Pitt - A great player who did great things while we were at Cambridge United.
Striker: James Norwood - Now at Ipswich, I featured with James for England C.

 

 


 

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