Christmas Eve is a busy time if you're completely unorganised like myself, last minute shopping and writing posts which when it comes down to it, have nothing to do with Christmas in any way. However to celebrate the festive time I have gone with a player who would not only make my list, but he might even sneak on to some of the slightly older generation's list, and that is the underpriced centre back himself, Scott Dann.
Bought as one of two young defenders from Walsall with Danny Fox in January 2008 in the short but sweet Ray Ranson honeymoon period. The undisclosed fee was rumoured to be in the region of £1 million, and his spectacular form in the early months led to him receiving his first England u21 call up in march 2008, alongside Danny Fox, whom went on to play for Scotland. He was a real shining light in the second half of that campaign as we scrapped our way to survival on the final day.
As a reward for his fine work he was given the captain's armband for the 08/09 season at just age 21 by Chris Coleman, proving that we did have a real talent in our ranks and Ray Ranson's policy of buying youth players really did have legs. He played the majority of games in this year and was a huge part of the squad that made the FA Cup Quarter Finals, however favourable the run may have been facing 2 non-league sides.
I'll never forget the Newcastle match where he got on the end of an Aron Gunnarsson throw in to equalise in the 93rd minute. Of course we did go on to lose in extra time but I try to forget about that and focus on the moment itself, there's various captures of it on YouTube if you want to reminisce. He didn't have the best of games against Chelsea in the FA Cup Quarter Final, pretty much handing Didier Drogba the first goal. That was a once in a blue moon moment in a great but short city career. Another who I was gutted to say goodbye to when SISU pushed through his sale to Birmingham for £3.5 million.