Premier League 1-11s

Henry Winter got excited during the West Ham v Birmingham Carling Cup Semi Final because after Scott Dann was substituted the Birmingham back four were number 2 5 6 3 from RB to LB (Carr, Johnson, Ridgewell, Murphy).

It got me thinking what would be the lineups if teams fielded their 1-11s.

The last time a side fielded a 1-11 line-up in the Premier League was the Manchester United team that faced Manchester City on the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, however those numbers did not correspond with squad numbers.

The last time a 1-11 squad numbered team has been selected for a Premier League game, you have to go back to 1995-6 and the third Premier League season of squad numbers and a Queens Park Rangers side that featured Trevor Sinclair (11), Ian Holloway (8) and Kevin Gallen (10)

Only 5 Premier League teams today could name a 1-11 line up.

Can

Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Sunderland.

Can’t

Arsenal (No #9), Aston Villa (No #4), Blackburn Rovers (No #2), Blackpool (No #2), Chelsea (No #4, 6 or 9), Everton (No #4 or 11), Fulham (No #9 or 10), Liverpool (No #7 or 11) Manchester City (No #3), Stoke City (No #2), West Bromwich Albion (No #2), West Ham United (No #3 or 6), Wigan (No #9 since Boselli has been loaned to Genoa) Wolverhampton Wanderes (No #2)

Birmingham

————- Maik Taylor —————

Carr — Johnson — Ridgewell — Murphy

Larsson — Bowyer — Gardener — Bentley

———– Jerome — Phillips ————-

Bolton

————- Bogdan ——————

Steinsson — Cahill — Robinson — Samuel

Holden — Muamba — Taylor — Gardener

————— Petrov —————-

————— Elmander —————-

Manchester United

————- Van Der Sar —————

Neville— Brown — Ferdinand — Evra

— Anderson— Hargreaves — Giggs —

—– Owen— Berbatov— Rooney —-

Newcastle United

——————– Harper ——————–

Coloccini — Williamson — Campbell — Jose Enrique

— Routledge — Guthrie — Nolan — Barton—

———– Carroll — Lovenkrands ———-

Sunderland

————- Gordon —————

Bardsley — Turner — Mensah — Richardson

Malbranque — Cattermole — Henderson — Zenden

———– Campbell — Bent ————-

Of those teams I think it is most likely that Sunderland would field a 1-11 starting team. The main sticking point being around Frazier Campbell who is fourth choice striker when Bent, Gyan and Welbeck are fit and thus only has 3 PL starts to his name this season.

Twice (Wolves Away and Everton Home) have Sunderland fielded a starting line up with 8 players numbered 1-11, on both occassions Nedum Onuhua, Anton Ferdinand and Danny Welbeck were included to foil Henry Winter’s dream.

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