As part of our celebrations to commemorate the Club’s 25th anniversary this summer, we are inviting fans to select their all-time Shots XI from 1992-2017.
The team will be announced on Tuesday 1 August, exactly 25 years to the day since The Shots played their first ever game, in the Simpsonair Trophy tournament at Camberley Town’s Krooner Park.
Having already selected our goalkeeper, right-back, centre-backs and left-back, this week we pay tribute to some of the wing-wizards who have graced the team over a quarter of a century. Please choose your favourite of these stellar candidates – or make a nomination of your own – and email their name to firstname.lastname@example.org with SHOTS XI in the subject line. Alternatively, send a tweet to @OfficialShots using #ShotsXI.
Rhys Browne (2015-16, 41 apps, 7 goals): An Antigua and Barbuda international who had won the FA Youth Cup with Norwich City, Rhys soon became a fans’ favourite after impressing on trial. Scored on his debut at the EBB Stadium and then fired perhaps the goal of the season, at Gateshead in February 2016.
Kirk Hudson (2006-10, 180 apps, 45 goals): He played on the left, he played on the right, that boy Kirk Hudson certainly embarrassed many defenders in his time at The Shots with lightning pace and natural goalscoring ability. Having scored twice on his debut against Basingstoke Town, Hudson was named Conference Young Player of the Year in 2008, and then scored 13 goals in our first season in League Two.
Jermaine McGlashan (2010-12, 75 apps, 5 goals): Livewire winger whose pace and flair tormented defences in League Two and during our League Cup run of 2011-12. Having made an impressive debut against Watford in the previous season’s League Cup, his introduction as substitute turned the tie against West Ham United at Upton Park and he then gave a Man of the Match performance against Manchester United.
Mark Molesley (2006-15, 109 apps, 11 goals): Versatile and always 100% committed, Mark’s best games for The Shots were arguably on the right of midfield in his third spell at the Club which had awarded him his first professional contract in 2006. Scored the replay winner which knocked Portsmouth out of the FA Cup, and also lay some claim to the deflected strike which beat Woking and preserved our Conference status in 2014.
Louie Soares (2006-10, 182 apps, 25 goals): Part of our Blue Square Premier and Setanta Shield-winning squad in 2008, Soares was the first ever Shots player to win full international honours, with three caps for Barbados. Louie played in our first game in the Football League and stayed at the Club to be part of the squad which reached the League Two Play-Offs in 2010.
Jimmy Sugrue (1995-2001, 200 apps, 44 goals): Combative winger who enthralled crowds at The Rec in three separate spells. Named our 1997 Player of the Year, Jimmy won Ryman League Division One in 1997-98, the Ryman League Cup in 1999 and two Hampshire Senior Cup Finals. As feisty as he was skillful, Sugrue was also part of the team which reached the FA Cup second round for the first time in our history and finished second to Dagenham & Redbridge in the Ryman Premier.