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My XI legends: Nicky Weaver's dream team

Crowd favourite and former keeper Nicky Weaver continues our series of all-time City XIs, by selecting a squad of former team-mates.

So here’s is Nicky's dream team…

Formation: 4-4-2

Keeper: Joe Hart

“I saw him come to the Club as a young lad and you could see the potential straight away. He is a great lad with a great worth ethic and he's gone on to have a fantastic career with City and England and there's much more to come.

Right-back: Micah Richards

“I remember Micah's debut as a 17 year-old and he was such a powerful lad - he broke into the England team at a young age and he's young enough to work his way back up to the top. Another great lad, too."

Left-back: Stuart Pearce

“I played alongside Stuart for one season and it was a privilege because I'd watched him as a kid and he was one of my heroes. To play at the standard he did up to the age of 40 is incredible and he was a fantastic defender."

Centre-back: Richard Dunne

"Richard was just brilliant and for five or six years he was the one of the best centre-backs in the country. He was strong, quicker than a lot of people realise and he'd put his body on the line. Playing behind Dunney, you knew it would have to be something special to get past him."

Centre-back: Sylvain Distin

“He played alongside Dunney and they complemented each other well. He was an athletic defender, quite elegant who was good in the air and had a bit of pace. He's had a long career at the top which speaks volumes of his ability."

Midfield right: Shaun Wright-Phillips


“For 18 months or so before he went to Chelsea, Shaun was unplayable at times and quite brilliant. He had a low centre of gravity and could dribble, chop or just beat defenders for fun but he didn't start that way - he just got better and better as he went along and when he added goals to his game, he was unstoppable. Another great lad."

Midfield central: Ali Benarbia

“I remember Ali arriving on a Friday, nobody had heard of him and he hadn't done much in training but Kevin Keegan named him in the team. We were all scratching our heads but then he played against Birmingham the next day he just ran the show. It was like, 'wow' - he had everything and we can only imagine how good he must have been when he was younger."

Midfield central: Eyal Berkovic

“Nobody thought Eyal and Ali could play well together but they did! I'm not sure Eyal ever got the recognition he deserved because he was a superb player. He never played it long, it was all clever, probing passes and threaded balls - he was fantastic and it's a pity he wasn't at the City for longer."

Midfield left: Mark Kennedy

“Mark made an immediate impact and was absolutely out of this world for the two years he was with us. He scored goals, made loads more and he was phenomenal. He played a big part in getting us back to the Premier League."

Striker: Shaun Goater

“He wasn't blessed with great pace or a deft touch and he wasn't a particularly good finisher, but he knew how to get the ball in the back of the net! He scored more than a 100 goals for City but 95 were probably mis-kicks but he just had the knack of being in the right place at the right time. I'd always pick him for my all-time XIs and there aren't many Shaun Goaters around."

Striker: Darren Huckerby

"For two or three years he was fantastic and scored a lot of important goals for us. He was so quick, I don't always think Darren knew what he was going to do, but once he got going he'd beat one, two or three and put the ball in the back of the net or create one for somebody else."

Bench: “Peter Schmeichel, Gerard Wiekens, Paul Dickov, Kevin Horlock, Ian Bishop, Andy Morrison, Danny Tiatto.”

Manager/Coach: "Joe Royle."

Verdict: "It might not be a side that contains some of the biggest names in City's history, but these are all lads I loved playing with and rated very highly."

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