‘I was asked to name my Prem TOTY – I picked 11 of the worst looking players’

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    Andy Townsend has recounted the hilarious time he picked his Premier League Team of the Year based on the ugliest players.

    The ex-Republic of Ireland international, now 59, enjoyed a stellar top-flight career, winning the League Cup twice at Aston Villa after being named Chelsea's Player of the Season for the 1990/91 campaign. Also voted into the PFA Team of the Year on three separate occasions, the midfielder recalled to talkSPORT how he once selected his entire XI based on players' unfortunate looks.

    He said: "The most frightened I've ever been going to any match in my career. This is about 30 years ago. Almost to the day.

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    "You know how you get the ballot sheets for the PFA Team of the Season? So messing about I picked an ugly team. 11 of the ugliest lads in the division. And I had big Oggy in goal. Steve Ogrizovic.

    "And that Saturday we had Coventry away [where Ogrizovic played his football at the time]. What I didn't realise, I was only messing around, was that I put this up on the wall in the dressing room.

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    "Wisey [Dennis Wise] gave this to an up-and-coming young journalist called Lee Clayton, who was working at The Sun. All of a sudden this ugly team gets printed in The Sun. We're playing Coventry away on the Saturday and of course big Oggy's in goal.

    "I've walked through the doors and Gary Mac [McAllister] says to me 'By the way, loved the team. The goalie is gonna rip your head off, bounce it three times and volley it down the high street if you go anywhere near him'.

    "Let me tell you. Stood in the tunnel. You know that look where the captains stand at the front and they're so focused? I was petrified cause I could feel the steam coming out of Oggy's nostrils about two foot behind me."

    Then quizzed on the scoreline by host Laura Woods, Towsend answered: "I dunno. I don't remember how I played. I think I went over the halfway line once. I didn't go near the edge of the box."


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