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Former Holbeach, Spalding and Deeping player on his best UCL X1

Danny Hussey has been a sterling stalwart across the area’s footballing scene.

After progressing through the junior ranks at Holbeach United, he went on to play and then manage the first team at Carter’s Park.

Hussey has also enjoyed successful playing spells at Spalding United, Deeping Rangers and Stamford AFC before stints as part of the management teams at all three clubs.

Danny Hussey.
Danny Hussey.

In a series of features on the United Counties League Fans social media page, past and present players have selected their best squads with Hussey opting for a 4-3-3 formation despite admitting 'there were so many more lads I could pick from for all those positions.'

1 Michael Duggan The current Spalding United goalkeeper has been superb at both steps four and five of the non-league pyramid. He was a pleasure to play with and manage.

2 Pat Rayment or Lee Canoville – The ex-Tulips duo are both brilliant lads on and off the pitch.

Pat Rayment.
Pat Rayment.

3 Steve Collins – A Stamford legend and a pleasure to play with. He was as hard as nails. Andy Lodge was also a great player and either of these would be strong at left-back.

4 Nathan Stainfield – The former Tulips defender is a solid centre-back who scores goals and heads snow clouds as he gets up that high.

5 Dean Elston – I had two spells with Dean, at Stamford and Holbeach, where I enjoyed my football most next to him. If he gave me the eyes I knew I needed to up my game.

6 Chris Hall – What a midfielder and a great lad. The ex-Spalding player also played against Manchester United in the FA Cup while at Burton Albion.

7 Milton Graham – The old school lads will tell you the guy was a magician on the ball.

8 Micky Gynn – An FA Cup winner with Coventry City, he just wanted the ball whether he had one, two or four lads round him. He was an absolute gent.

9 Micky Nuttell – Why wouldn’t I pick Nuts? He broke my nose twice playing against him! The former Spalding and Holbeach targetman had a great touch, was aggresive and a great guy off the pitch.

10 David Speedie – The ex-Chelsea, Liverpool and Scotland international came to Stamford and we all thought how has Steve Evans got hold of him? What a player – he made good runs, was aerially dominant for a small guy and wanted to win.

11 Shaun Keeble – Pacey former Holbeach marksman who scored 20-plus goals every season.


12 Mitch Griffiths – The versatile former Spalding, Holbeach and Deeping man has turned out to be a great player in various positions.

14 Nick Keeble – The ex-Spalding and Holbeach defender scored goals, was aggressive and is a good mate.

15 Daz Edey – A brilliant lad and a great striker who scored goals wherever he went.

16 Simon Mead – A great midfielder who previously played for Deeping Rangers.

17 Jimmy Dean – Jim came to Deeping after a lay off from football and got his hunger back and what a player.

“His attitude on the pitch was immense and he worked his socks off.

“He has now carried on his hunger into management at Peterborough Sports where he’s doing great.

Best manager:

“Steve Evans in my early years. His motivation and team talks were brilliant.

“I also loved playing for Pat Rayment as he was so passionate about the game and always trusted me to do a job. He even got me out of retirement a few times to help him.”

Best club played for:

“I can’t choose between them.

“I grew up as a young Tiger at Holbeach United and then played and managed them which was brilliant. The fans and people at the club are amazing.

“It was also brilliant at Stamford’s old ground on Wothorpe Road and we had a great side under Steve Evans.

“I went on to be assistant manager there and got through to the first round of the FA Cup after beating Wrexham away in midweek. They have great fans and a brilliant committee and are a club on the up and up under Graham Drury.”

Words of advice to current and upcoming United Counties League players:

“Young lads: you can go shopping on a Sunday and you can go for weekends away in the cricket season!

“Play as much as you can and enjoy it but work hard and be remembered for the right reasons.”

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