Fan triggers debate by picking his Trinity dream team

Terry Hawkridge, now with Notts County, in action for Gainsborough Trinity back in November, 2012.
Terry Hawkridge, now with Notts County, in action for Gainsborough Trinity back in November, 2012.

Tongues have been wagging among the Gainsborough Trinity faithful after a supporter came up with his Dream XI, made up of former players.

Charlie Russell has posted his ideal team on the Trinity website, sparking a debate that could last the entire close season!

In a 4-5-1 formation, Russell’s side comprises players who were fans’ favourites or who made the grade at professional level:

DIMITAR EVTIMOV (goalkeeper): 24-year-old Bulgarian who joined Gainsborough on loan in 2011 from Nottingham Forest and has since had loan spells at Mansfield Town and Port Vale.

BEN PURKISS (right-back): joined Gainsborough in 2003 after failing to break into Sheffield United’s side. The 34-year-old made 113 league appearances for the club before moving on to York City and later played for Oxford United, Walsall, Port Vale and Swindon Town.

ANDREW BOYCE (centre-back): helped Trinity reach the play-off finals in 2011/12 before playing for Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town and Notts County.

LUKE WATERFALL (centre-back): the current captain of Checkatrade Trophy winners at Wembley, Lincoln City, who played in 104 league games for Trinity.

JOSH WILDE (left-back): helped North Ferriby United win the FA Trophy at Wembley after a spell with Gainsborough. Now at FC Halifax Town.

ELLIOT HODGE (right midfield): son of Nottingham Forest legend Steve Hodge, the 22-year-old, who was on loan at Trinity in 2016, is currently at Notts County.

OLLIE BANKS (centre midfield): joined Trinity after being released by Rotherham United, and has since played for Chesterfield, Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town.

MARK WILSON (centre midfield): veteran 39-year-old who had a period at Trinity after a lengthy pro career that saw service at Manchester United and Middlesbrough.

MARK HUDSON (centre midfield): had a brief spell at Gainsborough after playing more than 200 times in the Football League for Chesterfield, Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United.

TERRY HAWKRIDGE (left midfield): scored 14 goals for Trinity in 2012 before helping Lincoln City win the National League and then moving on to Notts County.

ALEX RODMAN (striker): enjoyed a season at Trinity among other non-league clubs before making his mark with Notts County and Shrewsbury.