The Pigeon Detectives' Ryan Wilson picks his Leeds United-themed fantasy five-a-side team.
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Last Updated: 04/03/13 4:07pm
The Pigeon Detectives' Ryan Wilson picks his dream five-a-side team...
As devout football fans, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one for The Pigeon Detectives.
The Yorkshire rockers will kick things off by performing at Stadium:MK when MK Dons host Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round, showcasing their new single 'Animal' in the competition to produce the official FA Cup anthem and win the chance to perform live at the Wembley final in May.
The band then travel to Manchester City on Sunday to watch their beloved Leeds United try and knock the reigning Premier League champions out of the same competition, having already disposed of Tottenham in the previous round.
It's no surprise that guitarist Ryan Wilson's dream five-a-side team has a distinct Leeds feel to it as Sky Sports caught up with the lifelong Whites fan.
He was the goalkeeper throughout the glory years at Leeds 10 or 15 years ago. I personally thought he should have been England No.1. I remember there was a save when we played Manchester United in 1998, I think we got beaten 3-2, and it was an incredible reaction. He seemed to almost claw it out of the back of the net. It was from a point-blank header from Nicky Butt. Martyn's reactions were like a cat for someone who was just a regular-sized bloke. I think he went off injured later on in that match and Paul Robinson came on in one of his first games.
Lucas Radebe (captain)
'The Chief' as we call him at Elland Road. There's still songs sung about him now and they named a suite after him at the ground. He was an all-round great guy and just a really solid defender throughout the years. He was one of those players that was never absolutely amazing but he never played badly; he was always so consistent. He was one of those guys who would always be there with last-ditch challenges and would stick his head in a bunch of players to clear the ball. He was just fearless. I think he helped a lot behind the scenes as well with youth players and he's a bit of a legend now.
I'm not including him just because he passed away recently - he was a legend. He was actually the first Leeds player I ever met. The first Leeds game I went to was when we beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in 1991 and it was the season we won the league, when Speed, David Batty, Gary McAllister, Gordon Strachan made up our midfield. Anyway, I went to where the players leave at the end of the game and I got Speed's autograph and he was just really nice. It stuck in my mind that he was a really nice guy. He was left-footed as well, which is always good in a five-a-side team.
He's an absolute Leeds legend. He was this little crazy Scottish guy, a bit before my time, but my family are all big Leeds fans so I've seen loads of footage. Leeds have also got the statue outside Elland Road. He's got to be in any Leeds United fan's dream five-a-side team. He was absolutely amazing for us.
That goal he scored against Liverpool in 1995 was unbelievable, it was the goal of the season, in off the crossbar. He came to the club, no-one knew who he was. I can't even remember where we got him from. At the time we didn't have a lot of money and we'd signed about three or four random players - the fans were like 'bl**dy hell'. But he was just one of those players where he wasn't technically amazing but he had a real eye for a goal. He used to just get on the ball and shoot and the amount of goals he scored were incredible.
Five songs Ryan would have on in the dressing room to fire up his side...
The Strokes - Last Night
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Kasabian - Club Foot
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
David Bowie - The Jean Genie
Download The Pigeon Detectives' new single 'Animal' for free right here at their official website.