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No.1: Graham Coughlan

Your Greatest Centre-Back

30 June 2019

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THE Greatest Pilgrims, voted for by the Green Army, lists the top 25 Argyle legends in all positions and after completing the goalkeepers and full-backs, we move on to the centre-backs.

Greatest Pilgrim Centre-Backs
Ranked No.1
Graham Coughlan

Graham Coughlan is your choice for the greatest Argyle centre-back and a Pilgrim who will forever remain a hero to the Green Army.

Cocko learned his trade in Ireland and was signed by Blackburn Rovers in 1995. A lack of first-team opportunities eventually led him to sign for Livingston in Scotland and it was from here he joined the Paul Sturrock revolution at Home Park.

It was immediately a perfect fit, as Cocko formed a superb partnership in defence with Paul Wotton. Coughlan was a mountain in the air, fearless in the tackle and also scored numerous important goals.

Incredibly, for a defender, he finished top goalscorer as Argyle won the Third Division title and Cocko was named our Player of the Season. Two years later, he was the key man in securing the Second Division crown and was rewarded as the Division Two Player of the Year.

Cocko was an absolute inspiration to everyone at Home Park and a sad day when he left for Sheffield Wednesday in 2005. He then played for Rotherham, Shrewsbury and Southend before moving into coaching.

Cocko is now manager of Bristol Rovers but will always be a great Pilgrim.

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Greatest Centre-Back Results So Far
1. Graham Coughlan
2. Paul Wotton
3. Krisztian Timar
4. Sonny Bradley
5. Jack Chisholm
6. Mick Heathcote
7. Marcel Seip
8. Curtis Nelson   
9. Nicky Marker
10. Gerry McElhinney
11. Mark Smith
12. Mike Green   
13. John Newman
14. Hasney Aljofree
15. Chris Harrison
16. John Williams
17. Bobby Saxton
18. Mathias Doumbe
19. Andy Morrison
20. Kari Arnason
21.Peter Hartley
22. Adam Barrett
23. Darren Purse
24. Forbes Phillipson-Masters
25. Neil Hague

Greatest Full-Back Results
1. Paul Connolly
2. Gordon Nisbet
3. Tony Capaldi
4. Gary Sawyer
5. Mark Patterson
6. David Worrell
7. Paul Williams
8. Gary Poole
9. Colin Sullivan
10. Peter Gilbert
11. Moses Russell
12. Onismor Bhasera
13. Leigh Cooper
14. John Hore
15. Marc Edworthy
16. Lee Hodges
17. Brian McGlinchey
18. Dave Provan
19. Phil Burrows
20. Jon Beswetherick
21. John Uzzell
22. Tony Book
23. Septimus Atterbury
24. Pat Jones
25. Wayne O’Sullivan

Greatest Goalkeeper Results
1. Romain Larrieu
2. Luke McCormick
3. Jim Furnell
4. Alan Nicholls
5. Geoff Crudgington
6. Bill Shortt
7. Alan Miller
8. Steve Cherry
9. Peter Shilton
10. Rhys Wilmot
11. Dave MacLaren
12. Fred Craig
13. Pat Dunne
14. Remi Matthews
15. Milija Aleksic
16. Jon Sheffield
17. Paul Barron
18. Martin Hodge
19. Bruce Grobbelaar
20. Geoff Barnsley
21. Harry Cann
22. John Willie Sutcliffe
23. David Stockdale
24. Bill Harper
25. Neil Ramsbottom


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