By Chris Wright
If you weren’t aware already, today is St David’s Day – St David being the patron saint of some magical pixie kingdom called Wales. With that in mind, ‘ere’s our top ten footballing Davids for you to look at with your faces…
10. David O’Leary – Stalwart Arsenal centre-half whose 722 appearances in his 18 years at the Gunners are a club record. ‘Twas his sudden death penalty that saw the Republic of Ireland beat Romania in the shoot-out to reach the quarter-finals of Italia ’90. Has since managed Leeds, Villa and Al-Ahli out in Dubai. Nobody really likes him.
9. David Silva – Man City’s little Will O’ The Wisp, who specialises in flitting between the lines, Making . Shit . Happen and thawing my cold, cold heart on an almost game-by-game basis. Can contribute the square root of sweet FA all game, but then thread a throughball so delicious that you’re willing to forgive him for the previous 89-and-a-half minutes of diddly and, indeed, squat.
8. David Unsworth – The man they call ‘Rhino’ around Goodison way was a burly/slightly overweight left-back who, largely through the gift of a ruthless penalty dispatching technique, is still the Premier League’s highest-scoring defender. ’38’ since you asked. Goals we mean, not his waist size.
7. David Rocastle – Slinky midfielder, affectionately known as ‘Rocky’, who represented Arsenal for the majority of his career before his life was cut short by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the tragically young age of 33 in 2001.
6. Edgar Davids – Be-goggled all-action Dutch midfielder (back when midfielders could be both defensive and creative) that plyed his trade at a stellar list of clubs; Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, Tottenham and