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Aaron Webster named Burton Albion's greatest ever player in fans' poll

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

Aaron Webster of Burton Albion backing Safer Burton campaign....

Aaron Webster of Burton Albion backing Safer Burton campaign....

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AARON Webster has been voted as Burton Albion's greatest ever player in a fans' poll to commemorate 125 years of the Football League.

Nearly 100,000 votes were cast among the 72 current League clubs, and defender Webster beat off strong competition from fellow Brewers stalwart Darren Stride to claim top billing with 59 per cent of the vote, with former skipper Stride on 34 per cent.

Winger Jacques Maghoma rounded off the top three with seven per cent of the vote.

Webster took to Twitter after the results were announced to say “Two bad boy players in top three - me plus two of me best buddies in the game

“Nice to be voted best but realistically not many people voted.

“If you ask every Albion fan, think I’d just scrape top five!

“Still proud though.”

Unsurprisingly, Nigel Clough was overwhelmingly named as the Brewers' best manager, with 77 per cent, while Albion fans said last season, when Burton reached the play-offs, was the club's greatest season.

Meanwhile, Kevin Hector was voted Derby County's greatest ever player with 29.4 per cent of the vote for the Rams' best player, just edging out Steve Bloomer, who got 29 per cent.

Roy McFarland was third with 20.4 per cent, followed by Igor Stimac (16 per cent) and Archie Gemmill (5.2 per cent).

Stimac was voted Derby's greatest ever captain, just ahead of McFarland and Dave Mackay.

Brian Clough was chosen as the club's best ever manager, with the title-winning campaign of 1971-72 the best season.

More surprisingly, perhaps, just over half the Rams fans who voted said their best ever match was the 2-1 victory at arch rivals Nottingham Forest in 2011, when Derby came from behind to win despite playing most of the game with 10 men.

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