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He did a job, scored one very flukey goal from quite a distance out, I forget who against.

If I remember rightly, often used just in front of the back four when we played against teams with a Teddy Sherringham type player to counter their threat, and did an admirable job of man marking. Crap at right back and centre half.

Never really rated him though, and also the other we got from Coventry - Andy Pearce. I'll get slated by some for that, but they just weren't quite good enough.

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I liked Atherton because he provided backbone for that team on the mid-late 1990s. He was always there generally doing things right. Nothing flashy. Certainly could do with one or two like him now.

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Was,nt a fan really. Just remember him walking around alot gesturing for the players to "lift it". I always thought it was funny how Di canio never liked passing to him. Even if he was the only option.

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We had just lost against Blackburn away, 7-1 (?) and Carbone had scored our only goal.

The next week I took my son down to the training ground at Middlewood road to watch them train and Atherton came over to speak to us.

I said to him awkwardly - 'what happened Peter'? He said, 'I don't know, but it was frightening'.

Top. top, man - top, top professional.

Always had a lot of time for him. A great tryer of limited ability.

This lot could learn a lot from him.

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Fantastic at Anfield away, we won 1-0 and Whittingham scored.

Man-marked McManaman and he never got a sniff.

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Atherton was like many players such as Worthington that fans would be quick to get on their backs during a game however when they were not in the team they were greatly missed. A steady player who would do a steady job. Didn't he once have the record for most appearances in the Premier League although I am going back some years before our demise?

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In those days people played for the shirt, Now it.s turn up for the money

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Always thought he had a hunchback,was solid for us but was typical of the kind of player we signed to replace that top team in the early 90s.

Scored a few goals for us including screamers vs villa and soton.

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Fantastic at Anfield away, we won 1-0 and Whittingham scored.

Man-marked McManaman and he never got a sniff.

That reminds me of McKee's cartoon (for younger readers he did some fabulous pictures for the fanzines) where McManaman was going into his wardrobe and Atherton was in there going 'boo!'

:biggrin:

He was a solid but unspectacular player for a few years, but towards the end deteriorated quite badly.

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Fantastic at Anfield away, we won 1-0 and Whittingham scored.

Man-marked McManaman and he never got a sniff.

I remember that game - he went massively up in my estimation after that as I'd always thought he was very limited. . However he couldn't wait to wee wee off (to Bradford FFS) as soon as we went down

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That reminds me of McKee's cartoon (for younger readers he did some fabulous pictures for the fanzines) where McManaman was going into his wardrobe and Atherton was in there going 'boo!'

:biggrin:

He was a solid but unspectacular player for a few years, but towards the end deteriorated quite badly.

Would love to see that.

Is there anyway I could view them cartoons online?

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Rubbish

Atherton

Booth

Sonner

3 of the reasons we ended up being poo

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Rubbish

Atherton

Booth

Sonner

3 of the reasons we ended up being poo

You're not wrong.

Replacing Nilsson and Worthington with the likes of Nolan and Atherton was the first step to where we are now.

Not questioning their attitude...just not good enough.

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Always thought he had a hunchback,was solid for us but was typical of the kind of player we signed to replace that top team in the early 90s.

Scored a few goals for us including screamers vs villa and soton.

Yeah, right back. Nilsson or Atherton. Not a hard decision. But still, he's alot better than what we've got now

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I wrote this before, and will again since this is "his" thread:

I remember there was a quiz in one of these old 'Match' or 'Shoot' magazines about what is your favorite type of player. There were just three options to chose from:

1) Flashy superstar - represented by David Beckham

2) Overated foreign star - represented by Mikkel Beck

3) Reliable, unspectacular, but underated team player - represented by Peter Atherton.

He was nowhere near as good as right-back he replaced, but it is unfair to say he was a reason why we got relegated from Premiership. If rest of our players showed his passion and will to win, we would have possibly still been up there.

His goal in 2:0 win against Man Utd will never be forgotten - by me at least.

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He did a job, scored one very flukey goal from quite a distance out, I forget who against.

If I remember rightly, often used just in front of the back four when we played against teams with a Teddy Sherringham type player to counter their threat, and did an admirable job of man marking. Crap at right back and centre half.

Never really rated him though, and also the other we got from Coventry - Andy Pearce. I'll get slated by some for that, but they just weren't quite good enough.

biffo had a career that lasted 20 years played nearly 700 games 350 of them in the top flight so must have had something going for him ....

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