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 Billy MEREDITH 1904-1909 
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Name: William Henry Meredith

Nickname: "The Welsh Wizard"


Country: :WAL: Wales
Club: Manchester City (1894-1906), Manchester United (1906-1921)
Position: *WF, SS
Side: RF/RS
Age: 30-35 years (30/07/1874 in Chirk)

Height: 175 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Attack: 85
Defence: 36
Balance: 79
Stamina: 82
Top Speed: 83
Acceleration: 85
Response: 76
Agility: 89
Dribble Accuracy: 92
Dribble Speed: 84
Short Pass Accuracy: 82
Short Pass Speed: 76
Long Pass Accuracy: 91
Long Pass Speed: 77
Shot Accuracy: 80
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 86
Free Kick Accuracy: 72
Curling: 77
Header: 71
Jump: 75
Technique: 89
Aggression: 85
Mentality: 79
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 82

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
Consistency: 7
Growth Type: Late/Lasting

S02 - Passer
S05 - 1-Touch Play
S18 - Turning Skills
P05 - Mazing Run
P07 - Early Cross

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Passing - Side - 1-Touch Play

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded

Meredith was able to avoid injury throughout his career, despite the extremely physical nature of the game during the period. This was due in part to his extraordinary balance and agility, which allowed him to avoid clumsy challenges, and the toughness he had built up from spending his adolescence working in the mines. A model professional, he spent his spare time improving his game with extra training sessions and maintained peak physical fitness by avoiding alcohol and tobacco. His "gimmick" was to chew on a toothpick during matches, and this unusual trait was picked up on by cartoonists of the time.

Writing a 1947 critique of Stanley Matthews, Meredith criticised the lack of direct play on show in the 1940s and stated that when he was playing that "I knew what was expected of me – to beat the wing-half and the full-back, take the ball down to the corner flag and centre". His ball control skills were unparalleled, leaving opposition players unable to tackle him. He also was an extremely accurate passer and crosser of the ball. His dribbling and crossing gave him a large advantage over rival wingers, who relied solely on speed to beat opposition full-backs. In addition to wing-play, he was also highly skilled at sending in long-range shots across the face of the goal, and could be relied upon to meet crosses from his left-winger with a powerful volley.

Meredith had to deal with extremely physical defences, and was often boxed into the corner of the pitch by as many as four players. As his talents became widely regarded, more well organised defences would designate him with a man-marker, to try and isolate him from his teammates. This often left him reliant on an unselfish inside-right partner willing to fetch and carry the ball for him without expecting much in terms of goals or glory in return. A hard-working wing-half would also improve Meredith's effectiveness by winning the ball and sending him a pass down the flank. The best teams he played in also had a centre-forward able to make the most of his accurate crosses

Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:53 am
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Updated, the old set: Gurkenjoe you can add 1 touch play card if you know the correct number in those old games..

Stop the PSD copycats...

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CONS has the wrong color or number?

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