The Football League poll, run by 4-4-2, has largely confirms the results of The Independent’s annual listing of the best footballers outside the Premier League. The Independent excludes players over 30, and includes SPL footballers. Bearing those provisos in mind the League poll followed ours in selecting Michael Kightly as the best player under 30 in the Football League, and Jermaine Beckford and Keith Andrews as the best in Leagues One and Two.
The Independent also included Jon Greening, James Beattie, Zolten Gera, Ricardo Fuller, Joe Ledley, Jonathan Walters, Brian Howard, Marvin Elliott, Akos Buzacky and Felipe Texiera in its top 20. Marlon King was the only English-based player to make the Independent’s top ten who did not feature in the League
1. Kevin Phillips, West Brom: (Football League Player of the Year)?
2. Andy Gray, Charlton ?
3. Michael Kightly, Wolves (Football League Young Player of the Year)?
4. Jon Greening, West Brom ?
5. Zheng Zhi, Charlton ?
6. James Beattie, Sheffield United
7. Clinton Morrison, Crystal Palace ?
8. Dean Windass, Hull City
?9. Michael Mifsud, Coventry ?
10. Zoltan Gera, West Brom ?
11. Robert Koren, West Brom ?
12. David Norris, Plymouth (now Ipswich) ?
13. Adriano Basso, Bristol City ?
14. Wes Hoolahan, Blackpool ?
15. Ricardo Fuller, Stoke ?
16. Brian Howard, Barnsley ?
17. Akos Buzsaky, QPR ?
18. Andy Keogh, Wolves ?
19. Jay DeMerit, Watford ?
20. Paul Robinson, West Brom ?
21. Dan Shittu, Watford ?
22. Wayne Hennessey, Wolves
?23. Ryan Shawcross, Stoke
?24. Jermaine Beckford, Leeds (League One Player of the Year) ?
25. Chris Iwelumo, Charlton?
26. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Wolves ?
27. Jonathan Walters, Ipswich ?
28. Darius Henderson, Watford ?
29. Liam Lawrence, Stoke ?
30. Chris Dickson, Charlton ?
31. Lee Trundle, Bristol City?
32. Jason Scotland, Swansea
?33. Lee Camp, QPR ?
34. Marvin Elliott, Bristol City
?35. Peter Halmosi, Plymouth?
36. Joe Garner, Carlisle ?
37. Andrew Surman, Southampton ?
38. Keith Andrews, MK Dons (League Two Player of the Year) ?
39. Mark Hudson, Crystal Palace
?40. Jack Lester, Chesterfield ?
41. Filipe Teixeira, West Brom
?42. Aaron McLean, Peterborough ?
43. Joe Ledley, Cardiff City?
44. Kris Commons, Nottingham Forest?
45. Jason Puncheon, Barnet
?46. Casper Ankergren, Leeds
?47. Andy Robinson, Swansea?
48. Richie Wellens, Doncaster?
49. Anthony Gerrard, Walsall
?50. Derek Holmes, Rotherham