The best "spine" in the history of VFL/AFL

John Who

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No, this thread isn't about the player with the best vertebra or the best posture. It is about picking the best players that form the "spine" of the key positions:
- Full Forward
- Centre Half Foward
- Ruckman
- 2 Midfielders
- Centre Half Back
- Full Back
You can pick any player from any team in any era. Go ahead, show us your best spine!
 

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Topkent

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I think it would be tough to beat 2 eras.

Michael
Leppitsch
Voss
Black
Brown
Lynch
Keating

Akermanis bloody stiff to miss.

Or Hawks Circa 86

Langford
Mew
Platten
Dipper
Brereton
Dunstall
Dear

The 85 side would have had Matthews in it although it lost to Essendon.

Both had dual Brownlow medallists hawks probably pip them with Dunstall being arguably the greatest FF of all time.
 
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Brutalitops

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I'm only gonna choose from players I've seen.

Traditional spine:

FF: Tony Lockett
CHF: Wayne Carey
C: Greg Williams
CHB: Ross Glendinning
FB: Stephen Silvagni

Ruck & Mid: Simon Madden & Ablett Jnr

For a ruck-mid combo who worked together I'd go Cox & Judd from WCE.
Hard to top that, only change id make is I'd have Jackovich instead of Glendinning.

Maybe Polly Farmer as ruck, but i never saw him play and just going by the legends...
 

Sttew

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Who's asking?
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I think it would be tough to beat 2 eras.

Michael
Leppitsch
Voss
Black
Brown
Lynch
Charman

Akermanis bloody stiff to miss.

Or Hawks Circa 86

Langford
Mew
Platten
Dipper
Brereton
Dunstall
Dear

The 85 side would have had Matthews in it although it lost to Essendon.

Both had dual Brownlow medallists hawks probably pip them with Dunstall being arguably the greatest FF of all time.
Charman , LOL
 

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rippersnipper

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I thought the premise was the team with the best spine? Not just the best players ever in their position lumped together to make a spine that never actually played together? If it's the former then I'd have no idea because my knowledge of footy extends back to about 2005/06 due to my age and most of the greats played well before that
 

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Scarlett
Taylor
Ablett
Mooney
Hawkins

Ottens
Selwood.

Hawkins the weakest spot for mine unless I drag Dougie Wade from the past and drop him in there.

For a combination

Scarlett
Glendenning
Williams
Carey
Lockett

If I want a pure tap ruckman to shovel it down the mid fields throat then I'd have NicNat otherwise I'd take Simon Madden with Jnr as the rover.
 

Eaglespur

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I thought the premise was the team with the best spine? Not just the best players ever in their position lumped together to make a spine that never actually played together? If it's the former then I'd have no idea because my knowledge of footy extends back to about 2005/06 due to my age and most of the greats played well before that
Was also my interpretation
 

Gavin Excell

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Scarlett
Taylor
Ablett
Mooney
Hawkins

Ottens
Selwood.

Hawkins the weakest spot for mine unless I drag Dougie Wade from the past and drop him in there.

For a combination

Scarlett
Glendenning
Williams
Carey
Lockett

If I want a pure tap ruckman to shovel it down the mid fields throat then I'd have NicNat otherwise I'd take Simon Madden with Jnr as the rover.
No steven Renolydson notable
 

Brutalitops

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I thought the premise was the team with the best spine? Not just the best players ever in their position lumped together to make a spine that never actually played together? If it's the former then I'd have no idea because my knowledge of footy extends back to about 2005/06 due to my age and most of the greats played well before that
Lets see, from about then onwards you could still have a cracker:

Scarlett
Glass
Ablett
Franklin
Fevola

Cox and Judd

Would stand toe to toe with the best of them I reckon
 

Luv_our_club

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Langford
Mew
Mitchell
Buddy
Dunstall
Madden, Matthews

Weve never had a BIS ruckman so I had to look elsewhere for that one.
If the team actually had to play a game then I'd prefer Dermott over Buddy at CHF. Controversial, I know but I think he plays better and has more value around other elite talent. In an average team, i'd take Buddy over Dermott. Also, Dermott was more of a traditional spine player than Buddy.
 

Herne Hill Hammer

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Lol, yeah we've been a bit light on for a chf over the years I've been watching. I only got the last few years of Sam. Stoneham looked like he was going to make it his own before he broke his leg so Moons, who I rate very highly as a footballer, has been the best and most durable in my time.

Reynoldson may have got a look in if they'd asked for the biggest figjams that actually did fu** all with their talent.
 

Gavin Excell

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Lol, yeah we've been a bit light on for a chf over the years I've been watching. I only got the last few years of Sam. Stoneham looked like he was going to make it his own before he broke his leg so Moons, who I rate very highly as a footballer, has been the best and most durable in my time.

Reynoldson may have got a look in if they'd asked for the biggest figjams that actually did **** all with their talent.
G Exell full forward emergency
 

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