Again, like Dougie, Linvoy joined the Bees back in 1994 – when I was more interested when it would be half time, and if I’d be getting more Opal Fruits! – so don’t really recall him as well as some of the others on this list. In his first two seasons with the club he was runner up in the ‘Player of the Season’ award, in the latter year, he was second place to a certain goalkeeper who will be mentioned later on! Despite a rocky three seasons with the club, Linvoy scored more goals at his time with Barnet than any other club (seven; not a bad feat for a defender!). After leaving the Bees, Linvoy joined Reading for a fee of £500,000 – which was where he spent the following three years. However, it most likely his time at Portsmouth where he is best known – joining in 2000 and spending nine years before retiring due to a knee injury. His testimonial was in 2010, and Portsmouth even named one of the stands at Fratton Park after him – in memory of his services to the club.
Jason Puncheon, the much loved winger has the incredible feat of scoring in every tier of the Football League – Barnet of League Two, Southampton and MK Dons of League One, Millwall of the Championship and Blackpool of the Premiership – not bad going! Puncheon joined Barnet back in 2006, and made himself at home almost immediately becoming a huge hit with fans. He scored a number of goals, the majority of which, could only be described as ‘wonder goals’; that 35-yard free kick against Bradford will stay in the mid for a long time to come; as well as being named in the PFA team of the season, at the end of the 2007/08 campaign and the FA Cup’s player of the third round, that same year. He joined Plymouth Argyle for a sum of £250,000 – but his time there was largely unsuccessful, joining MK Dons on loan three times throughout his tenure with the Pilgrims. He then went on to join Southampton, and despite a number of appearances since 2010, he’s enjoyed a number of further loan spells – at Millwall, and then-Premiership, Blackpool. This season he’s joined QPR for half a season on loan, again proving that he is more than capable to play in the top flight of English football. I think it’s only fair to say: we made him!