Frank MCLINTOCK | 1970/1971

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Frank MCLINTOCK | 1970/1971

Postby Tom » 2008 Dec 10, 21:10

Name: Francis McLintock MBE


Club: Arsenal
Number: 4
Positions: CB*/DMF
Nationality: Scottish
Era/Age: 1970/1971, aged 31

Foot: R
Side: B

Height: 177
Weight: 78

Attack: 60
Defence: 89
Balance: 84
Stamina: 90
Top Speed: 79
Acceleration: 78
Response: 91
Agility: 78
Dribble Accuracy: 70
Dribble Speed: 75
Short Pass Accuracy: 76
Short Pass Speed: 77
Long Pass Accuracy: 75
Long Pass Speed: 76
Shot Accuracy: 69
Shot Power: 80
Shot Technique: 70
Free Kick Accuracy: 66
Curling: 68
Header: 85
Jump: 86
Technique: 78
Aggression: 68
Mentality: 90
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 89
Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot frequency: 4
Consistency: 6


As a footballer Frank was undeniably talented but it was his leadership skills rather than his ball skills that set the affable Scot apart from his rivals. Frank brought much-needed energy to the Arsenal midfield. He not only had great stamina but also incomparable levels of commitment. However it would be wrong to portray Frank as merely a mdifield workhorse. He was a player of considerable skill, too, and possessed all the technique needed to become a top-class attacking midfielder. His stamina was prodigious, his control effortless and his passing both accurate and economical; add to that an eye for goal and excellent heading ability, and you have a footballer of considerable talent. An injury crisis in the 1969/1970 season left Arsenal with problems in defence and, as had so often been the case, Don Howe found an inspired solution. Howe asked Frank to move back to centre half and, after initial reticence, he agreed. His passion and his preparedness to get hurt were perhaps his greatest attributes as a player. He was an extrodinary captain and is just as vocal, if not more so, than Tony Adams. He was easily one of Arsenal's best defenders ever, and that's a compliment considering we've had the likes of David O'Leary, Steve Bould, Sol Campbell and Peter Simpson.

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Re: Frank MCLINTOCK | 1970/1971

Postby tomi77 » 2012 Jan 02, 04:35

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Re: Frank MCLINTOCK | 1970/1971

Postby goldenears » 2012 Oct 17, 00:07

“They talk about Bobby Moore and Dave Mackay as great captains, but for my money McLintock is more inspiring than either of them” (AFC coach Don Howe)

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