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    I can't remember if this has been done before but who is, in your opinion, Albion's best ever header? And if anyone feels like it subdividing that into forwards and defenders. I can't recall too many forwards who are as good at heading as Hemed and in defence it would have to be a toss-up between Eric Young, Steve Foster, Guy Butters and Shane Duffy.

    For me, I really can't decide between Duffy and Butters. Duffy is obviously fresher in the memory but I can't ever recall an occasion when Butters lost a duel in the air. He had a knack of jumping late (or more often not at all), letting the opposition player make their move and then position his body so that he won the ball.
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      Cullip or Duffy in my lifetime.
      You rate Cullip better than Butters? I must admit, I hadn't really considered Cullip, what with him playing alongside Tank.
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      Danny Cullip didn't lose m/any.

      Always remember Keith Dublin and was amazed how far he could head the ball.
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      I can't remember if this has been done before but who is, in your opinion, Albion's best ever header? And if anyone feels like it subdividing that into forwards and defenders. I can't recall too many forwards who are as good at heading as Hemed and in defence it would have to be a toss-up between Eric Young, Steve Foster, Guy Butters and Shane Duffy.

      For me, I really can't decide between Duffy and Butters. Duffy is obviously fresher in the memory but I can't ever recall an occasion when Butters lost a duel in the air. He had a knack of jumping late (or more often not at all), letting the opposition player make their move and then position his body so that he won the ball.
      Butters was exactly as you describe, but I don’t recall many () full length diving headers of the type that Duffy seems to make every other game. A wonder to behold.
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      Didn't one of the Brighton managers describe Sir Norman as the best header of the ball he'd seen?
      I reckon Duffy would have the beating of him though.

      Best forward I've seen has to be Alex Dawson, he could smash the ball with his head (and take opposition with him as well, for good measure)
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      In terms of defenders I'd probably say Butters-Fozzie-Duffy in that order but could easily be convinced otherwise. Basically my memories of Fozzie are all rose tinted so I don't trust myself to be objective. Butters had the knack as you say of just getting it right every time, though I'm aware that Duffy is probably the greatest physical presence of them all.

      Up top I'd say Ulloa in recent years is noteworthy due to his strange capacity for making the hardest headers (slow lofted balls, balls slightly behind him that he had to contort his body for, balls which required a huge snap of the neck) look easy.
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      Butters was exactly as you describe, but I don’t recall many () full length diving headers of the type that Duffy seems to make every other game. A wonder to behold.
      That header from the halfway line back to the keeper, last home game was a real collector's item.
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      You rate Cullip better than Butters? I must admit, I hadn't really considered Cullip, what with him playing alongside Tank.
      I can't always remember what I did yesterday never mind 15 years ago so I dunno

      I saw Butters play many a game but can't remember his heading much - apart from that winner at Upton Park where we went BATSHIT crazy, of course
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