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Football League: club-by club greatest icons revealed

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As part of the Football League's 125 year anniversary celebrations, fans of the current 72 clubs in the Football League were given the chance to vote for some of their clubs' 'greatest ever'. The categories ranged from managers, players, captains and matches.

Some household names featured on the list such as Brian Clough, Billy Bremner, Bobby Robson, Tom Finney, Trevor Francis and Herbert Chapman. The poll has been announced 125 years on from the day the Football League was created on April 17, 1888.

This was the final activity of the season done as part of the ongoing celebrations for the world's oldest league competition.

There were nearly 100,000 votes cast in the poll after fans were asked to vote in categories put together through shortlisting on social media sites.

Steve Tilson was unique he was the only player to be voted both greatest player and greatest manager, for Southend United.

There was also an elect group of four managers who were voted the greatest for two different clubs. They were - Phil Parkinson (Bradford City and Colchester United), Brian Clough (Derby County and Nottingham Forest), Alec Stock (Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil Town) and Martin O'Neill (Leicester City and Wycombe Wanderers).

Phil Parkinson was also one of few managers to be voted who are currently managing the club. The rest are - Eddie How (Bournemouth), Keith Hill (Rochdale), Paul Tisdale (Exeter City), Danny Wilson (Barnsley) and Karl Robinson (MK Dons).

Under-fire Manchester United boss David Moyes also made it on to the list. He was voted greatest manager ever of Preston North End.

Preston were again involved with the biggest landslide vote. Sir Tom Finney received 97% of the clubs' votes as greatest ever player.

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