Who should be next on the Timbers' Ring of Honor?

Duncan Nicol - August 20, 2011

Nameplates for John Bain, Clive Charles, Jimmy Conway and Timber Jim currently occupy the upper northeast corner of Jeld-Wen Field. Who should join them?

It's coming up on three years since the Portland Timbers inducted anyone to its Ring of Honor. At halftime of the club's first ever MLS home game, John Bain and Jimmy Conway, two players from the NASL era who later coached the Timbers, were unveiled as the newest members of the extremely exclusive group. Before 2011, only the late Clive Charles and Timber Jim had been so honored. With nearly 40 years behind them and numerous deserving players still alive, many of them in the area, it's time for the Timbers to consider a new inclusion on the Ring of Honor.

While the word 'legend' is often in the eye of the beholder, there are a handful of former players and coaches who should be near the top of the list for consideration. We've compiled short bios for them and encourage you to vote for who you'd like to see named to the Ring of Honor. This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to suggest others in the comments.

Byron Alvarez

Player 2003-06; 2008

Team's second all-time leading scorer (42)

Eleventh on team's all-time games played list (105)

One of only six players in team history to score more than 15 goals in a season (16 in 2004)

Willie Anderson

Player 1975; 1977-82

Along with Scot Thompson and John Bain, played more seasons (7) for the Timbers than any other player

Club's all-time leader in games (160) and assists (53)

Scored 13 outdoor goals and 17 indoor goals during the NASL's short-lived indoor league

Vic Crowe

Manager 1975-76; 1980-82

Led Timbers to Soccer Bowl 75 in team's inaugural season and playoffs in 1981

Tied with Bobby Howe for most seasons coached (5)

Mick Poole

Player 1977-80

Team's all-time leader in games played by a goalkeeper (101)

Twelfth on team's all-time games played list

Team's all-time leader in wins by a goalkeeper (52)

Scot Thompson

Player 2004-10

Second on team's all-time games played list (156)

Key starter on 2004 and 2009 Commisioners Cup teams

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