Every Current Premier League Club’s Forgotten Cult Hero

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    Cult heroes are not made by their footballing ability, sometimes its the bond they share with the fans and sometimes it’s the most dedicated.

    Yes, we all love watching players who are mind-blowingly good, but trading all of that in for somebody who can we lovingly look back on 20 years later – while aboard the nostalgia train – is how our brains really want to work.

    So to satisfy our need for throwbacks, here’s every current Premier League’s team often forgotten cult hero.


    Arsenal – John Jensen

    Clinging on to the extinct 80s footballer mien with his tight perm and moustache, Jensen arrived after scoring for Denmark in the Euro 1992 final. 

    98 games passed before Jensen slotted home is solitary goal for the Gunners, but every so often you will see  ‘I saw John Jensen score’ t-shirts dotted around the Emirates.

    Says it all.


    Aston Villa – Shaun Teale

    Ah, the most centre-half looking centre-half that ever lived. 

    If it moved, he kicked it – ball or opponent. Football fans have always got time for that, haven’t they?


    Bournemouth – John Bailey


    The only player to score at Wembley for Bournemouth, so quite naturally held in high esteem by down on the south coast. 

    The gritty, tough tackling midfielder was a typical signing for a mid-90s Bournemouth side.


    Brighton & Hove Albion – John Crumplin

    Ironic chants of ‘Johnny Crumplin, football genius’ rang around the terraces when he started his Brighton career as a right winger.

    A change to right back saw him become a football genius in his own right, epitomised by his perfected defensive diving header and a never-say-die attitude.


    Burnley – Glen Little

    Glen Little, Kevin Ellison

    This guy was a winger, he was lanky, had knobbly knees and his elbows stuck out at all angles when he ran. 

    He defied every rule of athleticism required for a professional footballer. But boy, he could play. 


    Chelsea – Tore André Flo

    Tore Andre Flo

    One of football’s greatest super-subs and probably Chelsea’s best ever bargain, costing just £300,000. 

    One goal every three games ensured the lanky Norwegian was a fan favourite among Blues supporters, and he still attends games to this day.


    Crystal Palace – Fan Zhiyi 

    Fan Zhiyi

    A little unorthodox, but commitment personified. 

    Considered a trailblazer in his homeland after being one of the first Chinese players to play in England.


    Everton – Kevin Campbell

    Campbell

    Single-handedly rescued Everton from relegation when they were on the brink of a late 1990s disaster. 

    Campbell said he fell in love with Everton and God, did the Goodison faithful love him back for what he achieved.


    Leicester City – Pegguy Arphexad

    Leicester v Fulham X

    This fella only played 47 senior games in his 16 year career but he was the penalty-saving king at Leicester. 

    Oh, and he had a great name and wore joggers. What a legend.


    Liverpool – Jan Molby

    Jan Molby of Liverpool

    Molby was a Danish midfield maestro who always played three steps – vintage footage would suggest – ahead of everyone else. 

    Adopted a Scouse accent and beat Eric Bristow at dart which is bloody sensational, too.


    Manchester CIty – Georgi Kinkladze

    Oh to be at Maine Road watching on as ‘Kinky’ dazzled defenders in his beautiful baggy blue Brother shirt. 

    A true footballing anomaly in an era when brute force and brawn took a stranglehold.


    Manchester United – Denis Irwin

    Denis Irwin, Jon Harley

    Maybe the last of the proper full-back generation. 

    Positioning, discipline and consistency were his best friends. Sir Alex Ferguson’s one certainty for an all-time United XI.


    Newcastle United – Clarence Acuna

    Clarence Acuna

    When signing for Newcastle from Universidad de Chile, Acuna climbed down a fire escape in an Argentinian hotel to avoid his agent who’d been cut out the deal. 

    So that sums him up, I guess.


    Norwich City – Efan Ekoku

    How good does that long sleeve kit look on him first things first?

    Anyway, scored Norwich’s first ever European goal and became the first player to score four goals in the Premier League. 

    Hero? We think so.


    Sheffield United – Peter Ndlovu 

    Remember the Tom Hark goal music craze? That was a great time. 

    This song initially just used to play after he’d scored before it caught on everywhere. So thank you, Peter.


    Southampton – Marian Pahars

    Mimicking him in more ways than one, the Latvian Micheal Owen nutmegged Jaap Stam and scored a flying diving header against Everton to secure safety. 

    Baltic legend doesn’t do him justice.


    Tottenham Hotspur – Nayim 

    Spent five years at Spurs but cemented his place as a cult hero when he scored against Arsenal in the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners Cup final…from the half-way line.

    Admittedly, that wasn’t for Spurs, but who cares about that minor detail?


    Watford – Tommy Mooney

    Watford v Everton x

    Full-blooded and aggressive – see exhibit A (above) for conclusive evidence of that.

    Could grab a game by the scruff of the neck when the chips were down and even had the balls to square up to Marcel Desailly. Therefore, he must be hard.


    West Ham United – Martin Allen

    Name me something more West Ham than Martin ‘Mad-Dog’ Allen in the Dagenham Motors strip. 

    You can’t.


    Wolverhampton Wanderers – John de Wolf

    Yes, shaggy-haired John de Wolf playing actual football for Wolves was a thing.

    Not only that, he sported that wonderful Goodyear kit and featured in one of the great introductory photoshoots alongside style guru Don Goodman.




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