All Time Premier League Cult Heroes Squad

Cult Heroes. Every club has them – they are the player that tries his absolute hardest but definitely won’t be in the running for the Ballon D’or. Their on field antics can be just as crazy as their off field persona but the fans love them regardless. So why not sit back, relax, and see who would make the All Time Premier League Cult Heroes Squad…

Goalkeepers

Steve Harper

Club(s): Newcastle / Hull

Years at club: 1993 – Present

Appearances: 230

Bio: Has there ever been a more loyal back-up keeper than Steve Harper at Newcastle? The fans loved him despite the fact that he hardly ever played.

Carlo Cudicini

Club(s): Chelsea / Tottenham

Years at club: 2000 – 2012

Appearances: 160

Bio: Once described as “the world’s most unambitious footballer” by the Daily Telegraph, Cudicini was certainly loved during his 12 years in the Premier League.

Marcus Hahnemann

Club(s): Reading

Years at club: 2001 – 2009

Appearances: 282

Bio: His off-field antics led to the cult hero status bestowed upon him by the Reading fans – Hahnemann apparently has a penchant for listening to death metal, feeding hens and fly aeroplanes!

Defenders

Emmanuel Eboue

Club(s): Arsenal

Years at club: 2005 – 2011

Appearances: 132

Goals: 5

Bio: Was famously subbed off after coming on as a substitute against Wigan in 2008 – the Ivorian tried his hardest but suffered from a roller-coaster relationship with the Arsenal fans.

Jonas Gutierrez

Club(s): Newcastle

Years at club: 2008 – 2015

Appearances: 205

Goals: 12

Bio: Used to celebrate his goals by donning a spider man mask – what more needs to be said.

Tony Hibbert

Club(s): Everton

Years at club: 2000 – Present

Appearances: 328

Goals: 0

Bio: A true one club legend – Hibbert has made over 300 appearances for Everton without ever scoring a goal, we hope he gets one before he retires just to see his celebration!

Paulo Ferreira

Club(s): Chelsea

Years at club: 2004 – 2013

Appearances: 214

Goals: 2

Bio: A solid defender without ever being world class – he suffered a few crisis of confidence while at Chelsea and lost his spot to midfielders like Michael Essien and Geremi.

Olof Melberg

Club(s): Aston Villa

Years at club: 2000 – 2007

Appearances: 260

Goals: 8

Bio: When you think of Olof Melberg you think of that glorious beard. In his final game for Villa he bought every fan in the stadium a shirt with his name and number on the back – what a guy!

Sami Hyypia

Club(s): Liverpool

Years at club: 1999 – 2009

Appearances: 464

Goals: 35

Bio: One of the best defenders Liverpool ever bought – the big Finn scored important goals and was ever presence during some of the greatest times at the club.

Arjan De-Zeeuw

Club(s): Barnsley / Wigan / Portsmouth

Years at club: 1995 – 2007

Appearances: 483

Goals: 18

Bio: De-Zeeuw was loved by fans of every club he played for and best of all upon his retirement he has become a forensic detect in Holland – pretty cool right?

Midfielders

Dennis Wise

Club(s): Chelsea

Years at club: 1990 – 2001

Appearances: 438

Goals: 74

Bio: With a bit of a ‘bad boy’ reputation, Wise was known as a player who took no nonsense and delivered plenty of bite in his tackles.

Ji-Sung Park

Club(s): Manchester United

Years at club: 2005 – 2012

Appearances: 205

Goals: 27

Bio: Nicknamed ‘Three Lungs Park’ for his work rate – a versatile midfielder who was never really able to hold down a prolonged first team place.

Jimmy Bullard

Club(s): Wigan / Fulham / Hull

Years at club: 2003 – 2011

Appearances: 207

Goals: 23

Bio: An unmistakable joker in the dressing room, Bullard endeared himself to the fans of whatever club he was at – will be remembered well for his impression of Phil Brown when celebrating a last minute equaliser against Man City.

Jay Jay Okocha

Club(s): Bolton

Years at club: 2002 – 2006

Appearances: 124

Goals: 14

Bio: So good they named him twice – Okocha was one of the best African players of his generation and is fondly remembered by Bolton fans for his goals and party tricks.

Tugay Kerimoglu

Club(s): Blackburn

Years at club: 2001 – 2009

Appearances: 251

Goals: 12

Bio: Classy, majestic and the fourth oldest goalscorer in Premier League history, Tugay played into his late 30s and who knows, he could have played into his 40s if he wasn’t a heavy smoker.

Abou Diaby

Club(s): Arsenal

Years at club: 2006 – 2015

Appearances: 180

Goals: 19

Bio: Spent more time in the Arsenal treatment room than on the pitch – Diaby could have been a great player if he wasn’t made of glass.

Igor Biscan

Club(s): Liverpool

Years at club: 2000 – 2005

Appearances: 117

Goals: 3

Bio: His career at Liverpool never really got going and he was often played out of position – does hold a Champions League winners medal though.

Steffan Freund

Club(s): Tottenham

Years at club: 1998 – 2003

Appearances: 102

Goals: 0

Bio: A hard working midfielder, but in 5 years at Spurs he didn’t score a single goal. Freund is now back at White Heart Lane as part of the coaching staff.

Strikers

Ricardo Fuller

Club(s): Stoke

Years at club: 2006 – 2012

Appearances: 182

Goals: 43

Bio: Has spent time at 12 different clubs although it is his six years at Stoke that he will be remembered most – not the most prolific striker but the fans certainly warmed to him.

Paolo Wanchope

Club(s): West Ham / Man City

Years at club: 1999 – 2004

Appearances: 99

Goals: 39

Bio: Injuries restricted his playing time during his career, but Wanchope was a firm fan favourite in the Premier League largely down to his reportedly extravagant lifestyle.

Peter Crouch

Club(s): Everywhere

Years at club: 1999 – Present

Appearances: 627

Goals: 186

Bio: At 6ft 7in Crouch is surely the ultimate target man, but there is so much more to his game than that. And he does a half decent robot dance.

Emile Heskey

Club(s): Leicester City / Liverpool

Years at club: 1994 – 2004

Appearances: 440

Goals: 106

Bio: Spent time at several Premier League clubs but it has been his hard work and goals and Leicester and Liverpool that meant Heskey has gone down as one of the biggest cult heroes of the modern era.

Adi Akinbiyi

Club(s): Leicester / Sheffield United

Years at club: 2000 – 2002 / 2005 – 2007

Appearances: 87

Goals: 17

Bio: Built like a tank, Akinbiyi was a bit of a journeyman striker, never spending more than three seasons at a club since he left Norwich.