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…
Club(s): Newcastle / Hull
Years at club: 1993 – Present
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.
Club(s): Chelsea / Tottenham
Years at club: 2000 – 2012
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.
Years at club: 2001 – 2009
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!
Years at club: 2005 – 2011
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.
Years at club: 2008 – 2015
Bio: Used to celebrate his goals by donning a spider man mask – what more needs to be said.
Years at club: 2000 – Present
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!
Years at club: 2004 – 2013
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.
Club(s): Aston Villa
Years at club: 2000 – 2007
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!
Years at club: 1999 – 2009
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.
Club(s): Barnsley / Wigan / Portsmouth
Years at club: 1995 – 2007
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?
Years at club: 1990 – 2001
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.
Club(s): Manchester United
Years at club: 2005 – 2012
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.
Club(s): Wigan / Fulham / Hull
Years at club: 2003 – 2011
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
Years at club: 2002 – 2006
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.
Years at club: 2001 – 2009
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.
Years at club: 2006 – 2015
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.
Years at club: 2000 – 2005
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.
Years at club: 1998 – 2003
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.
Years at club: 2006 – 2012
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.
Club(s): West Ham / Man City
Years at club: 1999 – 2004
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.
Years at club: 1999 – Present
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.
Club(s): Leicester City / Liverpool
Years at club: 1994 – 2004
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.
Club(s): Leicester / Sheffield United
Years at club: 2000 – 2002 / 2005 – 2007
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.