Top XI: Most Despicable Premier League Horror Tackles

Chris Wright

13th, January 2012


By Chris Wright

Given the current penchant for the two-footed Exocet-style challenge as favoured by Glen Johnson among others, here is Pies’ pick of the XI worst, shin-splintering, sinew-shredding, ligament-twanging, bone-flaking tackles to ever take place on a Premier League pitch (that we could find corresponding videos for).

Perfect Friday afternoon viewing…

11. Phil Bardsley on Steven Pienaar, Sunderland vs Everton

Quite simply, a leg-breaker…

10. Thierry Henry on David Weir, Everton vs Arsenal

During his heyday, Thierry Henry played with an ethereal grace and beauty unparalleled by almost all of his peers and contemporaries most of the time…

9. Michael Essien on Dietmar Hamann, Chelsea vs Liverpool

“It was the worst tackle I’ve experienced in my whole career. I honestly thought he’d broken my leg.”

So did we Didi, so did we…

(If anyone knows of a video source, it’d be greatly appreciated. We had one at the time of writing, but it got away)

8. John Terry on James Milner, Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Yes, it was in the FA Cup but, with the ball long gone, Terry’s studs-up assault on Milner’s fleshy bits is more than worthy of an inclusion…

7. Ryan Shawcross on Aaron Ramsey, Stoke vs Arsenal

Posted (almost) without comment as this is one particular can of worms I don’t fancy opening again. Shawcross’ ‘over-exuberant’ tackle busted Ramsey’s leg in twain and reignited the ‘everyone picks on Arsenal’ furore that was, in-turn, reignited by a certain tackle slightly lower on this list a couple of year’s beforehand…

(Warning: shows clear images of Ramsey’s broken leg)

6. Martin Taylor on Eduardo, Birmingham City vs Arsenal

Accidental it may well have been, but Taylor’s grotesque shin-snapping challenge on Eduardo is still, four years later, used as an example of just how dangerous a mis-timed tackle can be…

(Warning: Eduardo’s injury has not got any prettier over time)

5. Roy Keane on Neil Pointon, Oldham vs Manchester United

The Dark Lord of the Horror Tackle flies in headlong and sends

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