Pies Classics: Top Six Football Judases


14th, April 2010


By Ollie Irish


1. Harry Kewell (Leeds Utd to Galatasaray)
Leeds Utd fans were incensed that one of their former stars signed for the club they hate almost as much as Man Utd – as you probably remember, two Leeds fans were stabbed to death by Turkish fans at a UEFA Cup semi final between the two clubs in 2000. Kewell insisted the move was not disrespectful: “I chose the number 19 shirt when I signed for Galatasaray as a sign of respect for Leeds because that was the number I got when I first became a regular member of the Leeds starting XI,” he said.


2. Paul Ince (West Ham to Man Utd)
Ince was photographed in a Man Utd kit before his £1million transfer was completed. The snap was published in the Daily Express – West Ham fans have never forgiven the Guvnor for the gaffe. Ince went on to play for Man Yoo’s bitter rivals Liverpool, making him something of a double Judas.


3. Luis Figo (Barcelona to Real Madrid)
When Figo returned to the Nou Camp in 2002, playing for arch rivals Real Madrid, Barca fans pelted him with bottles, mobile phones, coins and – most famously – a pig’s head. You have to respect a fan who can smuggle a pig’s head into a stadium.


4. Maurice ‘Mo’ Johnston (Celtic to Rangers, via Nantes)
Just days before signing for Graeme Souness’ Rangers, from Nantes, Johnston had appeared at a press conference at Celtic Park where he declared that “Celtic are the only club that I want to play for.” Oops. As you might expect, the U-turn was not popular with either set of Glaswegian fans.


5. Sol Campbell (Spurs to Arsenal)
When Campbell signed for the Gooners, he ensured that he would forever be known as “Judas” by all but the most forgiving of Tottenham fans.


6. Eric Cantona (Leeds Utd to Man Utd)
Ooh Ahh Cantona! was Leeds United’s hero, until Howard Wilkinson sold him to their arch rivals across the Pennines, for the criminally low sum of £1.2m. Nice one Howard. Bitter Leeds fans have never forgiven Wilkinson for selling Cantona, who turned out to be one of the Prem’s all-time greats. Because King Eric was such a dude, many Leeds fans bear no grudge towards him.

A version of this post was first published in July 2008

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  1. Wotnosmith says:

    Where’s Alan Smith….Leeds United to Man U

    biggest badge kisser of the lot!

  2. Tony says:

    Love that one Judas sign upside down!

  3. kewellthebastard says:

    How dare Kewell do that to leeds. he is just a money grabbing wanker

  4. Rob says:

    Sol Campbell spurs to Arsenal?

  5. Dan says:

    What about Mario Ballotelli in Serie A. Plays for Inter, seen an awful lot in AC Milan tops. AC even sell a strip with his name printed on it!

  6. Squelch says:

    Harry Redknapp – when he went from Portsmouth to Southampton and then back again.

  7. kev cressey says:

    Harry Kewell is the biggest money grabbing twat that ever put a leeds shirt on least he is shit now he plays in dirty turkey

  8. Leedsboy says:

    Harry Kewell will also be one of the all time greats of Leeds United. It annoys me that supporters of clubs expect players to be just as loyal and dedicated to their club as they are. This mentality went out the window 50 years ago! Football is a business not a civic community enterprise. Good luck to him, although I hear his injuries are more his worry now again.

  9. orangina says:

    Hey if anyone actually knew what went down at Leeds Utd they’d be less disgusted with Smudge and more grumpy with our beloved club who forced his hand but hey……..I have known Smudger a very long time and I don’t care if I’m the only Leeds fan on here who actually still likes the guy. Don’t believe everything you hear and read that’s all I can say.

  10. Ciaran says:

    Kenny Miller!!!

  11. Guardio_lista says:

    JUDAS FIGO !!! Él nos hizo comprender a muchos niños y niñas de los 90 el significado de la palabra TRAICIÓN. Nunca alguien tan querido por una hinchada será tan odiado. Ni los años borrarán la mentira, el desprecio público, la forma de vender al escudo más sagrado del Estado Español, una entidad que defiende un filosofía de juego, y que es es “mas que un club”.

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