Pub debate: Who’s the hardest player ever to play in Britain?

Ollie Irish

21st, August 2006


Harford_biTha arrival of Khalid Boulahrouz (see previous post) got me thinking – who is the hardest player ever to play the beautiful game in Britain? Nominations on a postcard please (or you could just post a comment).

A few names to conjure with: Duncan Ferguson, Mick Harford (pictured), Vinnie Jones, Roy Keane, Julian Dicks, Dave Mackay, Ron Harris, Stuart Pearce, Graeme Souness, Bobo Balde, Tommy Smith. In a scrap outside a kebab van on a Friday night, who’s the last man standing?

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  1. Joe says:

    If I needed a hard man for my football team it’d be Keane or Pearce, if its a scrap in the street then I’d like Big Dunc backing me up, he’s a beast. If he’s not available then maybe Colin Hendry, that enormous white mullet is intimidating.

  2. named says:

    What about Eric “flying kick” Cantona? He was kicked out of France for being too uh… nice.

  3. Keane, Dicks, Ferguson or maybe Pearce would be last standing. Cantona and Paul McGrath deserve mentions but in modern football Heinze, Vidic and Ben Thatcher are as hard as they come.