Five Football League redheads to remember
Fans of the 72 Football League clubs
have voted for Billy Bremner as the greatest captain in
history. Known for his uncompromising style, the fiery
redhead is widely regarded as the best player ever to have worn the
Leeds United shirt.
But he's not the only ginger maestro to have lit up a football
pitch. We asked former Arsenal, Southend and Stevenage midfielder
(now a top football journalist) Adrian Clarke
for five of his favourite redheads…
I was lucky enough to play against one of Team Gingers' finest
members when he was player-manager at Coventry, and I have to say
he was an absolute pest. Energetic in the extreme, even as a
veteran Strachan was one of the busiest, hard-working midfielders
I've ever seen and a nightmare to play against. Thank goodness I
never faced him when he was a youngster. The Scot was a brilliant
team player, and especially outstanding during his time with Leeds.
It's no coincidence United were so successful during the current
Scotland manager's six-year spell at the club.
Celtic fans have affectionately dubbed their gaffer 'the Ginger
Guardiola' but he was also a terrific player who made a name for
himself south of the border with Crewe and Leicester during the
nineties. A pivotal member of the Foxes side that won the League
Cup in 1997 and 2000, Lennon was feisty, combative and never afraid
to crunch into a tackle in the heart of midfield. Although he was
also regarded as a good passer with a strong engine, it was the
Northern Irishman's leadership skills that stood out most, so it's
no surprise he's now a top manager.
The youngest member of England's heroic 1966 World Cup-winning
side was a much-loved character, who sadly passed away in 2007.
With his fiery red hair, famously high-pitched voice and bubbly
character, Ball's enthusiasm for the game was infectious and led to
him being nicknamed 'Bouncy' by those who knew him. The diminutive
midfielder was a top-class footballer too, and earned a cherished
place in both Blackpool and Everton's respective hall of fames.
Apart from Paul Scholes, the man they used to call 'Supersub' is
possibly the most decorated red-haired British footballer of all
time. During a phenomenal eight-year spell at Anfield, Fairclough
won six Division One titles, three League Cups and a Uefa Cup. Oh,
and three European Cups to boot! Famous for making an impact on
crucial matches when coming off the bench, the popular winger went
on to play for Norwich, Oldham, Tranmere and Wigan, but is best
known as being one of Liverpool's biggest cult heroes.
Watson's dramatic stoppage-time winner in last season's FA Cup
final against Manchester City ensured his place in footballing
folklore, so prepare yourself for re-runs of his famous header time
and time again in the coming years. The popular Prince Harry
lookalike is busy trying to help relegated Wigan regain their place
in the Premier League this season but whatever happens, he's now a
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