Top 10 Traitors

by Dexy Longshot

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
 

The transfer traitors that shocked the fans and football

After all the kerfuffle a certain dread locked bean pole caused this week, I thought I’d resurrect an old post from a few months back to see who really is the most hated by his ex fans.

10. Barmby/Beardsly – Merseyside Fanny Magnets

Baby faced Nicky Barmby and Quasimodo faced Peter Beardsley both played for the Red and Blue of Merseyside in the glory years of their careers. Peter starred in front of The Kop for many a glorious game before doing the unthinkable and moving over to the other side of Stanley Park to the Toffees for 1 million in 91. Barmby moved the other way in the mid nineties where he went on to win a host of silverware but no league title in between months on the Goodison Park injury tables. Barmby, still in the twilight of his career still makes the odd appearance for Hull on Saturdays. Beardsley still makes the odd appearance for Gerry Cottles Circus on Bank Holidays.

9. Jermaine Defoe – The Gap Toothed Orc

Defoe already had some previous before handing in his transfer request to West Ham the day after he helped send them down. It’s a sore point with Charlton supporters that the forward who they nurtured from a young age bolted as soon as the Cockneys waved some nelsons. Back with Harry at White Hart Lane after a seaside jaunt to Portsmouth before they ran out of money.

8. Ashley Cole/William Gallas – Sour Grape Swappsies

The subject of many column inches here at UKFF towers, Cashley famously told Arsene to stick it when the Gooners couldn’t stump up another 5 grand to add to the other 55 he was already on. Apparently he nearly smashed his motor when he heard the dreadful news. Luckily at the same time, William Gallas was having a paddy at Chelsea and wanted out. Enter Noel Edmunds style swap shop antics seeing them both going in the opposite direction. Ashley became as popular as the plague with The Arse and they issued lovely little Bank of Russia notes to wave at him when he returned to the Emirates. He also two-timed his missus who is Cheryl Cole, an hanging offence in my book.

7. Alan Smith – Leeds Angel to Manc Devil

Yorkshire born and bred, the young striker burst onto the scene in the late 90’s when Leeds were in with a shout of Euro domination. His outspoken hatred of Leeds fiercest rivals was legendary with The Leeds faithful. They chocked on their puddings when he joined Fergie after demanding a transfer the day Leeds fell from grace to the Championship. Currently still with the relegated Magpies although I’m sure his transfer request is in the post. See also, Rio, Cantona, McQueen, Jordan….

6. Paul Ince – The Judas of Upton Park

His return to the Bolyen in a managerial capacity all turned very rosy for the Hammers last season when his Blackburn took a hiding and his lugholes took some of the worst abuse the league has ever seen. The reason for such hatred, being pictured in a Manchester Utd shirt in the tabloids while still officially an Iron.  The Guvnor played for the Mancs friendly Mersey cousins Liverpool after a spell in Italy too. Now keeping an eye on MK Dons where he started management.

5. Ian Wright – Ian Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

The Arsenal legend blew Cliff Basten’s goal scoring record out of the water later in his career, one of the goals being against The Eagles. The goal against his beloved Palace sent them down that day….and he celebrated it, what a wrongun! The Eagles as you may remember was where Wrighty became a hero with a memorable FA Cup Final appearance in 1990. See Denis Law below.

4. Pat Jennings – 10 minute drive, very handy

The legendary Paddy keeper with the biggest hands in the game thought his number 1 was up when the Yids wanted to get shot of him saying he was getting on a bit. He moved 10 minutes down the road to arch rivals Arsenal where he played over 300 games for the Gooners. Years later, Spurs captain Sol Campbell did it again moving to Highbury after spending half his life at White Hart Lane. Cue much effigy burning in the Seven Sisters Road.

3. Denis Law – Fall of The King

The player my old man says was the best he ever saw started his footy career at Man City. Via a spell on the continent with Torino, he came back to the Red half of Manchester amid much publicity and scored 171 in 309 for Utd! Not to mention winning them the European Cup and picking up a European Footballer of the Year award. In 73, he was sold on back to rivals Man City so he had gone back home after doing the dirty twice. To put the icing on the cake, The King sent his old club down with the cheekiest of back heels on the last day of the season. Fair enough though, he didn’t celebrate.

2. Micheal Laudrup/Luis Figo – Oi Figo, on yer head son!

Barcelona, the symbol of Catalonia V Real Madrid, Castilla’s white symbol of Spanish Centralism. Laudrup, became the 1st player to switch in 94 after his contract was not renewed by Barca. Madrid snapped him up and his first meeting against his old side was the worst day of his life with Nou Camp fanatics holding Judas banners and booing his every touch. Luis Figo strangely decided he wanted some of that plus some serious pesetas in 2001 moving to The Galacticos. When he faced his old chums, the Barca fans threw a pig’s head at him as he took a corner! Then, in the Euro 2004 finals, an irate fan run up to him on the pitch and shoved a Barca flag in his kisser, poor Lil Luis. Another Lil Luis: Enrique did it too in reverse joining Barca on free transfer after running down his contract. (Moved between the clubs, not pig-head dodging)

1. Mo Johnstone – Celtic to Rangers, say no more

Glasgow, a City divided by Religion. For most Catholics, Mo became the first player to bridge the unbridgable divide and move to Rangers after a 2-year spell at Nantes, despite promising the Hoops he would return to Park Head in an emotional press conference. It didn’t exactly work out for Mo, he received death threats from both sides, The Celtic burning effigies of him and branding him a traitor and some Blues branding him an intruder at Ibrox. This wins the top 10 hands down as unfortunately, ….the religious tension between the two sides meant that poor old Mo was about as welcome as a fart in a lift. Which side are you on, Mo?

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  • Jimbo

    George Graham, left the Gooners to manage the SPuds, best manager they’ve had since Keith Berkingshaw!

    Harry Redknapp, Pompey to Southampton and back again.

  • dexylongshot

    Harry did the dirty on Bonzo, his bestest mate. Bless him.

    PS: Dennis LAw refused to sign the UKFF big boos mans England top at an Awards do last year. He signed his autobiography for me though………..and one for my Dad. I’ve no beef with The Lawman!

  • jimmy the gent

    Beardsly was voted Liverpools 19th greatest player a few years back (looks wasn’t a factor in the voting, neither was his cameo in New Orders World Cup Video).

  • http://www.freewebs.com/park-academics-fc Daveyboy

    As ugly as Peter Beardsley is (bless) he was a fantastic player.

    Beardsley & Lineker in ’86 were awesome

  • dexylongshot

    Paula Di Canio, a veteren of both the Rome and Milan derbies said they didn’t come nowhere near the venomous Glasgow rivalry.

    Beardo was the mutts nuts.

    Any thoughts on Schmeical moving to Man City

  • http://www.marceltipool.ukffteams.co.uk Jay29ers

    Yeah, dunno about the Beardsley inclusion. There was little ill-feeling (towards him at least) over the Everton move.

    If we’re including managers then ‘Arry’s omission is glaring. Portsmouth to Southampton(!) return trip and then going to Spurs after having been at West Ham. Plus, Christoph Daum says he wants to have managed all three of Istanbul’s big clubs before the end of his career. I don’t think he really gets it.

  • dexylongshot

    Was just keeping it to players although Harry was considered big time at token traitor. I saw Billy Bonds at some hammers night last year he he is still well gutted about it.

    George Graham

  • http://www.freewebs.com/park-academics-fc Daveyboy

    I think alot of United fans didnt mind Big Pete going to City because he went to Portugal first plus the guy is a Legend and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who has a bad word to say about him, just a shame he wasnt English.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    I think yr fogetting craig finch Ucf Res to Ucf a, he never recovered his old form and now plays in goal, was also the end of the Ucf revolution!

  • Tef1on

    Oh Cashley Cole…. Is a F*****G Arsehole

  • dexylongshot

    I think we all agree on that. Oh Cheryl…

  • Tef1on

    Think we can Add Tevez to the list here

  • http://www.marceltipool.ukffteams.co.uk Jay29ers

    And Vieira…

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    can you honestly see Veira playing for a 2 bob team like Spurs?

  • Dexylongshot

    good point!

  • Tef1on

    I’ve just had a huge debate with my dad… And we have come to the conclusion…

    Manchester City and Chavski have made football boring and should both be shut down. FUefa and Fifa need to bring in wage caps, and transfer laws which stop teams buying success!

  • Dexylongshot

    Reo Coker is another who gets the baby Judas treatment at Upton Park. Bellamy got a bit of stick too. It won’t be long before he goes to half the clubs in the prem and gets abuse from former club fans.

  • Stevie

    it happened in Serie A when Svens Lazio brought the title. Its football I’m afraid, if Tom Cruise can get 20 m for 1 movie then football should be no different, that the problem, you wouldn’t suggest capping actors wages would you?

    We are in an entertainment business and people will still pay to go to the games…

  • Ash

    Dont think anyone really cared about Barmby did they?

    How has no one mentioned Luis Figo! The bloke got a pigs head thrown at him went he went back to Barca!

  • dexylongshot

    Didn’t you read 2, shame on you Ash!!!

    Reminder.
    2. Micheal Laudrup/Luis Figo – Oi Figo, on yer head son!

    Barcelona, the symbol of Catalonia V Real Madrid, Castilla’s white symbol of Spanish Centralism. Laudrup, became the 1st player to switch in 94 after his contract was not renewed by Barca. Madrid snapped him up and his first meeting against his old side was the worst day of his life with Nou Camp fanatics holding Judas banners and booing his every touch. Luis Figo strangely decided he wanted some of that plus some serious pesetas in 2001 moving to The Galacticos. When he faced his old chums, the Barca fans threw a pig’s head at him as he took a corner! Then, in the Euro 2004 finals, an irate fan run up to him on the pitch and shoved a Barca flag in his kisser, poor Lil Luis. Another Lil Luis: Enrique did it too in reverse joining Barca on free transfer after running down his contract with Real. (Moved between the clubs, not pig-head dodging)

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