EPL: Top 10 hard men

EPL: Top 10 hard men
Roy Keane (one of the 10 hard men) of United swings out at Alan Shearer of Newcastle during the match between Newcastle United and Manchester United in the FA Barclaycard Premiership at St James Park, Newcastle.

Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole was sent off for the eighth time in his career last weekend for a typically agricultural challenge during the Black Cats’ 1-0 defeat at Hull.

But how does the diminutive midfield terrier stack up against some of the toughest men to have ever played the game?

10 DUNCAN FERGUSON

It didn’t matter wheth-er you were a strapping centre-half or a drug-addled thief, if you crossed swords with “Duncan Disorderly” you almost always came off second best.

A vicious on-field assault of Raith Rovers’ John McStay culminated in 44 days in Scotland’s toughest prison back in 1994, and off the pitch he twice restrained burglars who dared to enter his house.

One of them spent three days in hospital after challenging Ferguson, and the other was stupid enough to attack the former Everton striker with a vodka bottle. Unluckily for him he missed, Big Dunc ducked and duly knocked his spark out before calling the police.

9 TERRY HURLOCK

Hurlock looked like a five-foot-eight troll, but you wouldn’t say that to his face if you wanted to keep your features intact.

His former Millwall teammate Tony Cascarino remembers the lads giving Hurlock some friendly banter in the pub before a match against Wimbledon, suggesting that “The Warlock” would be no match in the physical department for the Dons’ Vinnie Jones. Big mistake.

Hurlock got up, walked to the pub entrance and ripped the door clean off its hinges in anger.

Another of Hurlock’s former Millwall teammates, Neil Ruddock – who went on to play for Liverpool and Spurs – was once asked, “What’s your favourite animal?” Quick as a flash he replied, “Terry Hurlock”.

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