Today we will have a look at 3 greatest players ever of all Premier League clubs.These footballers with their skills and passion have left an everlasting impression on the mind of their fans.
3 Greatest Players Ever Of all Premier League Clubs are as follows-
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West Ham United
Bobby Moore is known as one of the greatest defenders in the history of football and in most footballing circles is known to have pulled off the greatest tackle of all time vs Brazil in 1970. Moore was West Ham through and through and captained the Hammers for over a decade. He also captained the English World Cup winning side of 1966. The thing that makes Bobby Moore so special throughout the game is that he is widely known to be have a been a true gentleman and a great role model.
Sir Trevor Brooking is truly a West Ham legend. Brooking made an incredible 636 appearance for West Ham and scored 103 goals for the club. He has also taken the reigns as manager of the Hammers on two occasions and is still linked with the club today in various ambassadorial roles.
Billy Bonds played in 793 games for the Hammers spanning 21 seasons with the club. His midfield partnership with Trevor Brooking was well-balanced and his tough style made him a firm fan favourite with the West Ham crowd. He also later managed the club between 1990 and 1994.
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West Bromwich Albion
Perhaps West Bromwich Albion’s most gifted ever player, Ray Barlow was a supreme footballer with every attribute in the book. Supreme positional sense, able to pass over distance or keep it simple, he was the heartbeat of arguably Albion’s finest ever team in 1953/54, which won the FA Cup and finished second in the League.
Allen was perhaps the most complete forward to represent the club.
Completely two-footed , Allen reinvented the role of the centre-forward by dropping deep, a footballing intellect which earned him just five England caps.
Allen scored twice in the 1954 FA Cup Final and was, until Tony Brown came along, the club’s record goalscorer.
Brown made more appearances and scored more goals for Albion than any other player. Brown bridged the late 1960s era, which brought Albion FA Cup (1968) and League Cup success (1966), with the exciting, swashbuckling late 1970s – a team which so nearly won the title in 1979. Described as ‘Mr Albion’ by former boss Ron Atkinson, Brown is also the record goalscorer for the club in the League, FA Cup and European competition. He also scored the goal which clinched Albion’s promotion in 1976.
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Tony Coton started his professional career at Birmingham City in 1978.Birmingham were relegated from the First Division at the end of the next season, but Coton found his way back into the top flight with a transfer to Watford, for a sum of £300,000. He soon replaced Steve Sherwood in Watford’s goal and at the end of his second full season at Vicarage Road he won the Hornets’ Player of the Season and Display of the Season awards, the latter for a clean sheet against Liverpool. He remained with the club even after their relegation from the First Division in 1988. He went on to become Watford Player of the Season for an unprecedented third time in 1989–90. Coton later became the second player to be inducted into Watford’s Hall of Fame, behind club legend Luther Blissett.
Barnes is an English former footballer, rapper and manager of Jamaican and Trinidadian origin, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport.
Barnes was noticed by Watford while playing for Middlesex League club Sudbury Court. After a successful trial game in Watford’s reserves, Barnes was signed on 14 July 1981 for the fee of a set of kit.
Barnes made his debut at 17 as a sub on 5 September 1981 in a 1–1 draw with Oldham Athletic in the Football League Second Division at Vicarage Road. The club’s manager at the time was Graham Taylor, and Watford were eight months away from completing their six-year rise from the Fourth Division to the First.
Barnes and Watford gained promotion, as runners-up to fierce rivals Luton Town, to the top flight of English football at the end of the 1981–82 season and went on to finish as runners-up for the League title, to Liverpool the following season. Watford then made the 1984 FA Cup Final, where, as under-dogs, they were beaten 2–0 byEverton. Watford would go on to reach the FA Cup semi-final again in 1987 only to lose to Tottenham Hotspur.He scored 65 goals in his 233 apps with the club.
In his time at Watford,Blisset helped them win promotion from the Fourth Division to the First Division. As of 2010, Blissett holds Watford’s all-time records for appearances and goals, having played 503 games and scored 186 goals.
Blissett and his team mates made the headlines in the 1982–83 season as they surprised many by proving successful in the First Division. Watford briefly led the league in the autumn, before finishing second to Liverpool and qualified for the UEFA Cup. In Watford’s first ever First Division season, Blissett was the division’s top goalscorer that season with 27 goals.
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The rock of the most successful Tottenham side ever. Mackay dominated the midfielder for Spurs during his nine year spell and won the league twice , the FA Cup three times, and the Cup Winners Cup once, collecting 22 Scotland cpas all the while. He was part of the double winning side of 1960-61, took the FA Cup for a second straight season in 1961-62 and won the European Cup Winner Cup in 1962-63 to become the first English club to ever win a European trophy.
Tottenham’s greatest ever goal scorer. Greaves struck an incredible 266 times in 380 games for Spurs on the way to winning two FA Cups and the Cup Winners’ Cup having signed from AC Milan in 1961.
He ended his time at White Hart Lane hitting at a 70 percent strike rate…think about that kind of efficiency for one second, now imagine that in today’s modern and globally televised soccer world.
1. Danny Blanchflower
One of the leaders and most decorated players of the great Tottenham side of the fifties and sixties, Blanchflower captained Spurs to a league and FA Cup double in 1961. The Northern Ireland midfielder also lifted the Cup Winners’ Cup and was twice named Player of the Year while at the club. “The game is about glory,” he said, and those words adorn the stands at White Hart Lane to this day.
Top 10 Spurs Legends!
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Robert Mark “Robbie” James was a Welsh international footballer who played for many teams including Swansea City, Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers. He represented his country on 47 occasions over a period of ten years, scoring a total of seven goals.
He was a talented utility player who contributed greatly to Swansea City’s rise from the Fourth Division to the First Division between 1978 and 1981, and helped them finish sixth in their first top division campaign. He played a total 463 games for Swansea scorimg 118 goals.
2.Ivor John Allchurch
Allchurch was a Welsh international footballer. His record of 68 caps for Wales stood until 1986, when it was exceeded by Joey Jones.He scored 23 goals for his national side.
Allchurch started his career at Swansea Town in 1947, although he did not make his league debut until the 1950–51 season because of National Service. He went on to make 445 appearances and score 164 goals.
Wilfred Milne is an English former professional footballer. A one-club man, Milne spent his entire professional career with Swansea Town where he holds the club record for most appearances in the Football League.
This full back played 586 games for Swansea and even scored 7 times.
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Philips played for Sunderland between 1997-2003.Phillips was the Premier League top scorer in the 1999–2000 season with 30 goals for Sunderland, a tally which won him the European Golden Shoe. He remains the only Englishman to win the trophy.
He overall scored 113 goals in 208 apps for the Black Cats.
Bobby Gurney was a football forward who is the highest goal scorer in the history of Sunderland.He scored an astonishing 205 goals in 348 apps for the club.
Hurley was named the Black Cats’ “Player of the Century” by their fans on the occasion of the club’s centenary in 1979.Nicknamed ‘The King’, Hurley was a classy defender for both Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland.
Hurley made 358 apps for the Club.
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Bowyer had a fantastic left foot and could switch play, get crosses or shots in, the lot.He was renowned for his powerful volley shot and he top scored for Stoke in 1948–49 scoring 21 goals which but him up there with the best in the country. He then handed in a transfer request which was accepted by manager Bob McGrory who wanted to swap him for Bolton’s Willie Moir but Bowyer changed his mind and withdrew his request and he remained at Stoke for the rest of his career.
He scored 137 goals in his 398 apps with the club.
DENIS Smith loves Stoke City so much, he played for the reserve team on the day of his wedding.
The Stoke legend played 482 games for the Potters from 1968 to 1982, a dream come true for a player who grew up supporting the club.
1.Sir Stanley Matthews
The finest player in the world for much of his career and the finest in Britain for the best part of a decade, Matthews was an incredible athlete. His career spanned an incredible 33 years, retiring at the age of 50. Matthews spent 19 of his 33 years at Stoke, where he played 355 games, scoring 62 goals from wide positions. He won the FWA Footballer of the Year whilst at Stoke.
Indeed a true legend!
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Terence Lionel “Terry” Paine is a retired English footballer. Originally from Winchester, Paine is best known for his career with Southampton, for whom he made over 800 appearances (a club record) in 18 seasons with the club.
After joining the club in 1956 ,he quickly became a regular for the team as a right-sided winger, and was also on occasion played on the left wing, in the centre of midfield, or up front. In 1960 he was a part of the squad which won the club’s only Third Division title, and in 1966 helped the club to its first promotion to the First Division. Paine left Southampton in 1974, after the club was relegated back to the Second Division.
He began his career with Southampton in 1918, who were elevated from the Southern League to the Football League in 1919. He finished as the club’s top-scorer eight times in nine seasons from 1920–21 to 1927–28, helping the “Saints” to win the Third Division South title in 1921–22 and to reach the FA Cup semi-finals in 1925 and 1927. He also won himself two England caps in 1922.
He scored 175 goals for Sunderland in 327 apps.
1.MATT LE TISSIER
Le Tiss, or ‘Le God’, as Southampton fans often refer to him as, spent his entire professional career on the south coast, spanning 16 years and seeing him score 209 goals in 531 games. Le Tissier is the second highest scorer in Southampton history and won the clubs Player of the Year award on three occasions.
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Anthony Mark “Tony” Mowbray is an English former professional football player who made 348 apps for Middlesbrough.
After playing his first match for the club in 1982, Mowbray became captain of Middlesbrough in 1986 when he was just 22 years old. Affectionately known to Boro fans as “Mogga”, Mowbray became a legend in Middlesbrough for being a local lad who led the club from liquidation back into the top league of English football within two seasons.
Clough was a prolific striker for his home town club Middlesbrough scoring 204 goals in 222 league matches for Boro, including 40 or more goals in four consecutive seasons. However Clough also regularly submitted transfer requests and had a tense relationship with some of his fellow players. He was especially irked by Boro’s leaky defence, which conceded goals as regularly as he scored them. After a 6–6 draw against Charlton Athletic, Clough sarcastically asked his team mates how many goals they would have to score in order to win a match.
Boro’s all time record goalscorer with an incredible record of 345 in the 14 years before the war including a season’s best of 59.He made 418 apps for the Club.
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Ryan Giggs and Manchester United are synonymous to each other. The man who achieved everything possible for a club footballer. He has played in every single season of the Premier League. His greatest moment in a United shirt came when he lifted the UEFA Champions League in 1999 completing the treble. His goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinal of the same year is considered by many as one of the best goals of all-time.
2.Sir Bobby Charlton
A Ballon d’Or, World Cup and European Cup winner, Charlton was an extraordinary footballer blessed with passing and shooting abilities twinned with a remarkable stamina and willing. He won nine trophies with Manchester United, he is the club’s all-time leading scorer and second highest appearance holder.
“Pele Good, Maradona Better, George Best”
It had to be him. This quote isn’t said without reason. True to the words, George Best was probably the greatest player to have the graced the Old Trafford pitch. Speed, balance, vision, superb close control, the ability to create chances and score from seemingly impossible situations tells half the story. The other half was an uncontainable zest for the game as it should be played, a ceaseless trickery and joy. Pelé, for his part, dubbed United’s no.7 “the greatest player in the world.”
Simply the best!
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Bert Trautmann was a German professional footballer who played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.He made 508 apps for the club which is 4th highest.
He is well remembered for his heroic display in the final of 1956 FA Cup,where he broke his neck in the 75th min,but as no substitutes were permitted in those days, so Trautmann, dazed and unsteady on his feet, carried on. For the remaining 15 minutes he defended his net, making a crucial interception to deny Murphy once more. Manchester City held on for the victory, and Trautmann was the hero because of his spectacular saves in the last minutes of the match. Trautmann admitted later that he had spent the last part of the match “in a kind of fog”.
Eric Fred Brook was an English footballer who played in the outside left position. He is the all-time record goalscorer for Manchester City in all competitions,having scored 158 times for them, and was an England international. Brook was a muscular player with ‘one of the fiercest shots in pre-war football and was a good penalty taker.Brook is regarded as one of Manchester City’s and England’s greatest ever player.
Bell spent 13 years at Maine Road, where he won 6 trophies, including the First Division and the FA Cup. A terrific all-round midfielder, Bell won 48 caps for England and played 498 games for Man City, the fifth most in the clubs history.
Top 10 Manchester City Legends
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Rush is simple enough to sum up in one word: goals. His 346 goals in 360 appearances is an Anfield ratio record with almost a goal a game – average that no one will ever surpass. Ian new the key to supporters hearts: scoring goals, and plenty of them.
Captain fantastic Steven Gerrard, one of the best goalscoring midfielders of all time. Kenny Daglish even agreed with a statement that read “He is also probably the best player to have ever worn red.” And its hard to argue with that, what a player!
When Kenny’s famous words “Nobody is bigger than the club” were heard, the Kop knew that Kenny understood what being a true red is all about.
King Kenny all the way he will always be number 1. If you look at what he did for both only Liverpool but also for football in this country. 3 seasons with out missing a game. 42 games in a row.
Liverpool fans are so supportive that it is difficult to figure out who we all like best when it comes to some of the all-time greats.
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Linekar didn’t play as much as other Leicester’s legends,but he was a local lad and a role model.
He never received even a yellow card in his professional career.He made 194 apps for Leicester scoring 95 goals.
Steven “Steve” Walsh is a former professional footballer, who spent most of his career at Leicester City.
Brian Little made Walsh Leicester’s club captain in 1992 and started playing him as a striker. He went on to score 15 goals that season including one in the Division 1 play-off final against Swindon Town at the end of the season. In 1993–94 he scored twice as Leicester won the final and promotion to the Premier League over Derby County, having missed much of that season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Peter Taylor let Walsh leave Leicester in 2000, ending his spell at Filbert Street after 14 years.
Among the greatest goalkeepers to have ever lived, Gordon Banks is a legend of the game. Best known for being the man between the sticks when England won the World Cup in 1966, Banks’ club career was spent largely with Leicester City and Stoke City. He spent eight years with Leicester, where he reached two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup.
Greatest Goalkeepers Of All Time
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Bly was a goalkeeper who played for Hull between 1938-1959.Bly had the distinction of keeping goal for the Tigers in their first League match at Boothferry Park and whilst he managed to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Lincoln City, he also suffered yet another of the injuries that were to plague his career. Without these regular enforced absences it is quite possible that it would be the name of Bly forever immortalised as the Club’s record appearance holder. Those injuries were no doubt some of the low points in Bly’s time with the Tigers, but to balance the scales there were undoubtedly high points, the winning of the D3N championship in 1948/49, the FA Cup quarter final against Manchester Utd and promotion from Division 3 in 1958/59. Any Tigers team that took to the field was enriched with the presence of Bly between the posts and he would be the choice of many Tigers fans as the Custodian in a ‘greatest ever’ Hull City XI.
Bleakley was the type of player every team needs if they are to operate effectively and, whilst throughout his time with the club there were others who enjoyed a higher profile, it was upon the foundation of Bleakley that their talents were allowed to develop. As his career progressed Bleakley’s abilities were used in a variety of ways and it was not uncommon for him to play at centre-half even though his lack of inches would question his effectiveness. But to ask that question was to display a lack of understanding about Tom Bleakley. He was a professional and as such his pride and self-belief would not allow a little matter of height to detract from his performances.
Matt Bell was a powerfully built full-back, whose flame red hair was the reason for his nickname of ‘Ginger’ and typified his approach to the game in that he neither asked for, nor gave, any quarter. Together with Bill Mercer and John Gibson he formed a defensive triumvirate that many would argue was one of the best in the Club’s history.
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.Gary LinekarA short but sweet stay, Lineker was one of the greatest players to have ever stepped on the hallowed turf of Goodison Park in an Everton shirt. Whilst still at Everton, Lineker picked up the 1986 World Cup Golden Boot, only for Barcelona to sign the youngster for £2,800,000, £2m more than the Toffees paid Leicester for his services.
2. Kevin Ratcliffe
The Welsh international was made Everton captain by Howard Kendall in 1983 at the tender age of 23. Whilst captain, Ratcliffe led Everton to one of their most successful spells in the club’s history, winning the 1984 FA Cup Final, the League Championship in 1984–85 and1986–87 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1984–85.
Quite a simple choice, despite Everton having had a number of tremendous players over the years, the goal scoring feats of Dixie Dean are simply eye-watering. In the 1927/28 season, Dean scored an incredible 67 goals in 46 games, a record in English football which still stands and may never be beaten, and a goals haul which fired Everton to the First Division title. In total, Dean scored 383 goals in 433 games, making him by far the club’s all-time record scorer, with more than twice as many goals as second placed Graeme Sharp. As well as his individual achievements, Dean also won seven trophies with Everton.
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He signed for Palace in 1985, aged 22. In six years at Palace, Wright scored 117 goals in 277 games for the club, making him the third highest scorer in Palace history, and the highest since the 1930’s. In 2005, Wright was named Palace’s ‘Player of the Century’. He left the club in 1991 for Arsenal, where he went on to become a club legend also.
Simpson made his Crystal Palace debut in the fifth game of the 1929-30 season against Norwich City and scored a hat-trick, and by March of that season, had scored 27 goals in 27 league and cup games. This alerted the big clubs of the time to his talent, and a transfer away from Selhurst Park seemed certain. However, the Palace directors put a huge price-tag on his contract, and no move came. He finished the season, and improved on his record up until March, finally having netted 36 times in 34 games.
He scored overall 165 goals in 195 apps for the club.
Signed in 1970, the Scottish defender has made more appearance for The Eagles than any other player, with over 660 appearances during his 15 seasons at Selhurst Park.Cannon was with the Eagles between 1973 and 1988 and scored on his debut against Chelsea.
What a way to make an entrance!
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One of the greatest strikers the Premier League has ever seen, Drogba scored the goals which fired Chelsea to three league titles between 2004 and 2010 and forced the 2012 Champions League final to a penalty shootout with a header before converting the winning spot kick. Left the club shortly after but was brought back by Jose Mourinho in 2014 – the Blues went on to win the league title again.
Super Frankie broke Bobby Tambling’s goal record in his final season at the club, going on to score 211 times – all from midfield. Sits fourth on the all-time appearances list, winning the League,Champions League, Europa League and multiple FA Cups and League Cups.
John Terry’s record speaks for itself. The centre-back has captained Chelsea through their most successful period, winning four league titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Terry is, quite simply, Mr. Chelsea.
Top 10 Chelsea Legends
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Some players develop an incredible bond with the supporters. Such a player was goalkeeper Chris Pearce, a real character at Burnley. What further endeared him was that he was there in the season, 1991/92, when Burnley battled their way out of the Fourth Division. Manager Mullen tried four other keepers that season and Pearce eventually missed out at the end of the campaign. Like most goalkeepers he had memorable games and moments; the latter none more so in one game when there was an almighty melee in the goalmouth with flying boots, pushes, shoves, bodies heaped on top of each other, and no-one with a clue where the ball was underneath this scrum of players until Pearce eventually emerged grinning from ear to ear clutching the ball.
He remains one of the all-time Burnley favourites.His best time was under manager Stan Ternent when one of his defining games was against Tottenham in a Cup game at Turf Moor coming off the bench to turn the game on its head, was virtually unplayable, and gave one of the best individual exhibitions seen at Turf Moor so that Burnley ran out worthy winners.
He made 246 apps for the club and scored 32 goals.
Very few remember him because this was a player that featured so long ago in a career that spanned World War One through to the 1920s and a great Burnley team that won the FA Cup in 1914 and the title in 1920/21.
His leadership was inspirational and his comeback after World War One when he was badly wounded in the leg and told he would never play again was remarkable.
He made 210 apps for the club.
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The Dutchman defined Arsenal’s brilliant passing football when Arsene Wenger first arrived at the club and led by example. Ended his 11 years in north London with seven trophies and 120 goals.
The ultimate one-club man and ‘Mr Arsenal’. Adams spent fourteen years as captain, made 669 appearances and won10 major trophies, including League titles in three different decades. He was a colossus in Arsenal’s back four – gutsy, inspirational, a brilliant tackler and dominant in the air.
Arsenal’s club record scorer with 228 goals scored in just about every way possible. A wonderful player with searing pace, surprising strength and brilliant finishing ability. Won two league titles, three FA Cups, four golden boots and five player of the year awards – he would be considered a great in any era.
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John Bailey is an English former footballer, most notable for being the only player to score for A.F.C. Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium.
In the summer of 1969, manager Freddie Cox brought in three new strikers at Bournemouth. One of the new strikers, MacDougall, was to become known as “SuperMac”. £10,000 was paid to the Minstermen for MacDougall’s signature.
Despite MacDougall’s signing, and the 21 league goals he contributed, the Cherries were relegated to the 4th Division in 1970.
Without doubt the least naturally gifted and talented player on this list, that doesn’t stop Steve Fletcher from being an absolute titan of Bournemouth Football Club. Given the south coast side’s lowly status throughout much of their history, it is understandable that their greatest player is less highly regarded than many others, and one of their current crop is likely to soon be considered among their greatest ever players. Fletcher was a powerful target man who spent 19 years with Bournemouth, and is currently the clubs all-time record appearance holder.
It concludes our list of greatest players ever of all Premier League clubs.