Top Three: Hardest Fulham players ever

07 April 2010

Although Roy Hodgson’s current Cottagers side is a relatively slick and sophisticated machine, some right old bruisers have graced Craven Cottage over the years. In honour of those fearsome characters who make us cheer and wince in equal measures, here are’s Top Three: Hardest Fulham players ever…

Terry Hurlock – “I stayed away from him as much as possible,” said one David Beckham on coming up against Terry Hurlock while on loan at Preston North End. The frankly terrifying-looking midfielder only played for Fulham at the tail-end of his career but managed in a game against Colchester United to execute a tackle that took out not one, not two, but THREE opposition players at once. He was promptly substituted for his own safety, although he doubtless would have relished the inevitable backlash.
Just ask Tony Cascarino, a teammate of Hurlock’s at Millwall. "Some of us were playfully goading Terry about what he was going to do to Vinnie Jones in the upcoming fixture with Wimbledon,” he said. “Without saying a word, he got up from the table and walked to the entrance of the pub and ripped the door off its hinges." Zoiks!

Peter Storey – Stomping the fine line between hard man and downright lunatic was full-back/midfielder Storey, who joined the Cottagers from Arsenal with reputation fully intact already. He was sent off after just two minutes against Chelsea and ruffled many a feather during his year at the club. A year after hanging up his boots, he was fined for running a brothel and later imprisoned for a variety of crimes, including involvement in a coin counterfeiting ring, car theft and illegally importing pornographic videos. All of a sudden, John Terry looks like Mother Teresa…

Fred Callaghan – The defender played for Fulham between 1964 and 1974 and is well remembered for kicking seven shades of something out of a Liverpool fan who had ran on the pitch to kick teammate Les Barrett. Legend has it that, while playing against Manchester United, Callaghan was booting George Best all over the place to such an extent that the legendary winger eventually picked up the ball and said, “You’re meant to f***ing kick this!”
Do you agree with the above? Who else would you nominate as one of Fulham’s hardest ever players? Is the current progression under Roy Hodgson sustainable?