Premier League: Who is your club’s ultimate iconic hero?

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Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, so there’s a better time to uncover the unsung heroes that only fans of your club care about.

Here’s who our fanbase voted for:


Charlene Smith, AFTVexternal link

Mikel Arteta is proving to be our iconic hero this season with the progress we’ve made in such a short amount of time. From being in relegation form last season to a consistent place at the top of the Premier League table with intentions to win the league after 19 years.


Richard Sutherland, The Villapark Podcastexternal link

Banished to the bomb squad, loaned out three times. Alan Hutton later won back the love of Villa worshipers with his all-action shows. His crowning moment was a goal to win the second city derby against Birmingham City in November 2018, leaving the ‘Scottish cafu’ forever embedded in Villa folklore.


sam davis, back of the netexternal link

Brett Pitman is a cult hero to many Cherry and an integral part of our advancement through the Divisions. His running style was unorthodox, he wasn’t the fastest but his eye for goals was undeniable and many Bournemouth fans dubbed him the most natural finisher at the club.


Ian Westbrook, besottedexternal link

Bob Booker is Brentford’s ultimate cult hero. Never the star player, Bob won over an initially skeptical crowd with a hat-trick against Hull and hard work and dedication in every game. Over the years he has played in all positions except goalkeeper and even returned for a second spell after a stint at Sheffield United.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Stuart Matthews, Proud seagullsexternal link

That can only be Peter Ward, one of our top scorers and winner of our golden boot in 1976/77. He was pure brilliance on the pitch. He lives in America but comes back every now and then and is warmly welcomed.


Branislaw Ivanovic
Branislav Ivanovic joined Chelsea in January 2008 from Zenit St. Petersburg

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Branislav Ivanovic won one Champions League and three Premier League titles during his decade at Stamford Bridge. He was famous for roaring up and down from right-back and wreaking havoc in opposition penalty areas while scoring 34 goals in 377 appearances. ‘Branna’ was a firm fan favorite and a key tooth on several title-winning teams.

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Jay Crame, The Eagle’s Beakexternal link

We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of iconic heroes, but I support Finnish midfielder Aki Riihilahti.

His personality and character gave him a connection to fans, and while he wasn’t the most skilled, his passion, heart and fight more than made up for it. He also scored a goal or two.


Briony Bragg, This fan girlexternal link

Tony Hibbert. It’s impossible to imagine him in anything other than an Everton shirt. A pitch invasion was a fitting tribute as he scored his first goal in his own testimonial against AEK Athens in 2012. “If Hibbo scores, we riot” indeed.

Around 328 career appearances, one goal. cult hero status.


Dan Crawford, Awesome endexternal link

Rod McAree has only played 30 games for the Whites, but everyone remembers putting the ball in Carlisle’s net. McAree wasn’t expecting to play at Brunton Park in April 1997 but Micky Adams chose him and his sweet strike sealed a famous win that sparked Fulham’s remarkable rise.


Jess Furness, Her game tooexternal link

Pablo “El Mago” Hernandez.

He never failed to give us everything and there was something truly magical about his everything. Pablo totally understood what it meant to be Leeds and I think our relationship as a fan base with him was very special. His legacy at Leeds will never be forgotten.

Leicester City

Sam Holloway, LeicesterFanTVexternal link

A lot of fans from other clubs wouldn’t realize how good Marc Albrighton was in our ‘Golden Generation’. He always put in a 7/10 shift and many Leicester supporters nicknamed him ‘Mr Consistent’.


Harriet Prior, The Anfield Wrapexternal link

Always showing up for the big moments, is there any answer other than Divock Origi?

From his dying goal against Everton to guaranteeing Liverpool’s sixth European Cup, it was heartbreaking to let him go last summer. Although he was never a regular starter, his name is engraved in Liverpool’s history.

Manchester City

Ger Deegan, Maine Road Hikeexternal link

Pablo Zabaleta has got to be the fans’ biggest cult hero. He just got it. He got the club from day one and was connected to the fans from the moment he stepped onto the pitch. He is revered at City.

Semi-finals against United, Roma away, QPR at home – he was there. City fans will never forget that.

Manchester United

Alex Turk, Stretford Paddockexternal link

Few have earned United Club hero status more than John O’Shea.

Although he is rarely remembered among the club’s great defenders, he made 394 appearances in the back line and midfield.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, O’Shea won it all in less than 12 years after graduating from the Academy.

Newcastle United

Laurent Robert
Laurent Robert has scored 32 goals and provided 54 assists in 181 games for Newcastle United

peter davey, LoadedMag NUFCexternal link

He might not be everyone’s cult hero, but he’s certainly mine, the French wizard with a wand of a left foot – Laurent Robert.

A truly special player who might be able to produce anything on his day, a 30-yard stunner or skills that make you “wow”.

The overhead backheel kick against Fulham and two incredible goals against Spurs at St James’ Park will be remembered for a long time.

Nottingham Forest

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My greatest cult hero is one of us. Ryan Yates always gives his best on and off the pitch. He never lets the club down and has been one of the top players for the past 18 months. He always gets stuck in midfield and even has a black eye to show for it. This player is getting better game by game.


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Born and raised in Southampton, Franny Benali has played more than 300 times for his beloved team. He is perhaps more appreciated for his post-retirement work having raised over £1million for Cancer Research UK. He is the winner of multiple awards including the Freedom of the City and has been named an MBE. He’s a true cult hero.

Tottenham Hotspur

john wenham, Lily White Roseexternal link

Nourredine Naybet. The cultivated defender came on a free transfer at 34 and brought immediate improvement. He was a key part of Spurs moving from 11th place each season to a member of the Premier League’s Big Six. He teamed up with Ledley King, who credited him as instrumental in his own development into a first-class centre-back.

West Ham United

Mia Claydon, Green road hammersexternal link

We really love Paolo di Canio. He still speaks about the immense love he has for the club, the city and the fans. His passion and love for our club is rarely emulated by players in this era.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

dazzling dave, Always Wolves Fan TVexternal link

I picked John de Wolf and with a name like that, who else could he have played for? De Wolf looked more like a rock star than a defender with his long, flaming mane. His hat-trick against Port Vale in 1995 will forever be remembered – the first Wolves defender to score since 1902!

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