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  • on 13.07.2011
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Football Journeymen: Well-Travelled Footballers

Of course fans love their players to be loyal. Matt Le Tissier, Ryan Giggs and Paulo Maldini all won the hearts of their adoring fans by choosing to become one-club players.

But at the other end of the spectrum are players who have travelled far and wide; some in search of game-time, others just on the hunt for their next pay-packet.

Either way, there is something intriguing about these modern day troubadours, many of them staying only a short while but leaving a lasting impression.

Former Liverpool ‘God’ Robbie Fowler joined Thailand’s Premier Division side Muangthong United earlier this week, making it the 8th club of his career. But that pales into insignificance when compared to some of our other ‘football journeymen’…

Steve Claridge

Steve Claridge is the definition of the ‘ultimate journeyman’ and tops our list. He represented a whopping 19 clubs and scored over 300 goals in a career spanning 24 years. He is probably best known for his time at Leicester City, scoring memorable goals including the winner in the Division One Play-off final in 1996.

Steve Claridge

Steve Claridge made over 850 appearances during his career and was well loved by fans weherver he went.

Paul Warhurst

Warhurst started at Man City but went on to play for another 15 clubs before retiring in 2007; making him a true journeyman. His longest and most successful spell was at Bolton Wanderers were he made 91 appearances for the club. Though primarily a defender he also played a number of games in midfield and attack, making him a great utility player during his career.

Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham retired at the ripe old age of 42, after playing at a total of 9 clubs including Nottingham Forest, Tottenham and Manchester United. Sheringham is 7th in the all time Premier League goal-scorers’ list with 147 goals.

Marcus Bent

Marcus Bent has played at a whole host of clubs (15 in all, including loans) and has managed to be relegated with four of them (Crystal Palace – 1998, Ipswich Town  – 2002, Leicester City – 2004 and Charlton Athletic – 2007). The 33-year-old was recently released by Birmingham City and is currently looking for a new club. Any potential promotion strugglers beware.

Marcus Bent during his brief spell at Wigan, where he scored 7 goals on his way to helping them stay in the Premier League.

Andy Cole

Andy Cole (or ‘Andrew’ as he prefers to be known as now) enjoyed a great career scoring goals for a number of top-flight teams including Newcastle, Man Utd and Blackburn. He struck up an unforgettable strike-partnership with Dwight Yorke at Old Trafford and has the 2nd highest goal tally in Premier League History (behind Alan Shearer).

Nicolas Anelka

Although not admired for his commitment, no-one can doubt his goalscoring record. He scored goals during spells at PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Man City. That said he has always been far from controversy too, having had spats with managers including Luiz Felipe Scolari and French coach, Raymond Domenech.

Stan Collymore

Stan Collymore was as much of a fan of moving clubs as he was of dogging; boasting ten clubs in 10 years. He was undoubtedly talented and earned himself an £8.5m move from Nottingham Forest to Liverpool, but played only 61 games for the Anfield club before moving on to Aston Villa. He retired at the tender age of 30 after an ill-fated move to Spain, playing at Real Oviedo. Stanley now hosts the ‘Call Collymore’ radio show on TalkSport.

Stan Collymore

Stan Collymore was just as famous for his off-the-field antics as he was for his goals.

Craig Bellamy

The Welsh striker has played for 9 clubs so far in his career, though he will surely reach double figures before the summer transfer window is over. Despite being ctritisised for his behavior on numerous occasions he has raised thousands for charity and also established a football academy in Sierra Leone. Maybe he’s not such a bad boy after all.

Robbie Keane

Keane has played for a total of 9 clubs in his career thus far, including awful spells at Inter Milan (the highlight being a fight with Edgar Davids, where he played only 6 games without finding the net) and Liverpool. Most of his goals have been scored during his 2 spells at Tottenham, despite never really cementing a place in the starting XI at White Hart Lane. He is however equally famous for claiming his ‘love’ for almost every club he has played for.

Christian Vieri

The big Italian striker never really settled at club level, playing for 13 clubs in all, including 8 in seven years. He had spells with Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio and AC Milan, but his most successful spell came at Inter Milan where he scored 103 goals in 143 appearances for the club.

Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri – proving that football journeymen are not unique to English football.

Jimmy Glass

The goalkeeper played most of his career in the lower leagues, yet he will live long in the memory for scoring a last-gasp goal to keep Carlisle in the Football League in 1999, despite only making 3 appearances for the club. He played for a total 13 clubs in all before calling a time on his playing career in 2001.

Are there any other of football’s journeymen you think should have made the list? Why not tweet us and let us know: @BigBettingBlog

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