After watching a programme about Leeds United in the 1990’s and seeing Super Lee Chapman in his pomp. I got to thinking about other players who have clocked up enough motorway miles to cover both of NASA’s Mars exploration rovers travel there and back. I thought I’d have a go at putting them in order of clubs played for.
Steve Claridge – The Champion Journeyman if there ever was one, has probably had more post codes than most people’s entire family trees. Culminating in an amazing 19 clubs over a career that spanned 3 decades (don’t worry I wont name them all).
Marcus Bent – After he joined Wolverhampton on loan in 2010 this brought the one time England under 21 internationals club tally to blockbusting 14. Has never quite settled in one place for a prolonged period of time although he did manage 61 appearances for Ipswich in the early 2000’s. On a plus note always has good looking women on his arm though.
Christian Vieri – In 1999 became the world’s most expensive player after Inter Milan paid Lazio £32 million for his services. And in fairness to Inter they made sure that after what they forked out they got their moneys worth. Unfortunately not many of Vieri’s former employers could say the same. Amassed a pretty impressive 13 clubs during his career.
Ade Akinbiyi – About as welcome in Leicester as the bubonic plague, ‘Super Ade’ somehow cost chairman in excess of £12 million during his career which spanned 13 clubs albeit not on the same level as Vieri but it was a gallant effort. Did earn a cap for Nigeria though so obviously someone appreciated his work.
Andrew (Andy) Cole – Chances are if you have been to an English football ground during the 90’s and 00’s and opened your eyes you will have seen Cole the Goal. There was much debate about what he actually preferred to be called but one things for sure. The guy could finish. Retired after winning EVERY honour you can think of and is 2nd only to Alan Shearer in terms of Premier League goals. Wore the colours of 12 different clubs during his career.
Jimmy Glass – Probably the least well known of this Top 10 but ask Carlisle fans about this guy and you’ll probably need a sleeping bag and a travel shaving kit they’ll chew your ear off so bad. Played for 12 clubs fair enough in the lower echelons of football but when fame came calling in 1999 Glass grasped it with both hands, scoring a spectacular last minute goal against Plymouth to keep Carlisle in the Football League.
Teddy Sheringham – When England’s cleverest footballer ever retired in 2008 he had represented his country 51 times and clocked up 760 games for 9 different clubs. A pretty impressive total for a player often thought of as ‘immobile’. Another on the list to sample most of the top honours in the game including a Champions League winner’s medal.
Craig Bellamy – The controversial marksman’s loan move to Championship Cardiff City means that he joins Sheringham on 9 clubs but with the Welsh Wonders outspoken nature I for one wouldn’t place my bets on the Cardiff City Stadium being the last club car park Bellamy drives into sign a contract.
Nicolas Anelka – ‘Le Grand Sulk’ as he is known amongst fellow pros has popped up at some rather diverse venues over his 16 years in football. Now seemingly settled in the blue of Chelsea was once thought of as a trouble maker (just ask Raymond Domenech) has previously gone from the Galactico’s of Real Madrid to the Los Merengues of the north . . . . . Bolton. Altogether a respectable 8 clubs for a player who on his day is still one of the Premierships elite strikers.
Mark Hughes – Another Welshman in the Hall of Fame ‘Sparky’ is a household name up and down the country for his no-nonsense approach to forward play and spectacular scissor kicks that had the Stretford End purring. Despite his 2 spells as a Red Devil lasting 13 years together, Hughes did a spot of address swapping later in his career. A non-to-shabby 7 for the Fulham boss.
Obviously this Top 10 is not matter-of-fact and I am positive I have missed people out, for this I am sorry but I more than welcome any additions to this list that anyone can come up with.