Halloween 2018: Footballers scarier than Roy Keane, including Duncan Ferguson, Kevin Muscat and Graeme Souness

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On Halloween, it’s important to remember those unfortunate enough to have run into some of football’s scariest players.

Roy Keane was, and still is, a scary man, but talkSPORT.com thinks it has found worse than the former Manchester United captain…

JOE JORDAN

Joe Jordan is lead away for Gennaro Gattuso’s own protection

Joe Jordan is lead away for Gennaro Gattuso’s own protection

Clearly nobody explained to Gennaro Gattuso, who Joe Jordan was when he squared up to the Spurs coach during a Champions League game in 2011.

And when he grabbed his throat, manager Harry Redknapp pulled his pal away – for Gattuso’s own safety.

He had a fearsome reputation as a player that saw him turn out for Leeds, Manchester United and represent Scotland – a quality striker with no teeth. In fact, the more teeth he lost, the harder he became.

“Joe’s name was one of those you dreaded seeing on the team-sheet when it was delivered to the dressing room,” former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen once wrote.

“In 1979, we were drawn to play Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final and there was some debate over whether Joe would be fit to play. When we were given their line-up and there, at number nine, was his name, I was seriously unhappy.”

Warning: If you see this man, run the other way

Warning: If you see this man, run the other way

DUNCAN FERGUSON

Would you burgle this man’s house? That’s 6ft 4in of anti-theft technology right there as would-be robbers on Merseyside will tell you

Would you burgle this man’s house? That’s 6ft 4in of anti-theft technology right there as would-be robbers on Merseyside will tell you

Moments after big Dunc had been sent off for punching Wigan’s Paul Scharner in the ribs, Jimmy Bullard tried to have some fun with the Everton striker.

Ferguson, remember, is the first professional footballer to be jailed for an on-the-field assault and who has decked burglars unlucky enough to try and rob his house.

“As he walked off I shouted out, trying to be funny: ‘I’ll see you in the tunnel at the end of the game’” Bullard told Four Four Two.

“I was just trying to have a laugh. And he was like, ‘Yeah. All right.’

“And I was like, ‘Oh!’

The moment Jimmy Bullard instantly regretted calling out Duncan Ferguson

The moment Jimmy Bullard instantly regretted calling out Duncan Ferguson

“I saw him about two weeks later at the races. The other Wigan players were trying to shunt me over towards him, but I got away with it.

“I wouldn’t even try to take him. He’s huge.

“I would run, or hide behind one of my bigger friends.”

KEVIN MUSCAT

Let’s leave this one to Peter Crouch to explain. “Kevin Muscat scared me,” he recently revealed. “You know people would say: ‘I’m going to break your legs’ – when he would say it, you genuinely believed him.”

CLAUDIO GENTILE

Gentile by name, not by nature as almost any player who has faced the Italian will attest to

Gentile by name, not by nature as almost any player who has faced the Italian will attest to

“My character was not to intimidate, but to show I was the boss on the pitch,” Gentile once explained. Yes, he’s the most inappropriately named footballer ever; a man marker who would leave a mark on his opponent. His commitment to the dark arts was legendary.

“If he knocked you down, he’d pretend to the referee he was helping you up, but what he was actually doing was digging his nails into you, so you’d react to that,” ex-Rangers player Gordon Smith said, while former Celtic star Frank McGarvey said Gentile once knocked him out on the pitch.

“He just came up behind me and punched me in the head. I was unconscious. Our physio brought me round with smelling salts – and they were disgusting,” he said adding that at full-time he went in search for revenge in the tunnel, but could not get to the Italian. “That was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because he was twice my size!”

TOMMY SMITH

He was known as the ‘Anfield Iron’ who presumably has two trophy cabinets at home – one for the four league titles, two FA and UEFA Cups and the European Cup and the other for the vast amount of opponent’s bones he has collected over the years. He was uncompromising and someone to avoid.

“I did warn players,” he told the Telegraph in 2008. “When Jimmy Greaves came out at Anfield one time I handed him a piece of paper. He said: ‘What’s this?’ I said: ‘Just open it.’ It was the menu from the Liverpool Infirmary.”

Tommy Smith aka the ‘Anfield Iron,’ was an uncompromising player

Tommy Smith aka the ‘Anfield Iron,’ was an uncompromising player

On the subject of frightening Liverpool players, it would be wrong not to mention Graeme Souness. When you overshadow a player known as the ‘Butcher of Bilbao’, you’ve probably got something about you. That’s what the former Liverpool midfielder and captain did when the Reds saw off Andoni Goikoetxea’s Athletic Bilbao in the 1984 European Cup. Souness, you see, was capable of almost decapitating a man with his foot.

BONUS

The time Vinnie Jones frightened the life out of Gazza during a Wimbledon v Newcastle game.

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