Stuart Pearce Psycho TC

In honour of Stuart Pearce, we look at five of the biggest nutters in football, including Leeds, West Ham, Everton and Manchester United legends.

Stuart Pearce Psycho TC

Pearce was born on this day in 1962, and the Nottingham Forest legend built a reputation as ‘Psycho’ amongst fans of English football for his emotionally charge on-field displays.

Coming from an era when the pampered lifestyle of youth footballers was non-existent, Pearce made a name for himself in non-league football, before his transfer to Coventry and then Forest, where he is still lauded as a hero - despite his poor managerial spell this campaign.

He is just one of many nutters in footballing history, and we look at some others to have followed a similar path to Psycho.

Vinnie Jones - Wimbledon, Chelsea, Leeds United

The ultimate hard-man in football, Jones was often found flying into tackles on the pitch, before retiring from the game to be the hard-man in Hollywood. He holds the record for the fastest ever Premier League yellow card - three seconds into a game - and then, of course, there is the famous picture with Paul Gascoigne.

Paul Gascoigne - Tottenham, Rangers, Newcastle

Speaking of Gazza, he is on this list in his own right, although more for his off-field antics than what he did on the pitch. A mesmerising player, and one of the most naturally gifted footballers of all time, Gazza was often found letting his talent go to waste by pranking teammates, walking out to an FA Cup Final in slippers, and being an all-round joker.

Duncan Ferguson - Rangers, Everton, Newcastle

Everton legend Ferguson followed the vein of Jones, being the on-field hard-man, whilst also showing his strength off the field of play. A holder of four convictions for assault, he once left a man in hospital when his house was burgled, and was often found showing that aggression when taking to games with the Toffees.

Paolo Di Canio - Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham

Once received an 11-game ban for pushing over a referee, and was fined in his homeland of Italy for twice giving the Roman salute to Roma fans whilst a Lazio player. A self confessed Mussolini fan, his fascist leanings do not endear him with great ease to a number of fans.

Eric Cantona - Leeds, Manchester United

The famous crowd kicking incident was just one of Cantona’s various approaches to the game of football, with his violent on-field demeanour conflicting with his philosophical approach off pitch. A man who used his character as a leader on the pitch, he certainly proved his slightly deranged attitude off it.

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