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Tottenham, Nottingham Forest, Leeds, West Ham and Newcastle have had their share of fat footballers.

FatfootballersOn this day in 1995, Everton won the FA Cup, defeating Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley.

In that team, Neville Southall was the marshall at the back, showing off his incredible goalkeeping ability that he had proven many a time at Goodison Park.

Despite all his talent, Southall certainly did not look like a footballer. He was a rather large figure, and whilst that may help goalkeepers, playing outfield can be incredibly hard if unfit.

However, that has not stopped a selection of players piling on the pounds in their careers, and to celebrate Southall’s memorable day, we take a look at five other players who have become rather large in their time.

Adel Taarabt - Tottenham Hotspur, QPR

A wiry figure in his youth, Taarabt’s incredible talent has done to waste due to a lack of fitness, as well as an apparent lack of work rate. Harry Redknapp claimed he was ‘three stone overweight’ earlier this season.

Neil Ruddock - Liverpool, West Ham

Never the smallest of players, Ruddock certainly grew outwards as he grew older, before morphing into the almost perfect central defender due to his size. Became known as a physical presence who was terrifying to play against.

Thomas Brolin - Leeds United

An incredible fast and technical attacker on his day, Brolin moved to Leeds and saw his career fall apart. Complaints over his fitness level and attitude resulted in him losing his place in the team, and since then he has ballooned.

Andy Reid - Nottingham Forest

Still playing with Forest, Reid started his career with the same club before moving to Spurs and growing rather large. Still exceptionally talented, he is far to good for the Championship, but is let down by a lack of physicality.

Paul Gascoigne - Tottenham, Newcastle, Middlesbrough

A brilliant player who was struck down by numerous injuries, it was these injuries that saw his waist grow, as he was unable to keep training. Could still put on exceptional displays when needed though.

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