7 Biggest Journeymen in Football History

 
 
Jefferson Louis of Wealdstone scores his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the FA Cup First Round match between Wealdstone and Colchester United at Freebets.co.uk Stadium on...

Former Leicester City, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Bayern Munich players feature.

Jefferson Louis of Wealdstone scores his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the FA Cup First Round match between Wealdstone and Colchester United at Freebets.co.uk Stadium on...Jefferson Louis of Wealdstone scores his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the FA Cup First Round match between Wealdstone and Colchester United

The days of the one-club man are dying out, but whilst playing for five or six clubs is practically the norm in the modern game, playing for 15 or 16 is a different matter. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sometimes labelled as a journeyman, having played for eight clubs, but that measly tally doesn't get him anywhere near our seven.

Nicolas Anelka would be a better shout, having played for 12 different clubs, or Rivaldo, who played for 14, but still neither crack our top seven, all of whom have played for 20 or more different clubs. It ought to be noted the seven is only for players, not managers, hence Rudi Gutendorf's omission. Here are the seven biggest journeymen in football history: 

7. Drewe Broughton

An imposing striker, Drewe Broughton was known for his strength and stature, and played in every division in England between the top and eighth tier. In 16 years, he played 482 games, scoring 91 goals and playing for 21 different clubs. Broughton probably didn't have time to unpack his suitcase half the time, playing 10 or less games for 12 of those teams, with his longest spells coming at Kidderminster Harriers and Rotherham United.

6. Frank Worthington

One of the game’s great eccentrics, Frank Worthington was a skilful forward who never wore shin-pads and won eight caps for England. Born into a footballing family, both Worthington’s parents played football, as did both his brothers and his nephew. Playing well into his 40s, Worthington played in the U.S., South Africa, Sweden and his native England. In 24 years, he played for 24 clubs, playing over 800 games and scoring over 250 goals.

5. Lutz Pfannenstiel

When it comes to nomadic footballers, few can compare to German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel. Having played for 25 teams, Pfannenstiel is the only player in the history of football to have played professionally in all six FIFA confederations. His shot stopping has taken him to some obscure footballing destinations including Namibia, Armenia and Malaysia. Falsely accused of match fixing and once stealing a penguin which he kept in his bathtub, his life is a flavourful one. He retired in 2011 after two years with Ramblers FC in Namibia.

4. Richard Pacquette

A product of the Queens Park Rangers academy, Richard Pacquette is one of the most nomadic players in the history of the game. Since breaking into the QPR first team in 2000, Pacquette has played for 29 different teams, playing less than 10 games for more than half of those teams. Still only 34, there is a chance Pacquette could play for more teams than any other professional footballer when he does finally retire.

3. John Burridge

English goalkeeper John Burridge played for an astonishing 29 different clubs in England and Scotland in a 28-year career, between 1969 and 1997. Burridge has played for 15 English Football League teams, which is an all-time record. Nicknamed Budgie, he played over 750 games in total, playing over 100 games for both Blackpool and Sheffield United. Between 1994 and 1996, Burridge transferred 22 times, the same number as the amount of games he played in that time.

2. Trevor Benjamin

Jamaican forward Trevor Benjamin retired in 2012 after 19 years in the game, and having played for 29 teams. Benjamin’s most notable spell came with Leicester City in the Premier League, although his career ended up being a myriad of sporadic spells at English non-league sides. Despite playing for England’s U21 side, he ended up playing for the Jamaican National Team, with whom he won two caps. Since retiring, Benjamin has released him own brand of goalkeeping gloves.

1. Jefferson Louis

“It’s like I’m cursed,” Jefferson Louis told the Guardian in 2014, having just signed for his 29th club. Since then, Louis has played for another five teams, taking his tally up to 34. Having shown promise as a youngster, Louis has since become the journeyman of all journeymen, racking up an incredible array of league and non-league clubs in England. Aged 38, he currently plays for Banbury United, in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, where he is in fine form, having scored 8 goals in 9 games since signing for the club in June.

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