10 players who really weren't liked by their team-mates
1. “Well, I know I was brilliant but…”
Rimmer shot himself in the foot after telling punters in a Southgate pub, “I played well today – it was a shame about the other 10"
One of Arsenal’s few reliable performers in the mid-’70s, keeper Jimmy Rimmer spectacularly shot himself in the foot after telling punters in a Southgate pub: “I played well today – it was a shame about the other 10.”
When word filtered back to the dressing room, Jimbo soon departed to Villa. “He wasn’t high on anyone’s Christmas card list,” huffed Gunners defender David O’Leary.
2. McGovern damned by association
Signed to fill the nine-game gap left by Billy Bremner’s suspension in August 1974, John McGovern was vilified by fans and team-mates alike as unpopular coach Brian Clough’s pet in Ol’ Big ’Ead’s fateful 44-day Elland Road spell.
McGovern played just four times, later joining Cloughie at Nottingham Forest to win two European Cups. “Perhaps we were a bit hard on the lad,” admitted Peter Lorimer.
3. Seal of disapproval
Young’s complaints were echoed by exasperated City players as the wheels come off the Sky Blues’ title challenge
“After Rodney Marsh arrived,” trilled Manchester City winger Neil Young of the ex-QPR maverick’s March 1972 transfer, “I’d attempt a give-and-go, and there he was juggling the ball like a bloody seal.”
Young’s complaints were echoed by exasperated City players as the wheels come off the Sky Blues’ title challenge. “He was a flashy sod,” blasted skipper Mike Doyle. “They acted like a Northern Mafia,” countered Marsh.
4. Chopper’s sweet revenge
After scything down Liverpool’s Emlyn Hughes in retaliation for Crazy Horse breaking Peter Osgood’s leg in a 1966 League Cup tie, Chelsea hatchet man Ron Harris was hotly pursued by Reds tough guy Tommy Smith.
Expecting to be throttled, Harris was stunned when a smirking Smith told him: “I could get to like you, Chopper.” “It turns out that the Liverpool players weren’t too keen on Emlyn’s whining voice either,” recounted Harris.