The 10 toughest Everton players in history and how they got their reputation


Everton has had its fair share of tough football men over the years.

But this list takes up the top 10 in this category, with names very important in the history of the club.

Pat Van Den Hauwe

They didn’t call him “Psycho Pat” for nothing.

The Welshman never dodged a tackle and was completely fearless on the field.

An excellent defender, too, making 135 appearances for Everton and helping the Toffees win the League and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Neville Southall

Big Nev never dodged a face to face and almost always got the upper hand.

The Welshman was as imposing as possible and was a huge character on the field.

Never afraid to say what he thinks, Southall now spends his days helping a variety of charities across the UK.

Dixie Dean

Everton’s biggest player was also as hard as nails.

He once lost a testicle in a tackle, while other injuries included a broken jaw and a broken skull, but Dean still broke all kinds of goal records throughout his career.

Everton footballer Dixie Dean in action for his team during a championship game at Goodison Park. Around 1935. Copyright: Liverpool ECHO

Duncan Ferguson

Former Leicester midfielder Steffen Freund is probably still waking up in a cold sweat thinking of Duncan Ferguson.

The striker was known for his physical and aggressive style of play and was no stranger to throwing his weight on the field.

Ferguson has played 269 times in the Premier League, scoring 68 times.

He has also been sacked nine times in his career – his eight Premier League dismissals are a record, held jointly with Patrick Vieira and Richard Dunne.

Johnny Morrissey

“It was a winger who used to terrify the rear end that marked him,” said teammate Colin Harvey about Johnny Morrissey.

The winger won two championship titles during his time with the Blues in the 1960s and early 1970s, earning him a reputation as a tough man along the way.

He also made a pass to Liverpool.

Dave Watson

Limited 12 times for England, Watson has only played for Everton and Norwich City during his career.

His thoughtless attitude saw him accumulate more than 700 senior appearances during this period.

Tommy Gravesen

The Danish midfielder left for Real Madrid in the middle of the 2004/05 season, but remains a cult hero at Goodison Park.

Signed from Hamburg in 2000, Graveson was nicknamed “Mad Dog” and Everton supporters were big fans of his versatile approach.

Barry Horne

The scorer of a wonderful goal against Wimbledon in 1994, when Horne smashed a thunderous 25-yard half home volley, the midfielder was known for moments of flair mixed with grain and determination.

Most often seen crunching in tackles and regaining possession of the Blues, he could also create on occasion.

Brian Labone

A club man, the appearances of 534 Everton de Labone are a record for a field player.

Perhaps a sign of the times – the late 1950s and 1960s – Labone’s hard work saw him only take two reservations during his 13-year career.

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Andy Gray

The former Sky Sports expert, who now gives his opinions for Bein Sports, signed for Wolves’ Everton in 1983.

He turned out to be a great buy with his powerful aerial dominance and courage when he led the line in helping the Blues get out, leaving only when Gary Lineker was bought in Leicester City.


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