Hardest Premier League footballer? Duncan Ferguson video is incredible

  • Rob Swan
Video of Duncan Ferguson being utterly terrifying has football fans in stitches

When it comes to the hardest player in Premier League history, there’s surely only one winner.

The likes of Roy Keane, Vinnie Jones, Nemanja Vidic, Jaap Stam and Stuart Pearce were all scary in their right, but none of them were as terrifying as Duncan Ferguson.

Best known for his spells with Everton, the former Scotland striker was a 6ft 4in powerhouse of a man and a defender’s worst nightmare.

Even now, at the age of 50, nobody in their right mind would mess with Big Dunc.

For those too young to remember Ferguson in his pomp, a wonderful video has been uploaded to Twitter by @bryansgunn which shows the Scot as his menacing best.

Set to the music from Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film ‘Psycho’ along with hair-raising audio from the big man, the video shows Ferguson putting the fear of god into various opponents and even a few referees.

Watch it here:


Now let’s check out some of the best reaction:

Jimmy Bullard on Duncan Ferguson incident

Jimmy Bullard’s face at the end of the video was an absolute picture.

Speaking about that incident in 2020, the former Premier League midfielder told Sky Sports: “I get pulled up all the time about this. Soccer AM were the first to play this clip as this was a midweek game. He’d only been on the pitch for a bit!

“I was telling him to calm down, but he’d gone. He’d lost the plot. I always want to get involved if there’s a bit of drama. I loved it as a player.

Jimmy Bullard Duncan Ferguson

“I knew [Everton forward] James McFadden and I asked him if Dunc was alright. He told me not to say anything.

“Mike Dean gives him the red card, and as he’s walking away, I told Dunc I’d see him in the tunnel, for a bit of banter but that backfired. Lee McCulloch and McFadden told me that was a bad idea.

“It was a disaster as he was waiting in the tunnel and there was still 15 minutes to play. It was the worst 15 minutes I’ve ever had, as I kept looking over thinking he was going to punch me!”

Duncan Ferguson named Premier League’s hardest player

Meanwhile, Micah Richards and Alan Shearer both named Ferguson as the hardest player in Premier League history in 2021.

Richards told BBC Sport: “From the videos and how big he is… Stam walked away, Keane walked away. He’s got to be number one. He’s got the eyes, you wouldn’t mess with him.”

Shearer, who played with Ferguson as Newcastle United, added: “I played against him and I played with him. You know when someone has an aura about them. He had a presence when he walked in, the size of him. He had this reputation and he didn’t disappoint. If looks could kill, he could kill you with a look. I don’t know anyone in the game who doesn’t think that about him. You could see the fear in defenders’ eyes in the tunnel.

“To go into battle with him was magnificent. Most defenders were petrified to go near him. He could fight with the best of them, tackle with the best of them. He was unplayable in the air. What a good player he was. He scored an unbelievable half-volley on the turn against Manchester United at St James’ Park. He was the hardest. He was frightened of nothing or no-one.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Sami Hyypia of Liverpool clashes with Duncan Ferguson of Everton during the Barclays Premiership match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park, on December 11, 2004 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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