NOW the footie season is in full flow you can enjoy watching the sport’s pampered prima donnas.
But in our ‘ feature, we’re reminding you of the violent nutters, randy rebels and peacocking playboys who over the years have graced the beautiful game with their presence.
Every week we’ll be looking at a different one of the sport’s most mental mavericks.
This week it’s the man they called ‘Duncan Disorderly’ – Duncan Ferguson. midfielder Paul Ince to the ground, strangling Leicester’s Steffen Freund and punching Bolton forward Fredi Bobic. He was awarded his last red card for punching Wigan’s Paul Scharner.
These days Ferguson – who retired in 2006 and moved to Spain for a while – is married with three kids and is working towards his coaching badges at Everton’s youth academy.
But for many, he will always be remembered as Duncan Disorderly.
Speaking about Ferguson’s sending off against Wigan, victim Scharner said: “Duncan Ferguson elbowed me in the neck three times and I was beginning to get a bit angry.
“I swore at him in Austrian and I know he couldn’t possibly have understood it.
“Even so, he suddenly swung round and thumped me in the stomach. He got sent off, but I began to appreciate how he earned his reputation as a hard man.
“It was a nice punch, I have to say.”