We’ve been asking you all afternoon through twitter, who your childhood footballing heroes are/were. We had some amazing responses, with a lot of passionate fans who expressed with great reasoning to who their footballing heroes are.
@andrew_stead suggest Wolves legend Steve Bull as his hero “Steve Bull, for the loyalty he showed to Wolves when he could’ve made more money elsewhere, and the 250+ goals helped, too!” From non league Tipton town, Bull went on to make nearly 500 appearances for Wolves earning him cult status at Molineux.
@smoggy_1986 : “Juninho, best player i have seen and loved the fans + club”. The little Brazilian didn’t even play 100 games for Middlesborough but obviously left a strong mark at the Riverside.
@arsenalboybezza: “Dennis Bergkamp. Had it all. Oozed class. Complete professional. Absolute Gamechanger”. Pictured on the left, Bergkamp is considered as Arsenal’s greatest ever player by many fans with the ability to do the unthinkable and change a game at will.
@chris_thefish idolised Chris Waddle commenting ”Theres only one Chrissy Waddle! Absolute legend, made everything look so easy”
Ex Barnsley captain Neil Redfearn lead his team to the Premiership in 1997 for their only appearance in the competition thus far. @chrisryder87: ”Neil Redfearn scored 18 goals (maybe more) and captained us to the premiership in the same season, legend”
@foolishuk suggests ”Niclas Alexandersson. He was a magician in the #SWFC team in the declining years”
There are also a few current players on the list with @nickdrfcmurphy suggesting “Paul Benson, played for us, proof that if you try you can do anything, his rise was remarkable, so much respect”
@jordanjonesy tells us that his footballing idol is Cardiff stalwart “Kevin McNaughton – his work rate is incredible, I may be young but he’s so passionate, complete hero”
Several mentions for other players included Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Gascoigne and Gianfronco Zola
Obviously this is a very personal preference to who you support, what era you were born and where you’re from but we all do have our heroes for many different reasons.
Who is your hero and why? Add them to the comment board below