Terry Hurlock was seriously scary, right player for the right club. Think Vinnie Jones toughened up at Wimbledon, didn't he
get sent off after about two minutes on his debut for Sheff Utd? Rightly so, was a terrible tackle. Graham Reed certainly could
be classified as a hard man on the field. Barry Gill was very strong, even Bradford City's Bobby Campbell said so after a friendly
at Westfield Lane and he was no weakling or angel.
Norman Hunter, Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles weren't exactly soft for Leeds. A lot of hard men on the field in those days,
including Chopper Harris (Chelsea), Peter Storey (Arsenal) and Nobby Stiles (Man Utd).
Wally Downes was a good player but could dish it out too for the likes of Wimbledon and Sheff Utd, not Neil Warnock's favourite
The Northern Counties East used to be a very hard place to get the ball down and play when I first started watching it, hell of a lot
of mistimed and seriously dangerous tackles flying in. Improved in recent years.
I suppose Terry Barwick must be considered the ball winner/hard man in the present side.
The players mentioned by TMc before my time, but they sound hard to me.
Vinnie Jones in his Chelsea days got booked after 3 seconds after a wild challenge on Dane Whitehouse (Sheff Utd), I also remember him clattering Peter Reid (Man City) at the kick off after around 6 seconds when he moved to Sheff Utd, not sure whether he got booked or sent off.
He's not someone i consider a hardman, more of a wind up merchant...Vinnie was only hard in his own head. Anyone can throw themselves into reckless challenges. I remember seeing him on TV's the Gladiators back in the day, what a wimp he was.......I think even the girls game him a good beating that day
Around his era, Roy Keane, Razor Ruddock and Eric Cantona with his flying kicks were more to fear, and who remembers Mark Dennis, that centre half at Southampton who spent more time suspended than playing.