Gobby agitators, sly snakes, pantomime villains; this is how we choose to describe the players who employ the ‘dark arts’ in football, but they are just polite ways of talking about the shithouses that pervade the game at all levels.
While they might be more common the lower down the food chain you go, you’ll find they occupy a spot in some of the best teams in the world; the biters, the scratchers, the wind-up merchant, they have their place and know what their job is.
They are the antiheroes of the sport, and it wouldn’t be half as interesting without them. So we sat down to pick our Ultimate Sh*thouse XI…
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