Every professional footballer wants to play at the very top level and achieve all the success they possibly can in their career.

Wrongly or rightly, young players are quick to move to a ‘major’ club as they crave trophies to help them prove themselves and be remembered.

In our opinion, the term ‘legend’ is used too often these days, but below are our top 15 players ‘legends’ that never played for a ‘major’ club.

Success isn’t just determined by trophies, these players will be remembered for their attitude on the pitch, their personal achievements and their legacy.




Jimmy Armfield

Now working as a pundit for BBC5 Live, Armfield is Blackpool’s most celebrated player of all time.

With an unbelievable 569 appearances for the club in a 17 year spell between 1954 and 1971, Armfield was an ever present for the Tangerine Army at right back.

He will be remembered for helping his club to their highest ever finish league finish, First Division Runner-up in 1956.

Armfield was named in England’s 1966 World Cup squad but missed out through injury.

Matt Le Tissier

Now a regular on Sky’s Soccer Saturday, Southampton’s Matt Le Tissier never left the team that signed him in 1985.

With 161 goals in 456 games, Matt full deserves his Saints nickname of ‘Le God’.

Amazingly despite his excellent scoring record, Le Tissier never established himself in the English National team with just eight appearances.

In his whole career, Le Tissier missed only one penalty out of 48 attempts.