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Premier League Tradesmen

These guys made it to the Premier League the hard way! Each of these players worked or trained for a job in the construction industry. Hover over each sticker to find out more about the player’s employment history. If you think we’ve missed anyone, click on the submit data button to let us know. You can also vote for players to make the Premier League Tradesmen XI below.

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Antolín Alcaraz

  • Apps 82
  • Goals 3
  • Caps 24

Antolín Alcaraz

Labourer

Alcaraz worked as a builder’s assistant as a teenager in his hometown in Paraguay before becoming a footballer. (source)

Charlie Austin

  • Apps 25
  • Goals 15
  • Caps 0

Charlie Austin

Bricklayer

Charlie Austin worked as a Brick Layer whilst playing for Poole Town before he was signed by Swindon Town. (source)

Steve Bruce

  • Apps 148
  • Goals 11
  • Caps 0

Steve Bruce

Apprentice Plumber

At 16, Bruce got a job as a trainee plumber. A week before starting, Gillingham offered him an apprenticeship. (source)

Jimmy Bullard

  • Apps 92
  • Goals 12
  • Caps 0

Jimmy Bullard

Painter & Decorator

Before becoming a professional footballer at the age of 20, Bullard worked as a painter and decorator. (source)

John Gayle

  • Apps 3
  • Goals 0
  • Caps 0

John Gayle

Labourer

Gayle was working on building sites during the day whilst playing non-league football before going pro. (source)

Gilberto Silva

  • Apps 164
  • Goals 17
  • Caps 93

Gilberto Silva

Labourer/Carpenter

Silva's father taught him his craft as a blacksmith to act as a safety net should the dream of becoming a professional footballer fall through. (source)

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  • Apps 1575
  • Goals 129
  • Caps 381
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Steve Guppy

  • Apps 151
  • Goals 9
  • Caps 1

Steve Guppy

Labourer

Guppy was a labourer on building sites before signing a professional contract with Wycombe Wanderers aged 20. (source)

Geoff Horsfield

  • Apps 81
  • Goals 12
  • Caps 0

Geoff Horsfield

Bricklayer

Horsfield qualified at college and worked as a bricklayer and played for several non-league teams before going pro. (source)

Steve Howard

  • Apps 20
  • Goals 1
  • Caps 0

Steve Howard

Roofer

Howard is a roofer by trade and played part-time for Tow Law Town before signing for Hartlepool. (source)

Lee Hughes

  • Apps 23
  • Goals 0
  • Caps 0

Lee Hughes

Roofer

Lee Hughes worked as a roofer for five years and represented England’s semi-professional team. (source)

Vinnie Jones

  • Apps 177
  • Goals 12
  • Caps 9

Vinnie Jones

Hod carrier

Jones worked as a hod carrier and played in the non-league for Wealdstone before signing for Wimbledon. (source)

Paul Mason

  • Apps 5
  • Goals 0
  • Caps 0

Paul Mason

Labourer

Mason worked as a labourer in England and Holland before signing a professional contract for FC Groningen. (source)

Paul McGrath

  • Apps 190
  • Goals 7
  • Caps 83

Paul McGrath

Metal Worker

McGrath worked as a metal worker and roof slater before playing professional football. (source)

Craig Noone

  • Apps 14
  • Goals 1
  • Caps 0

Craig Noone

Roofer

Noone was a roofer and worked on Steven Gerrard’s conservatory before becoming a professional footballer at Plymouth Argyle. (source)

Stuart Pearce

  • Apps 202
  • Goals 20
  • Caps 78

Stuart Pearce

Electrician

Pearce is an electrician by trade and finished his training six weeks before turning professional with Coventry City. (source)

Cyrille Regis

  • Apps 13
  • Goals 1
  • Caps 5

Cyrille Regis

Electrician

Regis trained and worked as an electrician, earning a City and Guilds diploma before turning professional with West Bromwich Albion. (source)

Jay Rodriguez

  • Apps 68
  • Goals 21
  • Caps 1

Jay Rodriguez

Plumber

Rodriguez trained as a plumber as a fall back option for fear that he wouldn’t get a professional contract with Burnley. (source)

Neville Southall

  • Apps 207
  • Goals 0
  • Caps 92

Neville Southall

Hod carrier

Southall took a pay cut to abandon his job as a hod carrier and sign for Bury football club. (source)

Gary Taylor-Fletcher

  • Apps 32
  • Goals 6
  • Caps 0

Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Roofer

Taylor-Fletcher worked as a roofer prior to and during his time as a semi-professional with Northwich Victoria. (source)

Geoff Thomas

  • Apps 33
  • Goals 3
  • Caps 9

Geoff Thomas

Electrician

Thomas worked as an electrician before taking a pay cut aged 18 to become a professional contract. (source)

Dean Windass

  • Apps 94
  • Goals 17
  • Caps 0

Dean Windass

Hod carrier

Windass worked as a hod-carrier before turning professional with Hull City aged 22. (source)