12 obscure Premier League footballers that you may struggle to remember 6 years ago

12 obscure Premier League footballers that you may struggle to remember

A nostalgic blast from the past but tell us your own shouts.

We're living in an age where information, statistics and the career biographies of footballers are available at an instant but I'm confident in saying that some fans might  have a hard time remembering the highlights from these Premier League players.


We've opted for some truly obscure players here but feel free to give us your own recommendations.

Orlando Trustfull

Famous for: The 'tache, the name, the whole works. There should be multiple statues of him built in Sheffield.

Orlando Trustfull -Sheffield Wednesday Stock Sheffield Wednesday 2 Notts Forest 0, 18/11/96, Premiership Pic : Tony O'Brien/Action Images Nottingham Forest


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Darren Caskey

Famous for: 4 years at Spurs and 4 goals. He has one of those surnames though that instantly triggers the 'Ah yeah! I remember him' part of your footballing brain.

Darren Caskey


Ulrich van Gobbel

Famous for: Being an absolute brick shithouse, just like Robert Molenaar of Leeds and Bradford City.

26 Oct 1996: Eric Cantona of Manchester United (left) scrambles for the ball with Ulrich Van Gobbel of Southampton during the FA Carling Premier league match between Southampton and Manchester United at the Dell in Southampton. Sothampton won the match6-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/Allsport

Li Tie


Famous for: I'm not saying that Everton were cynical when they agreed the sponsorship deal with Chang and then signed a few Chinese players but...

MANCHESTER - OCTOBER 7: Li Tie of Everton (R) keeps an eye on David Beckham of Manchester United during the FA Barclaycard Premiership Game between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford, Manchester, England on October 7, 2002. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Tomas Danilevičius

Famous for: Despite a fairly impressive goal scoring record at international level the Lithuanian striker only made two appearances for the Gunners. He did score against Barcelona though.


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Clint Marcelle

Famous for: Being the coolest cat of all-time. I mean, any man that's named Clint is instantly cooler than the other side of the pillow.

1998-1999 Season: Clint Marcelle of Barnsley in action during the 1998- 1999 season. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

William Prunier

Famous for: That disastrous match against Spurs and the unfortunate title that he's probably going to be remembered as Fergie's worst ever signing at Man Utd. Taibi and Bebe might push the Frenchman for that accolade though.


Eric Tinkler

Famous for: The South African has a surname that's worthy of a place on this list alone.

9 Aug 1997: Eric Tinkler of Barnsley passes the ball during the FA Carling Premiership match against West Ham United at Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley, England. West Ham United won the match 1-2. Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport

Bernard Lambourde

Famous for: Rivaling Winston Bogarde for the title of most essential player in the Chelsea squad. Oh wait...

12 Dec 1998: Paulo Wanchope of Derby County flies in to challenge Bernard Lambourde of Chelsea during the FA Carling Premiership match at Pride Park in Derby, England. The game ended 2-2. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport

Hugo Porfirio

Famous for: Let's just lump Marco Boogers and Florin Răducioiu into this list also because they're all Upton Park legends. Cough, cough.

11 Jan 1997: Hugo Porfirio of West Ham (left) and Stig Inge Bjornebye of Liverpool (right) in action during the premier league game at Anfield. The game ended 0-0. Mandatory credit: Mark Thompson/Allsport

Robin Van Der Laan

Famous for: Just one of the many nostalgia inducing players that Derby County had during period that included; Stefano Eranio, Horacio Carbonari, Mart Poom, Igor Stimac, Mauricio Solis and Christian Dailly. That must have been a fun dressing room.

He did score the goal that sealed their promotion in '96 though.

5 Apr 1997: Roy Keane (right) of Manchester United in an airiel challenge with Robin van der laan of Derby County during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Derby won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport


Famous for: It takes a special type of player to be Newcastle's representative on this list of remarkably obscure players. Does anyone remember him? If you need a clue then he also had a spell at Crystal Palace.

These are just some of the obscure players that came into our minds so please let us know your own favourites.

18 Sep 1999: Jose Antunes Fumaca of Crystal Palace in action during the match between Crystal Palace v Grimsby Town in the Nationwide League Division One at Selhurst Park, London. Palace went on to win 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tony O''Brien /Allsport