We are used to hearing about Premier League goal machines but not every player can hit the net on a regular basis.
Even so, most fullbacks will score at some point, it’s rare to go a whole career without a single goal which makes these goal shy stalwarts even less impressive.
Goal Drought – Longest run of Premier League games without a goal
Stephane Henchoz – 243 games
Henchoz formed a terrific partnership with Sami Hypia in the late 90’s that lasted until Jamie Carragher was switched from right back in the early 00’s. A tough defender who actually went up for corners but never got on the end of one.
Richard Shaw – 252 games
Back in the days when Coventry City were a top-flight institution, Richard Shaw was a rock in the defence of the Sky Blues.
Shaw was also a fixture in the Crystal Palace back line but never scored in the top flight for either team.
Des Walker – 264 games
Before Des Walker went to Italy he was in the top 10 defenders in the world, fast, tough and a great reader of the game. An indifferent year in Italy saw Des leave after just one season and move to then European place contenders, Sheffield Wednesday. Walker was a rock but never got near the opposition goal and stayed back for set pieces largely due to his blistering pace.
Tony Hibbert – 265 games
Hibbert is very well thought of by Everton fans, a one club man that gave his all in every game. His job wasn’t to score and its just as well, he never managed a single goal in any competition.
Kenny Cunningham – 335 games
Cunningham started his career with Millwall before getting his chance in the top flight with Wimbledon in 1994. Due to the style of football Wimbledon played, defenders would often get on the score sheet from set pieces, but not this lad, he managed over 300 Premier League games without a goal.