Heavyweight heroes: Footballers who defied their physique and terrace taunts

Adebayo Akinfenwa, left, in action for previous club AFC Wimbledon at Pools.

Adebayo Akinfenwa, left, in action for previous club AFC Wimbledon at Pools.

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Hartlepool United face a big challenge on Saturday when 16st striker Adebayo “The Beast” Akinfenwa arrives in town with Wycombe Wanderers.

Here we look back at some North East players who have taken a pounding from fans for their build.*