February 12th, 2008

The Sizzle Query: Ginger-Minger or Ginger-Ninja?

Reading’s Dave Kitson, Man U’s Wes Brown, Chelsea’s Steve Sidwell and the man who put the ‘G’ in Ginger, Paul Scholes. These are just a few footie boys that have been blessed/cursed with locks of flaming fire with a side of tangerine.

For some reason, the legacy of red hair is looked upon in the UK as a terrible, terrible follicular crime and ginger-haired blokes are treated/mocked accordingly.

Personally, we couldn’t care less, and think the lighter, strawberry blonde look can be rather fetching, even if we can’t actually name anyone just now who has that look and falls into the sizzle category. But let’s not get caught up on details.

imageOur biggest issue with the G-look is the mayonnaise legs that tend to accompany.  But otherwise, we’re good…ish.  We tend to discriminate more with body types, ie those who only have four abs of steel will be placed on a lower scale than those who can provide an eight-pack, and so on.

If Dave Kitson had brown hair, would you find him a hottie? Is he a near-hottie now?  We think Wes B has quite decent sizzle potential, with nary a pasty leg to be found. Liverpool’s John Arne Riise loves to take his shirt off on a regular basis and has some serious stamina on the pitch – that counts for something, surely?  Or… Not.

Please do tell, Kickettes – share your gingerific opinions on the matter. Off limits, in small doses or can’t get enough?

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55 Responses to “The Sizzle Query: Ginger-Minger or Ginger-Ninja?”

  1. GLaDOS maintenance says:

    and they are partially based off his already existing base attractiveness.
    but CERTAINLY boosted by his gingerness!
    i love his hair and skin, and i would be ALL over that, just saying.

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  4. Vanessa says:

    Jamie Fraser FTW!!!!!!

  5. Omg john arne riise is so gud lucking and i dnt usally lyk giner people ly xxx

  6. Sky Blue Princess says:

    I dont see people problem with ginger hair :| , I think its quite nice myself, People like John Arne Riise and Kevin Thornton are rather hot but there wouldnt be so much about them without there red hair

  7. lleesylou says:

    Sorry Ellie no matter how hard John Arne Riises abs are in the pics he just doesnt do it for me – Dave Kitson however is a real cutie & definately in my top ten sexiest ballers (regardless of hair colour!)
    Can’t wait for the Euros either so what if Eng aren’t there, the Swiss are, which means only one thing in my mind – lots & lots of Senderos!!!!

  8. MrsDaveKitson says:

    Dave is a hottie irrespective of his hair. John Arne Riise is also a hottie. Just thought I’d say something.

  9. Kirsty says:

    I wouldn’t say that i have thing for Gingers just 1 John Arne Riise. I love him and i love the ginger, it just doesnt matter to me what colour his hair is, all that matters is that he is really hot.

    Oh and whoever it was at the premier league that said u werent allowed to take ur shirt off to celebrate a goal- shame on you. You ruined my life!! That was Johns celebration and you ruined it, you stopped me and the world (but most of all me_ from seeing his gorgeous ripped and toned body on a regular occation. Thank you very much!!!

  10. stevie's-wag-to-be says:

    jarne does not look all too bad there.. that is niice..
    though he IS the only ginger i can stand!

  11. AnnaD says:

    John Arne Riise…oh how i love thee and thy abs…and he’s such a good boy, taking his shirt off at the slightest provocation—-and even wiping the ball off before a throw-in gives us a peek at that tummy-to-die-for…Stevie G has hinted that JAR’s red hair is out of a bottle, so i think i need to investigate if the collar matches the cuffs (if you know what i mean,..ahem)

    the other redheads in the Prem i can take or leave…Wes Brown, in particular, is very unattractive

    for years, i have fought a thankless battle for more television coverage of the charming and sportsmanly activity of traditional post-match shirt-swapping…we need more of this, and more television time for it—-there’s no reason to cut right to the studio pundits: the public should see these boys engaging in this time-honoured tradition and embrace it…JMHO

  12. The Fourth Official says:

    Do they have that silly shirt rule at Euro2008, I wonder?  If not, definitely something to look forward to.

  13. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I’m with you Fourth, my love of football started when I see all those men running around, shirt swinging around their heads *sigh*
    God bless the few players who understand this and do it anyway, knowing that a yellow card means nothing compared to women swooning around the world!!

    Although I do have a particular bad memory of Giggs doing the same thing, white shirt twirling, big old grin on his face and the curliest rug on his chest ever *shudders* I pray each night for God to erase that image from my mind!

  14. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Yeah the tight little vest’s can be nice, but I do miss the flesh!  I like to see the driplets of sweat slowly running down their toned sweaty chests, maybe with a bit of mud thrown in too!!

    Bring on the summer!!!!!  tongue rolleye

  15. Sarah says:

    Robin, I know exactly what you mean.  I’m a redheaded American girl too, and I never heard any disparaging remarks about my ginger-ness until I became friends with british boys.  I mean, the jokes are all in good fun, and I don’t mind it because I love my hair color.

    However, I’ve never really been a fan of ginger boys.  I think it’s biological—any children I would have with a redheaded boy would be glow-in-the-dark pale and probably have a very high risk of skin cancer.  It’s all about natural selection baby, I need a boy who can get tan!

  16. The Fourth Official says:

    Thanks for those, Ellie.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_rolleye.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue rolleye" style="border:0;" />

    Am I the only one who REALLY misses the days when it was shirts-off for the slightest reason?  Corner kick:  shirt off!  Goal kick: shirt off! Beans on toast for lunch:  shirt off!Sigh . . . . .  Forget petitions against the 39th match, we need a petition to abolish the shirt rule.  You just know the suits at the FA and the Refs Association are ALL men.

  17. The Fourth Official says:

    I share that memory, MrsXabi. <wince>  The Welsh Wizard definitely needs to keep the shirt on.  He’s VERY furry – though I think I recall someone here saying she found that very attractive. 

    Have you noticed that in the winter, some of the guys are wearing these really tight, sleeveless undergarments under their kit? – very formfitting especially when damp – and when they are trading shirts at the end of the match, it’s quite drool-worthy – but nowhere near as satisfying as skin.

  18. Gretchen Weiners says:

    I have a serious thing for gingers and I know I have professed my ugly/hot love for Paul Scholes on here before! And I definitely think Dave Kitson and Wes Brown are hot! I don’t believe South Park – gingers have souls!

  19. ellie says:

    hahhaha.. i dunt quite agree with you ginger against green pitch comment ellie.. altho its pretti funni to think of it. and yes, john arne riise is just simply the hottest ginger baller alive. just take a look at theese foto:




    talk about rock core abs

  20. ellie says:

    i would choose riise. he looks incrediable in the picture above. although, i love how all ginger ballers looks against teh bright green pitch..it looks realli cool.. hahahaha

  21. Becca x says:

    Emma, I Love Sidwell Too <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  22. The Fourth Official says:

    Oh.  Sorry.  Got excited there for a minute.  I mean, how many orange haired freckled major league baseball players are there. <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  23. c9 says:

    Oh MrsXabi, thanks for the treat!
    Yes, Fine Freddie just makes me wish he’d taken it a little lower in that pic, and who doesn’t love a little Becks <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/kiss.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="kiss" style="border:0;" />

    I’ll be cheering for Italy (gotta’ get my Fabs love on), Portugal (can’t live without a little Cristiano controversy) and a little bit of Spain and France love in there   <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />  No Serbia didn’t make it so no Nemanja this summer <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/downer.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="downer" style="border:0;" />

  24. Emma says:

    Oh, and I forgot to add –

    Steve Sidwell!

    He’s lovely, and his honey coloured eyes aren’t bad either!

  25. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Awwww c9 your too kind *blushes* Love ya too!
    Thought I’d repay your kindness with a few picture’s, Becks looking fine in and out of clothes and good old Freddie in those pants <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_rolleye.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue rolleye" style="border:0;" />

    http://www.shinystyle.tv/d beckham.jpg


    And I’m not so much looking forward to Euro08, seeing as England won’t be there it will be hard to watch! But I am going to support my lovely, so Come On Spain!!!

  26. The Fourth Official says:

    Yup, uhuh, yessireee. . . that Freddie one does it to me everytime. . . . <clears throat>

    I’m not sure who to support this summer.  No Irish boys, no Scottish boys, no English boys.  The Italians are pretty and so are the Spaniards and the Portuguese.  The Swedes of course are always blonde and beautiful.  I don’t think the Serbs qualified, did they? – or I would cheer for Nemanja.  It’s a conumdrum, really.

  27. c9 says:

    Ladies please, some of us are trying to work here <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />
    I can hardly pay attention, let alone type with so many wonderful thoughts your all putting in my head <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />
    MrsXabi and TFO, my two favorite ladies, I agree with you both. Can’t wait until Euro and that HOT weather <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/shade_smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cool smile" style="border:0;" />

  28. The Fourth Official says:

    I think Wes is an example of a person of African descent who is a redhead.  I don’t think he’s biracial, though I might be wrong.  And the hair is his natural colour, though he’s played around with it in the past.

  29. carly says:

    Is Wes Brown really a ginger? His skin is on the dark side, shouldn’t his hair be dark too? There’s something odd going on there… <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/rolleyes.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="rolleyes" style="border:0;" />

  30. Eveline says:

    I think Ginger hair is beautiful. Especially combined with freckles, it looks endearing and red hair can be incredibly sexy.
    My favorite Ginger is John Arne Riise. I find is inability to keep his shirt on disturbingly hot. He does funnt things to my stomach.
    I don’t see why the English make such a problem of being Ginger? Here in Holland we certainly don’t mind.

  31. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Fourth I do worry about you sometimes :LOL: Strange fantatsies you have!!  Although I do like a man with a bit of Grrrrr factor going on!!

    I don’t know what it is in England with gingers, it seems to be much more acceptable on a woman (I personally love dying my hair red)
    I wouldn’t turn a man down for being ginger, but I dont chase after them.
    We are a strange county with some silly traditions and opinions!  Who knows where it came from??

  32. Robin says:

    Well as a full blown red head myself, I obviously appreciate the finer points of being ginger.
    Though it’s funny – as a red head in the US, I never ever had any negative experiences growing up. In fact most people just complimented me on my gorgeous hair and asked if I loved having it (I did and do). It’s such a full on part of me that now that I’m getting older and it’s starting to gather some white, I wonder how I will identify myself when I no longer have red hair. When I visited Israel – people would come up and touch my hair – they’d never seen red hair before. And when I lived on Maui I was the only red head on the island and I do remember one of my classmates asking if I was born with hair like that.

    I never did understand the English bias though it’s probably all political and having to do with the Scots and the Irish and things that happened in the 1100’s. Actually what I’ve found odd is that for my English friends, it’s ok for me to be an American with red hair (attractive even) but if I was English then it would be an issue. People are so weird.

  33. The Fourth Official says:

    Holy moley, Mrs. Xabi, that’s a lovely picture.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" /> Thank you.  I have to say, I prefer John’s ass to the other scouser ass pic posted earlier today. 

    Speaking of John, I have recurring fantasies centered on this pic:


    This is a cause of shame for me, but I just can’t help it.  There’s just something so primal going on there.

  34. The Fourth Official says:

    I don’t understand the British distaste for “ginger” -  you all act like someone peed in the gene pool. What’s that all about?

    One of my favourite fictional heros, Jamie Fraser, from the Outlander series, is a red head.  And my current dear SO has red hair, so obviously it’s a look that I don’t mind.  But the SO is not freckled.  Freckles are a little too Howdy Doodie for me.  Though I suppose it could be fascinating spending endless hours playing connect the dots. 

    Sorry, David K, you’re more a cutie than a hottie.  Attractive smile though, and the bright blue eyes are swell.

  35. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Well I’m not a huge ginger fan in general, but I do have a soft spot/huge crush on/wanna rip off all his clothes and rub myself up him thing for John Arne Riise.
    Don’t ask me why, I have been mocked for my love of him but I can’t help it.
    He has a nice bum too!! http://charlottefredriksen.blogg.no/images/pictur…

    Wes Brown is cute, but Kitson and Sidwell just dont tickle my fancy.  Not just because they are ginger either.

  36. tammyv says:

    I am American so I think that I have a different perspective.  I do love a few of the ginger boys…

  37. Rusty says:

    No TFO, Rusty Greer. Played for the Rangers (though I’m a Red Sox fan). Never saw the Expos. Miss them, though.

  38. Rusty says:

    Though my name on here is Rusty, it’s the name of my former favorite baseball player, not my own name. He was/is a redhead, and I’m a non-natural blonde. He wasn’t hot, just cute (and played like a maniac). I never saw him in less than a full baseball uniform, if I remember correctly, but his arms were COVERED in freckles.

    In my opinion, some redheads are hot and some aren’t, just like all other men. I don’t treat any specific hair color with disdain.

  39. Cate says:

    Gigi and Robin, quite with you when it comes to the origins of English Ginger-Hate. Sounds like the exact thing I was thinking.

    On a side note: Totally upped the like-factor on Robin. Girl! Have you been everywhere on the planet?!

  40. The Fourth Official says:

    Sorry, I should have clarified that last giddy post.  Rusty, I was a season ticket holder for many years.  Favourite player: Gary Carter.

  41. The Fourth Official says:

    Oh, I should have included a link:


  42. The Fourth Official says:

    Rusty Staub?  Le Grand Orange?  Montreal Expos??? Give me FIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. The Fourth Official says:

    Still in the hair-osphere, though black, not red, did anyone notice Craig Gordon’s Marine style buzz cut on the weekend?  (Why, oh why, do we never get any Craig-love here, Kickette?? – he is such a beautiful boy. . . )  Roy approves, and says he may go back to that style himself, as it makes him feel lean and mean.  Rowwwwwrrrrr.

  44. aja says:

    wes brown, i like.  i will add my voice to the chorus asking why the british tendency to disdain the ginger.

  45. Johnna says:

    Oh my Scholesy, how I love you so.

  46. Becca x says:

    Im Quite Glad You Have Posted This. Because I Am English And i Love Gingers. That Have That Certain Thing About Them. I Spesh Love Sidwell And Kitson. Whenever I See Them Play I Always Feel The Need To Shout ‘Arww i Love Him!‘ At The Top Of My Voice. Robin I Know What You MEan About Ginger. I Have A Friend And Her Hair Is Ginger And It Is Beaut, And Eveyone Always Says How Nice It Looks. Personally I Love A Bit Of Ginge <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  47. April says:

    Oh, I so love Dave Kitson. I do!

    Gingers are hot because they’re so rare in some places. Here in SoCal it’s mostly brunets and blonds. So whenever my friends and I see a redhead, we go insane. Lol.

  48. Emma says:

    I love ginger hair, but I don’t like it on Wes Clown or Riise. Dave Kitson’s sweet, though.

  49. c9 says:

    I can’t believe that Wes is a ginger. I think he is hot!

  50. Gigi says:

    Robin, I tend to agree with you as to why the Brits look down upon the ginger haired people of their island, as sad as it may be.  I will probably get a lot of shit for this, but let’s not forget our history folks, that the Irish and Scots are a much purer lot than the Saxon(German)/Norman(French/Viking)/Angle(German) Brits are.  Just stating a fact.

    Anyway, Brownie is one tasty little Devil….

  51. brandy says:

    I think the ginger-hate you guys over there is hilarious. “peed in the gene pool” – again, HILARIOUS!

    Not my cuppa, I just don’t see the sex appeal in pasty, but I am no were near an aversion.

  52. Sarah x says:

    TFO That Picture Is Hilarious <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />
    Well I Am English, And I Lovveee Sidwell And Kitson, I Dont Even Knoo Why To Be Honest, There Not Really Fit, But I Just Love Them And I dont Even Kno Why.

  53. louisquatorze says:

    I love redheads, but then again, I’m not English so I don’t get your bias. It just seems very odd to me. I personally think it’s a great look, but I tend to like pale guys in general so it goes along. But red hair always puts a good-looking guy over the top for me…

  54. Cate says:

    Where the hell did you get that picture of John Arne?!

    But yea. He might be cute but I hear he’s an asshole, which definately turns down the sizzle factor for me.