Sheffield Wednesday’s John Hills Gets Lucky
When you hear that a streaker has disrupted a football match, you automatically think of a middle aged man that’s wasting everyone’s time and, in most cases, making other men feel a lot better about themselves! And that’s exactly what Sheffield Wednesday defender John Hills thought before he was given a rather lovely eye-opener.
In Wednesday’s Championship match with Brighton and Hove Albion in 2005, a stunning, half-naked brunette stormed the Hillsborough pitch and gave 30-odd thousand football fans a reason to cheer in what was an otherwise dull encounter. Centre back John Hills played just 46 times for Sheffield Wednesday during an injury-plagued career, but was over the moon that he was at the right place at the right time for the beautiful pitch invader to land a big kiss right on his lips. Hills had always been promised that when you’re a footballer the girls come running – but he’d never taken it literally!
Being a true gent, big John of course gave her a little peck back. Though we can just about make out a ring on the young lady’s finger in the picture, which makes this hardly the most discreet form of adultery there’s ever been…
Water Sliders in Poland
England’s World Cup qualifier with Poland in October this year was postponed after heavy downpours in the city of Warsaw waterlogged the pitch of the National Stadium. Fans were outraged about the cancellation, given that the stadium is fully equipped with a retractable roof that’s specifically designed to prevent this type of postponement happening. However, one hilarious thing did emerge from the roofgate scandal: the pitch invaders.
With 56,000 spectators left in the stadium watching the rain lashing down on to an already saturated pitch and the football all but off, a select few of the fans took it upon themselves to provide the entertainment for the evening. Sets of both Polish and English fans invaded the pitch and performed Steven Gerrard-esque belly slides before eventually being seized by National Stadium stewards.
Breaking the rules? Yes. But was it brilliant? YES! Rolling back the years to everyone’s childhood lust of skidding and sliding never looked so fun, and it was a good middle finger to the Polish National Stadium workers for their lack of organisation. Superb.
The Anfield Cat
As Liverpool and Tottenham played out their Premier League encounter at Anfield in February this year, a new English football star was born. Just 11 minutes into the match, a small tabby cat happily trotted its way on to the pitch and settled in a nice spot by Spurs’ keeper Brad Friedel’s goal, much to the amusement of the Merseyside faithful.
The cat relaxing on the pitch raised the biggest cheer of the evening at Anfield, and even mustered a smile from the brute of a steward that came on to take the little cat off of the pitch. The steward then had to shun Andy Carroll back on to the pitch, who left thinking that his boss had subbed him off for a more capable replacement!
Italian Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Two gorgeous Italian pitch invaders demonstrated the art of getting noticed at Italy’s Euro 2008 training camp in Austria. As the national side prepared for their opening Group D match with the Netherlands, the pair sprinted on to the pitch while removing their garments in what seemed like a desperate attempt to be granted WAG status by one of the players!
They were quickly carted off of the pitch by the stewards who were perfectly happy to manhandle them during their struggle. Next time though stewards, let the girls strip off fully BEFORE frog-marching them from the pitch. Please!
The Italian players must have still been thinking about the scantily clad pair during their opening Euro 2008 match, as they were hammered 3-0 by the Dutch. Definitely WAG potential.
Crazy Beckham Fan
I think it’s safe to say that every one of us would give a lot to meet the world renowned icon and phenomenon that is David Beckham. But is meeting him in front of 85,000 people, holding up an important football match, and being banned from ever being a spectator again really worth it? Well, yes probably – and that was certainly the thought going through a crazy Real Madrid fan’s head back in 2006.
The young fan ran sprinted across the length of the Bernabeu pitch as Madrid took on Valencia, dipping and diving between stewards just to touch his English hero. As one of the richest men in the world, there’s not a lot that Beckham needs or wants in life; but this fan took it upon himself to hand Becks the sweaty shirt from his back, just in case he fancied a souvenir for the occasion.
To be fair to David, he gave the young lad a little pat on the head out of goodwill, which he’ll remember for the rest of his life. The fan has never been to watch his beloved Madrid since, and supposedly hasn’t washed his hair in 6 years now…