Not only has the Premier League season just gone been one of the most entertaining, dramatic and controversial in living memory – it also proved to be one of the most peculiar too.
Away from all those boring things like goals, trophies and records, there have been plenty of stories around and away from football to keep fans entertained.
So with the season at an end, what better time to look back at some of the more peculiar moments from the past campaign.
Before the season had even started Blackburn were on course for relegation, if only because their owners, chicken giants Venky’s, had just shot probably the worst promotional film of all time.
The firm called upon the acting skills of David Dunn, Jason Roberts and Morten Gamst Pederson, who play out a hilarious three stooges set-piece while Ryan Nelsen tucks into some chicken in the background, apparently unaware that he was being filmed.
What else other than a homeless cat named Kenny can make a boring 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Tottenham more interesting?
The loveable tabby worked his way into the hearts of millions as he strolled across Brad Freidel’s goal-mouth, causing a delay of quite literally seconds.
He is now the most famous cat ahead of Peter Bonetti, Phil Tufnell and Top Cat, and has his own Twitter account. He even got his own chant to the tune of “Attack, attack/attack, attack, attack”, which went, rather unsurprisingly, “a cat, a cat/a cat, a cat, a cat”
Balotelli – Why always me?
Mario Balotelli was always bound to make a list of Premier League oddities – the Italian has a lengthy enough rap sheet to make a list of his very own.
On this season’s incident list to go along with the two red cards are the following; a late night trip to a strip club, any number of kiss-and-tells, scoring a goal using only his shoulder, a late-night trip to a curry house on the eve of a game, a £200 donation to a church before buying a £1000 round at a nearby pub, and an impromptu appearance at the unveiling of Inter Milan’s new manager, Andrea Stramaccioni, in March.
If there was one thing to be said about Andy Gray, the man whose spittle-flecked microphone Garry Neville picked up following the Scot’s departure from Sky Sports, is that he never sounded like an abandoned dog crooning at the door that he hoped his long-lost family would walk through at any second.
Neville reprised his role as a crooning canine when Fernando Torres scored a goal which had no bearing whatsoever on Chelsea’s qualification for the Champions League final, with the former Manchester United full-back revving up about five minutes before Torres put the ball in the net and only stopping once he had realised how ridiculous he sounded.
Sir Dave 'Mine's a pint' Richards
After a hundred or so years trying to prove that England is fact isn’t a narcissistic, arrogant country that believes the world owes it a living, Premier League chairman and professional Yorkshireman Sir Dave Richards came along and plunged us back into the dark ages with one swiftly delivered idiotic speech.
Speaking at a conference in Qatar Richards accused FIFA and UEFA of stealing the game from England (we invented it, don’t you know) before making out that every Englishman is as moronic as him.
"In our country and in Germany, we have a culture," he said. "We call it, 'We would like to go for a pint', and that pint is a pint of beer.” Evidently he had had a few too many of his beloved pints when he tumbled into a small water feature on his way to dinner with Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside.
Four more years
From the moment that Flavio Briatore, one of QPR’s new owners described successive managers as ‘that f*****g hooligan’ and ‘that p***k in the dugout’ there was little doubt a documentary aired this season about the London club entitled ‘The Four Year Plan’ was worth a watch - even when Neil Warnock has the club on the brink of promotion the Italian threatened to sack him.
Better still are the shots of successive managers walking in and out of the revolving door at Loftus Road (Paul Hart lasts about five second in the film) and QPR’s chairman Gianni Paladini overseeing then leading scorer Dexter Blackstock signing on loan for Nottingham Forest, only to then turn on manager Paulo Sousa for telling the press that the owners had gone over his head by sacking him.
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