It's fair to say that footballers need little encouragement when it comes to your run-of-the-mill pranks, whether it's dressing room jokes or general training ground tomfoolery.

So, when April 1 rolls around each year, it's nothing more than a busman's holiday for many stars of the Premier League.

Over the years, fans have been subjected to an endless amount of banter and football funnies, and 2013 was no different.

From Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's crash coaching course (video above), to Southampton striker Rickie Lambert's change in international allegiance, GiveMeFootball was spoilt for choice when it came to picking five of the best April fools' day rib-ticklers.

Click the tabs above or below to see some of our stand-out selections from years gone by, and feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the article with your favourite quips and witticisms.

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