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Five of the best: April fools' day football jokes

April 1, 2011. (©GettyImages)
April 1, 2011. (©GettyImages).

Fly me to the Toon - Hahnemann pilots Wolves aeroplane

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is one of football's more interesting characters, so it wasn't much of a surprise when a video emerged to suggest that the former Reading and Wolves goalkeeper would be piloting a flight to the north east as Mick McCarthy's Midlands side prepared to take on Newcastle United in the Premier League.

A convincing interview from former team-mate Kevin Doyle laid further claim to the April fools' day stunt, before damning evidence of the fictitious story broke, when Hahnemann was captured crashing a toy plane into a field.

Less than a year later in February 2012, fans of the Molineux club thought they were on the receiving end of a similar trick when it was announced McCarthy had been controversially sacked, only for Wolves to announce his old assistant Terry Connor as the new permanent manager.

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