A lot of people argue that footballers shouldn’t be allowed Twitter, but a few are the gift that keeps on giving. Whether it’s Wayne Rooney threatening to knock himself out or just Joey Barton’s account in general, they regularly entertain, engage with and are hilariously exposed by their fans. Here are four former footballers who you may not be following but are definitely worth getting on your timeline.
King of the Dad Jokes Gazza’s return to Twitter has been an absolute god send for fans of jokes that you hate to laugh at. Whether it’s a doctor doctor or the kind of pun that makes you feel like you’re physically in pain, one of the most likeable characters in English football never fails to disappoint. It’s great to see Gazza in good spirits, regularly posting morning selfies with a pout to defy the ages. Some of the jokes are horrendous, but you’ll still find yourself using them to annoy your mates for the next few months. No wonder I’m alone.
Anti-Austerity Political Engagement Whether it’s President Trump’s gun laws stance or cryptic tweets about skeletons, the Everton legend doesn’t pull any punches. He even calls in the cavalry sometimes, with him and former team mate Peter Reid laying into Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP for picking up a humanitarian award for his work with the NHS. But don’t go thinking the former Everton goalkeeper only deals in anti-austerity tweets. Big Nev recently shared his thoughts on detective drama and daytime TV stalwart Midsomer Murders as well. The Everton legend is also an LGBT ambassador and takes an active role in tackling mental health. His longer tweets are sometimes set out in bullet point form as well, making readability much easier.
Motivational Speaker/Part Time Philosopher He might’ve scored a hat trick in all four professional divisions of English football but it’s Robbie Earnshaw’s twitter that deserves to go into the history books. Among his greatest tweets, his fascination with space, frustration with U2 and the fact he’s never really understood the purpose of a car alarm have all made the cut. In 100 years or so, Earnshaw’s name will likely be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of other visionaries such as Oscar Wilde, Che Guevara, Ernest Hemmingway and William Shakespeare. To be fair, the former Welsh striker is also a positive influence and always seemed like a nice bloke so credit where credit’s due.
Anyone Fancy a Beer? Known across the footballing community for his hilarious anecdotes during his career, the Romford Pelé is definitely worth a follow. Whether it’s his thoughts on the Arsenal game or an image of his pint (almost always a Cobra), Parlour tweets on a consistent basis and doesn’t fail to entertain. He also regularly posts his predictions for the weekend’s games- adding a bit more spice to your Saturday. He’s yet to post anything from a night out but here’s hoping… especially if they’re anything like some of the stories from his time as a player!
Sammi Nasri given six month ban for drip treatment.
Oh Samir, where did it all go wrong?
The former Manchester City and Arsenal man has been banned from all football for six months for using a controversial drip treatment.
Nasri has been plying his trade in Turkey since last summer, but had his contract with struggling Antalyaspor terminated by mutual consent at the end of January.
And things are now looking even worse for the 30-year-old after he was handed a lengthy ban by UEFA for receiving an intravenous dose of sterile water from a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.
The Frenchman was on loan at Sevilla at the time, and had complained of feeling ill and vomiting before being given the drip.
Attention was drawn to the treatment after Nasri tweeted a photo of him posing with the owner of the Drip Doctors’ clinic in his hotel room.
Anti-doping rules state that an athlete can receive a 50 milligram infusion every six hours, but the Premier League winner had 10 times that dosage.
It’s the latest setback in a frustrating career that has been littered with incident, including foul-mouthed tirades at journalists, premature international retirement, and a fairly bitter departure from Arsenal in which he accused the fans of having no passion.
During his time in England the man from Marseille picked up two Premier League and a League Cup with City, scoring 18 goals in 124 appearances. He also found the net 18 times in 86 games for the Gunners, as well as picking up 41 caps for his country.
Nasri retired from international duty at the age of 27 after being dropped from the 2014 World Cup squad.
As a youth player the mercurial midfielder drew comparisons to the likes of Robert Pires and Zinedine Zidane, but it’s probably safe to assume that this latest misdemeanour will all but ensure that Nasri goes down in footballing history as a case of what might have been, rather than what actually was.
Queen Of The South keeper in race to be fit after being hit by a cow
You’ve got to love Scottish football!
Queen of the South have have revealed 19 year-old youth team goalkeeper Sam Henderson is set to miss his opportunity to make the first team squad this weekend after he was hit by a runaway cow
Henderson was due to step up into the first team squad from the youth set-up against Dumfermline on Saturday for only the second time after regular keeper Alan Martin was ruled out injured.
But it’s looking possible that the Dumfries club will be without a reserve keeper after Henderson injured his shoulder a the speeding cow at his dads farm went straight through him at the start of the week.
Queen Of The South’s assistant manager Dougie Anderson revealed the issue to The Scottish Sun yesterday.
He said: “Sam has missed training this week after being struck by a cow.
“It could have been worse as the cow ran at him for a second time but he managed to get out of the way.
‘He has a sore shoulder so he is getting closely monitored and a lot of treatment as we do not want to go into the game without a goalkeeper on the bench.’
Lets hope he’s not milking it and can pull through in time for the game with surfactant moovement in his shoulder, he’d certainly deserve a pat on the back.
Sorry. I’ll leave now.
Chelsea fans “10 men went to mow” before FA Cup clash with Norwich
Chelsea fans enjoyed a sing song before their 0-0 draw with Norwich at Carol Road this weekend with a rendition of “10 Men Went To Mow” on the concourse before Kick-Off
One man went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
One man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow
It’s pretty straight forward after Thant.
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