People are sharing their favorite “football weird fact” and it’s the biggest thread ever

Knew Southend United started the second half of a nine-man game against Ipswich in April 1997 because striker Andy Rammell was still in the dressing room trying to find his contact lenses and midfielder Phil Gridlet had a superstition of which he had to be the last man out.

No? Well, what about Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic taking penalties against goalkeepers surnamed Southwood, Eastwood and Westwood, or Andy Cole taking a penalty in his entire career and still scoring 289 goals in the end?

If you liked any of the above facts, then make yourself a brew, sit down and check out this incredible Twitter thread David Hartrickwho was inspired to tweet his weird football facts after a fun WhatsApp chat on the subject.

Here are some of the best responses to David’s post:

“The keeper Jimmy Grimble overtakes in the deciding game is the ‘Well done, he’s 13’ keeper.” – Adam Hurrey

Stefan Schwartz had a clause in his contract that for the duration of his time in Sunderland he ‘could not become an astronaut’.” – Laura Lawrence

“In 2004/05 Man City beat Barnsley 7-1 in LC, later in the season Rangers beat Dundee Utd 7-1 in Scottish LC. On both occasions, Ronald Wattereus was in goal for the winners and Nick Colgan for the losers.” – Gareth Friel

“I think Nicolas Bendtner has 9 games in Serie A with 0 goals and still the same number of Scudettos as Francesco Totti for me.” – Casey Evans

“In 1987 Mark Hughes played for Bayern Munich and Wales on the same day.” – Sam Whyte

“At Euro 2016, the manager of Northern Ireland was Michael O’Neill, whose middle name is Martin. The manager of the Republic of Ireland was Martin O’Neill, whose middle name is Michael.” – Colin Millar

“Between 1975 and 1988 the managers of West Bromwich Albion were: Johnny, Ronnie, John, Ron, Ronnie, Ron, Johnny, Nobby, Ron, Ron.” – Nick McPhie

“Of course everyone knows that, but I have plenty of time for the fact that Wolfgang Wolf used to manage Wolfsburg.” Simon Banoub

“Zinedine Zidane has received more red cards in his career than Vinnie Jones.” – Craig Fairlie

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“Russia’s Oleg Salenko won the USA ’94 golden boot with six goals (including a record five in one game against Cameroon) – and those were the *only* international goals he’s ever scored.” – No Draw (Sian & Alex)

“Andy Hessenthaler got a red card while managing Gillingham away at Cardiff so he came on himself as player-manager and there’s no rule against that (or there wasn’t at the time) – Michael Cannon

“Buffon played alongside 1984 Euro winner Daniel Bravo and 2018 World champion Kylian Mbappe.” – Sustainable poster

“Dion Dublin briefly shared a flat with Jason Statham in Great Yarmouth in the late ’80s.” James Maw

“17-year-old Grant Holt and 34-year-old Paul Stewart were joint top scorers (11) as Workington won 14 straight North West Counties League 98/99.” – John

“Ephraim “Jomo” Sono got married, left his wedding to come on for his Orlando Pirates team, who were 2-0 down at halftime, assisted three goals and scored one, and returned to the wedding reception after the game won 4-2. “- Kutlwano K. Molete

“In the 1930 World Cup final, two different balls were used (one in each half) because neither Argentina nor Uruguay used the same type in their leagues, nor could they agree on which one would be used.” – lee

“Between them, Stanley Matthews, Peter Shilton and Gianluigi Buffon made at least one appearance in every season from 1931 to 1932.” – andy

“Steve Finnan is the only player to have featured in the World Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and the top five leagues in English football.” – Giles

“Hull City is the only football team in the Football League that you can’t color in any of their letters.” – Char

“Ryan Bertrand made his Champions League debut in the 2012 final, which he won. – Oscar

Eidur Gudjohnsen came on for his Iceland debut in 1996, replacing his father Arnór Gudjohnsen.” – Jordan

“Cristiano Ronaldo is 869 days older than Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo’s first child is also exactly 869 days older than Lionel Messi’s first child.” – Colin Millar

“After watching the first 90 minutes of the 1999 Champions League final, UEFA President Lennart Johansson missed both of Manchester United’s goals because he was in the stadium lift.” – CP

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