Football offers some of the most classic reels in sports history. Everything from pressure, to emotion and even wonder, is featured in most games. That moment you decide that it’s going to be a straightforward game, there’s a twist. Altogether, a lot can be said about the game and all it offers. People can place all their bets here for any upcoming football drama in the future.
Here, we are going to look back at some of the most iconic moments in football history. The good, the bad, and the downright funny will all be featured in this article. Without further ado, here are 10 of the most bizarre incidents to happen in football.
- Arsenal vs. Dynamo Moscow
Back in 1945, Arsenal played a friendly match against Dynamo Moscow. Here‘s the bizarre part, the game took place under a thick cloak of fog. At that point, the pitch was the face of total anarchy. Players were knocked out, spectators joined the game, and at some point, there were more than the stipulated players on the pitch.
- A canine encounter at the 1962 World Cup.
Picture this, England and Brazil were about to battle it out on the pitch at the World Cup in Chile in 1962. A little black dog dashed onto the pitch with so much energy no one could apprehend it. England’s Jimmy Greaves reckoned he could have a go. He got down on all fours to get more up, close, and personal with the pooch. It worked a little too much because he ended up with a jersey soaked in dog urine.
- The Scots against the absentee Estonians.
In 1996, the Scots were set to play against the Estonians. Due to a string of concerns from both sides, the Estonians were a no-show. Rather than waiting for a rematch, the Scots went ahead to play the game without the Estonians. Their 3-0 victory would have been all the more legendary if FIFA allowed it.
- One of the most called off matches.
Lincoln City and Coventry City were set to play each other in 1962. But due to bad weather, the match ended up being postponed a whopping 15 times. They ended up finally facing off 66 days after the initial date.
- Crime on the pitch.
Back in 2009, a drug dealer was apprehended on a football pitch. Apparently, he kicked the ball around a bit before 20 policemen stormed the field and took him down.
- The game was the bomb.
In April 1995, an unexploded WW2 German bomb was discovered on a football field used by amateur players. Thankfully, it lay dormant long enough for the town of Portland, Dorset to be evacuated while the bomb squad dealt with it.
- The game that lasted 2 hours 25 minutes.
The year was 1894, the teams were Sunderland and Derby County. The referee was late so they had to use a stand-in. A whopping 45 minutes into the game, the original referee showed up and demanded that they start all over. The extra 90 minutes earned Sunderland an 11-0 victory.
- A chicken on the pitch.
In 2012, a game at Ewood Park between Blackburn and Wigan featured a surprise guest. Someone managed to sneak a chicken onto the pitch as a protest against the owners.
- Heavy is the head.
Bournemouth’s chairman Eddie Mitchell stormed onto the pitch and challenged fans to fight him. This was after they expressed disappointment at their defeat to Chesterfield.
- Assisted by a beach ball.
In a bizarre spin of events, Sunderland scored a goal against Liverpool with a beachball. Back in 2009, Darren Bent was set on a course for Liverpool’s goal post. He kicked the ball and it collided with a fan’s beachball which headed straight into the goal.