Players and fans don’t always agree. However, things get a little too heated sometimes. It’s never a pretty sight when fans and players collide and here are the top 5 player-fan clashes of all time.
Nottingham Forest had just beaten QPR 5-2. A few fans decided to run on to the pitch to celebrate the win and this annoyed Forest manager Brian Clough, who furiously started randomly punching out at the pitch invaders.
Incredibly, instead of retaliating and fighting back, the fans agreed to actually apologise to Clough on live television. During the broadcast, Clough talked to the men as if they were kids who were staying up past their bedtime and even made them kiss him. Goes to show that when you get it right with the fans, they will worship whatever you do.
This incident made the goalkeeper look more ridiculous than the idiot who decided to invade the pitch during Celtic’s famous victory against AC Milan at Parkhead. The fan ran onto the pitch and slapped Dida on the shoulder before running away. Dida chased for a few seconds but when he realized he couldn’t catch up, he fell to the ground and was stretched off. A performance worth an Oscar.
James Callaghan Charnley (Affectionately known as Chic Charnley) was seen as a cult hero at Partick Thistle and this story just adds to his legendary status at the club. It was during a training session at Glasgow park in 2000 that two teenage boys turned up and approached three Thistle players, including Chic, brandishing samurai swords.
Charnley decided to take them on using his bare fists and one of the training cones and despite getting slashed by one of the swords, he managed to disarm the two attackers with punches.
Chelsea had just beaten bitter local rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the replay of the F.A Cup Quarter-finals at White Hart Lane. At the end of the game, while the Chelsea players were celebrating the victory and applauding the away fans on the way to the dressing room, an 18 year old nut-job ran on to the pitch and headed straight at Frank Lampard.
The Spurs fan, later identified as Timothy John Lawrence Smith, attempted to punch Lampard in the face but the Chelsea and England legend ducked out of the way making the fan look like an absolute plonker. The entire Chelsea team then charged at the fan and started beating him up before being pulled away by stewards and manager Jose Mourinho.