21 of the best football phone-in calls: Niemi, Pulis, Wombles, parking tickets
The world of football phone-ins is a bizarre and interesting place, but some callers provide absolutely golden moments.
Between talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 Live, the likes of Jason Cundy, Robbie Savage and Ian Wright sit and listen to various callers rant and share their views – however ridiculous they may be.
But sometimes, it goes even further, with callers not knowing players’ nationalities, starting war with the pundits or even not being able to do simple maths.
We start with this absolute classic.
📅 Today is Antti Niemi's 45th birthday! 🎂
🧤 He may be finished with the game now…
…but he's still not Scottish! 🏴🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/eOGHwuUqYC
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 31, 2018
Trophy for second
Liverpool went extremely close to winning the Premier League title in 2018-19, but should they get a trophy for it?
“I’m a Liverpool fan, we should get a trophy even for finishing second!” 🏆
“It doesn’t need to have a name, they should just give it to Liverpool.” 🔴
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 6, 2019
Let’s just say Savage doesn’t seem to share this Arsenal fan’s belief the Gunners are set for the title.
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) September 1, 2019
Dan the “disgrace”
After England’s heroics at the World Cup in Russia, this Liverpool supporter rang up attempting to create some kind of rivalry between his club and the national side.
As a result, Jason Cundy labelled him “scum” in an exchange that actually lasted around 10 minutes.
— Kevin Gower © (@KGower83) July 12, 2018
Robbie Savage’s reaction says it all.
Devin, an #MUFC fan "Tony Pulis should replace Mourinho at Old Trafford" 😂
A good replacement for the Special One? pic.twitter.com/nI2xoTobpf
— BBC 606 (@bbc606) January 21, 2017
Mourinho > Bielsa
The more cynical among you might suspect this Leeds fan suggesting Jose Mourinho should replace Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road may not actually be a Leeds fan.
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) August 11, 2019
Being top of the league wasn’t good enough for this extremely emotional Arsenal fan, who was questioning Lukas Podolski’s whereabouts despite his prior transfer to Galatasaray.
To be fair, he was right about Arsenal not staying top.
Sometimes dreams do come true.
"PRAISE THE LORD!"
When a #SAFC phones in to call for Simon Grayson to be sacked…
and finds out he's sacked halfway through the call. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/AQGNlzwNQE
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) October 31, 2017
You just have to laugh. It’s harsh, but you have to.
Robbie Savage’s mum
We’ve literally got no idea what she’s doing there, but no-one should take her on.
— BBC 606 (@bbc606) September 2, 2017
You know when you think you’ve come up with a really good idea?
This came a bit out of nowhere.
"You talk absolute nonsense!"
You have to hear this talkSPORT caller tear into former Wales and Liverpool striker Dean Saunders live on-air… 😂😳😂 pic.twitter.com/yd6uuZoi5I
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 8, 2018
Seven pairs of trainers
This is an epic. We’re not sure what parking tickets have to do with it, but hearing Robbie Savage get this wound up is gold.
Charles the Ghana fan
The comparison of Avram Grant to “an anthill in winter” is utterly spectacular.
— BBC 606 (@bbc606) February 10, 2017
How many teams are in the Premier League? Seventeen and a half. Maths definitely wasn’t this fella’s strongest subject.
Another completely ridiculous classic from talkSPORT.
📅 On this day in 1986, Maradona scored with the infamous Hand of God…
🔥 …it’s also been 32 years since this caller’s Dad set fire to his Womble!
📞 Still one of the funniest calls we’ve ever had 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/oDJebXegfn
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 22, 2018
World Football phone-in
This guy really lost his cool on the legendary BBC show.
It’s at this stage you realise maybe the listener base of talkSPORT that is struggling as a whole.
Our favourite caller this week 😂😂
📞 Caller: “Morata won't be at the World Cup ” 😡
🗣 “Why won't he?…” 🤨
📞 Caller: “He’s not playing for Italy is he?” 🤔🇮🇹
🗣 “He’s Spanish….” 🤦♂️🇪🇸pic.twitter.com/7sCv2zaJ4E
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 13, 2018
Third best in the country
Yet another example of someone winding Robbie Savage up. It makes great radio, to be fair.
Stewards: The next time you see someone waving an inflatable Jesus around, don’t say anything.
☎️ CLASSIC CALLER ☎️
Could @SwansOfficial's problems be down to an inflatable Jesus? 👀🤔
This is brilliant… 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Oh5meF25cY
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 9, 2018
Some phone calls are more important than others.
"He was a real, real hero."
Former solider reveals how Ray Wilkins helped him escape a life on the streets.
This is incredible…
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 5, 2018