19 things we loved this week: Prieto, Huddersfield, Salah, Akinfenwa…

Quick Reads

There were big moments involving Liverpool and Manchester United stars this week, while Chelsea, Leeds and, of course, Lionel Messi all make our pick of the action.

Huddersfield managed a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge to extend their stay in the Premier League by another year, with some brilliant scenes of celebration.

Meanwhile, football continued around the continent with a number of referees getting a bit too involved, as well as probably the best own goal you’ll ever see.

Besiktas vs Kayserispor

This referee got a bit too close to the action in Turkey, committing two fouls in quick succession.

Garry Monk

This Birmingham fan set up a GoFundMe to pay for his tattoo of their manager after he tweeted saying he’d get one if they beat Fulham. So he got involved.

Stijn Spierings

The Sparta Rotterdam man went in for a tackle against FC Dordecht in the 89th minute of a relegation play-off, with his side 1-0 up. This happened. It’s up there with the best.

Mark Noble

Come on now Mark, behave. There’s a reason you weren’t included in this.

Mo Salah

The Liverpool forward won yet another trophy at the Football Writer’s Award. We’re big fans of “I made them wrong”.

Eddie Howe

This is just a great reaction to a typically stupid question on a transfer rumour.



Martin Allen

You’re fooling no-one, Martin. We all know you’ll be back.

Jermain Defoe

An utterly baffling revelation.

Chelsea v Huddersfield

This is just brilliant.


As is this.

Promoted teams

Out of all teams who were promoted to the top five leagues in England at the end of the 2016-17 season, none of them were relegated at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. A worldie of a stat.

Leeds United

It goes from bad to worse…

Tony Gale

Groundbreaking stuff on Sky Sports News this week.

Xabi Prieto

The midfielder hangs up his boots this weekend after an 18-year playing career – all of which has been spent at Real Sociedad.

As a tribute, they have replaced the badge on their shirts with Prieto himself. Incredible.


OK, so relegation hits everyone in different ways. But at least check the rulebook of your new division before releasing a kit which is, in fact, banned in your new league.


If this is the kind of thing that happens regularly in Romanian football, then we are all for it.

Lionel Messi

Maybe one week he won’t make it in here. Probably not though.

Adebayo Akinfenwa

Still got it.

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