Six more peak A-League moments

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The A-League has no shortage of entertainment for fans but it’s not just the football that gets people talking.

These are the peak A-League moments and you would be lucky to see them anywhere else in the world.

Once again, I have gathered some of the strange, weird and funny things that have happened in this great league.

  1. Archie Thompson two foots a kid

He retired from professional football in 2016, but Thompson is clearly still missing it. As Western United took on Melbourne City at GMBHA Stadium, Thompson was working as a pundit for Fox Sports and saw an Aldi Miniroos game at half time. Instead of walking over like a normal person, Thompson came charging and put in a two-foot tackle on a small child.

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Unfortunately for Thompson, Fox cameras caught his horrendous attempt to get the ball. He was left red-faced as he was grilled by Tara Rushton about what he was thinking as he came charging in.

  1. Star Wars round

In possibly one of the strangest forms of marketing to ever be seen in football, the FFA decided to market round 10 of the 2017/18 season as the Star Wars round. Characters from the franchise were seen around the grounds, with Darth Vader walking out with the referees and players in Perth.

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Still have no idea why they did it but whatever works I guess.

  1. Phoenix grey v Victory white

Back in the 2015/16 season Wellignton Phoenix were hosting Melbourne Victory in their round nine clash in Auckland. The Phoenix were a playing in a special one-off grey kit to celebrate the history of Football in New Zealand. Only problem is the Victory were playing in their white away kit.

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It made it a nightmare for those watching on television. You would think that at a professional level, they would be able to avoid a kit clash. Apparently not.

  1. Pitch invader on crutches

The Central Coast Mariners have a habit of being apart of some of the more memorable moments in Australian football.

From broken goals to rogue sauce bottles, you could probably make an article just on the strange things to happen with the Mariners. While they were trailing to Sydney FC at home in the 2018/19 season, a clearly unhappy Mariners fan made his way onto the pitch.

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To make it even more interesting, he was in a moon boot and on crutches. The question many people were asking is, how did a man on crutches manage to; evade security, jump over advertising boards and run onto the pitch. I guess we will never know.

  1. Ball boy trolls Cahill

Tim Cahill is a legend of Australian football and when he graced the A-League with his presence it created many memorable moments. One of the best came in Melbourne City’s round 13 clash away to the Mariners.

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After opening the scoring, Cahill went to do his trademark corner flag celebration. A ball boy had other ideas though, taking the flag our of the ground and walking away as Cahill approached. Just a bit of harmless banter.

  1. Michael Thwaite pulls his pants down

Now nobody likes to get a yellow card but Michael Thwaite really did not like it. Back in the 2013/14 season Thwaite was captaining Perth Glory against Sydney FC when he was given a yellow card from the referee. In possibly the most unusual form of protest, Thwaite decided to pull down his pants.

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No clue why he thought this would be a good idea but hey, it is worth a shot.

Feature image credit: A-League supplied.

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Declan Smith
Current Sports Media student at University of Canberra. Average footballer

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