7 ridiculous things that you probably forgot happened this season


The 2015-16 Premier League is over - and we can look back at one of the most memorable seasons ever thanks to Leicester's title triumph.

But while everyone else has been getting all dreamy-eyed about the Foxes' unlikely success - does anyone know what odds they were before the season? - we've been busily jotting down the more ridiculous things that have happened elsewhere in the league this season.

Here are the ones that might have escaped your memory.

1. When Danny Dyer filmed Jose Mourinho at Upton Park

Mourinho was in full meltdown at this stage of the season as he was sent to the stand at Upton Park by referee Jon Moss. Stood among the West Ham fans, he encountered EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, who decided to film the beleaguered Chelsea boss and post it on Twitter with the words: "Someone's got the slight hump". To Mourinho's credit, he ignored the goading, although that didn't last long. The Portuguese was subsequently given a stadium ban after he refused to leave the referee's room after the match.

2. Chancel Mbemba arrived for his debut in a Next tuxedo

When Newcastle boss Steve McClaren told his players to dress sharp on match day, summer signing Mbemba decided to go out and buy a tuxedo... from Next. The £8 million signing turned up for his debut in his new threads - which apparently cost him £117 - before delivering this killer quote to the Daily Mirror: "That is the only suit I have, so I might have to wear it all season. I saw that other players wear ties. I don't really like them, so I though I'd wear a dicky bow."

3. Roberto Martinez labelling Gareth Barry an England legend

Roberto Martinez and Gareth Barry
(Martin Rickett/PA)

You can bet that Barry was disappointed when Martinez was sacked because the Spaniard is a pretty big fan of the midfielder. In fact, Martinez is such a big fan that he declared Barry was "one of the best English players ever" after the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Manchester City. Barry won 53 caps for England between 2000 and 2012 and recently broke the record for the most Premier League starts.

4. Marseille signing Steven Fletcher in January

No-one saw this signing coming. Fletcher had hardly been banging in the goals for Sunderland over the past couple of seasons but that did not stop French giants Marseille from coming knocking for the Scotland striker. Clearly enjoying the change of scenery, Fletcher pumped out a rendition of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air title track before netting in his second game. And the striker could win silverware next season with OM facing Paris St Germain in the Coupe de France final.

5. Emmanuel Eboue's very short Sunderland stay

Emmanuel Eboue
(Nigel French/EMPICS Sport)

The former Arsenal defender lasted just 22 days on Wearside before his short-term contract was terminated. Eboue signed for the Black Cats on March 9 and failed to play a game before Fifa slapped a one-year ban on him for failing to pay a former agent. The Ivory Coast international went on his way and that was that.

6. Louis van Gaal's dive against Arsenal

Louis van Gall falls over
(Jon Super/AP/PA)

The Manchester United boss did some pretty ridiculous things this season - calling a journalist a "fat man" for instance - but even he admitted his dive on the Old Trafford touchline against Arsenal was pretty bizarre. Van Gaal theatrically threw himself to the ground to prove a point to fourth official Mike Dean, who didn't seem to bothered at all by it... neither did Ryan Giggs or Arsene Wenger. Twitter loved it, though. It was flooded with 'Van Gaal falling over' memes for a week.

7. When Jermain Defoe advertised for a personal assistant

Jermain Defoe
(Mike Egerton/PA)

In August, the Sunderland striker posted an ad for a 24/7 personal assistant who would ideally be able to "create a global brand for the Jermain Defoe name". It didn't stop there. The advertised position, which paid between £50,000 to £60,000 per year, required respondents to be able to produce "his own iPhone app" while they also had to plan events including family birthdays. The post included an errands section which included sorting out Defoe's dry cleaning, watering his plants, and making sure his fridge was stocked when he had been away. It was as though all Defoe had to worry about was banging in goals to save Sunderland from relegation. Job done!