Thanks to Liam Lawrence, who entertained us enough on the pitch and is at it again now we’re all trying to get through these football free Saturdays.
Yesterday he managed to relieve the boredom by launching a giveaway from the shirts he had collected over his playing career with Stoke, Mansfield Town, Sunderland, Cardiff, Portsmouth and Republic of Ireland.
There were more than a thousand re-Tweets inside the hour and the winner, picked at random by his youngest son, chose Sergio Ramos’s Real Madrid top from a pre-season friendly back in 2007.
So today, we asked our Stoke City hero, who are his top five hardest teammates?
“Some scrappers in there,” he said after coming up with this terrifying quintet – and there were a couple more that were unlucky to miss out.
“Jon Walters would be up there but didn’t play with him long enough so left him out. Huthy was close as well, the big German tank.”
So here are Liam Lawrence’s five hardest teammates. Don’t meet any of these down a dark alley unless you’re a Potter.
Carl Dickinson responded on Twitter: “To be fair I wouldn’t want a scrap with any of them plus Liam!”
Danny Higginbotham explained recently: “Andy Griff is the dirtiest man I’ve ever met in my life,” began Higginbotham. “He just looked at me one day and said, ‘Turkish.’ He thinks I look like someone from Turkey.
“The worst thing about it was that before him and me were mates, I went to Portsmouth with Southampton and it was a big rivalry. We used to beat them at our place but I think we were 3-0 down after 18 minutes at Fratton Park. Our fans hadn’t even properly got into the ground.
“After about 75, 80 minutes you know you’re not going to win the game so you’re just thinking, ‘Can I leave a bit on somebody?’
“Me and Griff didn’t know each other, he was in right-back position, I was left-back… so I’ve just hit him. I thought at least I’d feel a little bit better… then he got up and started laughing. I thought, ‘You little ****!’
“He was a tough lad, tough character and he was one you wanted on your side. He ended up being captain at Stoke and we are good mates. He’s a good lad but he’s horrible.”
Lawrence added: “Trust me I’ve seen Rory in action and it’s some sight. The nicest ones are always the worst ones.”
Ryan Shawcross once explained: “For six to eight months in Abdoulaye’s first season he was up there with Nemanja Vidic as the best centre-back in the Premier League, he was unreal.
“Some of the displays he put in that year were sensational. He was almost single-handedly keeping us up.
“Then he went away that summer … and found food! He came back about 10kg heavier. He was never quite the same. We quickly got Robert Huth in and he was great but I will never forget how good Abdy was in that first season we were in the top flight.”