Five crazy fan moments in football: featuring Aston Villa and West Ham

We look at some memorable moments from games involving Manchester United, Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham.

Football would not be the same without the fans.

True, the money in the modern game has increased the gap between players and the supporters, but the sense of love that has existed since the creation of the sport will remain forever.

There is a clear divide between the players and fans nowadays, but just sometimes the two worlds collide and craziness ensues.

We take a look at five memorable moments in which fans have turned crazy, and looked to emulate their heroes, make fun of the opposition - or simply make a statement in front of thousands of fans.

Birmingham City vs Aston Villa

Peter Enckelman somehow managed to concede from a fellow teammates throw-in, and the first Second City derby in almost two decades ended in a 3-0 defeat to Villa. Whilst the manner of the goal was bad enough, he conceded in front of the Blues fans, who took delight in Enckelman’s mistake - especially one man in particular.

Everton vs Manchester City

A 1-0 home victory to Everton in 2012 was punctured by a fan handcuffing himself to the Goodison Park goalpost in a protest against RyanAir. Why this City fan did such a protest in a football match has still never been discovered, although the police had to intervene to cut his handcuffs with bolt cutters to make sure the game could resume.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Whilst the real craziness in this event was shown by Eric Cantona, the Palace fan who mouthed off at him after his red card is the one would should really be considered crazy. Any sane person would know that Cantona was never going to react in a forgiving manner, and whilst he doesn’t deserve the beating he got, he should have known better.

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United

A United fan getting on the act this time, and taking to the field as United’s literal 12th man in a Champions League tie with Bayern. Fortunately the game did not start when he was on the field, but he will be forever remain in history in United’s pre-match photo.

Oxford City vs West Ham United

A story almost too ridiculous to be true, as Harry Redknapp called upon a fan to take to the field in a pre-season game for the Hammers, after he criticised Lee Chapman for a poor performance. The fan actually netted in the pre-season game, but that was the end of his career in professional football.

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