Chelsea’s John Tory and Liverpool favourite among top #ElectionFootballers tweets

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With the General Election hotting up, football fans still found time to crowbar some pretty obscure references to the beautiful game into proceedings.

Politics is a famously tricky topic to broach in the company of friends.

Go in all guns blazing with your political viewpoint and the chances are pals will be scared into submission, frightened to offer a different opinion for fear of being shouted down.

But then the opposite is far worse. Venture into a politically-minded discussion with little to no relevant information and you may end up with the same vacant look of despair that former Arsenal man Emmanuel Frimpong displayed upon joining Barnsley last year.

The other alternative is to indulge in the kind of mindless, amusing, pun-based fun we all enjoy from time to time when in the company of close friends. That’s certainly been the case on Twitter, with football fans getting involved in the #ElectionFootballers hashtag.

It was simple really – you had to find a footballer’s name and turn it into something election related. Some of the results, however, were simply marvellous.

Liverpool fans were ably represented by @gunnerpunner, who produced this fine effort focusing on the Reds’ other Brazilian star...

While Newcastle fans and Lib Dems were brought together by this Tweet from @MattSolakidis that must have had both sets of supporters wishing it was 2010 again.

Umbro wheeled out an Arsenal classic and one that is likely to have prompted groans up and down the country...

While @maxburman93 gave us one to think about concerning the UK electoral system and a long-forgotten Aston Villa goalkeeper from the early 2000s.

A Middlesbrough import also served as a timely reminder of how to best fill out the ballot sheet.

While Queens Park Rangers’ star man of the season was also acknowledged as part of an up-and-coming party that could yet surprise in several marginal seats.

A certain @MrLeeWoodcock went to great lengths to remind us that Liverpool have an Italian international in their midst. No, not Fabio Borini – how would his name work as an election pun!??!

Meanwhile, Burnley’s season may be ending in a damp squib, but fortunately @jackisagooner was on hand to quote Labour’s famous D-Ream anthem of 1997 for the benefit of one of the Clarets’ star players.

Still, there was a chilling reminder that, regardless of whether David Cameron, Nick Clegg or Ed Miliband is elected our next Prime Minister, things could be a whole lot worse – as @EurosportCOM_En showed...

And there was little love for our very own effort, which focused on a former West Ham journeyman goalkeeper with the flimsiest of links to the election.

We let ourselves down there.

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