Bury's Tom Pope in action [right]
It's fair to say Tom Pope got the reaction he was looking for from fans of Sheffield Wednesday, after the Bury striker launched a bizarre attack on Sam Winnall.
Winnall celebrated emphatically after scoring in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against his former club Barnsley on Saturday - as one might expect of a player who had been booed for 50 minutes and, at one stage, had a Peppa Pig toy thrown in his direction.
Despite staying behind to applaud all four sides of Barnsley's Oakwell stadium, Winnall was accused by Pope - a player who has no affiliation with either club but once had a spell with the pair's South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United - of disrespecting his previous employers and told: "he's just confirmed why I wanted to punch his head in".
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Pope was inundated with tweets afterwards, with many Owls supporters saying precisely the same thing about the 31-year-old, who has scored four goals in 33 League One outings this season.
Who is Tom Pope??? Must of been f all good, never heard of him #swfc— Ken O'Neill (@kjneiler) 2 April 2017
Tom Pope ex Rotherham player having a go at Sam Winnall. Wow how poor is that from an ex professional player ? #swfc— rearn01 (@Rearn01T) 2 April 2017
Who is Tom Pope and why is he suddenly so concerned with Winnall/Wednesday?— Nathan (@nathswfc__) 2 April 2017
Sam Winnall is probably sat at home laughing at this Tom Pope. He's definitely pushed a few buttons with his celebration #swfc— MeganBethSWFC⚽️ (@MeggyMooWSA) 2 April 2017
Why is tom pope all over my timeline and who is he?— Josh SWFC (@Josh17G) 3 April 2017
what a joke Tom Pope is aha. how beguiled & bitter r u. u r tinpot therefore u played for tinpot clubs. @Winnall19 twice player u ever was— Scott Andrew Seaton (@1990sas10) 3 April 2017
So Tom Pope, an average league 1 player at absolute best slamming Sam Winnall's celebration. Bitterness all over there.— Andy "Flash" Taylor (@SteelTaylord) 3 April 2017
I bet Sam Winnall is struggling to sleep knowing Tom Pope thinks bad of him! .— craig pheasey (@pheasey_swfc) 2 April 2017
Tom Pope having to tweet bollocks about a footballer at a bigger club than he's ever played for to make himself slightly relevant.. #Swfc— Richard Matthews (@AreMatthews) 2 April 2017
Pope was seemingly unmoved by the responses, however, and chose to use his few minutes of fame to get in one last dig at Wednesday, who fell out of the play-off places after Fulham's win at Rotherham.
Thanks Sheffield Wednesday fans I've thoroughly enjoyed my evening! Great banter and wish you all the best for promotion push next year— Tom pope (@tompope11) 2 April 2017