2013 was some year. The Pope handed in his resignation to the big man upstairs, a future king was born and the canteen in Power Tower started doing lasagne on Tuesdays. The mentalists. To welcome 2014 here are the best Paddy Power social media moments from the last 12 months on Facebook, Twitter and our very own Paddy Power Blog.
Ball boy beatings
Eden Hazard decided to give a ball boy at Swansea a good kicking during Chelsea’s Capital One Cup exit in January. Unsurprisingly there was a fair bit of uproar and the outrage continued even when people realised through Twitter that the ball boy might have had it coming.
Odemwingie turns up at the Vatican
**BREAKING** An unusual twist in the Papal saga, as a potential successor has just arrived at the Vatican. pic.twitter.com/gvknINDr
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI handed in his resignation on February 28 and there was suddenly a flurry of activity at the Vatican as the world waited for the next leader of the Catholic Church. It didn’t take long for Peter Odemwingie to throw his name in the hat after falling out of favour at West Brom and then getting turned down by QPR when he drove to Loftus Road.
Danny Welbeck’s new job
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 21, 2013
In April we were busy causing a bit of mischief by suggesting the Premier League bench-warmers would be better getting off their comfy padded seats and making themselves useful. Man United striker Danny Welbeck probably took our message a little too seriously when he was spotted on ball boy duty at Anfield.
Dog’s arse looks like Jesus
There isn’t much more you can say here…
@Ladbrokes Your mum!
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 5, 2013
The old ones are the best. When the social media team at Ladbrokes decided to get involved in a little light ribbing, little did they know they were messing with Cork’s put-down Champion 2001. Take a bow, Micheal Nagle. Zing!
John Terry and the Royal baby
It was a match made in heaven. When the Royal baby was born in July there was really only one man who could be on the scene to help deliver it. Take a bow, John Terry.
Exclusive Ozil pic causes a stir
Arsene Wenger finally dusted the cobwebs off his wallet and splashed some cash in the summer in the shape of German play-maker and assist king Mesut Ozil. Sensing an opportunity to use Ozil’s likeness to Gizmo in a picture we put up a hi-larious blog post of the midfielder’s Arsenal medical. Several fans were less than impressed but in the end we all had a right old laugh and gave each other some e-high fives.
Kicking football into the 21st century
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 16, 2013
It’s not all fun, games and comedy Ozil pictures in Power Tower’s social media department though. In September we sent rainbow laces to every professional footballer in England and encouraged them to lace up in support of gay players.
Barton lays into Sir Alex Ferguson
In another no-holds-barred blog post for Paddy Power, QPR midfielder Joey Barton came out in defence of Roy Keane and had his say on Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.
‘Alex Ferguson stabbed Roy Keane in the back. We know Ferguson was ruthless. That’s football. Still, Keane’s anger towards him now is more than justifiable. Ferguson was completely out of order the way he spoke about some of his ex players, many of whom helped him become such a success.’
AP McCoy, take a bow
In November the Champion jockey AP McCoy reached the incredible landmark of reaching 4,000 winners. Despite costing Paddy Power a fortune over the last 17 years, it was only fitting to put up a tribute to the man who has dominated racing for almost two decades. Punters who had pocketed a fair whack of cash thanks to AP over the years lapped it up.
Thanks for sharing…
You played your part as well, so sit back and enjoy some of the best and most peculiar social interactions from the year.
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