It’s been 366 days since the last April 1, that being the way in which time works, but has it been worth the wait?
Now that we have passed midday on April Fools’ Day we are at last able to look back on the sporting japes of the day with cold, dispassionate analysis and objectively sort the best from the rest.
There have been plenty of attempts to catch the nation off guard today, from sunroofs at the Emirates to Guus Hiddink saying that Alexandre Pato might play for Chelsea…
But which have been the best acts of mischief of the morning? Scroll down for Standard Sport’s pick of the best…
Saints on trend
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 1, 2016
A strong emoji game is fundamental to any modern brand and Southampton are starting out strong by replacing that staid football at the top of their logo with an “innovative” new smiley inside that halo.
As with any respectable April Fools’ campaign this game with a branded video including the involvement of players who, quite evidently in the case of James Ward-Prowse, sincerely believed they had better things to be doing.
New era for Rio Ferdinand
New Chapter.. Contract signed.. Looking forward to going into management in June. Big summer ahead! pic.twitter.com/IxBiDNLMIO
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) April 1, 2016
Rio Ferdinand in the Old Trafford hot seat? This might have started out as a joke but the more you think about it the more it starts to seem like quite a good idea. Someone fire up thepetition.
But did anyone at Manchester United fall for it. We asked Ferdinand, unfortunately not.
It’s just not cricket
Credit to AS for perhaps the best of the April Fools jokes, where they claimed Real Madrid and Barcelona were set to form new teams in a new sport and arrange the first cricket clasicos at the Santiago Bernabeu and Nou Camp this summer, with Lionel Messi in action.
— Hartlepool United FC (@Official_HUFC) April 1, 2016
Hartlepool fans have earned the enduring love of the Football League for their willingness to dress for the occasion at matches so why wouldn’t the players carry that on through to a match against Plymouth Argyle this weekend?
Club captain Billy Paynter said: “I remember when I was at Carlisle last season the special atmosphere the Poolies created not just in voice but in the colours they wore to that game and it gave me the idea that we could dress up too.
“I didn’t really think it was possible but I threw it out there and a lot of the other players liked it so we mentioned it to the Chief Exec Russ Green when we saw him during his March on Sunday.”
Make some noise for Arsenal
— REDaction Gooners (@REDactionAFC) April 1, 2016
Whilst the official account’s mock-sunroof was plenty amazing the pick of the Arsenal April Fools was surely Arseblog’s claim that the club will introduce “amplified chanting” at the Emirates next season.
They claimed to have Dido and Roger Daltrey on board for harmonising and who could claim that wouldn’t improve the atmosphere around north London?