Times are troubling but it’s always vital to have a laugh.
So talkSPORT.com has searched the archives to provide our loyal readers with some of the funniest sports stories – and this time it concerns former England striker Peter Crouch.
Crouchy is undoubtedly one of the most popular blokes in football.
Not only was he just a lethal striker in his heyday for Tottenham, Liverpool and Stoke – and a member of prestigious ‘Premier League 100 club’ – he also has a wit and charm about him which is rare to see from players in the football world.
The forward first became a fan favourite in 2006 with his robot celebration performed after netting in England’s 6-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Jamaica.
And he has got even more popular since his retirement for his media work – especially ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ – which has become a nationwide hit for the hilarious anecdotes detailing his life in the beautiful game.
However, one of the best Crouchy stories came from his wife Abbey Clancy.
Speaking on Premier League entertainment show ‘Back of the Net’, Clancy revealed how her husband went to extraordinary lengths to continue his goalscoring run, which involves a pair of lucky pants!
Crouch was going through a barren run in front of goal at the start of his Anfield career having not scored until December 2005 – six months after moving from Southampton.
And it was Clancy who helped Crouch get over his woes up front.
“I went shopping with my mum and we found these lucky pants and we bought him them. He wore them and he couldn’t stop scoring!”
“Then he was playing Newcastle and he forgot them so he paid a taxi driver £600 to go and get them.”
The £600 turned out to be money well spent as Crouch scored in the game to help Liverpool win 3-1.
Crouchy has since retired from football and is keeping busy as a pundit and podcast host.
And Clancy said she has not seen much more of her husband since he hung up his boots.
When asked whether she is enjoying life since his retirement, she said: “He’s never at home.
“He sold retirement to me saying we were going to go to the gym together, go to lunch together – I haven’t seen him!”
The model also revealed Crouch is a really good poet. “He used to write me letters and poetry all the time, until we had four kids then he suddenly stopped…!”