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Crazy players and rogue mascots: The Unsung Heroes XI of 2013/14

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End-of-season XIs this, end-of-season XIs that. Early Doors is so sick and tired of everyone jumping on the bandwagon of putting together various types of 'team of the season' that we're going to protest by, erm, creating another one.

But you can forget about World Cup XIs, Premier League XIs and 7-Elevens here - we've compiled 11 of our very finest crazy footballing stories over the past nine months.

This is a dream team of the sport's craziest, funniest and in some cases, downright inspiring individuals.

There is no set formation, either. After all, would YOU want to tell a man who can smash a dugout to smithereens with his own head where he should and shouldn't be playing?

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1) The 14-year-old girl who was banned from her local club for a ridiculous reason

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Carmen Olmos (SWNS)

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2) The team masseur who inexplicably got involved to save his side

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3) The groundsman who really needed to be given a sobriety field test first

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4) The goalkeeper who messed up a sportsmanlike returning of the ball

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5) The clown in the odd-coloured boots

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Dnipro player wears ridiculous ‘one black, one white’ boots

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6) The striker who celebrated a goal by putting his head through the dugout

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7) The poor soul who somehow missed an open goal from one yard out

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8) The fan who travelled halfway across the world for a game that was called off

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Malaysian fan’s 30-year dream ruined by Everton postponement

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9) The reserve player national coach Fabio Capello called up to Russia by accident

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Russia coach Fabio Capello calls up club’s reserve player by mistake

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10) The captain who got the quickest yellow card of all time

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11) And finally, the mascot who was sent off and ‘jailed’ for giving the linesman some glasses

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Bertie Bee gets in trouble (Andrew Boyers) and is duly punished (Burnley FC)

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Do you have any other favourites from the last season? Any other funny stories or articles to share? Post your comments below...

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