10 shocking substitutions, feat. Lineker, Gerrard and a mouthy West Ham fan
1. Delio Rossi packs a punch, Fiorentina vs Novara 2012
My gesture was ugly, disgraceful and I am very saddened. I have never allowed myself to hit anyone, not even my children
In 2012, Fiorentina sacked manager Delio Rossi for throwing punches at Adem Ljajic - his own player - after the ex-Manchester United trialist sarcastically applauded the decision to rope him off against Novara.
"I've made a mistake and I will pay for it," Rossi said afterwards. "My gesture was ugly, disgraceful and I am very saddened. I have never allowed myself to hit anyone, not even my children."
The authorities weren't swayed by the “emotional tension generated by the delicate situation of the team”, so Rossi was banned for three months following the incident. The liberated Viola secured Serie A safety without him, beating Lecce the very next week.
2. The Tranmere 10 becomes 11, Tranmere vs Sunderland 2000
There was more than a hint of controversy to their victory over the Black Cats, though: defender Clint Hill was red-carded in injury time, only to be replaced by Stephen Frail seconds later
First Division giantkillers Tranmere added Sunderland to their list of scalps in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 2000, having previously overcome West Ham, Middlesbrough and Coventry in domestic knockout football.
There was more than a hint of controversy to their victory over the Black Cats, though: defender Clint Hill was red-carded in injury time, only to be replaced by Stephen Frail seconds later.
Sunderland boss Peter Reid wasn't happy. "It was like Billy Smart's circus out there... I don't like talking about officials instead of football - but someone has made a major error," he fumed, talking about officials instead of football.
3. ‘Arry makes West Ham fan happy as Larry, West Ham vs Oxford City 1994
His Roy of the Rovers moment duly arrived in the 71st minute, the courier from Milton Keynes belting the ball past the veteran Oxford keeper
Fed up of receiving criticism from loudmouth West Ham fan Steve Davies during a pre-season friendly against Oxford City, Hammers boss Harry Redknapp decided to send the supporter - who claimed he could do a better job than his side's striker Lee Chapman - on as a substitute in the second half.
Davies took to the pitch just minutes after sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle in the away end. His Roy of the Rovers moment duly arrived in the 71st minute, the courier from Milton Keynes belting the ball past the veteran Oxford keeper.
"It was like time stopped still - it was the greatest moment of my life," Davies said afterwards. Even 'Arry admitted he was better than Chapman on the night.
4. Graham Taylor ends Lineker's career crisp-ly, Sweden vs England 1992
I took a lot of stick over that but I will maintain, until the day I die, that was a purely footballing decision
Gary Lineker was just two away from a half-century of international goals, and one behind the legendary Bobby Charlton, when Graham Taylor substituted him for Alan Smith with 30 minutes still remaining in this pivotal European Championship tie. Lineker never played for the Three Lions again.
"I took a lot of stick over that but I will maintain, until the day I die, that was a purely footballing decision," Taylor insisted. Lineker was apoplectic at the time but mellowed when he saw the fallout: “He probably did me a favour by making me a martyr. We were a pretty crappy team, probably England’s worst of recent times," he said last year, before watching Roy Hodgson's rabble lose to a nation the size of Coventry with a part-time dentist as its manager.