Such has been the stormy nature of recent times in the footballing world, the headlines that we read seem to be increasingly dejecting and frequently negative. Both on and off the pitch, it seems that so far during the 2012/13 term, we’ve not particularly had an awful lot shout about. But like a white knight draped in hopelessly nostalgic and poorly humoured armour, Football FanCast’s top 20 anecdotes in football is here, to help lift the doom and gloom.

Of course, this gallery won’t help take make your four-figure season ticket any cheaper and it certainly won’t bang the heads of football’s governing bodies together, but it will serve as a timely reminder that our beloved sport isn’t all that bad.

We’ve gathered English football’s most esteemed characters and controversial cult heroes all in one gallery for your viewing pleasure. It’s got managers offering their players out at half time, groundsman going on to play international football, players getting their manager well and truly steamed during a pre-season break to one gentleman, who missed a match through lobster related injury. Read on and enjoy.

Click on Sharpe and Fergie to unveil the top 20

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United

Have you got any cult hero stories that you wish to share? A few lover league urban myths that you wish to clear up? Let me know on Twitter: follow @samuel_antrobus and tell me what you think.