If there was ever a footballer set to enjoy a long career in reality TV after retiring from the game, it’s Jimmy Bullard, whose reputation as a prankster is legendary.
Therefore, it’s far from surprising that the former Wigan, Fulham and Hull midfielder has been priced up as the favourite to win I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here at 2/1.
Here’s five anecdotes to suggest Bullard is nailed-on to capture the British public’s hearts.
Bullard serenades Real Madrid with a mandolin
When Fulham found themselves in the same hotel as Real Madrid on pre-season, most of their players were left in awe of the Galacticos.
Not Jimmy, who grabbed a mandolin (from where?) and led a sing-a-long starting with Old McDonald Had A Farm, earning the applause of some of the best players in the world.
His campmates will surely be delighted to partake in Bullard’s musical stylings of an evening.
The king of Ralgexing
The constant presence of Ralgex, a muscle-rub cream that stings a little even when a applied to the proper places, in dressing rooms was always going to inflame the imagination of a japester like Jimmy.
Getting it onto his teammates became somewhat of an obsession for Bullard, who would hide it in face cream tubs. His campmates better keep an eye on their cosmetics.
Bullard will be just as active in the nighttime, as demonstrated by his antics when the floodlights failed during Fulham’s League Cup semi-final against Arsenal.
The midfielder apparently accosted Freddie Ljungberg’s nether regions, before sneaking up the pitch with the ball to be standing in Arsenal’s goal when the lights came back on.
Taking advantage of Chris Coleman
Fulham’s Welsh manager was dismayed to be charged £3000 extra on his hotel bill when on tour, with rounds of golf prominent among the unexplained expenses.
The culprit, of course, was his midfield joker, something Coleman realised and apparently responded to with the sitcom-esque “BULLARD!”
Flooding a Peugeot
TJ Moncur was just a youth player at Fulham when he caught Bullard’s mischievous eye by turning up to training in a new Peugeot 206 convertible.
Bullard promptly wheeled two bins worth of water out to the car and flooded it, once again demonstrating the admirable lack of concern for others’ property that will make him such a treat in the jungle.