As the year draws to its conclusion, social media giant Twitter has taken a look back at the last 340 days and picked out the favourite tweets. 

The list was topped by Harry Maguire, Leicester City football player who became a sporting sensation and shot to internet fame when he and his colleagues convinced the nation it was ‘coming home’ at the world cup in Russia. 

His witty tweet cashed in on the football fever that grabbed the nation amidst a record-breaking heatwave and beat Ross from friends and a ‘pushy’ parent to the top spot, who came in third and second, respectively. 

Other entrants include touching messages to those who have passed away in the last year, with Ariana Grande and Paul Chuckle tugging at the heart strings of thousands of Twitter users.  

Here is the full list of posts which Twitter deemed the funniest, shocking and most poignant among UK social media users since January 2017.

Harry Maguire, along with his affectionate nickname, became not just a cult hero but also a meme as England’s football team charged to the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer.

The picture of him with his partner, Fern Hawkins, after England beat Sweden was shared widely and his team-mates, such as right back Kyle Walker, found a use for it too.

Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love?


This remarkable moment in a youth team football match in Wales saw an adult on the sidelines take the term ‘pushy parent’ somewhat literally.

To his dismay, the nudge in the right direction wasn’t quite enough to prevent a goal for their opponents.

After Blackpool Police shared a photo of a suspected thief, everyone said the same thing about who his doppelganger was.

Officers shared the CCTV still of the man, dubbed the “spitting image” of Friends actor David Schwimmer, clutching a crate of beer.

Naturally, the Ross from Friends lookalike made waves on social media and actor David Schwimmer gamely played along.

Officers, I swear it wasn’t me.
As you can see, I was in New York.
To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme

One year on from the terror attack at Manchester Arena on May 22 2017, in which 22 people were killed when Salman Abedi carried out a suicide attack, singer Ariana Grande shared words of support for the city, whose symbol is a bumble bee.

Grande was performing at the arena the night of the attack and performed at an emotional tribute concert One Love for the victims shortly after.

Dani Dyer was one of the undoubted stars of Love Island 2018, winning the ITV2 show with partner Jack Fincham. 

But her success seemingly didn’t make things any easier for her dad, actor Danny.

After his daughter had been away for three weeks, the Eastenders star took to Twitter to declare his love and pride for her.

This job description got huge traction in the UK, with people left in wonderment at the thought of picking up little penguins all day as a job.

Unfortunately, the claim has been disproved, with Edinburgh Zoo itself saying ‘there is no such position’. Nonetheless, it’s still a wonderful thought.

Everyone loves a bit of sibling rivalry. And when it comes to rock feuds, few are as entertaining as the one between Oasis’ Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel. 

Naturally, this tweet went down a storm, even if it did illustrate the pair aren’t at their chummiest.

The UK was hit hard by the loss of Barry Chuckle, real name Barry Elliott this year. 

But no-one more so than his younger brother and other half of hit kids’ TV show Chucklevision, Paul. 

This heartfelt and poignant post got a huge number of likes and re-tweets.

There were many brilliant Peter Crouch tweets this year, but this one was probably the pick of the bunch.

The six-foot-five tall England striker garnered nearly 200,000 likes when he shared a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looking up and waving.

He captioned the tweet: ‘Congratulations! It was a big pleasure sharing your big day with you.’

 Finally, some tweets transcend borders and time and, with more than a million likes this one of a squirrel sliding down a pole simply ticks all the right boxes.

my mom put oil on her bird feeder to keep squirrels from stealing the bird food and

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