We look at three unusual times when play came to a halt in English Football as these animals made their way to the pitch and fancied a run out…
Goodison Park (Animal – Cat)
In an FA Cup Third Round on January 10th 2016 between Everton and Dagenham & Redbridge, a cat strolled about the Everton half of the pitch as the Daggers were about to kick off from the centre circle. With the furry animal having no intention of running off the field, Spanish goalkeeper Joel Robles eventually scurried before the cat made a dash behind his goal and off the field. The Toffees won the tie 2-0. Since then, a black cat has entered the Merseyside football pitch in 2019, in a 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Loftus Road (Animal – Squirrel)
With just 13 minutes into an important EFL Championship clash between QPR and Leicester City at Loftus Road, a furry rodent whisked onto the pitch and refused to move. The Foxes had won a free kick and most of the players were on the other side of the pitch. Eventually, former England striker David Nugent initially darted the squirrel off the pitch, only to re-enter seconds later. Leicester won the close-affair 1-0 thanks to Jamie Vardy, however both teams won promotion to the Premier League that season.
Ewood Park (Animal – Chicken)
In protest to the club owners, who also owned Venky Chicken, Rovers supporters somehow sneaked a chicken into the ground on matchdays, with the Blackburn Rovers famous blue and white attached, and release it onto the pitch. Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, with the help of Rovers striker Yakubu helped to captured the bird behind the goal. The football resumed, and The Latics won 1-0, with Rovers finishing the 2011/12 season 19th. Wigan finished 15th.
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