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21 September 2020 10:39

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Kate Garraway Myles Stephenson

Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town of the West Yorkshire Premier League had an unlikely pitch invader on Saturday as an Alpaca stopped the game after running onto the pitch. WATCH MORE: A purrfect moment? Stray cat darts across 100m finish line WATCH MORE: Bale is back! Watch his best Tottenham goals A football match in Yorkshire was abruptly halted yesterday when an alpaca sprinted out onto the field. Yes, the furry pitch invader showed absolutely no interest in the match between Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town, and a lot more interest in bounding around the field like a mad thing.

Aren't South Americans supposed to be good at football? Anyway, the match was brought to a standstill for 15 whole minutes as the alpaca - who had escaped from a local farm, and is called Oscar - joined in the action. If only he had the footballing capabilities of his more illustrious namesake, the 29-year-old former Chelsea star. So, how do you get a rogue alpaca off your football pitch? Well, they had a decent go at leading it away with some food, but that strategy didn't work out in the end.

In the end, the farmer showed up and deployed his expertise to get Oscar off the pitch so that the match could continue. The sides were meeting in the West Yorkshire League Premier Division, and Ilkley's manager Simon Armstrong confirmed that the Carlton pitch is "renowned" for having alpacas nearby. He told BBC News: "After 35 minutes it escaped, came through the entrance and proceeded to get on the pitch. The referee stopped the game, "People didn't want to go near it in case it kicked. Credit: Twitter/Ilkley Town AFC Carlton Athletic confirmed that there are a number of farm animals that are kept in the vicinity of their ground, but said that this is the first time that one has broken free and run amok.

The club's chairman, John Flynn, explained: "I don't know he got out, there must be a little gap in the barrier somewhere as we've seen some chickens here as well, Advert "Oscar's really inquisitive, he was enjoying himself and running up and down the pitch, he wasn't distressed - a couple of players said he was our man of the match." To be fair, that might be a decent shout, as Ilkley eventually ran out as 2-0 winners. Ilkley chairman Richard Giles told PA: "I've been watching football and playing football 40 years and never seen anything like this." Oscar the alpaca had a great time (Picture: PA) An unlikely football fan made a surprise appearance at a West Yorkshire match – but not everyone welcomed him with open arms. Footballers were left in disbelief when a fluffy alpaca came bounding onto the pitch during a lower league game on Saturday afternoon. Carlton Athletic's tie against Ilkley Town had to be stopped for 15 minutes as people tried to entice the elusive animal off the pitch with food. But Oscar the alpaca, who had escaped from a nearby farm, was having none of it and continued to run riot around the grounds – much to the amusement of spectators.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The elusive alpaca left players bewildered after he bounded onto the pitch (Picture: PA) Video footage showed Oscar even chasing after a player who sprinted off in fear, as someone off-camera is heard saying 'don't they spit?' Advertisement Eventually, a farmer hurried over and managed to get Oscar home. Ilkley manager Simon Armstrong told the BBC: 'People didn't want to go near it in case it kicked. Carlton Athletic's chairman, John Flynn, said farm animals have been kept near the grounds for some years but it was the first time one had disrupted a game. He even charged after one of the players (Picture: PA) Oscar eventually got taken home after causing some trouble (Picture: PA) He said: 'I don't know he got out, there must be a little gap in the barrier somewhere as we've seen some chickens here as well. 'Oscar's really inquisitive, he was enjoying himself and running up and down the pitch, he wasn't distressed – a couple of players said he was our man of the match.' But it seems Oscar was actually Ilkley's lucky mascot, as they went on to win 2-0. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page. The alpaca charged onto the pitch during a match on Saturday. (Twitter/Evan Seaman) Players from two football teams were left shocked when their pitch was invaded on Saturday — by an alpaca. The match between Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town was brought to a halt when the animal, named Oscar, escaped from a nearby farm and charged onto the pitch. Officials spent 15 minutes trying to entice Oscar off the pitch with food before a farmer managed to retrieve it and get it back home. It's not the first time an animal has stopped play during a football match — last year a black cat strayed onto the pitch during a game between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, bringing the match to a halt. Ilkley manager Simon Armstrong told the BBC that both teams play in the West Yorkshire League Premier Division, with Carlton well known for having alpacas nearby. "After 35 minutes it escaped, came through the entrance and proceeded to get on the pitch," he told the BBC. Read more: Hancock: 'I would report my neighbour to police for breaking coronavirus self-isolation rules' He added: "People didn't want to go near it in case it kicked. The farmer was then called and eventually it was tempted back in the field." It's thought to be the first time one of the alpacas has managed to stop a game, despite being kept near the pitch for several years, and some of the club's teams reportedly nominated fun-loving Oscar as man of the match.