21 September 2020 10:39
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.
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.