Top 10 Animal Pitch Invasions

Posted on: September 22nd, 2020 | by Laura Murdoch | No Comments

Last Updated on: 10th August 2021, 12:57 pm

Ilkley Town AFC players looking at an Alpaca on the pitch


This weekend Ilkley Town AFC, a member of the Pendle family, were joined on the pitch by an unusual guest in their recent game against Carlton Athletic. Oscar the Alpaca made a brief appearance during the match and halted proceedings for 20 minutes. The news has inspired us to look back at other animal pitch invasions.


Number 1


Brazil Women’s Team

In another recent story, a practice match was halted after a Macaw interrupted play. The parrot landed on defender Bruna Benites’ head before an assistant coach came to her rescue.


Number 2


2014 World Cup

A giant grasshopper landed on Colombian forward James Rodriguez’s arm after he scored a penalty against Brazil in their quarter-final.


Number 3


Euro 2016

The final of the Euro 2016 was invaded by a swarm of moths after the stadium lights had been left on overnight. One of them even landed on Christiano Ronaldo’s face.


Number 4


Man City vs Wolves

In their Carabao Cup fourth round, Manchester City was joined by a squirrel for their pre-match warm-ups. The squirrel avoided capture for about 10 minutes before being escorted off the pitch.


Number 5


Liverpool vs Tottenham

When a cat ran onto the pitch during Liverpool’s home game against Spurs, it became an internet sensation. It walked around the pitch for a minute before being removed.


Number 6


Blackburn vs Wigan

During their 2012 Premier League match against Wigan, Blackburn fans released a chicken onto the pitch at Ewood Park as a protest against the club’s owners.


Number 7


Belgian league

In 2010, during a Zulte Waregem game against Lokeren, a duck invaded the pitch. Mouhamadou Habib Habibou caught it and threw it over an advertising hoarding. The duck flew off unharmed.


Number 8


1962 World Cup

During the quarter-final between England and Brazil, a stray dog ran onto the pitch. In the end, England striker Jimmy Greaves caught it and removed it from the pitch. Fun fact, Brazilian player, Garrincha, adopted the dog.


Number 9


Chelsea vs Ipswich Town

During the warm-up before Chelsea’s FA Cup tie with Ipswich, a pigeon flew into the path of Michael Ballack’s football. The pigeon still flew off unscathed even after being struck by the ball.


Number 10


FC Thun vs FC Zurich

During a 2013 Swiss Super League game, a pine marten invaded the pitch and Zurich defender Loris Benito got bitten when he tried to remove it. Eventually, keeper David Da Costa removed it.


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