Football and Dogs
Will and Guy's Football and Dog Stories
As a result of so many dogs out of control, the police have a new training method.
If police dogs do these terrible deeds to the innocent, what will the do to the guilty?
Football Dog and the Police
In the mid 1970's Will, Steve and friends went to The Dell in Southampton to watch the home team play Norwich City in the then League Division 1. Both teams were acknowledged as being proponents of good, fast flowing, attacking first touch football that delighted neutrals like us. The game itself was not really worth commenting on; however, the feast of fun at half time was.
The programme notes had warned us of a Police dog display at the interval and this began with a hooded, gangster type figure running onto the playing area shouting and brandishing a pistol, which he repeatedly fired into the air. A short distance behind him came a German shepherd police dog. Just at that moment, one of the police constables in the ground, there for safety control, took off across the field and 'bravely' rugby tackled the 'pretend' assailant and arrested him leaving the bewildered dog nothing to do.
The crowd, of course, roared not only with laughter but its approval of the mistaken arrest.
The PC sheepishly put his helmet back on and returned to duty at the side. Later he was seen signing autographs.
A delightful interlude to a rather ordinary match. The score? Do you know I can't remember.
Police Dog Invades Pitch
Amazing Funny Footage. In this video viral excerpt the crowd quite obviously finds the antics of the dog very amusing, as do Will and Guy.
Three players were bitten after a police dog ran on to a football pitch during an amateur game. As reported by the BBC on Monday, 28 October, 2002.
The German shepherd fled from his trainer during an exercise at a disused building close to the pitch.
It headed towards the field and snatched a linesman's flag before moving towards the players at Scunthorpe's Brumby Hall ground on Saturday afternoon.
The injured players Steve Baker, 19, [not Will's wife] Craig Jackson, 18, and Michael Stones, 18, were bitten on the arms and back and were treated at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
The game between Appleby Frodingham and Lincoln Moorlands had to be abandoned after the incident.
Lincoln Moorlands manager Martin Burnett said: 'There were two children's games on the next field and I dread to think what could have happened if the dog had gone on there instead. 'Also the dog wasn't fully grown and it could have been even worse if it was a larger animal. 'It was scary as the dog was out of control, it was not listening to its handler and nobody could do anything. 'I have been in football for 22 years and I have never seen anything like this before. '
A Humberside Police spokesman said: 'The people injured have had their injuries photographed, the dog handler has submitted a full report to the police dog section and we will fully look into what went on. '
Here we can show you a match in Hungary between the famous Honved Football Club and Haladas where a dog with a sense of humour holds up play.
Funny Football Cat Stories
The only football team named after a dog is the Terriers (Huddersfield Town). Bristol and Doncaster ROVERS don't really count. Moving on to teams named after cats we have the Tigers in Hull, and non-leagers Gloucester.
A football [soccer] match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England had to be halted recently when a stray cat wandered onto the pitch. The grey and white tabby cat ran toward one of the goals while fans chanted "cat, cat, cat." Play was stopped for about a minute while the cat ran around on the field.
When he darted toward the sidelines, a steward scooped him up. The cat is believed to be a stray that lives near the stadium and can often be seen in the parking lot; this is the first time he got into the stadium.
People in the neighbourhood regularly put out milk for the cat. One man said he will now call the cat "Kenny," after the manager of Liverpool's soccer team, Kenny Dalglish.
Since its appearance, the cat has even had an official Twitter account set up and has almost 25,000 followers so we have been informed.
Cat Has Fun at Soccer Match in Turkey
Appearing on the soccer pitch in Istanbul, Turkey this cat created quite a stir.
Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk beat German side Werder Bremen 2-1 in a drab game littered with mistakes report Will and Guy. The highlight was not the goals but the cat.
During the match the cat decided to befriend the cameramen perhaps knowing they might make him famous. The thousands in the crowd took him to their hearts and he received louder cheers than the home team. (Watch out for fanzine question: 'When did a cat last beat a turkey?')
More Football Stories Involving Animals
No wonder they say never work with children or animals. Here are more tales of various beasts entering the world of football.
Will and Guy can confirm that there was a mouse on the pitch at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club, England's Premier League Champions, one night recently.
This cheeky little feller above had his photo taken during United's victory over West Ham United.
We're not sure if he had any influence over the result.
Elephant Plays Football
After the cat and mouse football stories, I expect your thinking Tom and Gerry are next? But no, it's an elephant!
Stray Horses Churn up Football Pitch
Stray horses were churning up a football pitch and disturbing dog walkers near a nature reserve. Four horses were wandering over a playing field off Dawlish Road in Dudley, West Midland, England.
People walking their dogs at the site, a short distance from *Wrens Nest Nature Reserve, said the animals had been in the area for the past two weeks.
Since the beginning of January, Will and Guy have learned horses have been running riot across housing estates, stomping over gardens and running out in front of cars.
Apparently more than 400 reports of horses being sighted in the area and have been logged by council officials.
Players interviewed by Will and Guy have been concerned that match grounds have become less safe and not very salubrious since the horsey invasion.
Photographed by Tom Hevezi we can show you the squirrel that stopped the match at Highbury Stadium, the former home of Arsenal FC in London, England in 2006. We were told that during Arsenal's European encounter with Villareal in 2006, the crowd quickly turned their attention from the players to the American grey. 'We were chanting Squirrel! Squirrel!' comedian and lifelong Arsenal fan Paul Kaye told reporters, 'Kind of an odd memory to have from a Champions League semi-final.'
Will and Guy have to agree.
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