Unwanted intrusions at football grounds by those who have beef with their local club is nothing new, but the break-in suffered by Colwyn Bay this week was a whole new bull game.
The Northern Premier League Premier Division club were alarmed to find an ever-increasing number of cows on their premises on Thursday morning after the animals had forced their way into the ground's Shed End from a nearby farmer’s field.
We investigated a break in at the club overnight. Thankfully the perpetrators were caught. Don’t get this at Anfield. pic.twitter.com/xP0IkqD6S9; Colwyn Bay FC (@ColwynBayFC) July 16, 2015
Confused club officials soon arrived on the scene and, with the help of some neighbours, engaged in an intense stand-off with the cows.
Speaking to the local press, Colwyn Bay’s Head of Football in the Community, Matt Sampson, explained how the drama unfolded: “It started off with about three of them, but before we knew it there were 22 of them in the ground.
“We managed to keep the pitch safe and sound although one or two of them were trying to get on.
“We were there for two and a half hours while we waited for the farmer to come from Llanfair Talhaiarn.
“Some of the locals came out and blocked the road while they were herded away down the drive.”
Order was eventually restored at Llanelian Road ahead of the North Wales club’s friendly fixture with a Bolton Wanderers XI this weekend.Reuse content