Pitch invaders have grown to be a common sight in football over the years – but every now and then, a pitch invader comes along that’s “absolutely quackers”.
It’s not something you see every day, but last night, during a League One match between local North West sides Bolton Wanderers and Fleetwood Town FC at Fleetwood’s home ground, play was temporarily ground to a halt just before half time as a duck was spotted trying to get in on the action.
The duck in question was trying its best to get onto the pitch and show its skills, and was spotted waddling around by fans, who soon started singing its name.
Comical chants of “we’ve got a duck” could be heard echoing around the stadium.
Videos of the duck’s starring role in the match – which ended with Bolton Wanderers losing 3-0 to the home team – soon began pouring in on social media, including on Fleetwood Town’s official Twitter account.
They praised the “debut of our new winger”.
Fleetwood Town did assure fans who were following along with its live tweets during the match, however, that the duck pitch invader “won’t be getting banned” this time, unlike its human counterparts who would generally be punished for such actions.
Bolton Wanderers also told fans who were keeping an eye on Twitter updates that the pitch invader was safely removed.
A tweet on the Bolton Wanderers account confirmed: “Play has just resumed following a brief pause whilst a couple of members of staff prevented a duck from entering play.”
Of course though, given the fact that this isn’t something you see every day, Twitter was full of people comically reacting to the situation, with many choosing to poke fun at Bolton trailing behind in the game.
“Can it take corners?,” one football fan quipped.
Another added: “Has he gone up in the pecking order?”, a third said: “Does the duck wanna come play for us? More desire to get on the pitch than our starting 11.”, and a fourth commented: “Give it a Bolton shirt. Probably do a better job.”
The duck puns just kept on coming, with another fan commenting: “Apparently he prefers playing on the wing.”
Specsavers even chipped in too.
The leading UK optical chain – which is known for its viral Twitter escapades, and is often praised for its witty replies – joined in on the puns.
“Wonder if the fine for entering the pitch will be added to its bill.”
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Peter Kay moved to tears by standing ovation in Manchester as he returns to stand-up
Peter Kay was moved to tears by the outpouring of love from the audience in the AO Arena before he’d even started his set.
The Bolton comedian, 49, made his long-awaited return to the stand-up scene this weekend, with two sold-out shows in Manchester.
Another wrote: “What an absolute privilege to be there for Peter Kay’s return to the big stage. He got a standing ovation for his entrance and was reduced to tears, never seen anything like it. No spoilers, just a superb night.”
Someone else said: “I was expecting a huge standing ovation for Peter Kay’s return, but that was just mega. I felt so privileged to be there tonight. I’ve waited to see him live for so long. If you recorded anything, please don’t be a d*ck sharing it and ruining it for everyone else.”
One person tweeted: “What a beautiful moment yesterday. Peter Kay in tears after such a rapturous reception.”
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Greater Manchester bracing for cold snap with temperatures set to plummet to -5°C this week
Brits are being told to prepare for a cold snap across the country this week, with Greater Manchester set to see temperatures plummet to -5°C.
After what has been an uncharacteristically mild autumn for the UK, with temperatures so high for the time of year that 2022 is on track to be the warmest year on record, forecasters at the Met Office are now warning of a Arctic chill in the coming days – which is expected to sweep the country, and bring with it below-average temperatures for December.
As winter settles in and the cold begins to bite, easterly winds are expected to shift to the north this week, and a yellow snow warning has even been put in place for Wednesday, which is likely to just affect Scotland and potentially some of the northernmost parts of England.
The Met Office says this yellow snow warning may cause disruption to road, bus, and train journeys.
Across the Greater Manchester region though, while snow is not forecast, we are set to see sub-zero temperatures set in from Wednesday onwards.
Thursday is expected to be the coldest day of the week.
Speaking ahead of the cold snap arriving in a few days, Alex Burkill – Meteorologist at the Met Office – said: “At the moment we have an easterly flow and as such our winds are coming from the east and that is a cold direction, and it is cold out.
“However, from Tuesday onwards we are going to get a northerly flow, so our winds coming from the north, that is Arctic air leading to our temperatures, will be dropping even further as we go through this week.
“It’s going to turn even colder and feel even colder still, with temperatures well below average for the time of year, both by day and by night.”
While -5°C is the lowest temperature to expect across Greater Manchester, Mr Burkill added that in other parts of the UK, temperatures overnight into Thursday would drop to -7°C or -8°C, and maybe even colder.
Forecasters predict the cold weather could last for most of the week, as the northerly flow of cold air will linger.
There may be some showers, the Met Office says, but it will be largely dry and cold.
It will be a few degrees above freezing for the rest of the country until the cold snap arrives on Wednesday, with daytime temperatures predicted to be around 8°C or 9°C, dropping to 5°C or 6°C as the week progresses.