The Northern League clash between Ashington AFC and Crook Town was greeted by the horse, who had to be ushered out of the stadium by fans
A non-league match on Good Friday was greeted by the most unlikely of spectators - a HORSE.
Ashington AFC, who play in the Northern League division one, were taking on Crook Town at Portland Park in Northumberland when the surprise spectator turned up.
Unsurprisingly, the horse's presence drew a variety of reactions with some fans blissfully unaware, while others steered well clear.
The game continued as fans tried to escort the non-paying spectator from the ground, before shepherding it through the exit.
One spectator Martin Bamforth, who had travelled hundreds of miles as part of an organised ground hop, managed to capture the 'horseplay' before revealing his amazement at the incident.
He told the Newcastle Chronicle: "They gave got a wooden perimeter fence around the pitch, there is an emergency exit at the far end, which they have open.
"Quarter of an hour, 20 minutes, into the game, this horse just walked in.
"I was at the far end, it was just surreal. This horse, it just appeared!
"It was just so weird. I do watch lots of football and that was the oddest thing I have seen."
Disappointingly for the foal, he missed a 10-goal thriller, as Ashington secured a stunning 7-3 victory.
When asked about the attendance, Martin quipped: "It was 597 - plus a horse."