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."

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But one man who knows him well is Swansea 'keeper Michel Vorm, who has played under van Gaal in the Dutch team.

He told talkSPORT this morning that there'd be no danger of his national side boss alienating any of his players though:

“He’s not arrogant. He knows what he wants and how he wants to do it.

"He’s very assertive in the way he works, but he’s shown over the years that it does work. He’s very confident.

“He’s worked with big and small players. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve achieved in the past, he talks and acts the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 30 years old. He expects unity. He’s a top, top manager.”

And Vorm also talked of the Dutchman's relationship with Red Devils striker Robin van Persie:

 “They get on fine. Robin became captain under Van Gaal with the national team. They have a good relationship.”

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