(ANIMAL NEWS) ENGLAND — This weekend in English Premiere League Soccer, the Spurs faced Liverpool at home at Anfield in what was making out to be a dismally boring match. It was so boring, in fact, even the animals tried to liven things up. This homeless tabby, who was already a bit of a Liverpool mascot, got in some goal time of his own, skipping around the pitch and delighting the crowd. Luckily, he didn’t take any penalty kicks. Read more about the Anfield Cat and watch the video of his goal keeping skills. — Global Animal
Colin Fernandez, Mail Online
A Premier League football match was brought to a standstill after a stray cat wandered into the stadium and instantly became an internet sensation.
The grey and white tabby first warmed up on the touchline at Anfield as Liverpool played at home against Tottenham Hotspur- even strolling past Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.
The cat then nipped on to the pitch and wandered around Tottenham’s penalty area for a few seconds near goalkeeper Brad Friedel, 40.
It even briefly sat down on the turf, much to the amusement of the 44,000 fans inside Anfield.
Play was stopped for a minute, while a burly steward came onto the pitch and as fans chanted, ‘A cat, a cat, a cat’.
The grey and white tabby was then released on the streets outside the ground after the 0-0 draw, a club source said yesterday.
The source said: ‘The cat has constantly been seen at Anfield, Monday to Friday, often in the car park.
‘It’s a regular visitor. It’s been here for years, but this is the first time it’s got in the stadium.’
Within minutes of the cat’s trot on to the pitch at Anfield it became an internet hit with at least two spoof Twitter accounts quickly set up claiming to be the Premier League’s newest star.
The ‘official twitter of me, the Anfield Cat’, @AnfieldCat has attracted almost 25,000 followers.
But yesterday the cat was revealed to be nameless and living wild in the run-down streets around the Liverpool ground.
Darren Eden, 45, said he regularly put out milk for the cat, which from now he will call ‘Kenny’ after the Liverpool manager.
He said he believes Kenny to be the son of his pet cat, Pako, to which it bears a marked resemblance.
Mr Eden said he was shocked when he saw Pako’s ‘baby’ bounding across the famous Anfield pitch.
He said: ‘My son was watching the match in the pub and he text me saying that our Pako’s baby was on the pitch.
‘I turned the television on and couldn’t believe my eyes.
‘I think Pako will be very proud of his baby’s cunning getting into the ground.’
Mr Eden, a martial arts instructor, used to be a steward at Anfield during the Rafa Benitez era in 2005, and named his pet cat after ex-Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestarán, who he got to know while working at the club.
The cat is not the first to grace the Anfield pitch during a game.
In August 1964, a black and white cat ran the length of the pitch at Liverpool’s ground during their game against Arsenal, in what was the first game to be shown on BBC’s Match of the Day.
Meanwhile bookmakers William Hill have opened a book on which will be the next animal to bring a Premier League game to a halt – and make a Dog the 6/4 favourite.
‘Many hard tackling players have in the past been compared with animals, but it is rare for a real animal – other than club mascots- to invade the pitch.
‘The Anfield Cat was definitely the most interesting aspect of a very mundane goalless draw so we are inviting to punters to speculate on the creature involved next time it happens’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Anfield Cat keeps it snarky on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anfieldcat