Silk­men in a flap over new winger...

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A SWAN had play­ers and staff at Macc Town FC in a flap after it crash landed at the club’s ground.

The cygnet fell from the skies as play­ers were train­ing at the Moss Rose on Thurs­day night, nar­rowly miss­ing de­fender Andy Halls.

The ex­hausted bird was res­cued by kit man Paul Etchells and grounds­man Danny Walker and spent the night at the club re­cu­per­at­ing.

The cygnet, who was given the nick­name Al­bert, then spent two days wan­der­ing around the ground un­til the RSPCA was able to col­lect him.

Al­bert caused such a stir at the club it’s ru­moured that man­ager John Askey con­tem­plated play­ing him as a winger in Satur­day’s game against Dover.

Luck­ily for the squad the RSPCA picked Al­bert half an hour be­fore kick off

Etch, 64, re­called Al­bert’s dra­matic ar­rival.

He said: “The play­ers were train­ing and he came scream­ing from the air and crashed on to the pitch, almost hit­ting Halls. He was clearly ex­hausted and con­fused and spent the rest of the night wan­der­ing around almost get­ting hit by the ball. It was pretty funny.”

Etch and Danny man­aged to catch the way­ward bird and keep him safe in the ground be­fore call­ing the RSPCA.

Etch added: “In the morn­ing we let him out to see if he’d fly off but he didn’t. He spent the whole day fol­low­ing us around. He was in the stands while we had some new seats fixed and fol­lowed the mower on the pitch. It was bril­liant. I think he thought he might get a game if he stayed around long enough.

“Truth be known we got quite fond of him. He be­came a bit of mas­cot around the place, which Roary the Lion, the club’s mas­cot, was a bit un­happy about.”

●● Has the Su­per­man of Mac­cles­field taken to the skies? In­set is a map show­ing the plane’s flight­path as it spot­ted the

un­known ‘fly­ing man’

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