By Chris Wright
The Conference game between Salisbury City and Chester on Saturday afternoon had to be temporarily stopped just minutes before the final whistle when a pitch invader interrupted proceedings.
Not that this was your average pitch invader, mind you. Oh no. In fact, this one had fallen from 15,000 feet above the stadium before he encroached the turf and disrupted the play at the Raymond McEnhill ground.
According to BBC Wiltshire, the parachutist had been taking part in a charity skydive but had had to make an emergency landing due to low visibility. It just so happened that the first open piece of ground he was able to touch down on was the Salisbury pitch!
Chester defender and imminent Gibraltar international Danny Higginbotham took to Twitter after the game and described the event as ”the most bizarre” thing he had ever seen crack off on a football pitch.
“Half-way through the second half, out of nowhere a parachutist landed on the pitch,” Higginbotham tippy-tapped. ”No idea where he was supposed to land but he hit the ground hard.”
According to a fan present at the game, the parachutist then “went round high-fiving people in the crowd” before being escorted away by stadium staff.