Beekeepers called in to remove swarm of bees from Oldham goalpost ahead of friendly
Published 26/07/2015 | 12:42
A swarm of bees caused chaos at Boundary Park, forcing Oldham Athletic's game against Blackburn Rovers to be held up on Saturday.
Beekeepers were called to the ground to remove the bees who had invaded the League One side's pitch.
A large area of the ground had to be cleared as beekeepers sought to remove the flying insects from the goalpost at one end of Boundary Park.
The experts used protective gear and a leaf blower to remove the bees before play could eventually get underway.
And the incident brought out the punning skills of the Oldham staff, who described the situation on Twitter - and announced over the public address system that there had been "a hive of activity here today".
The delay did Oldham little good, as they ultimately lost 2-0 to Blackburn.
Oldham are not the only British club having problems with pests. Aberdeen have been forced to hire a company to deal with a seagull problem.
The birds invaded the stadium during this month's Europa League qualifier against FK Shkendija and Rijeka.