Footage has emerged of a fan who invades the Moss Lane pitch and produces an incredible slide tackle in Altrincham vs Solihull on Tuesday.
Solihull Moors won the National League clash 2-1, with Joe Sbarra scoring the winner in the 72nd minute – but the game’s real highlight came as it entered stoppage time.
The Birmingham based outfit had the ball down the left-hand side with well-travelled striker Adam Rooney and he looked as though he might be about to take the ball over to the corner flag.
Yet before he had the chance to try and run down the clock, a fan had appeared on the pitch out of nowhere.
The supporter had sprinted onto the turf from the stands, evading stewards and managing to take the ball off Rooney courtesy of a crunching sliding challenge.
Clearly proud of his efforts, the fan proceeded to run around celebrating while the referee blew the whistle to temporarily stop the game.
Crunching tackle in Altrincham v Solihull Moors game pic.twitter.com/ZwsWfIVzaf
— GB (@G_Burton95) October 26, 2021
The game, which was shown live on BT Sport, did get back underway and saw Solihull see things out to move up to fifth in the National League table.
Former Stoke, Birmingham and Salford City striker Rooney gave huge praise to the tackle via his Twitter account, saying the supporter should have been awarded Man of the Match for his late cameo.
He wrote: “Lad should have got MOM for that tackle! Can’t go in with 2 feet these days though!”
Twitter users gave their reaction as a fan invades the pitch and produces an incredible slide tackle in Altrincham vs Solihull…
@BucksWriter: Lots of “what a lad” replies to this tweet; I’m going to go against the grain and say “what an absolute prick”. Pretty sure the players were massively annoyed by this.
@Alexormond94: Oh my days
@EvilGazebo: Ole to launch a £90m bid in the morning?
@AthersMichael: Could have done with him on Sunday
@he_1894: That’s a hell of a tackle hahaha
@Calvinroche1: Clean challenge got the ball
@sferno86: Give that lad a contract what a tackle son
@AdamHarlow2: Non league football is just the best 🤣
@GiorgioGiovane: Possibly a better tackle than any seen at Glanford Park this season!
@altyfc: He looks useful to me and we are short on numbers. Maybe a 4 week loan ??
@matthbarnes10: Superb tackle
@damo59558195: Just made more tackles than all the utd back line on Sunday
@alexworden95: Quality that 😂😂😂😂 wasn’t expecting it one bit hahaha
@PatriotOfori: Kind of support Manchester United defenders need at Old Trafford these days.
@JS1994: Hahaa imagine if he was running clean through on goal…. i’d be tempted to run on and slide tackle him like
@iammrazul: Looks like he can right back @rafabenitezweb
@AliWallace7: He’s timed that perfect Jeff
@ACRGS: To be fair that’s a fair tackle but still a dick for going on the pitch
@CianWilliam: Textbook challenge, stuff of dreams
@JackHemming6: Sign him up @HibernianFC
@aarushfcbayern: better than Maguire
@daykin90: What a tackle that is by the way, probs get a red card in this day and age but Stuart Pearce would have been proud #NFFC
@Trotters1877: Ladies and Gentlemen we’ve found a right back #BWFC
@ianandrewrimmer: Newcastle have put a bid in.
@BoganGooner: Why did they stop the play?!? Clean tackle. Football has become soft
@efckyle_: Can we do a straight swap deal. This lad for Tom Davies?
@Nicky_efc: That’s a fantastic tackle. Games gone
@WatchedToffee: This kid will cost us about £50 a week and instantly becomes our best defender. Sign him up.
@WBAFC_TOM: @WBA quality tackle, sign him up on a free #wba
@Lea_EFC: Pogba could learn from this fella
Meanwhile, it reminds up of when a fan ran onto the pitch and did cartwheels during an National League match between Weymouth and Halifax 11 months ago.
The moment, which has fans on social media laughing, came around the 70th minute mark of what ended up being a 5-1 win for the Shaymen.
It was a much needed win for Pete Wild’s Halifax at the time, who went up to 15th in the National League table, whereas Weymouth were in 21st position.
Who’s this at Weymouth then 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/eutjjJaD2x
— #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@heyit5sam) December 5, 2020
It’s the second time that Halifax had scored goals against their opponents in consecutive matches, previously beating Barnet 5-2.
The Twitter admin behind the Terras’ social media page wasn’t happy at we he was seeing unfold in front of him however as you can see in the tweet below…
An absolute idiot has just ran on the pitch. No place for that in football.
— Weymouth FC (@theterras) December 5, 2020